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Jet Lag Journal: Ocho Rios, Jamaica

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In January, I was hunkered down in my office literally pounding both fists on my desk and groaning like a baby grizzly. The floor to ceiling windows behind me, while normally a perk, were showered all day with hail – plunk….plunkplunk….puh-LUNK – and it was just so gray and disgusting that I was convinced I would never see sun again. That persistent gray and precipitation – it is just soul-sucking. Like Ghost of Jacob Marley-type soul-sucking. I whined and whined. And then I turned my head ever so slightly to the left and looked at my roommate Dewi, who was similarly moaning and groaning and pounding and whining, and said “UGH. Let’s just get out of here and go to Jamaica.” She shrugged and said, “Well, OK. Book it.” She was too busy to plan so … I was in charge! My favorite thing! Being in charge of fun!

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The High Line Hotel’s Tiny Attic Jewelbox

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Way up on the top floor of the High Line Hotel, overlooking the snowy courtyard, is a tiny corner jewelbox of a room. With two dormer windows, a worn and colorful oriental rug, graphic blue wallpaper, and cup full of sharpened pencils (my favorite!), the room was such a cozy getaway. The High Line Hotel is two blocks away from my apartment, and I spend every Saturday morning here with a cup of Intelligentsia coffee and little sketching journal. When I saw a 20% off sale on Tablet, I booked months and months in advance. I love having something sweet to look forward to in the middle of winter.

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Chicks in the Sticks: Winvian Winter

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It has been a fantasy for years and years to stay at a Relais & Châteaux property. They are just always so expensive that I can’t afford them. Well, I still can’t afford them. At Winvian Farm, the cheapest night is Tuesday. They close down the restaurant and the spa, and it’s in the woods so it’s not exactly conveniently located to restaurants, and it was still over $800 a night! No matter. I have a sidekick and I make her pay for half of everything I do. We headed for Morris, Connecticut on a Tuesday morning, armed with wine, cheese, and cookies, for a single night at Winvian Farm.

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LINE Hotel: A Study in Concrete and Simplicity

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I had a single night to spend in Los Angeles on my own before an early rise to Big Bear, California. I arrived very late at night, and I waited and waited for the sun to rise so I could get a glimpse of these Hollywood hills and palm trees. This is as high as the sun could get before I needed to speed off out of town. I spent the night in K-town (Koreatown) at the LINE Hotel which had awesome pockmarked concrete walls and personal touches in every room, like tribal-printed chairs, bleach containers made from concrete and painted bright colors, a tiny orange globe of a bud vase, a teeny framed print of tangerines, and a flock of iron birds over the bed. How awesome to wake up with that floor to ceiling window at the foot of my bed.

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A Brooklyn B&B: Urban Cowboy

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For a year or so, I’ve been walking along the exterior of this building that sits at the end of our Williamsburg, Brooklyn street, and wondering why anyone would go all out for such a unique home, as it certainly stands out amongst the Brooklyn apartment crowd. . . but I also always admired it of course as well. Continue Reading

Mexico City Jet Lag Journal: Condesa DF

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All + Sundry recently took a trip to Mexico for some cultural immersion and fresh, spicy food.

My previous experience with Mexico involved a one-day stop in Cancun while on a cruise. I was a kid with my parents, and we visited the Mayan ruins, offered my father up as a sacrifice, and made it back to the ship in time to eat mass quantities of non-Mexican food with other Americans. This was a much more colorful, chic, and intellectual experience!

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Home Away

4668a78e-062d-4210-99d7-e1c693df54f3.1We at A+S love our Airbnbs and we love our quick jaunt trips to Hudson. But, have you heard of Home Away? We don’t think it gets nearly enough attention as its Airbnb competitor, but really offers the same level of experience and gives you even more options to choose from in a visiting city! Needless to say, we were floored when we saw this recent listing of a beautiful 19th century house that sleeps 8! Continue Reading

Woodstock Jet Lag Journal: Herb Cottage

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A+S just spent the weekend in Woodstock living like hippies. Our home base was a tiny white and blue cottage just outside the town square called Herb Cottage. Aptly named due the herb garden by the front door, the cottage has a little pot belly stove, a Dutch front door, and bright blue rickety stairs that lead up to a slope-roofed bedroom. What a treat to get out of the city and wake up to bird calls, breezes and bright green trees outside my window.

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This was a truly enchanting weekend, with bike riding, book shopping, vegan food, and sunning at the swimming hole. Stay tuned for our Woodstock Jet Lag Journal!

For a similar vibe on the other side of the country, check out my bungalow in Venice Beach, Le Bebe.

Herb Cottage is available for rent on Homeaway.

Provincetown Houseboat

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Summer vacation time is upon us, peeps! And for many, at least in my Chelsea neighborhood, that means Provincetown: handsome men riding bikes in madras shorts, drag queen brunches and sunning at Race Point. The town is dotted with lovely inns – you can see everyone having pre-dinner cocktails on the front porches – but they fill up quickly. What to do when the town is sold out? Take it to the water. The P-town Houseboat floats 300 yards off the Provincetown Harbor and is outfitted with kayaks, a tiny but perfect little barbecue grill, and floor to ceiling bedroom windows that let in the sunrise. I would love to jump off the edge of this houseboat into the cold water every morning before breakfast.

Although…can you imagine the journey back to your bed after a night at the bar?

Provincetown Houseboat

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Beverly Hills, What a Thrill

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For it’s 100th birthday, the Beverly Hills Hotel, like every single one of its patrons, has been undergoing a facelift. It has a great doctor, because the work is subtle and true to the original. It’s one of those elective surgeries that has friends thinking, “I know she did something, but what?” Most importantly, the bright pink exterior, the banana leaf wallpaper, and the green and white stripes stay just as they are. Like any good plastic surgery, while the surface looks tighter and fresher, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. That means that the legendary residential caché of the Pink Palace remains intact.

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