10.14.2014 | Reporter Roundup | Week on Instagram #wherewillyoucelebrate
REPORT
No. 10329
VENUE:
Venue Tour
LOCATION:
Palm Springs, California
TYPE
All
STYLE
Spanish Revival to Mid-Century Modern
SETTINGS
Desert to Lush Landscape
REPORTER : Cortnie

Last week we headed out to the desert of Palm Springs for some venues, fun and sun.  Hollywood’s playground never gets old. Where else can you frolic where legendary celebs like Frank Sinatra & Marilyn Monroe have also frolicked in a bygone era?! Following are some of our Instagram sneaks and field notes about our caftan clad adventure. Yep, we have a caftan obsession (there truly is nothing more comfortable to wear while eating and drinking). We also love cocktails (duh) and because each venue had a pool we threw our love for cannonballs into the mix. Thus our theme Cocktails, Caftans & Cannonballs was born. The full feature and venue details coming soon, but following are some peeks to wet your venue loving whistle. Tweet tweet!
 
wedding-venues-palm-springs-californiaField Notes Clockwise from Top Left:
1. The theme was Cocktails, Caftans & Cannonballs. Mae Mae Paperie helped …

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10.07.2014 | Reporter Roundup: Top 5 Venues for Fabulous Fall Gatherings
REPORT
No. 10042
VENUE:
Reporter Roundup: Fall Venues
LOCATION:
USA
TYPE
Barn / Farm / Ranch
STYLE
Weathered Barns to Glass Greenhouse
SETTINGS
Fall Farm Fields to Apple Orchards
REPORTER : Katie

It’s oh-so-happily harvest season party animals! Light the fires and kick the tires, we’re finding the nearest leaf pile to play in! If fall is the “time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale,” then we should surely celebrate this colorful crescendo.
 
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Photo: Blooming Hill Farm 
 
We’re throwing on our cozy scarves & boots, shaking the beach sand from our hair while setting apple-picking appointments, mixing up some magnificent mulled wine, lighting crackling bonfires and artfully arranging a perfect pumpkin tablescape! We’ve also found the time to round up a bountiful harvest of  vibrant venues for all of your fabulous fall fetes!
 
Fall Harvest
1. VENUE: Philo Apple Farm        LOCATION: Philo, CA
THE REPORT: There’s something simply so autumn about biting into a freshly picked, sweet juicy apple, …

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10.02.2014 | Drift, a venue for the Independent Traveler
REPORT
No. 8797
VENUE:
Drift
LOCATION:
San Jose Del Cabo
TYPE
Hotel / Resort / Spa
STYLE
Baja Ranch meets Minimal Industrial
SETTINGS
Baja Desert
REPORTER : Cortnie

The Report

Calling all culture vultures! Raise your hand if you want to host a gathering at a venue where the mantra is “we keep costs down so travelers can spend their money on more adventurous or cultural pursuits”. We do, we do!

Stu Waddell, the design genius behind said mantra and new hotspot Drift, has a resume chock full of experience in the travel and resort world. Early this year he realized his dream when he opened the rustic ranch doors of Drift.  Stu saw the magic in the traditional Colonial town of San Jose Del Cabo. He fell in love with the historic downtown art district, replete with charming galleries, live music and a delicious foodie scene. He decided he would open Drift, the first location in the Historic Art District, and the prototype for a series of hotels that fill a niche between boutique and youth hostel. The concept is to cater to the independent traveler and is inspired by the idea of “traveling without a destination”. Drift is designed to promote social interaction with a pared down, do-it-yourself atmosphere. The rooms are minimalistic with design accents inspired by industrial urban lofts and Baja ranch architecture.

We fell in love with how much Stu emphatically embraces the community culture of San Jose Del Cabo, the locals and the magic of gathering together. Something that can get lost in today’s online world. When we chatted with this passionate and caring entrepreneur we immediately knew that his concept and gem of a property embodies the spirit of the ideal gathering destination. Not just because of it’s beauty, but also for it’s manifesto and what it stands for. 

HOW WILL MY GUESTS GET HERE?: Fly into San Jose Del Cabo’s wilder sister - Los Cabos International Airport( SJD)

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09.27.2014 | Reporter Roundup | Week on Instagram #wherewillyoucelebrate
REPORT
No. 9783
VENUE:
Reporter Roundup
LOCATION:
Worldwide
TYPE
All
STYLE
Private Island Resort to Manicured Museum Garden
SETTINGS
Seaside Cliffs to City Streets
REPORTER : Cortnie

This week on instagram was fun! If you haven’t joined our insta-party we would love to see you there. Following is our instagram field notes so you can peek at everything from planners sharing their favorite venues (we call this Show & Tell) to our Restaurant Reports of hot private dining venues.  From seaside villas on the cliffs of Bali to private islands, we invite you to grab your notepad and join us!
wedding-venuesClockwise from Top Left:
1. REPORTER RADAR | RUSHCUTTERS, Sydney, Australia. As we drift into Fall, aren’t you craving a farm style harvest party ? The restaurant functions as a community & dining place, while also available for buyouts – there are also small boutique spaces ideal for intimate dinner parties & gatherings.  
2. SHOW & TELL | WOODEND SANCTUARY, Chevy Chase, MD. Design dream team Type A Society & photographer Elisa Bricker reported “Yesterday’s …

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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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