After visiting Central Mexico for work travels a few weeks prior, I was itching to get to the beach for a very chill, stare-at-the-ocean kind of excursion. Enter the more than perfect Hotel Esencia, located about 25 minutes north of Tulum. Nestled in the jungle on a blissful stretch of pristine and quiet beach, it slowly unveiled a subtle chicness each day.
Let me begin by noting that during this trip I was robbed in a back alley and left phoneless-- my photographer friend with whom I was traveling having been punched and kicked over said phone thievery-- and this was still one of my best trips ever.
Just and hour and a half North of Manhattan, the Hudson River Valley is one of my favorite areas to hunt for furniture, props and accessories. Over the past few years, the region has experienced a creative growth similar to that of my hometown Detroit-- with an exploding dining, lodging and retail scene. Below are a few of my favorite haunts:
Hands down my favorite lingering spot in Hudson is the OR Coffee Shop and Bar. It has the most mellow vibe in town, with the interior merging into the exterior, and a beautiful shop attached with leather goods and art. Each time I go, I regret not pulling the trigger on these incredible bows and arrows.
My most recent trip to Hudson included eating at Talbott and Arding for virtually every single meal. It's the loveliest little carry out shop with the most magnificent teas, meringues, focaccia and cheeses I've ever seen. On my last visit of the trip, I was asked if I was a local in town which made my heart swell a bit having reached that level of familiarity with the staff.
There are really too many incredible antique shops to list, but one of the most visually overwhelming (in the best possible way) is the object shop White Whale Ltd. As a prop stylist, I would really do anything to have this shop at my disposal for photo shoot pulls.
Fern is a new discovery for me and I'm pretty obsessed. The owner is a wood and leather craftsman who makes sleek benches, chairs and tables. He's also easygoing and comfortable to sit and chat with about furniture and other ramblings.
Hawkins New York is, for me, as good as it gets for accessories. The thoughtfully curated objects include their own beautiful collection of ceramics for everyday in addition to those by Mud Australia, one of my favorite lines. Also-- have you really ever seen a more chic toilet brush and holder? This concrete gem made me really, blissfully happy to score.
Drive 20 minutes outside Hudson to Germantown, and you'll find Clermont House, a historic home once belonging to Senator Livingston and his descendants. It's one of my favorite places to relax with a book or a meditation along the river or in the calming garden pictured above.
Nothing beats a Hudson River sunset (okay, so I haven't been everywhere, but it's pretty damn good). Add Hudson and the surrounding region to your list. It's an easy flight into Albany, or a pretty undaunting drive through Canada for us Detroiters. xo