VENUE TYPE: Bed & Breakfast Inn

A South African Farm Fresh Garden Getaway
Cortnie Fausner
REPORT
No. 20182
VENUE:
Babylonstoren
LOCATION:
Drakenstein Valley, South Africa
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Barn / Farm / Ranch
Greenhouse Garden Party
Vineyards, Orchards, Gardens, oh my!
REPORTER: Cortnie Fausner

Inspired by the mythical gardens of Babylon, this farm hotel spanning eight acres, would make even Adam and Eve feel right at home. With over 300 plants, the fruit and vegetables are harvested for guests to munch on in the restaurant (there will be absolutely no need to count calories here.) You will find yourself meandering around the farm and discovering berries, bees, ducks, chickens, a prickly pear maze, a HUMAN size bird nest and even gravity fed waterways. Yep, the gardens are watered the same way they would have been 300 years ago. There is no need to reinvent the wheel right?!

 

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Gather at this Williamsburg B & B. Adirondack Cowboy Sensibility included.
Katie David Bush
REPORT
No. 9027
VENUE:
Urban Cowboy B & B
LOCATION:
Williamsburg, NY
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Bed & Breakfast Inn
Au Courant Artful Antique
Hip(ster) Home on the Range
REPORTER: Katie David Bush
Gather at this Williamsburg B & B. Adirondack Cowboy Sensibility included.
Gather at this Williamsburg B & B. Adirondack Cowboy Sensibility included.
Gather at this Williamsburg B & B. Adirondack Cowboy Sensibility included.

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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A 125-year-old Gilded Age Mansion in the Berkshires
Katie David Bush
REPORT
No. 7953
VENUE:
Kemble Inn
LOCATION:
Lenox, Massachusetts
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Bed & Breakfast Inn
Ralph Lauren meets Kelly Wearstler
Majestic Mountainside Vistas
REPORTER: Katie David Bush
A 125-year-old Gilded Age Mansion in the Berkshires
A 125-year-old Gilded Age Mansion in the Berkshires
A 125-year-old Gilded Age Mansion in the Berkshires

The Report

This venue is VRV (Venue Report Verified); Venue Report Correspondents Leila Brewster Photography, True Events & mStarr Event Design, have personally thrown an event at this venue. Last week we shared stunning images and the full scoop from a group of incredible event planners who recently hosted a Berkshires girls getaway at this venue. It was chock full of flowers, mixology classes, a slumber party in PJ's and ended with a dinner party! They creatively called it the #INNspiredescape. You can see the full report along with their lovely floral crowns in our feature here.

In 2010, a 125-year-old Gilded Age mansion set in the Berkshires, underwent extensive renovations, with stunning contemporary furnishings and interior design. It later opened it's doors to rave reviews from guests who exclaimed, “Not your grandmother’s Bed and Breakfast!” and “Ralph Lauren style in Lenox!”. Two years later, The New York Times reported that the breakfast here, could very well be the best in the country!

Berkshire County — better known simply as “the Berkshires” — is a long strip of land along the western border of Massachusetts bordered by Vermont, New York and Connecticut, and adorned by the soft, rolling peaks of the Appalachian range.  Built in 1886 as the country home for President Chester A. Arthur’s Secretary of State, Kemble Inn has a historical and storied past. Usher it successfully into the modern age with sophistication, whimsy and thoughtful design courtesy of owner, Scott Shrott. Perfectly positioned between the Berkshire Mountains and Lenox Village you’re either steps away from the town’s charms or a “million miles away from everywhere” on the lush length of back lawn.

HOW WILL MY GUESTS GET HERE?: Fly into nearby Albany (approx. 38 miles away) and rent or take a car to Lenox, nestled in the heart of the Berkshire mountains. If you come in through Mass Pike, you’ll pass Trinity Church, built in 1888 in the Gothic Revival style and noted for it’s grandeur. Or if you’re local its an easy-peasy drive from New York City/Boston/Connecticut areas.

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A Berkshire Girls Getaway & Relaxing Retreat
Katie David Bush
REPORT
No. 7767
VENUE:
Kemble Inn
LOCATION:
Lenox, Massachusetts
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Bed & Breakfast Inn
Beautiful Berkshires Bed & Breakfast
Majestic Mountainside
REPORTER: Katie David Bush

You know that us reporters are always in search of fabulous venues for all types of occasions, including locations ideal for retreats and group getaways. We especially love a good girls weekend. A venue that you and your gals can gather at for a couple of nights filled with dinner parties, late night laughter, storytelling and just pure relaxation.

 

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The Oyster Inn : Auckland, New Zealand
Cortnie Fausner
REPORT
No. 4120
VENUE:
The Oyster Inn
LOCATION:
Waiheke Island, New Zealand
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Beach / Lake / Waterfront Location
Beach Boutique
The Sea & Bay
REPORTER: Cortnie Fausner
The Oyster Inn : Auckland, New Zealand
The Oyster Inn : Auckland, New Zealand
The Oyster Inn : Auckland, New Zealand

The Report

Hello you nomadic Party Animals. Today our reporters are excitedly yelling 'Auck you!". Why? Because we are quite enamored with Auckland, New Zealand and want to swim all the way over to Waiheke Island. In this adventure capital of the world you just might find yourself partaking in bungee jumping, flying through the air as you skydive or simply planting your feet firmly on the ground on an incredible hike. In addition to the breathtaking scenery of Auckland how does saltwater air, weathered furniture, wicker, vintage cane chairs and bright striped yellow VW vans sound to you? Yep, we thought so.

The gem of a venue that caught our eyes and got our reporter notepads out is The Oyster Inn with glorious views of the Coromandel and beyond. This Victorian style building and seaside hideaway is nestled on Waiheke Island, a mere 40 minutes from Auckland. Located in the heart of Oneroa village, half of the property once housed the local island newspaper ‘The Gulf News’ which has been there for 31 years. With 3 gorgeous guest rooms, the hotel offers the perfect intimate escape for a getaway, events, and/or a delicious dining experience.

History Lesson. The Oyster Inn is the brainchild of two former Londoners who fell in love with the charming island after careers in the marketing and event industries. They hired Auckland-based designer Katie Lockhart to do the interior design. She utilized locally made furniture crafted from reclaimed wood, custom designed pieces and vintage staples.

HOW WILL MY GUESTS GET HERE: Once landed in Auckalnd take a bus or taxi to the ferry building and take the regularly scheduled service to the island by Fullers.www.fullers.co.nz

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