Three Thanksgiving dinners worth traveling for

While we are keeping it casual at home this Thanksgiving, we can’t help but feel like it would be nice to get out of the house (no clean up required). Below are our top three picks for where we would spend Turkey Day on the road.

Happy Thanksgiving! Safe travels!

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1. Reynard, Brooklyn, New York

Live in New York? Make your Thanksgiving into a staycation. Relax in a suite at the Wythe Hotel, roam around the ‘burg and enjoy a Thanksgiving feast at their lobby restaurant for $87 per person (apple butter included).

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2. Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tennessee

When we say farm-to-table, we really mean farm-to-table. Go down south and experience a whole weekend full of fall festivities on a real farm. You can bring the whole family and stay for a while.

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3. Bonito, St. Barth

Fancy getting out of town? Wondering if they even celebrate Thanksgiving in St. Barth? Well there is only one way to find out. Use that extra vacation day and make a beach weekend out of Thanksgiving. Bon appétit!

 

 

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BV Radar: 11.14.14

This week on the BV radar: new wine regions to explore, airplanes without pilots, the importance of Instagram and much more…

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Pok Pok in Portland via Elle.com

Yahoo Travel asks the all important question: If you travel somewhere fabulous and don’t Instagram it, did it even really happen?

Attention all oenophiles! Check this very unusual list of up-and-coming wine regions for your next trip

Jetset in Porland? Elle Magazine has the report

Should Airplanes fly themselves? Vanity Fair delves deeper into the transportation of the future

A lesson in traveling light from Nanette Lepore via Style.com

The New York Times describes the mystique of tiny gadgets for the elite business traveler 

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On the Oregon Trail

This week we are excited to have a guest post from photographer Laila Bahman. As it gets chillier here in NYC, it is always nice to reminisce with scenes from summer gone by. Check out the lovely images from her travels around Oregon below.

You may also remember Laila’s last post– a dreamy California road trip.

IMG_48361. Walking through the residential neighborhoods around Mississippi Ave.

IMG_48752. Peering through windows in Northwest.

IMG_48923. A creative overgrown garden.

IMG_51094. Hiking through the Gorge with old friends.

IMG_51345. Gazing out at the beautiful views along the Colombia River.

IMG_51526. Hiking through the Oneonta Gorge, perfect for swimming on a hot day.

IMG_51997. A night of trivia and cheap beer at The Nest  - 2715 SE Belmont St.

IMG_52468. Late brunch on a weekday at Sweedeedee - 5202 N. Albina Ave.

IMG_53999. Enjoying the lovely outdoor patio with live music at Tamale Boy  in North East – 1764 NE Dekum St.

IMG_553510. Popping into the North Coast Seed Building Artist Studios – 2127 N Albina Ave

IMG_5545 IMG_555711 + 12. Cooper’s Hall offers forty-four wines on tap and a perfect ten dollar burger

IMG_563113.  Swimming hole along the Wilson River as the sun is setting.

 

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BV Radar, 10.19.14

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The Leela Palace New Delhi, India via Wallpaper.com

This week on the BV radar: the view from top of the world’s most gorgeous hotels, the 12 treasures of Europe, the most stylish hostels for travel on a budget and much more.

The New York Times has a very beautiful feature called “12 Treasures of Europe”

Travel + Leisure sends an Artsy Postcard from Frieze, London

Check out the views from these lofty rooftops via Wallpaper Magazine

Elle Decor investigates the gorgeous hotel where that brilliant human rights lawyer married that famous actor in Venice

BBC Travel discovers the most interesting places to travel by train conjuring up images of The Darjeeling Limited 

Traveling on a budget in style? The Independent has got you covered with the six chicest hostels out there

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We want to go to there: The Chiltern Firehouse, London

Every now and again we get a destination stuck in our heads and we just can’t shake it. Usually it’s somewhere faraway that we have never been to, but for some reason we have a old standby on the brain: London. We just have to go back to London! Speaking of London, there has been a full on assault of buzz emanating from The Chiltern Firehouse, a new property from Andre Balazs (of Standard fame). So much so that Bloomberg published a piece entitled, “How to get a table at the Chiltern without being famous.” While that author was referring to hotel’s restaurant, the hotel itself is also buzz worthy. So if you haven’t already seen it on your Instagram feed, check it out and we will see you there soon!

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The restaurant. via Bloomberg.com
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The rooms. via FT.com
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The Building. via Forbes.com

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BV Radar, 10.1.14

 

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Soho House, Chicago via wallpaper.com

This week on the BV Radar: a chic guide to the motor city, the best and newest design hotels, where to go if you are missing summer already and much more…

The Joule Hotel in Dallas debuts a new chic bar

Swoon over these hot hotel picks from the editor at Wallpaper

Missing summer already? The Guardian has a list of the top hotels for chasing the sunshine

A model’s guide to Detroit via Harper’s Bazaar 

Fathom takes you on a ride to Panama City—the next big thing

The Independent has a guide to another up-and-coming destination: Malta 

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BV Radar, 9.19.14

Fall is in the air and here at BV HQ we are already plotting our winter escapes. In the meantime, we will bring you the best of the latest travel stories from around the interwebs. This week on the BV radar: a new Raffles hotel opens, Vogue’s guide to an off-the-grid city, virtual reality travel becomes a reality, and much more.

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We dare you to guess this city via Vogue.com

Enjoy!

Gucci’s creative director divulges her favorite Sao Paolo spots to Travel + Leisure

The New York Times changes it up with 36 hours in Central Park (sleeping on a bench not recommended)

Marriott has seen the future and it involves virtually reality beach vacations via Wired 

Elle Decor has the design-lover’s guide to London

Vogue’s guide to Wellington, New Zealand (yes, you read that right!)

The Financial Times shows you how to spend your money at the new Raffles in Istanbul

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Escape from New York: Canyon Ranch, Lenox, MA

 

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The yoga room at Canyon Ranch, Lenox via luxurytravelworks.com
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One of the stunning views via Canyon Ranch

This Labor Day weekend instead of escaping to the beach, we went to the spa. Not just any spa, but Canyon Ranch, a fully immersive health experience. This was our fist visit to the luxury spa and wellness center in the Berkshires. You can drive from NYC (about 3 hours) or you can take Amtrak to Albany and they will pick you up from there.

Arriving at Canyon Ranch definitely feels like luxe adult summer camp. You are given a tote, water bottle, T-shirt and thick booklet of activities. About 1 1/2 spa treatments are included as well as all your meals and all regular exercise classes. For the more adventurous, you can opt into more intense outdoor activities for a fee. The activities range from spinning class (which is usually our favorite thing, but we would recommend skipping it here) to yoga and Pilates to aqua aerobics and stretching. Since you are supposed to pack 5 or so classes a day in, each one is pretty light. There are also tennis courts, basketball courts, a ropes course, indoor and outdoor pools, as well as a full gym if you want to do your own thing. There are also cooking lessons and you can walk to the cute town of Lenox to browse the local boutiques.

Overall, it is a relaxing weekend away and you can do as many (or as little) activities as you’d like. The atmosphere is casual and not intimidating. In fact, we found many of the high level classes to be pretty easy compared to their NYC counterparts. The facilities are all very nice, but the decor is a little dated. The spa treatments were all fantastic and the staff was especially welcoming. We can’t wait for our next trip back!

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BV Radar, 8.28.14

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Cape Cod via Vogue.com

This  week on the BV Radar: bucket-list trips you can actually afford, a dreamy vacay to Cape Cod, what to do in NYC this Labor Day weekend and much more…

Would you pay someone not to put their seat back on your next flight? Read the story via The New York Times

Refinery29 has 15 bucket-list worthy trips that you can actually afford 

Check out these gorgeous picks of a rocker’s trip to Cape Code via Vogue 

Indulge in some bright travel musings from Kinfolk (note: Let the sunshine in)

Need a quick break? Explore these 24 hour vacations from Design Sponge 

Staying in the city this Labor Day Weekend? A Hotel Life has got you covered

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Höst, Copenhagen

You’ve e-mailed, called, scoured for any connection and yet you still couldn’t get a reservation at Noma? Or maybe you were in Copenhagen when it was closed for the summer? Or perhaps you just didn’t feel like forking over your monthly rent for a meal? In any case, no worries, just make a reservation at Höst!

Höst is a beautiful, delicious, stylish and welcoming restaurant in the center of Copenhagen. It is part of the mini restaurant empire called Corfoco and has recently won the Travel + Leisure Design award— and rightfully so. The restaurant is all reclaimed wood and lush greenery with industrial flourishes. If you are a large group we recommend trying to get the cozy private room downstairs. Otherwise, we insist you get the tasting menu with wine pairings for a reasonable $88 per person. The tasting menu is so much more than even advertised and included several smaller bites (you better hope they have the cheesy beer bread we tried). The cuisine is Nordic and features lots of locally grown produce. What is Nordic cuisine you ask? It felt like refined comfort food– new combinations of flavors that were oddly familiar. Go try it for yourself!

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