One of our favorite neighborhoods in D.C. is Dupont Circle and one of our favorite hotels in Dupont Circle is Palomar Washington DC, a Kimpton Hotel (it had us at complimentary wine reception). Aside from its awesome amenities, the hotel is just a 3-minute stroll from another D.C. favorite—the too-cool-not-to-share O Street Museum.
Photo courtesy of the O Street Museum Foundation
The museum is housed in a mansion made up of 5 adjoining townhouses, 100 rooms and 32 secret doors (in our opinion, if your mansion doesn’t have secret doors…you’re doing it wrong). You’ll come across unusual art, books and memorabilia, along with themed guest accommodations like the “Beatles Room.” All we can really say is: Go. Now. (And keep an eye on that silver mirror on the second floor.)
P.S. Happy Halloween!
Here in SniqueAway’s Boston HQ, we’re feeling pretty lucky. Sandy surely made herself known, mostly by knocking out power and toppling trees, but the damage here is nothing compared to other parts of New England, and nowhere near the scale of destruction in New York City and the Jersey Shore.
Seeing the devastation is heartbreaking. We’ve worked with many great hoteliers from Martha’s Vineyard to New York to Cape May, to name just a few affected places. Many of these hardworking people are reckoning with unimaginable losses at this time, and our hearts go out to them and their families.
If you want to help victims of the storm, there are several ways you can do so:
Donate to the Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/charitable-donations
Donate to the Salvation Army: https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/disaster
Donate to the ASPCA: https://donate.aspca.org/donate/Donations/Website/Website_Membership_HS.aspx?PlacementID=3001583
You can also donate blood, which is and will be in high demand: http://www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation
Call us old fashioned, but we love a good drive-in theater. Up here in New England, it’s getting a little cold for outdoor cinemas … but if you’re planning a trip to the Cliffrose Lodge in Springdale, Arizona, the Zion Canyon Theatre has you covered.
If million-year-old petroglyphs and gorgeous red rocks weren’t enough, Zion Canyon seals the deal with a 3-story, 60-foot outdoor screen complete with 22,000-watt Surround Sound system. If you couldn’t guess, it’s the biggest screen in Utah, and one of the biggest of its kind worldwide.
So whether you’re looking to learn about Springdale’s red-rock surroundings by viewing the original Treasure of the Gods (a film made specifically for the theater) or kicking back for the latest 3D blockbuster, rest assured it will be an evening of epic proportions.
Photo courtesy of Zion Canyon Theatre
Here in Boston, it’s hard not to get excited when fall rolls around. Especially when the leaves in the Common become vibrant punches of orange, yellow and red. (We’re guilty of going out of our way to step on the especially crunchy ones.)
While writing about the stylish Back Bay Hotel in Boston we got to thinking: What if there was a way to hunt down the best fall foliage in New England? Good news: There is. Below we’ve rounded up 3 of our new favorite (and free!) autumn apps. Let the leaf jumping begin!
Photo courtesy of Boston Discovery Guide
Leaf Peepr: With its color-coded maps (green, turning, moderate, peak, fading and gone), this app lets users check out how leaves look in different regions—perfect for planning mini road trips (or full-blown leaf-peeping vacations, for that matter!).
Alltrails: Hikers rejoice! This app finds nearby hiking and running trails (whether you’re enjoying a girl’s weekend in NYC or a home-cooked meal with the family in midcoast Maine) and lets users upload and browse photos of routes so you can scout out the area’s most colorful foliage.
Leafsnap: We’re the first to admit our fascination with foliage doesn’t always extend too far past the pretty colors. But serious leaf aficionados will love this app, which uses visual recognition to identify the Northeastern tree you’re peeping by taking a photo of one of its leaves.
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While writing about the Society House in Charleston, South Carolina—and its condo-style suites with fully equipped kitchens but without an on-site staff or restaurant—we were curious to know what it would take to live (and cook) like a local while on vacation.
The hotel is located in the heart of the historic district, at the intersection of King and Society, which makes it easy to get around. Here are just a few highlights of shops that sell what you might need to cook at home in the Holy City.
Photo courtesy of Charleston Cooks!
Charleston Cooks!: Find everything you might need to cook like a gourmet in this kitchen retail store. Plus, the shop offers classes to help fine-tune cooking skills.
Caviar and Bananas: This gourmet market sells all you need to make a memorable meal, but also provides prepared goodies, such as sandwiches, salads and even sushi.
Savannah Bee Company: This sweet store began in Savannah, but the Charleston location offers complimentary honey tastings and a variety of flavors. Find your perfect match for your morning tea.
Spice and Tea: With stores across the country, this shop is luckily only a few blocks away and sells everything you might need to spice up any home-cooked meal.