Curated Destination: Haiti!

I don’t think my eyes were prepared to take in all the natural beauty of Haiti. Of course I had seen photos of the places I was going to visit beforehand, but being there in person was such an elevated experience.

Views from a hill top.

The media portrays a certain image of “third world” countries, that discounts the riches that they have, which are not measured on an economical scale. The abundant natural beauty of Haiti is never in the top stories that emerge when the country is being referenced in the news. Coming from a “third world” country myself, Albania – I surely do understand how frustrating it can be when the western world paints a certain picture of developing nations. The overall image we have of these places is of turbulence, civil unrest, lack of urban development, poverty and desolation.

What is rarely mentioned, is that despite the short comings of the western ideal for development, countries like Haiti still attract a decent amount of tourists. It is easy to see why – the beaches are less populated than your average Caribbean island destination – for those that do not enjoy crowds (like myself). The natural sights are breath-taking. The people are warm and hospitable and the food is nothing short of amazing.

The greenest mountain scenery.
I could probably look at these palm trees forever.
The most amazing authentic Haitian food. Goat stew and fried Pork Griot.

Although for most of my stay I was in Port au Prince, I did get to venture to the beach as well. Resorts are not my thing when visiting a new country whatsoever, but seeing the beautiful beach at WahooBay on the Cote des Arcadins, was definitely an amazing experience.

A beautiful Islad off of Cote des Arcadins.
Dreamy views.
WahooBay Beach is so photogenic.

Most of the comments that I received after posting photos of Haiti on Instagram, included surprised remarks like, “OMG! I had no idea Haiti was so beautiful!” — I am happy that with a few shots I could paint a minuscule picture of the beauty that lives in Haiti. For this reason, I am glad social media exists, as we can peak into places shown to us by average people – versus a misconstrued image that the media paints for us.

On top of a mountain in Laboule.
Le Observatoire: such scenic views of Port au Prince!

I guess my overall message with this post, is to be curious about places that are not often referenced as a must go to destination. If I have changed a few opinions with my photos, that makes me forever grateful. ūüôā

The game that unites the world.
You can’t go to Haiti and not try some Pate.
The best way to ring in the new year : with soup Joumou!
Dreamy dreamy.

Thank you, Ayiti, for sharing all of your beauty with me. I left feeling so inspired.

Curated Getaway : Hotel Viking in Newport, RI

If you have been to Newport, RI, you know how charming the area is! With beautiful coastal New England architecture, lots of cute shops, and more seafood restaurants than you can count.

I was so excited to spend a weekend at the beautiful Hotel Viking. The hotel has been open since 1926, and it is such a lovely destination! Viking (@hotelviking) is a member of the prestigious Historic Hotels of America Рstyle wise it is a combination of antique luxury and modern, chic, interiors.

 

 How gorgeous is this lobby! The fireplace adds the perfect element of coziness against the modern furniture. The color palette in the lobby area was my favorite!

Now moving on to the guest rooms: they are extremely cozy and spacious.
I especially loved all the unique decorative details in the bathroom, a great depiction of the antique and modern style combination.
Upon entering the guest suite you walk into this spacious living room – so airy and cozy, complete with a flat screen TV.

 

I loved the gilded accents throughout the decor and furniture.

The staff welcomed me with this delicious wine and cheese tray, which was such a special touch. I really was so impressed by how great the hospitality was. The staff goes above and beyond with the details, ensuring that each stay is memorable.

 

Probably one of my favorite hotel bathrooms of all time!

 

Next – let’s take a look at the luxurious details throughout the property. Such as this beautiful staircase which leads to the lower level of the hotel, where the wonderful and highly recommended Spa Fjor is located! That’s right – Viking really does offer some of the most amazing amenities, including access to a pool which is located next to Spa Fjor. The Spa was a topic of discussion I had with a few other hotel guests. They were raving about the services, and highly recommended the body work services, such as the Thai massage called “Mai Pai Thai Ritual“. This was the service I chose, and it was the most relaxing and rejuvenating massage, ever!

 

 

Once you are done with the Mai Pai Thai massage, you get to soak in this bath! How stunning!

 

The perfect stay also included dinner at the hotel restaurant : One Bellevue 

Bellevue is described as a boutique American dinner. The menu features modern and traditional culinary elements. The drink menu offers an assortment of wine selections, fun cocktails, and locally sourced ingredients. The dishes included an assortment of salads, home made pastas and delicious seafood! The restaurant is perfect for date night, or grabbing cocktails with friends, even if you are not staying at the hotel.

Caesar Salad, Pappardelle Bolognese, Skirt Steak and Roasted Chicken with gnocchi.

 

Cocktails and Dessert! The ice-cream flavors were so unique – including pop corn ice cream — so different and yummy!
The mango panna cotta was unbelievable though – seriously the highlight of my week!

 

 

I loved my stay at Hotel Viking. I highly recommend the hotel as a relaxing getaway. The spa services and the wonderful dining make this hotel the prime destination for a wonderful New England style stay! I would be happy to return again especially during the warmer months!

 

Hotel Viking
ONE BELLEVUE AVE.
NEWPORT, RI 02840

HOTEL: 401-847-3300

 

 

 

Curated Getaway : The Box House Hotel in Brooklyn!

Have you ever had the feeling of walking into a new place and feeling right at home?

 

That is the feeling I had upon walking through the doors of The Box House Hotel (@theboxhousehotel) this past weekend! The hotel is a fabulous union between creativity and hospitality, perfectly situated in the Greenpoint area of Brooklyn. What I loved most about my stay Рbesides the gorgeous room I stayed in of course Рwas exploring the different nooks of the hotel which were all so uniquely decorated! I really loved the use of color and the quirky pieces of art spread throughout the property.

 

 

The guest room I stayed with was an amazing suite, with an insanely  picturesque view of Manhattan!

 

Upon entering the suite, you will see this stunning living room. The colorful and cozy space  was extremely spacious and I loved the contemporary furniture.
I love minimalist decor so much, and was so impressed by how the decor flowed between contemporary pieces and pops of color! I loved all the art like this intricate piece hanging above the couch.

 

Living room goals!

 

The  bedroom was airy and stunning, with floor to ceiling windows! So much  light comes in, and there are great blinds to adjust the lighting based on your preference as well.

The cute details in the bedroom!

 

 

I loved the all white bathroom, equipped with an awesome large mirror, hair dryer and magnifying mirror. I think it’s awesome when hotels add details like this, because when getting ready for a night out,¬† a magnifying mirror can do wonders!

 

 

One of the other gems of the hotel, is the Brooklyn Lantern restaurant (@brooklynlantern) ! Here you can find a bright and stunning interior as well as delicious brunch! I am mentioning brunch because it is my favorite meal, but of course they serve food throughout the day as well, which you can order via room service as well! The cusine is elevated American bistro style with delicious pastas, burgers and salads.

Up close and yummy! The delicious avocado toast!

 

 

I LOVED the tiled floor and bright red leather chairs at Brooklyn Lantern!

 

 

 

The next few shots are of the surrounding area neart the hotel. You will find awesome little coffee shops, gorgeous scenery and plenty of photo opps!

 

 

 

Walking by the STUNNING views at WYNC Transmitter park. The sky looked so amazing, it was unreal!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the neighborhood you will find the cutest places!

 

 

 

I thought this color palette reflected the perfect fall vibe.

 

The outside of the hotel is so chic, all black with the white letters that pop. Love it!

I cannot wait to be back at The Box House! I highly recommend this hotel for your weekend getaways in NYC, the good vibes here are fantastic! Brooklyn, in my opinion, is the most  visually stimulating area and it sure is becoming the most hip area to hang out in!

Leave me a comment if you end up visiting and take lots of photos of your room! =)

 

X – The CC

 

 

 

(This post was created in partnership with The Box House Hotel. All  views and opinions are my own.)

Views from Washington D.C.

Sharing some photos I took while in D.C. – these are mostly of buildings and sights. I love photographing architecture, especially urban settings. If you are a VSCO addict like me, you know how great it feels to wander around a new city and collect massive amounts of VSCO shots!

 

 

The Smithsonian!

 

 

 

The pool at the Capitol Skyline Hotel. A great pool if you find yourself in DC during the summer  and need an option to escape the heat! You can purchgase a pool pass even if you are not a hotel guest.

 

 

The Archives

Looking up at these majestic columns at The Archives building. Yes, I have a thing for Greco-Roman architecture.

 

The Archives

 

Views from The Archives fountain. Bodies of water and columns are something that I will never pass without photographing. ūüôā

 

 

The trendy and fabulous Kimpton Donovan Hotel rooftop! Definitely Check it out if you are in DC this summer. They have rooftop pool parties! I would call ahead to ensure that you can purchase a pass at the door.

 

Essentially all anyone needs to have  a good time!

 

 

 

 

Chinatown!

 

 

 

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Curated Getaways | Kimpton Glover Park Hotel in Washington D.C.

The nation’s capital has been on my list for a while now, as a weekend getaway that I was trying to schedule for this year. I was able to finally make time for this trip during Memorial Day weekend, with my friend and fellow blogger Brenda (@wanderingbostoneater)! When exploring hotels, I was a bit overwhelmed with all of the choices. I have always loved the feel of boutique hotels, so when I was able to arrange a stay with Kimpton Hotels, I was more than excited!

The property I ended up staying at, was the Kimpton Glover Park Hotel, which is located near embassy row. The neighborhood is gorgeous, with plenty of greenery, coffee shops and it is easily accessible by public transportation.

The decor of the hotel was immediately one of the aspects of the stay that I fell in love with. The perfect mix of modern art and furniture against an overall chic vibe. The beds were extremely comfortable, so much so, that Brenda and I, spent several hours unwinding in bed, before taking on our planned activities in the city.

 

The ultimately chic lobby area!

I loved all these touches, like the red bikes against this cool Chanel art piece! 

 

Next : Onto the accommodations –

Love the monochromatic color palette that was chosen for the rooms! This room had the most chic/cozy vibes.

 

The most chic desk set up! Unfortunately, I did not hang out at this desk as much as I wanted to.

 

Pretty view from our room.

 

One of the most memorable parts of the stay, was the amazing dinner at the Hotel’s restaurant, Casolare! We had scheduled our dinner during our second night there.

The team prepared an amazing testing menu, which consisted of amazing pasta, pizza, vegetable side dishes, and unreal desserts! This is one of the best meals I have ever had, and Casolare is a MUST try if you are planning to visit DC. I was so pleasantly surprised by this experience.

The decor at Casolare is eclectic, rustic and chic at the same time. I loved these tufted benches against the neutral colors of the walls.

 

One of the best clam pasta dishes I have ever tried!

 

At Casolare they manage to turn Margherita Pizza and a Caesar salad, into works of edible art and unmatched experience for your taste-buds!

 

The dessert course was seriously the most impressive way to end a meal. Just when we thought we could not finish another morsel of food, came this epic presentation of an ice-cream Sundae, Pizzelle Cannoli and Tiramisu. My love for desserts is endless, as such, I could not turn down these heavenly treats.

The Casolare team was so welcoming and it was so nice to chat with the manager Chris Van Jura. The passion was apparent in everyone’s words. It is so nice to meet people in the hospitality industry that really love what they do.

I would honestly go back to DC just to dine at Casolare again.

 

 

Beauty in all its chocolaty, whipped cream, forms.

 

Thank you endlessly to the wonderful team at Kimpton Glover Park Hotel and Casolare.

I cannot wait to return for another magnificent stay!

 

 

Kimpton Glover Park Hotel
2505 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
Tel: (202) 337-9700

www.gloverparkhotel.com

(This post was created in partnership with Kimpton Hotels and Casolare Restaurant. All opinions are my own.)