09.16.2014 | A Playa Del Carmen Boutique Beach Hotel Perfect for Intimate Gatherings
REPORT
No. 9324
VENUE:
Hotel La Semilla
LOCATION:
Playa Del Carmen
TYPE
Hotel / Resort / Spa
STYLE
Mexican Heritage Rough Luxe
SETTINGS
Magnificent Mayan
REPORTER : Katie

The Report

It is said “fate loves the fearless” and if that is so than it is never more true than for the owners of Hotel La Semilla in Playa del Carmen, Mexico – Alexis Schärer and Angie Rodriguez. Adventurous of spirit and authentic of heart, they met by chance if one believes in coincidence. In theory it sounds like good old-fashioned romantic cinema —a wayfaring, globetrotting couple who start working at The Plaza Athenee Hotel on the same day, become fast friends and discover they both want to open their own hotel.

One might say both Angie and Alexis were headed for hospitality if one believes in such things being destined or fated. In Alexis Schärer’s case, he grew up in the hotels his father ran and later the same career choice took him to London, Mallorca, and St. Moritz, amongst others. Mexican-born Angie Rodriguez studied hotel management too but also tried her hand at photography, jewelry design, and painting. With their combined sensibilities and experience a passion project unpetaled and bloomed into Hotel La Semilla, very fittingly, Spanish for “seed.”

HOW WILL MY GUESTS GET HERE?: Hotel La Semilla is just over a mile from Playa del Carmen’s ADO International Bus Station, and about an hour’s drive from Cancún International Airport (CUN).

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09.12.2014 | Reporter Roundup | Best Venues to Throw a Pizza Party!
REPORT
No. 9119
VENUE:
Pizza Party Hotspots
LOCATION:
Worldwide
TYPE
Private Dining / Restaurant
STYLE
Brick Oven Bash
SETTINGS
City Streets
REPORTER : Katie

“When the moon hits your eye. Like a big pizza pie, that’s amore!” Even Dean Martin thinks that pizza should get a shout out in a song, and we agree. This perfect combo of flour, water and cheese evokes such waves of childhood nostalgia for most of us, that we want to bring it back to our adulthood with a roundup of the best venues to host a pizza party at!
 
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09.03.2014 | Gather at this Williamsburg B & B. Adirondack Cowboy Sensibility included.
REPORT
No. 9027
VENUE:
Urban Cowboy B & B
LOCATION:
Williamsburg, NY
TYPE
Bed & Breakfast Inn
STYLE
Au Courant Artful Antique
SETTINGS
Hip(ster) Home on the Range
REPORTER : Katie

The Report

Saddle up, swarthy adventure seekers and dust off your boots! When you arrive at this diamond in the wilds of Williamsburg, you will discover a veritable love letter to the old West as told by the most ruggedly posh of urban cowboys. By day, owner Lyon Porter, is the Director of Sales for a Manhattan-based real estate company, and by night a self-confessed innkeeper “cowboy.” Porter bought this property a little over a year ago with the intention of renovating and turning it into a series of apartments. Yet, something happened on a surf trip to Nicaragua. It changed him in a way that only travel can and in lieu of the big paycheck, he followed his east coast heart on the dusty trail west, while keeping his spurs firmly planted in the Big Apple.

He speaks lovingly of the Williamsburg of yore, yes much like the Old West when trains didn’t run on schedule, shootouts were common and ahem, ladies of the night set up shop on every corner. While there are plenty of developments in progress nowadays as well as extremely lovely and posh boutique hotels setting up shop, there is nothing quite like living the Cowboy Way at Urban Cowboy, a Brooklyn Bed & Breakfast.

HOW WILL MY GUESTS GET HERE? Out-of-towners can fly into either La Guardia or JFK and take a bus or subway, local city dwellers can take the L-train.

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08.30.2014 | Reporter Roundup | 4 Hotspots to Celebrate Labor Day
REPORT
No. 8935
VENUE:
Hotspots to Celebrate Labor Day
LOCATION:
USA
TYPE
All
STYLE
Beachy BBQ Bonfire
SETTINGS
Sandy Beach to City Street
REPORTER : Katie

Beach parties, BBQ’s and finger lickin’ eats. After working hard for those vacation days you deserve some foot-stompin’, soul-healin’, day-drinking partying. This Reporter Roundup is an ode to your days in the office. These are the Best Labor Day Party Spots in America.
 
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Do you have dreams of swimming in salty bath-like oceans or swinging on ropes by the lake? Do you want to prop yourself poolside under the shade of a striped [...]

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08.27.2014 | Gather at this Seaside Surfers Sanctuary in Byron Bay
REPORT
No. 8794
VENUE:
Atlantic Byron Bay
LOCATION:
Byron Bay, Australia
TYPE
Beach / Lake / Waterfront Location
STYLE
Coastal Caribbean Cottages
SETTINGS
Byron Bay Beaches + Rainforest
REPORTER : Cortnie

The Report

Aloha Gypsetters and hello sunkissed salt gypsies! Grab your sunscreen, a colorful silly straw, a big striped beach towel, and your surfboard. Oh yea, don’t forget your favorite friends and family. This unique coastal estate of three beach cottages has been transformed into Caribbean style plantation houses for your rest and relaxation. Each one of them is joined together by the cutest meandering sun bleached paths, so you will not be too far from your surf buddies. Use those hard earned vacation days for a beachy-keen adventure with the soundtrack of nature in the background as you drift off to sleep. Set in a nature reserve, you will hear the night time melodic sing-song sounds of birdies and frogs. So round up your crew and play hooky already!

You often hear that Australia is what the world was like before it got too crowded and Byron Bay seems to encapsulate that very mantra. It’s just one of those rare magical places that you usually only stumble upon from the comfort of your couch, while watching a romantic comedy. So get up you couch potato, and experience the charming warm and fuzzies of a movie set in real life at Atlantic Byron Bay. Straight from the set of a 50′s surf flick, this boho beach estate envelopes the Byron Bay surf culture known for it’s carefree lifestyle and charming beauty. Salty hair and ocean air, here we come!

HOW WILL MY GUESTS GET HERE?: If your are doing a coastal surf roadtrip just drive. It’s It takes about 9 hours to drive  from Sydney to Byron Bay along the Pacific Highway. It’s also only a one hour drive from the Gold Coast, and just over two hours’ drive from Brisbane. In a hurry? Just hop on a flight from Sydney or Melbourne into Ballina/Byron Airport and grab a shuttle.

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