Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Wanderlust: 4 Hotels Worth Traveling For

I've got a major case of wanderlust these days. Lately, I've really been feeling in a rut -- creatively, socially, mentally. Living in a new city is a really hard thing, even when it's been almost a year. At times I feel displaced, and I definitely feel homesick... for San Francisco, for Idaho. I miss my friends and family A LOT, and I still don't feel like I have a "routine" down. I've found a lot of coffee shops I love, but I haven't found "my spot" where I'm comfortable and often opt to just enjoy my coffee at home. Same with restaurants... though, who are we kidding? One can never replace Tacolicious.

I think as a result of this feeling of displacement, my brain just feels compelled to leave. To explore somewhere else new, and justify this lost feeling I have by feeling it elsewhere. For some reason, it's easier to explore and enjoy a place when I'm just visiting. I find it really hard to get out of my comfort zone when I'm living somewhere new and unfamiliar.

Maybe it's because I just love hotels. I would travel to the dullest place in the world if there was a beautiful, interesting hotel. And is it wrong to want to travel to a place because of a beautiful hotel? If so, I don't want to be right. I've said it once, and I'll say it again... I am my best self in a hotel.

(Except when there are bed bugs in said hotel. I mean, then I have a full meltdown and stop breathing and call my husband screaming and he initially thinks I've been attacked but in many ways I have, you know? But that's a story for a different day. The hotels below would NEVER compromise your luggage -- or sanity -- like that. These hotels are so well designed, I'd try to pull an Eloise and never leave.)

In the midst of my wanderlust, here's what I came up with:


As a member of Design Hotels, Ion Iceland obviously has a beautiful interior. The rooms are designed with thoughtful Nordic details -- like fluffy sheepskins and natural wood. The rest of the hotel takes pride in immersing you in the natural benefits of the area. There are numerous adventures available (horseback riding, glacier hikes, volcano visits, fly fishing), but I think I'd like to just soak in the warm outdoor pool with the northern lights twinkling above. Swoon!


I first discovered El Fenn when Claire Zinnecker and photographer Molly Winters shared the space with Rue Magazine. El Fenn was originally a private riad (a Moroccan home with a private, enclosed courtyard) and has been converted to one of the most popular resorts in the area. There are 28 rooms -- each different from the last -- alongside gardens and swimming pools. I personally would spend most of my time at the gorgeous rooftop restaurant.


Another getaway discovered via Rue, and this one is driving distance from the very spot I'm sitting in now. Located in quirky Solvang, CA, this spot is modern and so visually appealing. Plus, it's a short drive to some of the Santa Ynez Valley wineries, meaning you could really make a weekend out of it. Perhaps it would nip my Napa craving in the bud. (I also am gathering inspiration from our own bedroom design based on this exact space.)


I've never been to Paris but I've always wanted to go! (Obviously.) Hotel du Temps is adorable -- featuring vintage furniture, pieces from local artists, and, HELLO, floor to ceiling palm print curtains in the guest rooms. So charming! PS... let's talk about the lounge. I love when hotels have a cute spot for a nightcap!


Basically, I need to stop shopping the ASOS sale and save my pennies for a vacation! Any spots I should add to my bucket list?? Let me know your favorite destination(s) in the comments!

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