World’s Coolest Cameras
What's the one thing everyone takes along on their travels? A camera, of course! Though we live in the age of iPhone photo apps, there's something irreplaceable about having an old-fashioned camera tucked into your luggage. But there's no reason for a camera to be boring; remember our article on Colorware's camera customization program? Even if you can't afford to send your Leica D-Lux 5 in for a candy-colored makeover, there's plenty of other cool, creative, and unique cameras available for purchase. Here are our faves:
Best New Travel Gadgets
Traveling can be stressful, so isn't it great when you find a cool new gadget designed to make life on the road a little easier? Here's a list of our current faves, ranging from pocket showers and iPod chargers to a camper trailer that switches seamlessly from road to water.
Clouds for Sale
Most people have done it at some point in their lives: stared at the sky on a breezy summer day, and tried to find shapes in the clouds. Now with a new type of advertising, they make the shapes for you.
Insider’s Guide to Point Reyes
The owners of Wee Housie, a rustic rental in Inverness, California, have contributed an insider's guide to Point Reyes and West Marin County that's chock full of great tips on where to eat, hike, explore, and relax. Check it out!
West Marin County is regarded as one of California's best kept secrets. Although it is home to two major national parks (the Point Reyes National Seashore as well as Tomales Bay State Park), it remains relatively unknown to the 8 million plus residents of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Summer in Paris
Summer is a great time to visit Paris as it's the season when everyone heads outdoors to celebrate the long days and sunshine with a series of free events, concerts, festivals, off-beat celebrations, and even a pop-up public beach along the Seine. Everyone left in the city, that is: summer is also the season when Paris residents head out of town for a seaside break, so the city is emptier than usual.
Boutique-Homes.com has just welcomed into our collection several affordably priced and ideally located Paris apartments for rent that are the perfect place to stay while exploring all the unique experiences Paris has on offer in the summer months. Check out our favorites below, along with a list of cool stuff to do while you're there.
America by Design
In our ongoing hunt for chic hotels and modern vacation rentals in the USA, we've found that by observing how architecture changes from region to region it's possible to learn something about the history, climate, and even the culture of the area. From a stone mill in the Hudson Valley to a mid-century masterpiece in the heart of Los Angeles, it's fascinating to see how materials and techniques are vary based on the needs of the residents and the demands of the environment. Follow us as we journey from sea to shining sea, checking out the different ways design adapts to the diverse landscapes of our country. Happy 4th of July everyone!
Summer Specials at Boutique-Homes.com
Summer’s in full swing and it’s time to get outdoors to enjoy the sunshine. If you’ve dragged your feet on making summer vacation plans, don’t panic! There’s plenty of great rates still available on Boutique-Homes.com. Here are three rentals offering summer discounts for stays in July and August. Inquire with the owner and start packing now!
Rudolph M. Schindler for Rent in Los Angeles
We're beyond thrilled to present two very special additions to the Boutique-Homes.com collection of modern vacation rentals for chic nomads. Both of these properties are located in Los Angeles (our home!) and both were designed by none other than Rudolph M. Schindler, pre-eminent 20th century architect who's responsible for some of the city's modernist masterpieces–and two of them are for rent on our website!
A Small Hotel For Fish
Check out this interesting concept that Dutch travel company D-reizen came up with. It’s the Goudvissenhotel at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. We hear you saying that’s not really that big of a deal, but wait. This isn’t a hotel for people. It’s a hotel for fish.
Love the One You’re With
In need of some levity? We've assembled a collection of kissing animals to prove that love is truly blind and knows no boundaries (even those between species!) Humans could learn a thing or two from these odd couples. So in the spirit of love and inclusion, a collection of cute animals smooching.