Pet Friendly Yosemite: A Dog’s Tale
Hey! It's me again, your family pet. Remember how I was telling you about all the fun places we can go on vacation together? Well, I got a letter from my friend Murray the Dog. He just got back from visiting Yosemite where he stayed in a really cool cabin on Old Yosemite Road, very close to the national park. He had such great fun that I wanted to share his letter so you know that there's a chic, pet-friendly cabin where we can stay together.
Artsy in Amsterdam
Exploring the city of Amsterdam is a must for any intrepid European traveler. With its unique mix of high and low culture, collection of world-class museums, amazing architecture, hip clubs, expansive parks, beautiful canals, and places of historic significance around every corner, there's always something cool to do or see. The city's no slouch in the accommodation department either. Despite the plethora of seedy youth hostels catering to saucer-eyed college kids looking to take advantage of the laid-back attitude towards sex and drugs, a quick online search pulled up Cocomama, a brand new boutique hostel located in a renovated brothel.
Dogs Love Vacation, Too
Hey, where are you going with those suitcases? Are you going on vacation…without me? I hate being stuck at home while you're traveling the world! It's the worst thing ever: my best friend is out having fun without me and I'm left behind with strangers. It's no fair; dogs love vacation as much as humans do. I know what you're thinking: dogs aren't welcome in hotels and vacation rentals but that's not true! There's lots of places we can go together. In fact I've made a list to prove it.
Norway’s Hotel on Wheels
The small Norwegian city of Åndalsnes is a point of entry for tourists headed towards the country's stunning fjords, but the city itself needs an overhaul. Enter Jagnefält Milton Architects and their unique design for a "rolling masterplan": a totally revolutionary way of re-organizing the city that will utilize existing train tracks to move new buildings–in this case, simple boxes on wheels–into new positions based on season and events.
10 Beautiful Meadow Getaways
It's springtime at last! Let's go out and enjoy the sunshine at the local park.
Detail Hunters Contest
Got an eye for details? Put it to good use by participating in our Detail Hunters contest, running now on Boutique-Homes.com. The winner will receive a 3 night stay at Verana Hotel & Spa in Yelapa Mexico at any time during the 2012 season. Contest ends on April 9th. Full details below the jump!
When Road Trips Go Wrong
Traveling is fun, but it’s also risky. Leaving your comfort zone increases the likelihood that something might go awry, especially when it comes to driving in countries other than your own. In some cases, like the one above, horribly awry. But while such stories might be mortifying in the moment, they give us plenty to laugh about afterwards. Never forget that the root of comedy is tragedy e.g. me slipping on a banana peel is tragic, you slipping on a banana peel is hilarious. With that in mind, we’re proud to present: When Road Trips Go Wrong.
20 Cool Shelters for Chic Travelers
When you put aside the technical jargon and academic approach, all architecture really is, is the art of creating shelter. As American architect Philip Johnston once wrote, "All architecture is shelter, all great architecture is the design of space that contains, cuddles, exalts, or stimulates the persons in that space." Or, as Mick Jagger put it, "If I don't get some shelter, I think i'm gonna fade away."
Soe Ker Tie Haus: The Butterfly Houses of Burma
Can architecture be altruistic? Norway-based TYIN Architects say yes it can and yes it should. The firm have made it their mission to design and build sustainable shelters in impoverished areas of Uganda, Sumatra, and Thailand. They hire local workers to do the construction and source their building materials from local merchants for a seamless interaction between formal architecture and traditional techniques. Above you see the Soe Ker Tie Huts, which were designed as dormitories for orphaned Karen children in the village of No Boh on the Thai-Burmese border.
Yoga Workshops at Verana, Yelapa, Mexico
VERANA YOGA / Escape to paradise / nature
Our workshops are designed to touch base with the self by practicing daily meditation and yoga while enjoying a restorative and relaxing vacation with access to all amenities Verana has to offer. In addition, well balanced meals, dedicated time for nourishing the soul and well planned activities are essential elements within the Verana Yoga Workshops to eliminate accumulated stress and reconnect the spirit to the body.
All workshops are enjoyed by beginners and intermediate practitioners.