wish i were checking in: the attwater

I love Christmas time, but I’ve found myself dreaming of summer already, longing for warmer temperatures and sandy beaches. In the classic New England beach town of Newport, famous landmarks include the Tennis Hall of Fame, lots of mansions, and a Yacht Club. But the beautifully redesigned Attwater doesn’t feel highbrow…its modern, textural and perfectly beachy. Interior Designer Rachel Reider is responsible for the fabulous fabrics and nautical nods that evoke modern Newport. The main hotel is complete, but a group of urban beach houses are set to open in May 2014. I want to go, and bring that blue rug back home with me!




Check in from $129/night.

–Melissa P.

ca central coast, instagram style


While in CA last week my husband and I left our son with his Grammy and hit the road for our first night sans baby. We left the busyness of LA behind and headed north to one of my favorite places in the world: California’s central coast. We started our mini-vacation with lunch at Thomas Hill Organics in Paso Robles, where we both had the best sandwiches of our lives. No exaggeration. We walked around downtown Paso for a bit, and I picked up a trivet at the General Store that makes me happy every time I look at it.


After shopping we hit up some Paso wineries, where I was too busy sipping wine to snap any pictures. Our favorite stop was Tablas Creek Vineyard. The wine was unique for the area, and the fella pouring our tasting was warm and knowledgable. We spent the night in Cambria on Moonstone Beach, where you wake up to this…


Before heading back down south, we stopped by Morro Bay. Growing up, my grandma lived near Morro Bay, so there are a handful of stops I have to make to relive my childhood, including the Shell Shop. Its frozen in time and I love it.



We got back just in time to smooch our little captain and put him to bed. Time away is wonderful, but I never get tired of this face.


–Melissa P.

wish i were checking in: rustic laurel canyon


Last year, Brendan and I took a really great vacation in the mountains of North Carolina just a few hours away from home. In the inexpensive cabin we rented, there was no internet, no cell service, and no neighbors within sight, so we were able to completely unplug for a few days. We hiked, we cooked, played board games, and sat bundled up by an outdoor fire enjoying the fall weather. The town was tiny (great for antiquing!), but otherwise there wasn’t a whole lot to do — perfect! It was truly one of our best vacations.


This Laurel Canyon guest house has the same kind of vibe to me. Of course, plane tickets to Laurel Canyon would just about blow our “cheap getaway” plan, but if we ever do find ourselves in Laurel Canyon I hope I’ll be checking in. Starting at $100/night.






If you have vertigo, Cubehouse might not be the best place to stay next time you’re in Rotterdam (even looking at the photos makes me a little dizzy). But this one was too good not to share!


According to Wikipedia, “Kubuswoningen, or cube houses, are a set of innovative houses built in Rotterdam and Helmond in The Netherlands, designed by architect Piet Blom and based on the concept of ‘living as an urban roof’: high density housing with sufficient space on the ground level. Blom tilted the cube of a conventional house 45 degrees, and rested it upon a hexagon-shaped pylon.”







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wish i were checking in: 21c museum hotels


21c Museum Hotels is coming to downtown Durham! 21c is a boutique hotel company out of Louisville, Kentucky that renovates and restores historic buildings, turning them into gorgeous modern art museums/hotels/chi-chi restaurants. The company was founded by two art collectors who were passionate about bringing art into people’s daily lives in an accessible and engaging way. All of the 21C museums are free of charge, open 24/7, and feature unique installation pieces, rotating curated collections and host cultural events. The Durham location will be housed in the old Hill building on the corner of Corcoran and Main. I can’t wait to see what they bring to the Bull City!

21room 21room2 21tree21food 21c locations in Louisville, Cincinnati and Bentonville pictured above.

–Melissa P.