The airbnb of Rebecca Rebouche

Boutique hotels are great but I'm starting to love airbnb even more. The chance to live in someone else's space for a minute feels more local and adventurous and obviously, more personal. And if you're lucky, you can book the home of one of your favorite artist's...

Rebecca Rebouche is an artist based in southern Louisiana. Her paintings are playful, distinctive and deeply influenced by mother nature. If you spend any time in Anthropologie, you'll see her work appear on bedding, scarves, bags, stationery, curtains, books and more. I'm personally in love with all her dinnerware.

The great thing is Rebecca occassionally rents out her lofted treehouse cabin in the woods (just an hour north of New Orleans) and it's every bit as rustic, cool and creative as you would think...

The loft is three stories, one bedroom, one and a half bath surrounded by trees and a little frog pond in the front. It's the perfect getaway spot where the stress falls away, replaced with balance and calm. 

As Rebecca shares, "My hope is that the house will play host to the great writers, artists, photographers, musicians, philosophers, architects, theorists, poets, actors and entrepreneurs of our time." The cabin rents for $165 a night. Book it here.

 

Images: Rebecca Rebouche, airbnb    Content: Sweet Peach

 

The Cell Block

A good hotel room is worth paying a little extra for but truth be told, some are better than others. Like The Cell Block in Clifton, Texas- a two-cell jail from the 1930's converted into a one room, one bath boutique hotel, complete with a rooftop deck and two complimentary alcoholic libations upon arrival. 

This may just be the kind of solitary confinement you can handle. It's spacious, inviting, smartly designed and private- you can't help but feel safe and secure behind these doors. As an added touch, the resident record player spins prison related tunes only ... just think Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. 

And like any good boutique hotel, The Cell Block has a cool shop of takeaways, like the Don't Drop Soap or the cooly designed matchboxes. It's good all around. Book a trip to the stylish slammer, here.

 

Images: The Cell Block    Content: Sweet Peach 


The 404 Hotel

On my last trip to Nashville a few years ago, I was searching for a nice, boutique hotel but for some reason, came up empty. Now, they got something. It's called The 404 Hotel...

Located in the Gulch neighborhood, this small hotel is made up of five king rooms with a mix of furniture both new and vintage. Plus, they feature a rotating gallery of work by artists. All i can do is love that....

Attached to the hotel, housed in an orange shipping container, is the 404 Kitchen. Chef Matt Bolus cooks up local, seasonal fare and the design looks just as scrumptious as the food. The 404 hotel, is officially bookmarked for my next trip...

 

Images: 404 Nashville       Content: Sweet Peach

 

Lake Austin Spa Resort

I know everyone is back from the winter holiday but I can't help but want another vacation. This time, one that includes a spa and places to chill and pretty things to look at...

The Lake Austin Spa Resort, located in Austin, Texas was voted #21 in Conde Nast's Traveler 2014 Readers Choice Awards. This pool barn (one of three pools on the property) has me weak at the knees. Stuck in winter, I dream of summer again...

 

Images: Conde Nast; Lonny


Hotel San Jose

Whenever I travel, I seek out the small, independent, boutique hotels with lots of personality and style....like Hotel San Jose in Austin, Texas. 

This cool locale came into existence in 1936 as an ultramodern motor court before it was transformed into the 40 room bungalow-style hotel it is today. Owner and entrepreneur, Liz Lambert had the vision (she also owns the scrumptiously good Hotel Saint Cecilia, El Cosmico and Hotel Havana). 

Liz enlisted the very talented sustainable design firm, Lake/Flato in San Antonio to help bring her incredible vision to life. Concrete floors, minimalist decor and locally made furniture all help create a cool, Texan vibe. 

These fab chairs I quickly recognized, from artist Jamey Garza of Garza Marfa. 

Besides fun pluses like hippie blankets, kimono bathrobes and Malin + Goetz products in the rooms, all dogs are more than welcome at the hotel. Gotta love that...

And then there's the popular local joint, Jo's, located in the hotel parking lot, where you can find good coffee, beer, tacos and more. It's all a part of the many reasons why boutique hotels are worth every penny. Next time you're headed to Austin, check out the Hotel San Jose, here.

 

Photos: Hotel San Jose     Content: Sweet Peach


Postcard Inn

Last week, my friend Sandy of the knitterati sent me a link to a cool hotel. It's called Postcard Inn, located on the picturesque St. Pete Beach in Florida. There's a pool, the ocean, good food and the best part...fabulous decor. 

Upon walking inside the Inn, you'll notice a communal, laid back vibe with natural light and plenty of spots to sit, chat and meet fellow travelers. 

I particularly love the wall of books in the lobby that were strategically picked for their color and content. Scattered among the new furniture and accessories, you'll find lots of vintage, one-of-a-kind pieces too.

Designers, Tara Oxley of BR Guest and Chris Sheffield of SL Design are the creative minds behind this reinvigorated two story, u-shaped hotel (built in 1957 as the Colonial Gateway Inn) As stated on the site, "With an overlying theme of 'free space' and a powerful use of color, PCI echoes mid-century Florida vernacular with a few modern improvements thrown in for good measure." 

No two rooms are exactly alike, and with 197 rooms in all, that's quite a feat. Each room has a bohemian, surfer vibe with vintage lamps and new birch desks. The spaces feel bright and airy with white walls and white wood venetian blinds. All the duvets are down-filled with bright white covers, ready to dive into. 

The walls behind the beds have either a floor to ceiling photo of a beach scene, vintage surfing photos or a lively series of quotes from legendary surfers as well as influential thinkers like Jay-Z, Janis Joplin or the Beach Boys.  

And then there's the beach, just a few steps away from your door....and the perfect beach restaurant hangout where you can try their signature burgers, seafood or BBQ. And of course, lots of ice cold beer. 

The Postcard Inn is now officially on my to-do list, thank you Sandy. And the best part is Florida and Georgia residents receive 20% off accommodations until December 14 of this year. Such a deal. Plan it all, here. You deserve it. 

 

Photos: Postcard Inn      Content: Sweet Peach


Dogfish Inn

I love a good find so I was quite happy when I stumbled upon the website for the Dogfish Inn, a brand new brewery-themed boutique hotel. Situated in Lewes, Delaware, this design savvy Inn is an extension of the Dogfish Head Microbrewery and Brewpub. 

Founder of Dogfish Head craft brewed ales, Sam Calagione knew there was an opportunity to offer accommodations to all the travelers who passed through his popular microbrewery each year. When an old motel was up for sale last year in downtown Lewes, Sam renovated the property and gave it a new name. Situated on a pretty spot along coastal Delaware, the Dogfish Inn caters to those who like to get out and explore, without the need of a car. Here you can bike, hike, kayak or paddleboard...and drink craft beer. 

The modern furnishings are the best part of this hotel. Designed by Studio Tack of Brooklyn, this Inn has 16 dog friendly guest rooms that are minimal with just the right mix of added color and texture. The bleached wood panels and flooring, plus the down feather pillows and comforter create a welcoming, cozy room. Plus, if you look closely, you'll discover fun beer-centric amenities and artwork. 

As stated on their site, "Each room includes a wool Dogfish blanket created in collaboration with the iconic apparel maker Woolrich. You'll also find a Tivoli radio and screenprints of beer labels from our music collaborations." Rooms are around $250 on weekdays, $280 on weekends. 

Steve Rogers is a local artist of Lewes and he has painted the historic Lightship Overfalls somewhere in each room- it's up to you to find it. The Lightship Overfalls is one of only 17 lightships remaining and is an historic landmark docked just a few hundred feet from the Inn. All of the artwork in each of the rooms is framed with salvaged wood from local farms, provided by Matt Myers, a local organic farmer. 

You'll also find retro-American made beach chairs and Apolis tote bags for any day trips to the local beaches- (the totes are custom designed to carry Dogfish Head's six packs back to your room). Plus they have a treasure map highlighting nearby favorites- which reminds me of the map and guide I produced for the city of Atlanta. 

When you spend a night at the Inn, you'll definitely want to head to their Brewpub, just a six mile bike ride down the bike path (borrow one of their bikes from the lobby). It's a bit of a beer lover's paradise mixed with a design lover's paradise. Oh, how I love a good find. Happy weekend everyone...

 

Photos: Dogfish Inn site; selectism.com     Content: Sweet Peach

 

Travaasa Resort & Spa

I'm a nature girl. The more I'm outside, the better...plus, a little luxury never hurts. So it's safe to say this scene from the outdoor pool at the Travaasa Resort in Austin, Texas appeals to me.

Travaasa is situated on 210 acres of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve which overlooks Lake Travis. This destination proves to be a perfect resting ground for those looking for some relaxation or restoration time. 

There are 70 guest rooms to choose from at Travaasa, each decorated in a simple Texas farmhouse style with lots of rich, earthy tones. Each room has a private deck or patio to better immerse oneself in the Texas Hill Country. There are seven lodges of private rooms in all, connected by trail paths. 

For the adventuring type, they have ziplining, Outward Bound climbing walls, horse stables, fitness and culinary classes, archery, campfires and guided hikes. Recently adding a farm to the grounds, they also offer hands-on classes in seed germination, plant identification, composting and how to raise chickens to name a few. 

If you like nature and aren't one to shy away from a bit of pampering and self indulgence, I think it's safe to say you'll like Travaasa too. Click here to learn more. 

 

Photos: Travaasa     Content: Sweet Peach


The Dixie Daisy

If you're traveling in or around Austin anytime soon, may I suggest a side trip to Wimberley, Texas...

This incredible retro Airstream, nicknamed the Dixie Daisy accommodates two and is available for rent via Airbnb for just $110 a night. 

Owners, Jennifer and Gregory have created an incredible getaway space that is comfy and relaxing, with all you could ever need. This includes a new queen mattress, a real toilet, lounging areas, an indoor and outdoor shower, plus a fully stocked kitchen with fresh eggs in the fridge. (when the chickens are laying...)

It's the small touches which make the space so great, including the vintage fabrics and retro accessories...

And perhaps the biggest selling point for me is how the Dixie Daisy is set up for a true nature lover's getaway. The Airstream is situated on 12 acres along the banks of Smith Creek. It's meant to explore, to experience the quiet, to find some balance when life gets a little off kilter...   

I love the outdoor deck, grill, shower, hot tub, hammock, the string lights and chiminea. Everything is picture perfect. Except I'm not there. But you can be sure it's on my short list! Marfa, and now Wimberley, here I come...

 

Photos: Airbnb/The Dixie Daisy       Content: Sweet Peach