Hello friends! I have revamped & relaunched my monthly (more likely bi-monthly, let’s be honest) newsletter on a new platform, so thank you for reading it (and maybe subscribing?). While I do post travel & culture stories on my personal website blog and Medium page, I am using this as a means of sharing and interacting with you - off social - and adding the stuff I don’t necessarily touch upon in my regular editorial pieces or consulting practice, and this seemed like a good fit.
What to expect: Themed newsletters that will always include travel tips and stories, introductions to some new people, reads, podcasts, movies and more, observations and new cultural lessons from the road, ways to give (or fight) back; and some stuff that offers a fun, welcome escape, whether that’s wellness insider knowledge (hello CBD & Yoga), a good recipe (start with this one), a great bottle of wine, a place to stay, or a product recommendation (this isn’t GOOP y’all, don’t panic). I am hoping to actually gather a lot of these tips from you to share with others because I love curating the tidbits and in all the chaos these days, we need all the good tips we can get! Let’s keep this going, and let me know if you want more information on a particular topic and we will find an answer. Or an article. Or an expert. Or a gif. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this edition. Carrie xo
MAY: California, The Southwest, American hospitality & design entrepreneurs, fighting the good fight and a cocktail (because we need it)
But first, a summer travel public service announcement, compliments of SNL
California, the Southwest and Wild West Home: I have spent a significant amount of time road tripping around the Southwest over the past few years, writing, meeting clients and generally researching what was happening in CA, CO, AZ, NM and TX (If you are looking for where many Californians are moving, see booming Colorado). A friend asked me for some recommendations on weekend trips so I got excited and wrote a monster email. Hollar if you want me to forward it to you, or else here are some quick links (FYI: I am actively putting together selections for vacation homes and independent vendors on Wild West Home) Listen to our Spotify playlist while you read:
California Cool: Not LA or SF
Weekend Trip to Cambria, San Simeon & Hearst Castle
Finding Your Desert Dreams: Road Trip CA, AZ, NM, CO
Travel Insider: What independent entrepreneurs are doing with hotels & design
Since January, I have spent a lot of time on the road researching and meeting with potential clients in smaller markets where big things are happening. Entrepreneurs are rescuing buildings, becoming designers, launching hospitality businesses, and keeping it fun & authentic (*big chains, take note, you can learn from their style and ability to tap into local culture). Companies like PRG Hospitality, Proper Hospitality, BunkerHouse Group, ARRIVE hotels, Nomad Hotels, Graduate Hotels, Urban Cowboy and more are crushing it design wise.
Forbes: Is The Founder Of HOTELette The Next Generation of Boutique Hoteliers
Real Estate Alert: Can someone please buy the MILK BARN property in upstate NY so I can come visit? Thanks.
FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT
What is happening in America is far too destructive to be ignored. I know it’s a lot, we’re all mad as hell and tired, so don’t forget to focus efforts where needed in your community to start the build towards 2020, and give, give, give. Also, turn off the tv and get the news from those brilliant investigative journalist & podcasts that have the facts and stories we need.
I can’t help but think of all of the kids in the Foster system at present (on any given day, nearly half a million kids in the system, just watched “Foster” on HBO) so check VolunteerMatch for youth mentorships and activities near you.
Get revved up by reading this great article “Privileged” by basketball player Kyle Korver, Chelsea Handler’s new book where she talks about her stepping into activism and, and the Netflix documentary “Knock Down the House” about the many women who ran in the primary elections
On that note I wish you a great month ahead, turn up the Lizzo beats, enjoy this monthly cocktail recipe for The Amelia below, and find a new adventure near or far. I am heading to Bermuda with Conde Nast Traveler #WomenWhoTravel trip soon so more to come on that. See you out there xo
The Amelia: Blackberries and elderflower lead the charge in this beautiful vodka cocktail from Employees Only Los Angeles.
1¾ oz. vodka
1 oz. elderflower liqueur
¾ oz. blackberry purée
¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
simple syrup (1:1), to taste
Tools: shaker, strainer
Garnish: 1 crown fresh mint
Shake all the ingredients with ice to chill, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Place the fresh mint in the palm of your hand and smack it with your other hand to release the aromatic oils. Use the mint to garnish the drink.