GETAWAY: VILLA AMELIE, ST. BARTS

Marigot Villas | St. Barths

Marigot Villas | St. Barths

Marigot Villas | St. Barths

Marigot Villas | St. Barths

Marigot Villas | St. Barths

It’s been gray and gloomy for most of the week here in DC and honeymoon destinations have been on my mind. You probably won’t find it too surprising that chain hotels aren’t really my cup of tea. I’ll take the charming Airbnb rental or boutique hotel any day!

In the usual way, one Pinterest click led to another and I found myself at Villa Amelie, in St. Barts. From the wicker pendants to the black lacquer Chinese cabinets topped with antique birdcages to the ticking stripe slipcovered dining chairs, I think I could happily spend ten days (or maybe a lifetime) in Villa Amelie.

I still have my heart set on Greece (or maybe Marrakesh, or Istanbul, or Paris…), but at the very least I’ll be filing this one away for future design inspiration.

If you’ve tied the knot, where did you honeymoon? Jetsetters, what’s been your favorite travel destination?

GETAWAY: CAMP WANDAWEGA

Camp Wandawega

Camp Wandawega

Camp Wandawega

Camp Wandawega

Camp Wandawega

Camp Wandawega

Camp Wandawega

Camp Wandawega

Camp Wandawega

Did you go to sleep-away camp growing up?  I never did because–nerd alert–I was busy dreaming about becoming the next Nancy Kerrigan at summer skating school. Those six hour training days were filled with plenty of camaraderie, but sometimes I do feel like I missed out on a great American pastime–especially after listening to this This American Life podcast on the subject on a recent road trip home.

If you’re also experiencing camp FOMO (fear of missing out for the acronym uninitiated), fear not, I’ve found the solution: a visit to Camp Wandawega. Originally founded in 1925, the resort has a storied past which includes stints as a speakeasy, brothel, and Latvian church camp. Today, it’s been lovingly restored to old-school summer camp glory.

Glamping this is not, so be sure to read their Low Brow Manifesto (genius!) before booking your trip. Potential for spiders in the showers aside, I think Camp Wandawega is worth adding to my ‘to-visit’ list. Campfires and color wars, anyone?

GETAWAY: THE MARLTON HOTEL, NYC

The Marlton Hotel | The Pursuit of Style

The Marlton Hotel | The Pursuit of Style

The Marlton Hotel | The Pursuit of Style

The Marlton Hotel | The Pursuit of Style

The Marlton Hotel | The Pursuit of Style

The Marlton Hotel | The Pursuit of Style

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The Marlton Hotel | The Pursuit of Style

The Marlton Hotel | The Pursuit of Style

Whenever I visit New York, I feel this little twinge of regret that I let fear win out and didn’t seize the opportunity to live in the city when I had the chance. It seems like a rite of passage I skipped along the way, but I suppose there’s always time for adventures and you never know what the future may hold.

Of course, the silver lining to not living in the city is experimenting with charming boutique hotels like The Marlton when I’m in town. We called the Greenwich Village hotel home during our whirlwind wedding dress shopping trip and I’ve been gushing about it to anyone and everyone that will listen ever since. It was only a matter of time before you got an earful.

From the turquoise velvet chesterfields in the lobby that invite you to sit and stay awhile, to the Serge Mouille inspired light fixtures, robin’s egg blue Regency-style headboards, herringbone floors, and insanely gorgeous brass accented bathrooms, this hotel is a designer’s dream.

To top it off, there’s also a fantastic restaurant, Margaux, on-site so you really need not ever leave–which if I didn’t have a wedding to shop for, I would have been tempted not to. We ate under the glow of lantern light in the plant filled back room which was about as close to dining al fresco as you can get mid-February.

Good thing I found a dress so I have an excuse to go back often!

P.S this post was not sponsored in any way, I’m really just that obsessed and think you should be too!

Photos by Lindsay Souza for The Pursuit of Style

GETAWAY: SINGITA CASTLETON

Singita Castleton | South Africa

Singita Castleton | South Africa

Singita Castleton | South Africa

Singita Castleton | South Africa

The Pursuit of StyleGoing on a safari ranks pretty high on my ‘must do before I die’ list. I can’t even tell you how many shades of green with envy I turned when I found out my parents were going to South Africa to celebrate their wedding anniversary this fall. Jealousy can be a more vicious beast than any you’d encounter in the bush.

The Robb Report’s travel issue landed on our doorstep earlier this week which only further stoked my wanderlust and Out of Africa daydreams. An article on the newly opened Singita Castleton, a private safari lodge in South Africa’s Sabi Sand Game Reserve, had me wishing for a few million in the bank.

Formerly a private home, Singita Castleton consists of a main house, six individual cottages, a swimming pool, wine cellar, gym, tennis court, spa treatment room, and private chef. Talk about glamping, right? A visit is going firmly on my ‘someday’ list (if only for the purpose of dreaming big) but for now I’m taking inspiration from the decor.

Black and white botanicals, woven African baskets, and a simple flatweave rug combine to make the most luxe safari lodge I’ve ever seen. And then there’s that gorgeous bathroom with its steel frame doors and subway tile… straight to the inspiration files!

GETAWAY: THE INN AT ENGLISH MEADOWS

The Inn at English Meadows, Kennebunkport ME | The Pursuit of Style

The Inn at English Meadows, Kennebunkport ME | The Pursuit of Style

The Inn at English Meadows, Kennebunkport, ME | The Pursuit of Style

The Inn at English Meadows, Kennebunkport, ME | The Pursuit of Style

The Inn at English Meadows, Kennebunkport, ME | The Pursuit of Style

Kennebunkport, ME | The Pursuit of Style

The Pursuit of Style
Hello! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and are looking forward to ringing in 2014. We’re driving back to DC today and I’m feeling so relaxed after taking a week off. Since there are only a few days left to save on reservations and gift certificates to The Inn at English Meadows I wanted to share some photos from our visit which ended up being pretty special.

The Inn is a quick three hour drive from the Cape so we headed up the day after Christmas and arrived at a postcard perfect scene. Big fluffy snowflakes were falling and the Inn was still decorated in its holiday best. We caught up with Liz (who owns and runs the Inn with her husband Eric) and got settled into our beautiful room.

We were one of the few guests that night due to the snowy weather and Liz had kindly upgraded our room to the Tack Room Suite which is surrounded on three sides by windows which makes you feel as though you’re snuggled inside a snow globe. With the fireplace lit and a big comfy bed covered in luxe linens you’d have a hard time finding a more inviting room (especially when you see the spa-like bathroom!)

Somehow we managed to leave the comfort of our room and headed downtown to visit some of our favorite shops and ended up at the beach. If you follow on Instagram you already know how this story ends… with a ring on my finger! We’re engaged and couldn’t be more thrilled! (P.S I wish I could say that photo was staged but I was totally caught in the act of admiring the new addition to my ring finger ha!)

Thanks to Liz’s recommendation, we ended the night with celebratory French 75s, whiskey and dinner at The White Barn while a piano player played our song. The next morning Liz whipped up one of her delicious three course breakfasts (banana nutella muffins, greek yogurt with mandarin orange slices, and apple walnut pancakes) and we celebrated some more with bellinis.

I think it’s safe to say that our Kennebunkport visits will continue to be something we look forward to annually! If you’re planning a visit to Maine I hope you’re able to take advantage of the offer below because I really can’t recommend The Inn at English Meadows highly enough!

Here’s the deal:
Mention PS for 20% off any reservation made for 12/29/13 – 4/30/14 OR add 20% to any Gift Certificate purchased in December.

P.S check out this post for photos from our stay in August!

Photos by Lindsay Souza for The Pursuit of Style