I Want to Go To There: Babylonstoren

I’ve been dreaming of a getaway ever since returning from the book tour and came across the most MAGICAL place in South Africa that made me think that a stay there would change my life (granted, I also get that feeling sometimes at Whole Foods when loading up my cart with kale and organic face cream- a NEW LIFE!)
Babylonstoren is an one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms close to Cape Town. Renovated and made into a simply beautiful hotel, spa and working farm (not to mention the lauded restaurant and winery) it looks like a little slice of heaven.  Be prepared for some SERIOUS eye candy!
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A Little Bit of Heaven.

At the end of our grueling tour of flying every day into a new city and rushing to get presentable for the signings we treated ourselves to a night at what I now am calling “Disneyland for Adults”- the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay.  I knew this place was beautiful from the website, but I had NO idea how incredible it actually would be. 24 hours was simply not enough, and we already are planning to return next year!

We spent hours sitting right here, glass of wine in hand listening to the waves crash while watching golfers choke on the 18th hole of the magnificent course (and once almost getting hit by a ball). I would be throwing clubs if I had to complete a putt in front of a crowd of onlookers.   It was such a spectacular vista to behold, truly, and the most relaxed I’ve been in months. No, YEARS.
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Dream Destination: The Wild Rabbit

I saw this incredible inn mentioned in the weekend Wall Street Journal Magazine and had to look it up based on one little picture. I’m glad I did. The Wild Rabbit is in the Cotswolds (reminds me of The Holiday) in England and appears to me a PERFECT country getaway.  The images on the site are incredible and I had to share because there is just so much inspiration here:
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Terrace at the Wild Rabbit
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Provence in Austin.

I’ve never been to Austin, TX and I’m thinking that I need to go!  My husband has been there many times on business and I think the next time he heads that way he may find his wife sneaking in his suitcase.  One of the many reasons for this would be the incredibly designed restaurants I’ve been noticing in the southern city.  I’m all about delicious food, but it’s best when served amongst a visual feast as well as a literal one. Case in point, LaV. I FREAKING DIE, Y’ALL. DIE. This place is heaven! Designed by McAlpine, Booth & Ferrier (whose portfolio makes me sweat it’s so good) the space is like a modern farmhouse in Provence. I love it.

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Visual Delight: Paris in Four Months

You guys have GOT to check out Paris in Four Months-I have not been this charmed by a blog in so long. Thanks to Sarah, I spent hours this weekend pouring over the imagery created by Carin Olsson, a woman who is as in love with Paris as I am. Okay, maybe more considering she moved there on a whim alone to discover what it was like to live in the magical city. Who hasn’t dreamt of that? What incredible pictures she shoots- of the city itself, nature, fashion, beauty….everything. I am certain you will be as delighted as I am.

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