To You, From Us. Where to Stay in 2019.
Our Favorite NYC Stop
The Redbury New York, a hotel located in Manhattan’s NoMad district, pays tribute to the worlds of art, music, fashion and media. We liked the bright rooms and convenient location for bopping around the city. Rooms have unique amenities like an old-timey gramophone that links to your smart phone and plenty of bed-side charging ports. While the design is boutique, the service is refined. A member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Lifestyle collection, The Redbury is home to Marta, a Roman-inspired pizzeria and Bar Marta, a sophisticated but welcoming lobby bar. In-room dining options galore. East 29th and Park Ave. TheRedbury.com
Bring Everyone. We Mean Everyone!
With 9,000 square feet of luxurious living space, this riverside estate sleeps 34 in nine bedrooms. The chef’s kitchen and walk-in butler’s pantry are equipped to comfortably feed a large group for family reunions, corporate retreats, multi-family vacations or the ultimate girlfriends getaway at this Toccoa River House. A heated pool, 400+ feet of Toccoa River frontage, riverside fire pit and children’s playground will keep your gang playing outdoors. Inside, have a blast in the terrace level entertainment room featuring a full-size sports bar (with beer tap), 70-inch TV, pinball machines, juke box, Ms. Pac Man, 4 additional TVs, 2 fireplaces and an impressive theatre room. You’ll work with the charming HGTV celeb Kristy Petrillo who has made Blue Ridge her home for 15 years. KristyCollection.com
Glamp. You know you want to.
Waking up to birds chirping is a heavenly way to start the day and spending the night in a tent is magical, but add a king bed dressed with high thread count linens and a super mod en suite bathroom, and camping just became glamping. Add Under Canvas Great Smoky Mountains to your Go List for 2019. Nestled among the moody foothills 20 minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the compound will feature 75 canvas platform tents when they reopen for the season in April 2019. The lobby tent is decked out in West Elm furnishings and the chef at the Embers will cook up three squares from his menu of inventive local fare and campground favorites. Outside, there’s a big fire pit where your new friends will gather for s’mores. Friendly staffers keep the marshmallows, graham crackers and Hershey bars coming. Jake, one of the creative Under Canvas crew members had just built a handy rack out of local wood with neat hooks for the industrial size marshmallow sticks. Under Canvas also has properties in the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, Zion, Moab, Yellowstone and Glacier. UnderCanvas.com
Florida, now? Yes, please.
While we have all flocked to 30a for spring break family shenanigans, the Emerald Coast feels more special and alluring during the slower months when you can actually get a shrimp basket without waiting with a throng of sunburned teens. We stayed at SeaBatical, a sweet rental home in the quiet beach community of Gulf Trace, just west of Grayton Beach off 30a. Sunburst Beach Vacations helped make the holiday seamless and the 4-bedroom, 4-bath home had an eat-in kitchen with a killer view of Alligator Lake and the dunes of Grayton Beach State Park. The heated pool, gas grill and cozy screened porch gave each of us a place to play. At the end of the street is 30a’s 19-mile paved bike path (the Timpoochee Trail) which stretches the entire length of the scenic road and passes through all of its fun beach communities. SunburstBeachVacations.com or VRBO.com/3519471ha