with the cold and rainy weather, all that i can think about getting away. the fact that it is only november and i’m already wanting to escape is a little scary, but a girl can’t help but dream. with that, i thought i’d try to blog it out. keeping in mind that it’s hubby and me and baby makes 3, i have never been more concerned with where i am staying. gone are the days of hitting the road and staying wherever looks coolest. here are the places that i am dreaming of, and most just so happen to be warm weather places.
- palm springs, ca. i’m really a desert girl. i love the ocean, i love the mountains, a lot, but i dream of the desert. it’s magical. i love palm springs. land of amazing mid-century architecture and swanky golf courses, it also features pretty great november weather. i am pretty in love with korakia pensione, a sort of santorini meets santa fe (with a little tangier) hotel with gorgeous rooms, bungalows and studios, many of them featuring kitchens and/or fireplaces. there are 2 swimming pools, a bocce ball court, an outdoor film screen, afternoon moroccan tea service and complimentary breakfast and bicycles. tre chic.
- tucson, arizona. arizona is an incredible state, and tucson is a pretty spectacular spot. it’s pretty much perfect in the winter months. i love the 1930’s charm that is still hanging on around the city, and the arizona inn is part of that. it’s a little adobe cottage style resort that is nestled into suburban mid-town, still hanging on in the midst of all’a’dat. it’s quiet and comfortable, old school but well maintained and upgraded in all the right ways. they also have board games in the lobby and an ice cream social in the evenings.
- lima, peru. my father took a trip to peru about 7 years ago and has not stopped raving about it since. i’m completely in love with their textiles and have been dreaming about going there myself. i so badly want to stay at the hostal el patio, a small spanish colonial style hotel with courtyard style rooms that have beautiful little terraces. the hotel prides itself on being quiet and cozy, the rooms are simply furnished and the staff is english speaking. the winter months are the best time weather wise to visit peru.
- joshua tree, california. i love the mojave, and my husband also just so happens to be named joshua, so i really love this desert. while it is cooler in the winter, temperatures tend to hover around 70, which is a lot better than snow! the 29 palms inn is a place that i adore, with private bungalow style rooms (1930’s adobe or 1920’s wood cabins, actually) that are all so beautifully put together. the hotel sits just outside of joshua tree and you can hear the coyotes singing in the morning.
- ojai, california. while looking for close-ish places that boast warmer weather and aren’t in l.a. proper i stumbled upon ojai. it’s an only slightly fancy little town that has lots of great hiking and is really easy to get around in. in ojai is the gorgeous ojai rancho inn, which has awesome southwest meets summer camp decor and features kitchen rooms (for those of us with babes).
- sayulita, mexico. mexico is probably my favorite country outside of the u.s., as far as the food, textiles and climate are concerned. sayulita is a small fishing village about 25 miles from puerto vallarta, but it became a wildly popular “it” destination (like tullum did) about 4 years ago. it’s now home to many ex-pats and is not the well kept secret that it used to be. while it’s not getting into the un-gentrified mean streets of mexico, it’s still a far cry from big time all-you-can-eat buffet resort and spring break mexico. there are two places that i’d love to stay: the beautiful moroccan decor clad petit hotel hafa with its pretty bright stucco walls and amazing roof deck, and the somewhat less trendy aurinko bungalows, where each room has a kitchen & separate sitting area.
- the yucatan, mexico. i’ve long been vying to see the far end of mexico with its mayan temples and incredible food. the hotel hacienda uxmal is a spanish colonial masterpiece, with its gorgeous tiled floors and arched balconies. the hotel is on a plantation filled with fruit trees and every room has a terrace or balcony overlooking the landscape. it is also right across the street from the uxmal pyramids.
- big sur, california. i first visited big sur over thanksgiving and i absolutely loved the fall air there. it was a little chilly, but so incredibly lush and the smell was amazing. i’ve been meaning to stay at the ripplewood resort for about a decade now, but i never seem to get in. in the summer it is always booked, but in the off season they tend to have room. the property has 18 free standing wood cabins that are very simple, camp style rooms with minimal decor. it’s located right at the entrance to big sur and the national park, where hiking is ruling. some of the cabins even have fireplaces.