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Whoa, down in Mexico

Stay | Endemico Resguardo Silvestre: Mexico

With just 20 bungalows strewn across 99-acres of mountainside in Mexican wine country, Endemico Resguardo Silvestre might be the best reason to go South of the Border yet. Designed with eco-friendly mentality the demure, yet capacious rooms (each measures about 215 sq ft), called EcoLofts, are built from corten steel and elevated from the ground…

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Our weekend at the Golden City institution

Stay | Clift

All hotels are judged on their location, amenities, and service, but a unique sense of style is usually what separates the good from the remarkable. San Francisco’s historic Clift has all of these qualities in ample supply. Since being opened in 1915 on the corner of Geary and Taylor St., the luxury hotel has offered…

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Oh, the weather outside is frightful

Stay | Igloo Village: Kakslauttanen, Finland

It may be -26°F outside, but inside the comfort of your thermal glass igloo, it’s far from rough. With a campus of 20 glass ensconced igloos, Igloo Village in Kakslauttanen, Finland is a star-gazing bonanza. Capture views of the Northern Lights and Arctic stars while you bask in a fully appointed room dome complete with…

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Summer Camp, Alternately

Stay | Ruschmeyer’s: Montauk, NY

With an ambiance centered around summer activities ranging from ping pong to kiteboarding and amenities ranging from a sand-filled pool to an open-air beer garden, staying at Ruschmeyer’s ($250+) is a bit like walking onto the set of Wet Hot American Summer. Even the blondes walking in from the beaches seem to have an Elizabeth…

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Q would be proud

Stay | Eccleston Square Hotel, London

If you’ve got a proclivity for the gadgets (as in your tech gear needs a bag of its own), a bit of the design bug and also happen to find yourself in London, there’s really only one hotel for you. A cross between British bespoke and Apple Store, central London’s Eccleston Square Hotel boasts enough…

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Cinematic Boarding

Stay | Mondrian SoHo, New York

If we were to quickly surmise what the Mondrian SoHo hotel is in just 8 words it might be along the lines of: “you might just think you’re a celebrity, also.” Perhaps it’s the crowd, casual meets jetset, or the river of high-heeled women, or highly-tuned design but it wouldn’t surprise us if the hotel…

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Southern. Living.

Stay | Blackberry Farm: Walland, Tennessee

If someone were to ask you where to find one of the world’s best getaways, your first instinct might not be East Tennessee. But an easy drive from Knoxville, TN at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains you’ll find Blackberry Farms — 4,200 bucolic acres of pure getaway grandeur. A farm with a penchant…

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A long way from YMCA Summers

Stay | Paperbark Camp, New South Wales, Australia

Drive three hours south of Sydney to New South Wales’ Jervis Bay and tucked away on preserved land you’ll find Paperbark Camp. Founded in 1998 by Irena and Jeremy Hutching, the eco-friendly glamping upscale camping lodge touts everything from white-sand beaches with secret coves to pre-breakfast kangaroo spotting. Canoeing and torch-lit night hikes through eucalyptus…

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The Room with the Golden View

Stay | Ian Fleming Villa at GoldenEye Resort

Located in Oracabessa, on the north coast of Jamaica, the GoldenEye Resort isn’t a kitschy hommage to the classic game where you can play real-life scenarios of pistols, license to kill, in the Complex — not that we wouldn’t love that. But it does, however, have James Bond lineage. Once home to Ian Fleming, where…

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A place to reflect

Stay | Treehotel Mirrorcube: Harads, Sweden

Maybe one day, we’ll all live in houses that blend in so closely with their surroundings they simply vanish into the environment. Until then we’ll just have to settle on innovative offerings in the hospitality industry, like the Treehotel in Northern Sweden. One of their several surreal treehomes, the Mirrorcube, designed by architects Tham &…

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Over the hill and through the woods

Stay | Heceta Head Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast: Yachats, Oregon

Once you’ve driven your way up California’s incredible US 101 highway into Oregon, turned onto the winding “authorized vehicles only” one-lane road, and made your way to the end, what lies ahead can only be described as one of the most spectacular lighthouse locations in North America. Perched on a 205 foot headland, 13 miles…

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Well designed weekend

Stay | Ten Broeck Cottage: Hudson, New York

A five-star hotel it may not be, but in our book Ten Broeck Cottage is even better. Nestled on 8 acres of apple orchard in Hudson, New York (two hours north of the city) the 3 bedroom cottage is a blend of historical and modern amenities. Exposed beams and 15″ wide plank flooring are juxtaposed…

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GP goes on location for our first travel gear review

9 Days in Vietnam, 9 Gear Essentials

Want to be taken away? Well, you must consider Vietnam. Take everything you’ve come to know or partially understand about the country as you’ve seen through the mass media and turn it all on its collective head. This picturesque sliver of a country is a true escape from some of what we’ve come to know…

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Leave your heart, not your wallet in...

Stay | Harbour Court Hotel: San Francisco

After quite a few reader requests for hotel, destination, adventure and travel recommendations, we’re embarking on a new series of posts called Stay. Culled together from both crew and reader insights, Stay will highlight both exciting and achievable travel along with occasional travel-related gear endorsements. Consider it an ongoing series to satiate your travel bug….

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Room with a view

Stay | Finca Bellavista

Be honest with yourself: at one point in your life (for some of us more recently) you dreamt about being Fritz from The Swiss Family Robinson, evading tigers, fighting pirates and living in the trees. Well, there’s an app er… place for that. Gentle readers, welcome to Finca Bellavista, a sustainable tree-house community tucked away…