I am a huge fan of the Danes and all the Nordic countries. For years I have admired their sense of style. I could easily move to almost any part of Europe especially one of the Nordic countries and not think twice. Life is too short to think anything has to be permanent. Maybe it is my wishful thinking. The Danish aesthetic is one the main reasons I wanted to explore Copenhagen. I did just that with one of my best gal pals, Donna (the one that makes me laugh like no other:) We hit the streets blazing!
Illums Bolighus is the first stop! Every Danish designer and more under one roof will sweep you off your feet. It is a place to escape and find inspiration. Give yourself ample time to wander the floors. There is so much to grab your attention. Illums Bolighus is located in the heart of Copenhagen, delivering you a shopping experience that you will not forget!
The Coffee Collective has a vibe that will keep you hanging out. The coffee is creamy, smooth, and served with a smile! I love the warm moody tones of the space created through the use the dark wood, soft lighting, Nordic blue walls, and lit candles. A perfect place to take a break!
Night At The Museum
The Ny Carlesberg Glyptotek is a highlight. An absolute stunning art museum housing an impressive collection of ancient and modern art in a beautiful architectural building. In the middle of the four winged museum is a Winter Garden that creates an oasis with overflowing tropical plants. It is an unexpected gem. On this particular evening was a special one night performance by Danish Designer, Henrik Vibskov. “Please analyze, volumize, moisturize me” was a human installation that was part of Copenhagen’s Light Festival. A spectacular performance that gave us the opportunity to wonder the museum. It was a night at the museum indeed!
Vinbodegaen is a charming wine bar offering an extensive selection of wines by the glass listed on a chalk board. It is a locals place to linger and sip in a traditional cafe setting.
Tight serves up local Danish cuisine in a wonderful old charming space with exposed stone walls, wooden beams, and candle lit tables. One might walk by this restaurant do to its casual entrance. Lovely meal, lovely service, and word of advice, always carry a bit of the local currency so you can tip!
How about planning your next Easter weekend skiing in Vermont at Sugarbush? In fact just go now and embrace spring’s slow awakening. Sugarbush is a fun low key mountain for the whole family. At the moment it’s offering great spring conditions. Think lighter gear and sunglasses for your picnic table lunch. March historically delivers the New England mountains with fresh powder and this year it absolutely stands true. Mother Nature extended the spring skiing for all to enjoy. The days are longer, weather is warmer, the snow is spring corn, crowds are light, and restaurant reservations are easy to score. Perfect! Squeezing in one more weekend on the mountain must be done. The weekend couldn’t be easier to plan!
We kicked off the weekend at Tracks. A pre planned reward after a three-hour mini road trip from Boston. Tracks offers casual dining with top-notch food made from locally sourced ingredients. The cocktails are delicious and the food strikes a fine balance between fine dining and pub favorites. You can enjoy a game of pool, play shuffle board, or pick a family board game while you wait for your meal. Tracks is located in The Pitcher Inn. The Pitcher Inn is a beautiful and quentessional New England Inn located in the center of Warren.
Spring skiing at Sugarbush on a holiday weekend is all about the fun! The vibe is soaking up a bluebird day (fingers crossed this is a constant) and deciding when you should take some turns. Start your morning off at the base with with a fresh creamy pour of coffee from Nomad’s. When you are ready for breakfast then stroll over to Skinny Pancake for a sweet or savory crepe. For lunch take your pick from Rumbles Kitchen, Castlerock Pub or the Wunder Bar. End the day with your friends sipping apre drinks and listening to live music on the outdoor terrace at Rumble’s Kitchen with a panoramic view of the moutains.
A weekend would not be complete without dining at Flatbread Pizza. They only take reservations in person on that day starting at 4:00 with no exception. Head to the restaurant around 3:30 to line up with other Flatbread lovers to secure yourselves a table for the evening. Enjoy a glass of wine or a local brew to help pass the time. It is worth it! The flatbread pizza is one of best that you will experience. They have perfected a simple salad that you will crave for days. The flatbread pizzas are baked in a wood fired, stone hearth oven and will win over your taste buds. If you have any room left for the tempting desserts like Grandma’s chocolate chip brownie sundae or the homemade warm apple pie are worth exploring. You should arrive a bit early before your seating so you can enjoy the outdoor fire and take in the beauty of the valley! The atmosphere is part of the charm.
Sugarbush on Easter is one of our favorite places to spend the holiday. There is a lovely Easter morning service on the mountain. All are welcome including tired children with bead head and dressed in ski gear ready for the Easter egg hunt that follows the service. You can enjoy a brunch at Rumble’s Kitchen or swing by the Warren Store for breakfast sandwiches and tasty bake goods. The rest of the afternoon is skiing with a half time waffle break. Wrap up the day at Castlerock Pub for some nachos.
The Warren Store is a country store offering something for everyone. It is one stop shopping in the picturesque village of Warren. You can load up on all your apre provisions and souvenirs at the same time. The deli offers tasty breakfast items, yummy sandwiches, and healthy side salads. No need to cook if you visit the Warren Store. Grab your newspaper, coffee, croissant, and sit outside to listen to the brook that runs below the store. A great place on a Sunday morning to hang with the locals. A must visit on your way out-of-town!
Copenhagen is seriously a cool city! I am envious of those that have it easily accessible. We hit the streets running and I can share with you that design in every sense just lives and breathes in this city!
SKT. PETRI Hotel is centrally located and a five-minute walk from the metro. It has a lovely lobby filled with natural light, green plants, and plenty of large lounge areas to sip a drink. The restaurant looked nice but we didn’t try it due to all the options outside the hotel. Limited time means hit the streets and explore. Walk out the revolving door and the city is awaiting.
Coffee is my thing. You could say an addiction. Democratic Coffee is a lovely spot to pop into anytime of day. It is conveniently located next to SKT. PETRI. Democratic Coffee serves one of the best almond croissants (damn good) in Copenhagen and pours a delicious, smooth roasted coffee. It is located in the newly renovated Hovedbibliotek.
Copenhagen is a playful city that draws you in immediately. It has stunning architecture, cobbled streets, canals, colorful buildings, a royal castle, green space, and museums. Really what else could you ask for?! The city is filled with the Scandinavian aesthetic that I love (and the reason Copenhagen has been on my list). So much to offer with culture, shops, restaurants, and city activities. I did not even scratch the surface!
Paludan Bog & Cafe is a vibrant bookstore/cafe that has set the bar high for delivering a vibrant and cozy eatery serving from morning till late evening. One will be hard press to walk right in and sit down but it is worth the short wait. The restaurant offers tasty food and a lengthy beverage list. The environment is welcoming and the prices are reasonable. It is the perfect marriage of academia and a neighborhood hot spot in the heart of the city.
Drinks and Dinner:
Illum is one of Copenhagen’s best rooftop hot spots offering multiple restaurants, bars, and stunning views of the city. Live music, a bottle of red wine and large basket of fries was how we girls enjoyed it!
A week in Montana just makes you desire more time and more exploring. Winter time is the only time that I have experienced this beautiful state but summer is now on my bucket list while driving an airstream. Big Sky has a blue sky that is indescribable. It has an ever-changing light that draws your attention back to the natural landscape that is truly majestic. Mother Nature has been very kind to Montana. Experiencing the magic from an elevation of 7,500 feet at the base to over 11,000 feet at the top of the mountain you are quickly made aware that one can not tackle this mountain at Big Sky in one week. You feel small in comparison to the grandeur of the mountains and the wildlife that make it their home. We did are best with the spring like temperatures and fresh pow pow that delivered. Here are some highlights from a week of skiing in Big Sky!
Home for a week
Local pour over coffee for your morning pleasure
Coffee morning nook
Morning Mountain Views
End of the day smores
We rented a home for the week through Big Sky Vacation Rentals. A perfect solution for two families. The house was fully equipped with all the amenities including an outdoor fireplace for s’mores, hot tub, and a foosball table for some tournaments. Every morning started with a fresh coffee sipped over the first rays of sunlight awakening Lone Peak.
Coffee break with a hell of a view!
Taking in the Mother Nature
All day long
Madison base to chill and take in the vibe
Time to break for lunch
Interior of Everett’s with killer views!
Lunch at Everett’s 8800
Meet Boomer, He is ready to serve the mountain
Big Sky instructor circle time
Happy and in his element!
A little help from Papa
Heading to higher elevation
Cocoa and a lounger on top of the mountain is pretty amazing
Cheers to a great vacation
Plan your day
Skiing was the goal! 6 days straight of rising and taking hold of the day was achieved. Bluebird days and some fresh powder to keep it fresh. A week filled with fresh air, beautiful landscape, and family fun.
Big Sky has a fun and growing downtown center. Everything one needs is a short drive from the ski area. One can grocery shop at Hungry Moose, sip a coffee at Compass Cafe or Caliber Coffee, pizza at Ousel & Spur Pizza Co. or take in a movie at Lone Peak Cinema. All your skiing requirements including rentals and gear can be taken care of at Grizzly Outfitters. My favorite shop to buy souvenirs and other Montana inspired merchandise can be found at Montana Supply. They have expanded into a new larger space shared with Compass Cafe. What a nice concept (shopping and sipping coffee, perfect!). Montana Supply is offering even more crafted accessories and clothing from local artists. The space is industrial and rugged. It complements the outdoor nature of the store. It is one stop shopping offering stylish garments and accessories for men and woman. The shop is so well curated that you want to make a lifestyle change and move to Montana!
Kayla Seaman, Northwest Montana Miss Pro Rodeo Queen
Skijoring in Big Sky
Taking in the local scene
Miss Pro Rodeo Queen
We had perfect timing to catch the showdown!
One of the most surprising events that was happening in Big Sky’s town center on way out-of-town was the National Skijoring Event. Skijoring is a winter sport that combines skiing and horseback riding. A horse and rider pair up to pull a skier or snowboarder at a fast speed around a track with obstacles and jumps along their path. A team can take home a purse of up to $2,000 and the champion takes home a belt buckle as a trophy. This is a highly respected sport and professional athletes come from all over the country. It is a spectacular event that draws crowds from all over Montana. There was a special guest supporting the event, Miss Kayla Seaman, Northwest Montana Miss Rodeo Queen. While I was snapping pictures of the event, my isostilo partner met Kayla. Kayla is your all American sweetheart with a big smile and proudly wearing her NWMT Miss Rodeo hat. She is equally sweet, smart, engaging and in a brief interaction a young woman who is a role model. You can find Kayla on instagram or Facebook. This event was the icing on the cake.
I can’t end the post without mentioning two other eating establishments to check out. The Horn & Cantle delivers an authentic inspired Montana menu in a beautiful ranch setting. They also offer a saloon with live music and an outdoor wood burning fireplace for the full ranch effect. The other restaurant is the Gallatin River House Grill. It is your down and dirty barbecue filled with large tables, a bar, arcade games, a stage for live music, and incredible view of the mountains. The best in Montana!
I’m a fan of Jupiter. Not just because it is convenient as heck with a three-hour direct flight from Boston to West Palm on Jet Blue. Jupiter is a small beachy town with bike paths, nesting turtles, and lovely beaches. It is active and vibrant with an easy-going mind-set. The vibe is low-key with a slow tempo. This is something I am appreciating more and more these days. My parents are snow birds and have been making the migration to Jupiter for the past seven years or so. My son and I are the fortunate ones to visit a warm sunny place each winter with the absolute gift of grandparent time. Jupiter is becoming more familiar to me with each visit which has me returning to my favorite spots and discovering new ones as well. Life is simple with the motto of taking each day as it comes. Waking up to blue skies and warmer temperatures than what New England tends to deliver this time of year is not a bad way to start your day. It always feels like a Friday!
A cocktail sunset cruise along the Jupiter Inlet is a perfect end to a day. It is like a Sunday drive with no where to be and no schedule. One marvels at the rich and famous homes tucked along the waters edge as you cruise at cocktail speed. At times you just get a sneak peek to the homes through the beautiful banyan trees and colorful tropical landscapes. Each home is different with its own stamp of style. I love the low crawling style homes that blend into the environment but they are far from subtle. The sun setting makes everything glisten and a calmness is present. I enjoy every opportunity to take this cruise! Jupiter offers many options for taking cruises and tours of the Inlet if you do not have access to a boat.
Sailfish Marina, a tropical setting located in Palm Beach Shores is a lovely spot to enjoy waterfront dining. It is a fisherman’s destination but it is also certainly a place for families to enjoy the coastal scenery. Kids can feed the fish off the docks and parents can stroll the eclectic mix of craft tables set up by local artists selling their wares.
The Loggerhead Marinelife Center strictly focuses on ocean and turtle conservation. It is a wonderful place educating, researching, and rehabilitating sea turtles eventually returning them back to their habitat in good health. The center has an annual celebration called the Turtlefest. A festival we don’t miss if our timing is right. It’s a wonderful opportunity for children and adults to learn about marine life, conservation, and everything about turtles. We enjoy at least one if not two trips to the center when we are visiting Jupiter. The center is about to undergo a large renovation. I can’t wait to see the changes!
Fishing is an art. One must know the rules and the subtleties in fishing to play the game. My father is a true salty man of the sea. I have had plenty of childhood memories filled with fishing, scrubbing boats, and wondering when we will head home. We would wake before sunrise and return after sunset. Fishing teaches you patience, appreciation, and respect for the ocean. This week my son fished and had the taste of the chase. He had time learning from one of the best. Life lessons from your grandpa are worth the weight of gold!
Something new and a day to remember. We headed to Jonathon Dickinson State Park for an outdoor activity. Jonathan Dickinson State Park is a 11,000 acre park offering land and water activities. We decided on canoeing by default since the kayaks were all taken by the time we arrived. $26 for a three person canoe for two hours of water exploring seems reasonable. We set off for our adventure but not before noticing the crocodile warning sign. This set a tone of nervousness but we were assured by the trusting staff that the crocodiles were well fed (really?!) and are accustomed to the activity. We canoed for 45 minutes in a small circle just beyond the loading dock. We saw two crocodiles and rowed to safety! We canoed, we conquered and can tell the story. Next time we may opt for a land activity.
I have a list of great places to eat here in Jupiter and I tend to want to return to those favorites. Not this time. Leftovers Cafe is the sister restaurant to the Food Shack (awesome!). They had me at the front door with the sticker covered entry way creating a skate/surf kind of vibe. The interior wall space is wrapped with street art graffiti. The food is fresh, creative, and generously portioned which allows for sharing. I highly recommend the sweet potato encrusted tilefish. I’m on the hunt for the recipe!
Check out the boat show beauties at the Palm Beach International Boat Show happening now through Sunday. Today was a day to explore and where better than a boat show gazing at inflatables, center consoles, fishing boats, to wine and cheese circuit boats and yachts. It is the red carpet of boat shows. The event showcases accessories for your vessel and yourselves. You can walk on board the boats or admire from a short distance. The superyachts require appointments. If you’ve thought of cruising the waters than this is your place to make that dream a reality (bring your wallet). Being from a boating family, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to stroll the huge selection of boats at the show. It was a perfect day with mild temperatures, blue sky, and low crowds. Spend a few hours or a day depending on your mood. There are plenty of places to have a bite or a beverage. There are clinics and educational activities offered as well as live music. It is up to you!
Check out more details online for the Palm Beach International Boat Show. You will want to cruise on the water when your done. Trust me! We headed straight to the boat for a sunset cruise.
This week isostilo is hanging in Jupiter, Florida. One can’t go to Florida and not be drawn to water activities. My son conveniently lost his hat in the airport. So Blueline Surf & Paddle Co. here we come! I love surf shops and would love to call myself a surfer but no I just admire the hell of those that do! I find surf shops to be a stylish haven. The surf vibe is contagious and everything seems cooler when a surfer puts their stamp on it. Their love of the water is all-encompassing. Blueline offers everything you need to complete your beach needs. It is also a hip place to hang. There is an ice cream shop located next door and a tropical open air waterfront restaurant across the street called Guanabanas (more on this place later). Blueline has rentals for paddle boarding, surfing, and kayaking. One can also purchase a board if you are fully committed! If you head to West Palm then pass through Jupiter. The pier is a fun place to watch surfers, kite boarders, and meet a pelican. The beach runs for miles and is dog friendly. Here is what we eyed while strolling the shop.
I am always on the hunt for great owner operated shops that do it well and have authenticity. So check out Blueline Surf & Paddle Co. if you are in the area or online. isostilo is a fan!