From Around the World Wide Web

Good Dog Garden & Gun

Here are some of my favorite things from around the interwebs this week. Have a Glorious weekend!

The new Good Dog book from Garden & Gun, a great gift for pet lovers

Also this piece on all that’s new in Charleston on Garden & Gun

How to spend 72 Hours in Philadelphia according to Jetsetter

And 36 Hours in Naples, Florida with The New York Times

This gorgeous farmhouse in Sonoma, California on Country Living

The 2014 winners of Martha Stewart’s American Made competition

And all the gorgeous photography on Nashville-based James Kicinski McCoy’s Bleubird blog, which I’ve recently discovered

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National Treasures: Sticks & Stones

Sticks & Stones Jewelry the Protector

I’ve recently fallen for the work of L.A.-based Sticks & Stones. Designer Sarah Foelske grew up in Boulder, Colorado, “a little hippie” she admits, and was always fascinated by the healing powers of gems, smudge sticks and the concept of “spirit animals”. With Sticks & Stones, she’s created these fantastic gifts packages that combine these elements, each with a different theme. “The Protector” set (above) for example is meant to ward off negative energy and provide power and confidence, and includes an acorn charm, hand-painted feather and leather pouch, pyrite and a Yerba Santa smudge stick (an explanation of what each piece represents can be found on the site). Other sets include “The Guide”“The Creator”, “The Optimist” and “The Lucky Charm”. I love the idea of picking out the perfect one to suit your friends and family.

Sticks & Stones Jewelry the Creator
Sticks & Stones jewelry the GuideSticks & Stones the Lucky Charm
Sticks & Stones the Optimist

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Glorious Bucket List: Maroon Bells

Maroon Bells

photo by John Fowler

 

You know the question “Beach or mountains?” that’s often asked to determine what sort of spot you’re most likely to enjoy living or vacationing in? I usually gravitate towards the beach side of things, but then blue horizons and sunsets, while beautiful, rarely inspire the true sense of awe a spectacular mountain setting can.

Take Maroon Bells in Aspen for example.

This pair of peaks in the Elk Mountains is one of the most photographed spots in Colorado and for good reason, particularly during the fall as the leaves change, their vibrant colors reflected on the flat waters of Maroon Lake. During the summer it’s accessible by vehicle, but I like the idea of  hiking the Maroon-Snowmass Trail in and camping, or arriving on horseback. Winter visitors can expect fewer crowds as the only way to reach this beautiful spot during colder months is by cross country skiing or taking a snowmobile. T-Lazy-7 runs a two-hour visit, which includes a cup a hot chocolate at the lake. And, note to engaged nature lovers, you can even get married here, too.

photo by Frank Kovalchek

photo by Frank Kovalchek

 

photo by Abhijit Kamerkar

photo by Abhijit Kamerkar

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Glorious Getaway: Basecamp Hotel in South Lake Tahoe

Basecamp Hotel Lake Tahoe

Winter is nearly here and with it, ski season. One of the spots I’ve loved skiing over the years is Heavenly, and I recently came across the Basecamp Hotel in South Lake Tahoe that’s just a 4 minute walk to the Heavenly gondola. Basecamp is my favorite sort of hotel, a boutique property that’s simple but well done, with creative of-the-place design. Accommodation types run the gamut, and include great options for friends and families like a bunk room and this very cool “Great Indoors” room (below) with a tent pitched over the bed, a picnic table and faux log fire. Rooms have smart extras, like racks to dry your gear, and the hotel also has a rooftop hot tub with mountain views, two fire pits to cozy around, communal dinners during ski season, a bar and daily breakfast.

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Basecamp Hotel
Bunk room Basecamp Hotel
Basecamp Hotel
Basecamp Hotel

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