CATEGORY: Real Gatherings

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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How To
Transform Your Charcuterie Board With This (Fancy) Cheese Lovers Recipe
The Venue Report
by 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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Dream Dinner Party
Baja California's Best Kept Secret Is Out
Cortnie Fausner
by Cortnie Fausner
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The Resort at Pedregal

The Resort at Pedregal, Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico


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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ARRIVE Weekend Event
See What Happens When We Collab With This Palm Springs Hotel To Throw A Weekend Long Party
The Venue Report
by The Venue Report
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ARRIVE

1551 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA, United States

 

ARRIVE in Palm Springs is an immersive local experience that celebrates the design and tastes of it's surroundings, taking notes from the expansive landscapes and mid-century modern architecture of this small yet luxurious town. When it comes to desert inspired gatherings and pool side play time, ARRIVE has every detail covered! When they asked us to join in on their Fan Club Grand Opening weekend, the answer was an obvious, OF COURSE!

We had the pleasure of spending two days at this palm tree and cacti covered oasis alongside the guests that came to celebrate summer’s grand entrance as well as take part in the events ARRIVE had to offer. It was a weekend to remember complete with the launch of The Venue Report’s exclusive Luggage Label Collection. Missed the memo? Don’t worry! Stay tuned for our 2nd Edition Luggage Labels coming soon.

Photography by Ashley Laprade

 

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