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Hot List: Hotels to Staycation at this Valentine’s Day

Flowers, chocolates, and cards are all very nice. What’s better? Spending 48 hours under hotel sheets. Whether you are celebrating Valentine’s Day with your partner, riding solo, or with friends this V-Day – take some time to enjoy a romantic staycation. See below for a few of our favorites.

The NoMad New York, NY

There are many places to turn the lights down and get in the mood around NYC, but our pick is the NoMad Hotel. Why? The entire space is designed to feel like a Beaux Arts French apartment – complete with warm leather couches, a bi-level library, and in-room claw-foot tubs. We’d recommend booking an Atelier room for views and a romantic soak. The cocktail program going on at the hotel bar is second-to-none, and, of course, you can’t forget Daniel Humm’s Michelin star restaurant. You won’t have to leave the hotel all weekend.

Photo via the NoMad Hotel

San Francisco Proper Hotel, San Francisco, CA

This design-centric hotel is eclectic in all the right ways. The bright wallpaper perfectly contrasts the modern furniture. We love the rooftop lounge, where you can cozy up with whomever you please around a firepit, cocktail in hand. Proper also boasts one of our favorite hotel lobbies in SF. Perfect for morning coffee and getting work out of the way, so that you can focus on what matters.

Henrietta Hotel, London, UK

This boutique hotel is covered in warm pink and blue hues, warm velvet textures, and beautiful Italian furniture. If that doesn’t sound romantic enough, their beautiful bar stays open until 1am for out-of-room romance. If you are trying to stay in a robe and under the sheets all weekend – not a problem. The food and room service is top notch.

Photo via the Henrietta Hotel

CPH Living, Copenhagen, Denmark

If you consider boats and the whole maritime thing to be romantic, then this is your place. CPH is a floating hotel in the Christianshavn area of Copenhagen. Wake up to the sound of birds, waves, and take your morning coffee on-deck. The rooms are designed in typical Scandinavian fashion, but the simplicity is what is so romantic about the place to begin with. Take a drink at their bar, which has floor to ceiling windows looking out onto the water. If you’re wanting a unique take on a staycation – this is your bet.

Le Pigalle, Paris, France

Is there anywhere more perfect for a romantic staycation than Paris? This sexy Parisian hotel is everything you want when it comes to slipping into something a little more comfortable for VDay. In-room bathtubs, view of the city, beautiful linens, and eclectic artwork all add to the vibe of this place. Open your floor length windows to let in some fresh air in the AM, and head down to the ground floor in the PM for strong drinks and great DJs.

Photo  via Le Pigalle 

Faena, Buenos Aires, Argentina

The design of this hotel is truly theatrical. Bright reds, deep blacks, and warm leather are seen in each room. The beds look out onto amazing views of the city, but if you need some time outside the room they have tango lessons downstairs and a first class spa. On the warmer days, enjoy the rooftop pool and sunset cocktails.

Hot List: Easy Weekend Getaways for You and Yours

Planning a trip with your significant other doesn’t need to be a six-act play. We’ve rounded up some easy weekend getaway options, close to our top city hubs, for you and your partner – or simply for some much-needed self-care.

New York, NY > Cold Springs, NY

This small town along the Hudson River is much closer than Woodstock or Hudson itself. About an hour and a half outside the city (we are being generous, considering traffic), Cold Springs sits on the west side of the river in Putnam County. No car? Hop on the Metro North and you can be in the center of town in no time.

If you’re itching to get your outdoor fix, head to Breakneck Ridge which is a popular hike in the area. If that’s not your thing, there are tons of little shops that line the main street in Cold Spring – from antique stores to curated boutiques like Old Souls. If you’re really looking to relax, stop in at Cold Spring Apothecary for a massage or facial, and pick up some of their house-made goods to take home with you.

A few cute inns line the town, such as Pig Hill Inn or Hudson House Inn. If you want something a little more chic, head north 15 minutes to Beacon and stay at the Roundhouse. That way, you can go to Dia:Beacon, one of our favorite out of town art museums, the next morning before making your way back to the city.

Los Angeles, CA > Ojai, CA

Only about an hour and a half north of LA, Ojai has been an increasingly popular getaway for those seeking a mental break from city life.  Though locals know it has been a hilltop paradise forever, its OG wellness culture, art scene, spiritual relevance, and beautiful outdoors have put it on the map for everyone from the Goop crowd to young families stopping in mid road trip. Mission-style architecture, beautiful gardens, and the general aroma of herbs that spreads through the town put us in the mood for romance right off the bat.

Check into the famous Ojai Valley Inn or, for a cheaper option, the Ojai Rancho Inn. If lounging by the pool and taking in the rays doesn’t take up your entire day, check out the incredible farmers market in the center of town. Around the area, you will find great shopping, including vintage jewelry at Treasures of Ojai, beautiful home decor at deKor & Co, and trendy boutiques like In the Field – opened by LA transplants selling brands like Ulla Johnson and Filson. Stop into Bart’s Books – an Ojai institution since the 1960s.

Take the outdoors and check out Meditation Mount during sunset, which has sweeping views of the valley. Last Chance Trail is a great option for solo or duo hiking, and working up that sweat before having yourself a spa moment. The spa at Ojai Valley Inn is the lux leisure experience some of us want. If you’re in the mood for experiencing a more authentic or spiritual healing session, check out Soul Body Ojai for a reiki session or guided meditation.

London, UK > Kent, UK

For a nature fix, head out of town to Kent for a romantic weekend or simply some time to disconnect. This coastal town is easy to get to from the London city center (only a little over an hour by train), but feels far away. Walk along the coast at any time of year for a break from the 24/7 worklife.

When you arrive, check in to Shephard House, which is a beautifully redone bed & breakfast. If you decide to splurge on the “very, very large” room, have yourself (and maybe a special someone) a bath to unwind.

As you might have known, oysters are an aphrodisiac and Kent is famous for them. The Whitstable Oyster Company is known for their first class shellfish, and of course, top shelf oysters. Get a glass of champagne and order a dozen, and stay a while.

There are beautiful gardens around the area to explore, and Turner Contemporary is a must visit. Enjoy markets that pop-up year round, and return to the city feeling refreshed.

Mexico City, MX > Cuernavaca, MX

Though we couldn’t imagine running out of things to do in the DF, sometimes a weekend away is just what the doctor ordered for you and yours. Head to the wealthy enclave of Cuernavaca to see colorful, cobblestone streets and beautiful colonial homes. Though it’s mostly made up of second homes, AnticaVilla is a beautiful hotel option if you don’t know anyone that can lend you their mansion.

Known as the city of “eternal spring” you can count on good weather during your visit. This means ample opportunity for exploring sites like the Jardin Borda – a French-inspired mansion with stunning gardens that Mexican aristocracy lived in during the 18th century.

Being that this is a vacation town, you can count on high-end restaurants throughout the main square. La India Bonita is set in a beautiful courtyard and serve excellent Mexican classics, and Casa Hidalgo boasts a perfect terrace for mingling with Mexico City’s well-heeled.

Stockholm, Sweden > Visby, Sweden

For a long weekend, head to the capital of Sweden’s largest island, Gotland. A UNESCO World Heritage site, this medieval town has most of its original architecture intact.  Though we mostly reserve island getaways for the warmer months, Visby is a perfect trip for the romantics that want to warm up by walking down cobblestone streets to cozy restaurants.

The Hotell Villa Borgen is the perfect place to cuddle up underneath the sheets. The Scandinavian design is the perfect mix of warm and minimal. Located in the middle of town, you are steps away from shops and restaurants so you don’t need to spend too much time wondering if the temperatures prove to be too cold.

If you’re going during the warmer months, head to Leva Kungslador for freshly made bread, organic lunch, and a beautiful garden setting. If you need to stay inside, go to Lilla Bjers for an intimate dinner. Everything is made with local ingredients from their farm, and anything that isn’t is sourced by nearby organic farms.

Carry-On: Our Must-Have Wellness Products

Traveling for work or pleasure is a privilege many of us are lucky enough to do on a regular basis. Exploring new cities, establishing global companies, and expanding social networks beyond your home base are all major benefits of the “bleisure” lifestyle. One thing that’s not? Spending hours in a stuffy cabin with circulated air. It’s pretty common for us to step off a plane with a cough, headache, or even just general lethargy. Here are our must-have wellness carry-ons to keep healthy on the go- so that you can enjoy that trip, no matter what it’s for.

SBO Probiotic

Your gut is your second brain. That being the case, it’s super important to make sure everything is running smoothly while you’re on the run. Packing a shelf-stable probiotic can be very helpful when it comes to keeping everything in check.

Wellness Formula

Our favorite go-to for preventing dreaded colds, Wellness Formula, in either drops or capsules, is something we always have on us. Taking it three times a day can hold off any contagion that might come your way. It’s our personal suit of armor while we travel.

Jao Hand Refresher

Keeping your paws clean through airports is a must, but most hand sanitizers aren’t the best for you. This is one of our favorites – it’s made clean, without the chemical BS, and we actually enjoy the smell.

Oil of Oregano

Oil of Oregano is a powerful anti-fungal and immune booster. If taking in liquid form, make sure to take this diluted in water, as it’s extremely strong. For travel purposes, we usually go with the capsules, and they will absolutely kick that cold away.

Swell Water Bottle

Staying hydrated is key to keeping healthy. Packing a water bottle you can refill is a must.

Melatonin

Quality sleep is precious – especially when you are expected to step off the plane and into a meeting. Sleeping pills can be problematic, but melatonin is a natural sleep aid that can help you snooze for the hours between take off and landing. We also suggest stocking up if you’re going to the UK- for some odd reason, it’s not available there.

Magnesium Packets

These individual packets are perfect for travel. Not only is magnesium important for joint and muscle health, but it regulates the gut, can help with sleep cycles, boots immune function, and increases energy production.  A lot of us are magnesium deficient, so these on-the-go packs are something we pack every time.

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