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Healdsburg, California, The Hospitality Heart of Sonoma County Wine Country

I traveled to Healdsburg, California, to discover why it’s called the Hospitality Heart of Sonoma County Wine Country and an Epicurean Eden. Healdsburg has an enviable location, along the Russian River, just across the Golden Gate Bridge, surrounded by several wine regions. The town is a convenient base to explore vineyards and wineries in  Sonoma […]

Design Hotel Debuts in Fort Lauderdale Capturing the Culture & Style of Boating Life

Tryp Maritime hotel in Fort Lauderdale Offers Authentic Accommodations for Design Tourists When a hotel captures the essence of the local culture and community through fixtures, furnishings, materials, art, amenities, and experiences, I call it a Design Hotel— authentic accommodations with a sense of place.   Wyndham recently opened the Tryp Maritime hotel in Fort […]

Design Hotel: Relais Le Chevalier

A Historic Hotel in Riga, Latvia Restyles its 18th-Century Origins  Italian interior designer  Elisabetta de Strobel marries French elegance and contemporary trends to reimagine the interior styling of Relais Le Chevalier, a hotel in Riga, Latvia. Each floor pulsates with vibrant hues starting with the ground floor decorated in blue with pale gold tints, the signature colors of […]

Destination Design: Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki’s siren call to creatives around the world has distinguished the city as a UNESCO 2012 World Design Capital and a UNESCO Creative City. Design runs deep in Helsinki’s DNA perhaps emboldened by Finland’s sauna culture which serves as a defacto coffeehouse tete-a-tete or perhaps it’s the majesty of mother nature that endows the city […]

Stay in Style at Langham Hotel NYC

The Design Tourist, Karen LeBlanc,  Stays in Style at the Langham Place Hotel, in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, a boutique design hotel with a rich legacy.