Some Monday Motivation: Pools with A View

Pools with a View

Don’t all of these pools look amazing? With everyone around the office’s stories about Spring Break and the weather officially being warm, I can’t help but want to be at the beach or sitting by a pool with a view. I know I’ve already gushed about the place a hundred times, but my favorite pool with a view is at Little Dix Bay in the British Virgin Islands. Their spa pool is on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea and it just doesn’t get much better than that. Where is your favorite pool with a view?

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Photos // Capella Lodge, Australia // COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali // Esperanza, Cabo San Lucas // Casa de La Flora, Phuket // Four Seasons Santa Barbara

Hotel Design Love: The Maritime Hotel, NYC

Maritime NYC

Maritime Exterior

Maritime Hotel

My first encounter with the Maritime Hotel happened the last time I was visiting New York, even though I didn’t end up staying there. I was browsing Hotel Tonight and saw the property featured and instantly fell in love with its nautical themed windows and décor and ended up walking past the property when wandering around Chelsea and the Meatpacking district. I love that the building stands out boldly in its surroundings and really calls you to explore inside.

Each of the windows of the rooms at the Maritime are circular like the ones you would be looking out of if you were staying in a cabin on a sailboat. The 126 rooms feature playful prints, deep blues and teak wood. Some suites even feature outdoor showers (that has to be a rare amenity in NYC).

Maritime Hotel

Maritime Patio

There is also a rooftop bar named The Cabanas that transforms you into a Hollywood poolside atmosphere, complete with colorful floral wallpaper and hanging lanterns. Looks like the perfect place to relax after a long day of shopping, eating and wandering around.

Location: The neighborhood the Maritime is a part of really can’t get much better as your hub for NYC exploring. Located on Manhattan’s west side in Chelsea, you can easily access all of the shopping in the Meatpacking district and be on The High Line in a matter of minutes.

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Photos // All photos courtesy of Tablet Hotels

Good Grub: Underbelly, Houston

Underbelly Houston

Salad

I had read about Underbelly a few different places, but the source that really got my attention was that it was the only entry for Houston in a book I recently purchased called Where Chefs Eat. The book is like an encyclopedia for chefs’ favorite restaurants all around the world, and has become my first reference when visiting any city . That alone had me convinced that next time I was in Houston, I needed to add it to the list.

The food at Underbelly is excellent, but I think the service and atmosphere are what really set it apart from a lot of trendy restaurants I’ve been to lately. I can’t remember the last time I went somewhere that the waiter so eloquently walked us through the menu and not only gave us their favorite recommendations, but also told us exactly why we would like each item. He walked us through how the menu changes daily, that everything is locally sourced and the menu is really representative of “the other side of food” (hence, Underbelly) that you may not usually see. It made a big difference in our choices, and I am really happy we listened to his suggestions.

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Some Monday Motivation: Caribbean Blue

Caribbean Blue

As Spring Break time is rapidly approaching, I can’t help but want to be at the beach surrounded by beautiful Caribbean blue water. Although I love the mountains, I really am a beach girl at heart and will almost always pick being at the ocean over anywhere else. I’ve been really fortunate to see some absolutely incredible colors of Caribbean blue from the British Virgin Islands, to the Turks and Caicos and Exuma in the Bahamas. I will shamefully admit that I have become a little bit of a beach snot from all of my travels and prefer to always visit water where you can easily see 20 or 30 feet below the surface. Where are your favorite places in the Caribbean?

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Photos // Rockhouse Hotel, Jamaica // BVI Snorkeling photo by A Evans // The Baths, Virgin Gorda by Evita Smith // Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos by Style Blueprint // Exuma via IHA // Grand Cayman via Rachel Sandon

My Dallas Restaurant Guide

Dallas Restaurant Guide

The place I know best above all others is my hometown of Dallas, Texas. Whether you live here yourself, or are visiting for a few days or an extended period of time, I know that my three part Dallas City Guide will give you plenty of options for the best places to eat, shop, and explore around Dallas.

Here are my favorite spots to chow down around the city:

Brunch

Brunch is its own event on the social calendar each Saturday and Sunday morning in Dallas. Whether you live here or are just visiting, it really must be on your agenda.

The Common Table: Located in a little house right in the middle of Uptown, The Common Table serves up comfort food in the style off bananas foster waffles and biscuits with sausage gravy. They have a laid-back outdoor deck and a serious selection of brews on tap.

Company Cafe: The Katy Trail location of Company Cafe is probably my first choice for brunch on any given weekend. Great place for people watching sitting under the terrace on their outdoor patio. I order the Farmer’s Scramble every single time and ask for 2-3 extras of their drool worthy homemade jam. I promise you’ll need extra.

The Grape: The Grape has become a sort of Dallas institution. Voted as one of Texas Monthly’s Best Burgers, this place is seriously busy every Saturday and Sunday morning. Located on Lower Greenville in an old house, The Grape has the kind of character that a lot of other places just don’t have around Dallas.

Rosemont: I don’t usually like to make any variety of a drive to get to brunch on Saturday morning, but Rosemont makes me want to. This Deep Ellum spot looks like a modern diner inside and has some of the best pancakes, bacon and coffee around. [Read more…]

Hotel Design Love: The Huntington, San Fransisco

The Huntington San Fran

The Huntington San Fransisco

When my mom and I took a mother/daughter trip to Big Sur and San Fransisco, we stayed at the historic Huntington Hotel, located at the top of Nob Hill. Its style is luxurious and classic, and the staff is extremely helpful and friendly. The location was perfect for long days of eating and sightseeing, and was absolutely the ideal place to kick up our feet after trekking up and down San Fransisco’s infamous hills. The rooms were simple and spacious, and most of them have fantastic views of downtown San Fransisco.

One of the areas of the property that definitely makes you feel like you are staying in a historic hotel is The Big 4 restaurant, located right off of the lobby. It looks like an old school library or cigar lounge, full of deep brown wood and leather furniture and also features live entertainment every evening.

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