Luxe wedding at Park Hyatt Mendoza.
Happy Valentine’s Day! #rose #love #flowers
Nurturing an abiding love for Latin America, I've traded big city lights for sunshine and grapes in Mendoza, Argentina. A perennial traveler and writer, I'm inspired by locals, culture and creativity. This is my patchwork.
by Nora Walsh
In August, we flew from a cold winter in Mendoza to summer at the Jersey Shore.
In October, we left 30 degree temperatures in New York to greet the dry spring heat in Mendoza.
It’s a lovely feeling to step off a plane and feel the warmth on your skin when you’ve been bundled up for months. It reminds me of winter vacations in Florida when I was a child.
A summer chaser, I decided, is what I want to be when I grow up.
Our first stop in Hawaii was the Anara Spa at the Grand Hyatt Resort on the island of Kaua’i. Breathing the delicious scent of coconut oil that slathered my body during a Lomi-Lomi massage in the open-air treatment hut, I fell into a state of blissful repose.
A light rain tap-danced upon the lauhala leaves and my muscles softened more with every long stroke of the Hawaiian inspired body treatment. I was reminded on that heated table how important it is to escape New York City from time to time and recalibrate to a healthy pace of living.
Watching the sunset with a bottle of red wine on our lanai also helped me stop and smell the hibiscus that wafted from the gardens below.
I spent this past weekend relaxing at Taj Boston in a room overlooking the Public Garden and Boston Common. The hotel was built in 1927 and has a colonial and cozy feel of a private residence. I felt like a welcome guest in the home of an aristocratic relative.
My favorite features of Taj Boston are the working fireplaces in both The Bar and in select suites.
One of my friend’s had a fireplace suite and we spent hours sprawled out on the floor warming ourselves by the crackling fireplace and drinking Bailey’s with Jameson. We sampled every wood on the fireplace menu from Cherry to Birch. It was heavenly.
Fireplace at The Bar, which I referred to as the “Drawing Room”.
The hotel is widely known for its weekend Afternoon Tea in the French Room, during which a harpist plays for both the 2:00pm and 4:00pm seatings.
The long room has an elegant air, accented with chandeliers, original portrait paintings and opulently draped windows overlooking Newbury Street.
My guestroom (1106) was spacious and comfortable and had a square view of the park.
It was amazing to wake up to this landscape every morning and watch the city lights sparkle after dusk.
Each guest was surprised with a single long-stem rose upon check-in to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
And chocolate in-room amenities kept the love coming throughout my stay.
My favorite was the Indian inspired chocolate treat: a beautifully decorated elephant.
Taj Boston is the perfect Valentine’s Day retreat, I wish I was still there!
I don’t have much of a desire to live on the West Coast, but I do covet their daily sunsets over the Pacific Ocean.
Then again, they don’t have a railroad garden sprouting lush foliage winding through an urban landscape studded with interesting architecture and a view of the descending sun over the Hudson River.
And I remembered the grass isn’t always greener.
Sunday Funday in the second Phase of the High Line.
Front row sunset seating.
The vibrant grasslands of Chelsea.
A picturesque vista of a 19th century Gothic Church.
The coolest bird feeder I’ve ever seen.
HL23 building by vanguard architect Neil Denari.
Savoring an East Coast, West Side sunset.
Third Phase of the High Line is under construction.
The Lot Beer Garden below the High Line (30th Street & 10th Avenue).