CATEGORY: Real Gatherings

Forget Happy Hour, Picnics are the Family-Friendly Adult Gathering
Scout
REPORT
No. 27269
VENUE:
Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
LOCATION:
Santa Barbara, California
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
The Picnic Project
Family-Friendly Gathering
Santa Barbara
REPORTER: Scout



For the mother that loves to entertain but finds herself attracted more and more to an easy going plan that includes her little ones, Alicia Lund has the answer: picnics. The blogger behind Cheetah is the New Black planned an intimate picnic during a trip with her husband at the Four Seasons The Biltmore Santa Barbara. This casual soirée was filled with dreamy Southern California neutrals, wine and cheese. The best part? Her baby boy Rex enjoyed the on-the-floor fun with his toys and picnic treats. 

Alicia Lund spills all the effortless details that made her family picnic a parent's happy hour heaven. From the appetizers to the vintage glassware to the lounge ware, it's time to embrace picnic season. 

Photography + Words by Alicia Lund of Cheetah is the New Black

 

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You Can Stay in This Former Ford Model T Factory That’s Now a Luxury Hotel
Jené Shaw
REPORT
No. 27253
VENUE:
21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City
LOCATION:
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Venue Spotlight
Eclectic + Modern
Oklahoma City
REPORTER: Jené Shaw

 

What happens when two art-collecting hoteliers pair up with a New York design firm and set loose on a historic Ford Model T plant? You get this beautiful, artistic 135-room boutique hotel in downtown Oklahoma City that doubles as a contemporary art museum that’s free and open to the public. Set foot inside the hotel—which was built in 1916—and you’ll notice historical elements woven in with contemporary and playful large-scale art pieces. The rooms themselves feel like your trendiest friend’s urban loft, but with Malin + Goetz bath products and cozy furnishings. The hotel is getaway-ready, with a spa and an excellent restaurant in Mary Eddy’s Kitchen x Lounge, which features fun classes like a hands-on charcuterie + craft cocktail workshop.

Fashion and lifestyle blogger Ally Noriega (aka Allyson in Wonderland) visited the 21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City and she chatted with us about her staycation. Bonus: For anyone interested in exploring Oklahoma City—that’s OKC to locals—Noriega included some insider travel tips for visiting her hometown.

Photography + Words by Ally Noriega

 

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There's A Resort In Cabo That Tourists Haven't Gotten Their Hands On Yet
Cortnie Fausner
REPORT
No. 27194
VENUE:
Rancho Pescadero
LOCATION:
Todos Santos
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Creative Gathering
Summer Getaway
Baja
REPORTER: Cortnie Fausner

 

Just an hour north of Cabo, near the artist’s enclave of Todos Santos, lies a dirt road marked by a small sign. Head down it's dusty drive and you will end up at a quaint boutique hotel that lies on the Pacific coast of Baja. Rancho Pescadero will greet you with gardens full of fresh vegetables, rolling fields of flowers and walls awash in soft terracotta hues. As you get closer to the entrance you will spot  guests doing yoga poses in the pavilion overlooking the ocean. Longboards are neatly propped next to the front desk enticing you to book the surf lessons offered at the property. 

This oceanfront oasis is a nice reprieve from the glittering resorts of Cabo itself. Here you will find a much more adventurous yet laid-back crowd. The intimate, non-corporate resort sits on 15 acres and is lovingly cared for by Lisa Harper who opened the hotel in 2009 after drawing her vision on a scrap of paper a mere 18 months earlier. Lisa had owned the beachfront land for years and one morning while sitting in her Sonoma home, she brilliantly sketched what was to become the Rancho Pescadero of today. Now, on a balmy summer day, we found ourselves enjoying the fruits of Lisa's labor after being invited by The Wedding Artists Collective to go on a creative retreat. 

Photography by The Wedding Artists Collective 

 

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Transform Your Charcuterie Board With This (Fancy) Cheese Lovers Recipe
The Venue Report
REPORT
No. 27237
VENUE:
By The Sea
LOCATION:
Stoneleigh
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
How To
Beach Gathering
Stoneleigh, Australia
REPORTER: The Venue Report

 

The turn of the seasons is almost upon us and best celebrated together, perhaps with an Endless Summer party for those not ready to say goodbye or a Welcome Party for those celebrating fall’s rebirth. Whichever your choice, a transitional gathering is key for the season. The setting? Take it to the water’s edge with an open fire and create your feast.

Australian WILD Chef and traveler, Sarah Glover, is inspiring these thoughts with her very own waterfront feast that you can find amongst her other culinary adventures in her soon-to-be released cookbook. She gave us an exclusive, inside look into her intimate beachside banquet along with two heavenly recipe sneak peeks. The first is her Chargrilled Cheeses with Endive and Wild Honeycomb Platter - not only capable of inducing instant mouth-watering, it looks positively divine once done up. The second is The Hung Pork with Lemon Leaves and Blistered Grapes cooked while hanging over an open flame complete with a healthy splash pinot noir. Who's hungry?  

Photography by Luisa Brimble

 

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Baja California's Best Kept Secret Is Out
Cortnie Fausner
REPORT
No. 27195
VENUE:
The Resort at Pedregal
LOCATION:
Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Dream Dinner Party
Coastal Luxe
Cabo San Lucas
REPORTER: Cortnie Fausner


They say resting beach face is a real thing. It happens when you haven’t been to the ocean in a long time so, when we got the invite from The Wedding Artists Collective to jet off where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez, we accepted. Our final destination was a resort carved into the cliffs of the southernmost tip of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula.

The views are endless with pools that blend into the watercolor hues of the ocean. Pull up a front row seat to the crashing waves and sandy beaches that are quietly tucked away from the colorful chaos of downtown Cabo itself. The Resort at Pedregal is I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E.

Photography by The Wedding Artists Collective

 

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