In case you haven’t noticed, one of our favorite pastimes is planning vacations. We secretly have as much fun thinking about where we can go and where we will sleep as actually going to them. In our spare time, we’re just as likely to spend our downtime surfing through sites like Airbnb, Home Away or Boutique-Homes.com as we are to watch a TV show. Well, there’s a new site to add to this list that is our kind of heaven: Kid & Coe is dedicated to beautiful spaces for rent that are specifically designed for families. Just because you’re traveling with a little one doesn’t mean your aesthetic sensibilities have to be left behind! All homes featured on the site are kid friendly, which means that not only do many come with toys or playrooms, but also you don’t have to fret about things being too fragile for energetic young guests. Here’s how it works. First, choose your destination from their menu of fabu places. Want to come visit us in New York City or upstate? There’s plenty to look at. But we might head to Coswalds for a cozy English countryside getaway (above). Or perhaps to a stone cottage in the South of France (below).
Once you find a place you like, use the site to contact the owner and check availability. Note: It’s not to early to start planning for next year! Many of the featured homes aren’t available until spring or summer 2014. Regardless, you can’t help but want to look through the offerings at Kid & Coe and dream.
Let us know if you book a home from them! We’d love to hear your review here. We’ll be sure to do the same.
It’s no secret that we have a love for mini mobile homes. We often fantasize about packing it all in and having a grand road trip across this great country (and maybe our northern-ly neighbor’s as well) with little more than a car, some good music, and of course, a gorgeously designed camper trailer (a Cricket will do). Since that is not exactly possible, we love the idea of renting one, even if just for night or two, to get a feel for the roaming life. This is why our hearts instantly sang when we saw Helene Cornell, who is part of the American Express #PassionProject. Helene renovates vintage trailers and then turns them into groovy accommodations available by airbnb.com. Helene has to adorable ‘canned hams’ from the late 50′s, and the third is a shiny aluminum twenty foot Airstream from the 70′s. All lovingly restored and are parked on her property in San Diego, CA.
Check out the Amex Video about Helene below. It might just inspired your own #passionproject.
It’s hard to imagine getting excited about coasters, but these gorgeous metallic leather coasters from Of A Kind bring entertaining to a whole new level. They are insanely chic and on trend for fall. And, yes, you can use the seven geometric shapes to create different shapes, like a horse or a sailboat, while you wait for guests to arrive. Made in Los Angeles from cowhide. $65 for a set of seven at ofakind.com.
A month or so ago on a rainy day Upstate, we went exploring down Route 9. There was not much to see or do in such miserable weather, so we stopped by the Golden Harvest Farm for a cider donut and a cup of coffee. We saw a sign that said “distillery tour” pointing towards a nondescript metal building and decided to check it out. We walked into a huge warehouse filled to the ceiling with stacked oak barrels. We had stumbled upon Harvest Spirits, home to some of the finest Apple Jack and apple vodka this side of Mississippi. Founder David Grout (who bares no resemblance to farmer Bean from Fantastic Mr. Fox, btw) is a former graphic designer whose family has owned the large apple orchard for three generations. You can see his artistic side on the front of each barrel, each which depicts a quirky illustration and turns the place into a vertical art gallery. There was a small bar serving up samples of various brews for $1 each. After tasting a little Apple Jack (an alcohol made from distilled cider), rare pear Brandy and apple vodka, we decided to bring a few bottles home for friends. The sips warmed us up in way that coffee never could.
You can taste Harvest Spirit‘s concoctions yourself if you happen to in the Albany-Catskill area on a weekend, or you could order a bottle online and have it shipped to you. To learn more about the distillery, check out this informative video.
We’ve long been a fan of Catstudio‘s embroidered state pillows. They seize the distorted, dreamy memories that float in our heads of vacations gone-by. Handmade with delicate stitching, each one incorporates not only only the character of the state, but also the artisan who made it. It can take up to one week to embroider one pillow! Take for example this Maine pillow, that not only features the prerequisite blueberries and Moose, but also the L.L.Bean flagship store and Stephen King! At $158 a pop, these beauties are in family heirloom territory in both quality and price.
But for $15, what is not to love about this vintage retro state map pillow at Fabricadabra. There’s something decidedly Wes Anderson about it, with all its earnest fisherman, campers and hunters.