Thursday, July 28 07:00 AM
On the scale of enjoyable to soul-crushing, the typical conference hotel ranks right up there with daylong PowerPoint presentations. Until now: The new Hotel Lone, Design Hotel's first property in Croatia, is a business hotel even leisure travelers can get into.
Five minutes on foot from the beach and a ten-minute walk to the Adriatic resort town of Rovinj, the Lone looks like a cruise ship, its Y-shaped white building rising out of the Zlatni Rt pine forests. Deck chairs and wood-paneled room terraces lend the property a resort vibe, and each of the 253 accommodations has views of the sparkling sea. Inside, it's airy and minimalist, with a light-drenched central atrium decked in sandy stone and sharp-angled settees. Even if you're not there for work, don't forget your suit: The in-house spa with pool and three saunas (Finnish, Swedish, salt) requested a meeting.
Photo: Courtesy of Design Hotels
Wednesday, July 27 07:00 AM
You can't take the prospect of another cardboard slice of Sbarro airport pizza, and those overpriced snack boxes the airlines peddle won't cut it, either. So you've decided to take matters into your own hands. Good news, hungry traveler: Now there's a container that can help you BYO food for your flight in style.
Black + Blum's Lunch Pot is a stylish riff on a tiffin, in the form of two BPA-free containers and a matching spork that snap together for hassle- and spill-free transport of your snacks. The in-flight entertainment of making your seatmates jealous is part of the package, too.
Available in black with red trim, white with orange, or white with lime, $22.
Photo: Courtesy of Black + Blum
Tuesday, July 26 10:17 AM
Don't get us wrong. We love the food truck trend and scoring tasty, creative fare for less than a tenner. Eating on the run? Not so much. That's why we're excited to take a seat at Quimby's, Portland's newest pod of food carts (1502 N.W. 19th Avenue).
Simple black-leather booths and exposed brick walls give this renovated bar a no-nonsense, neighborhood-y feel. The food trucks that congregate outside dish up everything from Thai curries and chili cheese fries to overstuffed artisanal omelets and rustic smoked-meat sandwiches--all of which pairs nicely with the range of local microbrews on tap. Bring your food inside, pull up a chair, and order a cold one (minus the brown bag).
Photo: Courtesy of Travel Portland