CATEGORY: Real Gatherings

Real Gatherings
See Why Your Next Dinner Party Needs to Be at an Oyster Farm
Nicole Bradley
by Nicole Bradley



Pinterest aficionados have surely seen the enviably bespoke "secret suppers" put on by Danielle Firle and Eva Kosmas Flores filled with food that looks almost too good to eat alongside beautifully understated decor in a stunning (and secret!) location. For those that are just being introduced to these coveted events, Secret Supper brings adventure in the form of food and friends to the Pacific Northwest. The goal of each supper is to seamlessly blend design, food and atmosphere so that every event has its own personality.

This particular event took place at Hama Hama Oyster Farm just outside of Seattle. In selecting this specific location, Eva and Danielle were inspired to design a menu filled with local seafood, create table arrangements made of driftwood and seashells and incorporate blue water tones into the decor. Read on for the inside scoop on this "Salt + Stone" dinner party from the hosts themselves. Let's get shuckin.'


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Correspondents on Location
Meet the Seriously Cool Couple Behind This Coffee Brand with a Cult Following
The Venue Report
by The Venue Report



Canyon Coffee, founded by coffee-loving couple, Ally Walsh & Casey Wojtalewicz, is gaining major visibility across the SoCal coffee scene. Launched in 2016, the venture emerged from the couple’s love for the ritual of coffee wherever they traveled around the world. And with a focus on organic, fair trade beans and roasts that are made to be savored sans-creamer, it’s no surprise they are receiving a warm welcome in the community (their gorgeous Instagram doesn’t hurt either!).


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The Picnic Project
Forget Happy Hour, Picnics are the Family-Friendly Adult Gathering
Scout
by Scout
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Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, Channel Drive, Santa Barbara, CA, United States



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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Venue Spotlight
You Can Stay in This Former Ford Model T Factory That’s Now a Luxury Hotel
Jené Shaw
by Jené Shaw
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21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City

900 West Main Street, Oklahoma City, OK, United States

 

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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Creative Gathering
There's A Resort In Cabo That Tourists Haven't Gotten Their Hands On Yet
Cortnie Fausner
by 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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