Your Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic Guide

Travel

This month I attended the 12th annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic, (#VCpoloclassic, #clicquotstyle, #vcpoloclassic2019, #veuveclicquotpoloclcassic) at Liberty State Park, in Jersey City, New Jersey. I decided to attend this event for a much needed mental break from Washington, DC. The date also worked out quite nicely overlapping with my birthday week, #geminiSZN. I decided to pay forward a review for the culture, including a few tips and tricks to help guide you if you ever consider attendance.

BACKGROUND

The Veuve Clicquot Polo classic had been on my bucket list of social events to attend since its inaugural year. Let me take you through my coveted timeline: 2007: I wasn’t old enough; 2008: I had just gotten back from a 6 month stint in London #jetlag; 2009: I just graduated from undergraduate studies, and moved from New Orleans; 2010: Opted for Atlantic City instead; 2011: Opted for the Outer Banks instead; 2012-2016: PHD World; 2017-2018; Repositioning self + Relocation to a new state! This brings me to 2019: 1st attendance to the Veuve Clicquot polo classic. Even though participation was on a whim this year, I was so excited when I realized it overlapped with an already planned trip.

TICKETS

I think one of the first decisions one needs to make prior to attending the VC Polo Classic is which ticket you want to purchase. This year there were originally three tiers on the first release date: 1. General Admission ($90 + Fee): This was the most inexpensive ticket that offered you general admission to the event and round trip transportation to and from both points of entry (NJ and NY side). After the initial ticket release date, two additional cycles of GA tickets were distributed prior to the event. 2. Early Admission ($150 + Fee): This ticket provided you a step-up from general admission as you were given early access to the ferry (Battery Park, NY departure only) and complimentary VC champagne flutes for AMEX card holders. So if you were like me, and leaving from NJ, this bump up didn’t really provide much other than a different line to stand in when you arrived to the grounds. 3. The Rosé Garden: ($475 +Fee): The Rosé Garden is the highest level ticket you can purchase for the entire event, regardless of departure location, day and time. This ticket provided you priority boarding from both New Jersey (Liberty Science Center) and New York (Battery Park), 1 bottle of Veuve Clicquot Rosé Rich Champagne (MSRP $75 but cost of the bottle at the event: $130 important), Gourmet Lunch provided by Wolfgang Puck (including post lunch snack and 1 bottle of water), and then access to the wristband only Rosê Garden which included shaded open lawn seating with tables, couches, exclusive decor, additional photo opportunities, and Rosé Garden only bars with air conditioned bathrooms. All of this is important information when I break down the expense ratio. This year the first wave of the General Admission tickets sold out in minutes. The Rosé Garden tickets stuck around for about 1.5 additional weeks before also being sold out. After much deliberation, research (shout out to Wil, creator of Weekends With Wil; Insta: @wil_mikahson (who I met at this year’s match, amazing person, like & subscribe to his YouTube channel) and Dana creator of The Champagne Edit; Insta: @dana.mannarino) we decided to opt for the Rosé Garden package, and I’ll explain why in my recap/expense breakdown.

IMPRESSION

This was the big fun with the wretched, Vanessa Huxtable dreamt of having. I had so so much fun. I met so many new people, the food was amazing, and for my first polo match, I was very much entertained (congrats to team Veuve Clicquot). 99% of attendees are there to have a good time (there’s always that 1%, always). The music was amazing, (anyone who can build a set list of Travis Scott + Ace of Base is a winner in my book), the food was super high quality, and it was just an extremely well organized event. I AM the itinerary planner in my friend-sphere so I pay much attention to detail and the time-management layout. There is just enough time to do everything you want that day: take photos at each of the locations, eat lunch, watch polo, drink more champagne, and then have fun during the let out, (approximately 90 minutes that turns into a dance/social space). In fact, there were folks coming to the event just for the last 2 hours, since last call at the bars is 5:30 PM. I definitely plan on attending next year and am so happy I was finally able to make this work in my schedule this year. God is real.

TIPS

Go with people who function on your wavelength. If you are sit-on-the-grass folks, then don’t go to this event with someone like me. If you want to Diner-En-Blanć out on the polo field, go with a tribe who will help you carry the picnic basket and chairs. You are allowed to bring food and factory sealed non-alcoholic beverages, plus there are also food trucks that serve delightful creations. If you don’t plan on drinking champagne and want GA tickets, don’t bring the friend that wants to turn up and send “you-up” texts at 3:00 PM. It’s hot, there are a lot of people, and you want to have a good time. So be sure to select a crew that have mutual expectations of the day.

Wear comfortable and weather appropriate shoes. So listen. There is a walk from the drop-off to the event. The walk from the NJ side is shorter than the walk from the NY side, due to the nature of the port access. If you are leaving from the NY side and don’t feel like the walk, there are pedicabs available for about $10 per person, bring cash). If you are leaving from the NJ side, the shuttle coach buses are super nice, air-conditioned, and hold approximately 28 people, to give you an idea of capacity. The shuttle time is about a 7 minute ride. If you want to wear the stilettos and pumps the entire day, you are a better woman than me. Many girls opted to bring their flats in a bag and change once they got to the event but, we were just so anti [stuff] so we both wore flats/sandals; the highest shoe I’d recommend is a block heel. Also be mindful of the state of the field, dirt +rain=mud; my pink leather and navy patent shoes were ruined and if I hadn’t gotten them on sale, I probably would’ve rioted. TLDR: Be mindful of the terrain.

Eat breakfast. This should be obvious, but in the haste and rush of the event, it’s easy to miss. Don’t be that girl who is falling over by divot stomp half-time. Eat a good breakfast with a carbohydrate or two, and take your vitamins. The event is 11A-6P and there are consistent shuttles throughout the day, but keep in mind, it is a marathon, not a sprint. Additionally, if you are going to pre-game this event, drink responsibly. If you are not experienced in the alcohol + heat formula (like us SEC tailGATORS) this event is not the time to experiment.

Don’t forget your non-negotiables. For me that was a portable phone charger, sunblock, and sunglasses. I’m getting pretty hyper vigilant about my eyes lately so I made sure I had a pretty durable pair for the event that I honestly never took off. Additionally, I made sure my makeup routine included several layers of sunblock because a wrinkle is no friend of mine. Last, since Spain, I barked about needing a portable charger and finally bit the bullet. I purchased this one, which has 3 ports for charging in addition to a wi-fi capability for the “I forgot my cable” moments. It is a bit heavy, but I don’t carry anything in my bag anyway, so it fits me just fine. It also has a great LCD screen that lets me know the status of the battery and when it needs to be recharged.

Hydrate and actually sleep the night before. I was extremely stressed out the week prior and days leading up to the VC Polo Classic and made it a point to actually get rest the night before. It’s tempting to go out, especially with the amazing things downtown Jersey City has been up to, but we honestly came to the conclusion that spending money on the Rosé Garden was an investment that we wanted to be our best selves for. It’s literally impossible to do that post gin and tonic detox. The day of the event we were up at around 6am (it kinda felt like a holiday) as checkin started at 1045am and well, prep. It was nice to have a leisure morning that was calm and comfortable. We were alert, ready for the sun, and the champagne campaign.

Plan your outfit ahead of time. You can honestly come as you are to the VC Polo Classic, some did- but honestly, this is pretty much the wearable art-Met Gala for civilians. GQ annually posts their top lewks as do a host of other blogs and the hashtags and insta-stories trend for days. This is an event where your creativity and expression of all things fashion truly come alive and it is honestly a treat to see. I ended up pulling together a very “uptown” breathable outfit of pretty pleats and florals. I’ll post below.

EXPENSE TO EXPERIENCE RATIO

Now, time to do a bit of math: Let’s say you don’t get early access, and are left with deciding between general admission (phase 2 and phase 3, because phase 1 will likely sell out) and the Rosé Garden. You would be looking to spend about ($140) for admission to the event, give or take. Once you arrive you will likely purchase 1 bottle of champagne ($130) and then you are going to either bring your own food or purchase it on the grounds; let’s estimate about about ($50 spend). This brings you to a total of $320 in comparison to the $500 spent on the Rosé Garden with equal amenities. Now you’d have to decide, is the ticket worth the additional $180? Speaking from access to the Rosé Garden with a New Jersey departure, I absolutely believe that it is worth the cost of the ticket. 1. During the event I had a collective wait time of maybe 30 minutes for the entire day. I never waited to get a bottle of Champagne, the bathroom, glasses of champagne, nothing. I am cranky and inpatient in my old age, so for ME the priority of the Rosé Garden ticket alone was worth the $180. I will pay more to be comfortable and after the age of 30, let’s be honest we need to go where the seats are. The Rosé Garden ticket allotted for shade, seating in chairs in an amazingly decorated space. Last, I am not an outdoorsy person; I am in fact a very indoorsy girl. I have a sensitivity to heat, I have allergies, and wear contacts; I enjoy artificial air, sub-degree temperatures, and chairs. So when I willingly decide to be outside for more than a few minutes, I need to feel comfortable. Last, in the 12th hour, we opted to not bring anything but ourselves and a portable charger, not even water. We literally did not feel like carrying a thing. We just decided to buy whatever we needed and be as mindful and intentional about enjoying the day and the experience. It was truly the best move for us and an extremely freeing feeling.

FINAL THOUGHTS

The VC Polo classic is the kickoff to brunch szn. This year the weather was flawless. It is worth the time, effort, and planning and I hope to see you next year! Comment down below if you’ve attended or plan on attending. Be sure to check out the complete photo diary and let’s followup in a week.

Best, Dr. Dyce


 

 

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Check In: The Arlo Nomad Hotel

Travel

 

 

You should know by now, whenever I am on the hunt for a place to stay, a boutique property always received the first glance. I find that the benefits of staying at a boutique hotel outweigh its heavy competitors on several fronts. Aesthetic: what you see, affects how you think, and ultimately how you feel. Boutique hotels offer superior attention to detail; since there is less mass, more attention can be paid toward efforts to make you feel most comfortable in an intimate space. Service: smaller numbers translate to acute customer service due to sheer mathematics. You are not just guest #5974923; Individualized service is something I can stand behind and throw coins toward. The Arlo Nomad is a modern, micro-boutique hotel with loads of personality, tech-friendly, and right in the middle of New York City. On trend with more progressive spaces the Arlo Nomad provides the visuals, comfort, and access you need for a perfect stay in the big apple.

 

 

Upon arrival the hotel lobby was calm and inviting. I was met with a super friendly welcome from staff positined in an industrial space with low lights and colorful pieces of artwork on the walls. I checked in to a queen room with a city view. This hotel is an unpretentious gem where staff wear button-downs and slacks & are super warm and helpful. Although the property is snug, a lot fits into the compact space and forces you to explore your surroundings. Parking is not available on site, however valet is an option with limited car privileges. Arlo Nomad is in a great location for anyone who’s never been to New York City as it is located in the Flat Iron district of Manhattan, that allows for easy access to several anchor points for a first time visitor. 


TOUR

 

  

  

  

  

 

Outside the guest rooms, the Arlo provides communal spaces to relax and enjoy a cocktail on site. Amenities include a full restaurant with bar and 24-hour lobby bodega.  A library/den, packed with colorful books, tables, and lofty seating spaces. The Arlo Nomad provides ample seating around each of the communal spaces in addition to tables, fireplaces, and nooks for pre-dinner drinks or nightcap. @arlohotels provide a complimentary happy hour from 530pm to 700pm at #BARlo which is a 60’s inspired second floor bar and lounge area. Here you are able to enjoy a glass of prosecco with a friend while you figure out your next step; The bar was chic, comfortable, and inviting.  The restaurant on site: Massoni, dons an Asian-Italian fare which we thoroughly enjoyed. I had a glass of Riesling with the garlic bread pizza; my friend opted for the pasta and neither disappointed. Normally hotel restaurants can be hit or miss, especially in larger cities, however the food-to-cost ratio was appropriate and satisfying. PRO TIP: Masoni would be a neat brunch spot as the real treat of the Arlo Nomad is the rooftop bar with city skyline views of the Empire State building to bring you to that state of mind (The rooftop bar is called: The Heights).


INTERIOR

 

  

  

 

The rooms are snug (probably about 150-square feet) however mighty and efficient; I appreciate when a space makes sense.  Where the room lacks in space, it makes up for in comfort and view as there is not a bad room in the hotel. The property faces a bustling and thriving city landscape at the doorsteps of New York City. During the day, the higher floored you are the more you feel like you are staying in a sky-scraper-esque property; I felt like you were floating over manhattan.  At nighttime the metropolis turns into a beautifully lit city view, truly giving that New York City vibe each minute.  The bathroom was of adequate size, compact, with a sliding door, rainfall shower, and lemongrass/verbena toiletries.  The room provided each guest complimentary boxed water with a fridge and clothing steamer which I felt to be a nice touch.

 

 

 

For this trip I was in town to see my fave, Travis Scott for the (third night) NYC show in the garden. It was nothing short of amazing, and if you ever have an opportunity to watch Travis perform, GO. It is truly a religious experience. Everyone is there to have a good time, and you’ll be on your feet for the duration of the concert. This 30-something year old can definitely still hang, but it was nice to creep back to the oasis in the city for a solid, restful sleep at the Arlo Normad Hotel. See clips below from the show and of the post-show k-town hangout. Afterward, The Arlo Nomad was just enough city light to give you after hours gothic vibes – not too much where you feel like you can’t get any rest.

  

 


SELF-CARE IMPRESSION

★★★★

The Arlo Nomad has an urban-industrial style with modern comforts and makes for a seamless and peaceful self-care experience. The calm vibes amid the hustle and bustle of the big apple afford you much peace and quiet for a pleasant and innovative stay. You’re in such close proximity to everything in the overly saturated, Flatiron district so you can easily head out for a nightcap or a quick bite a few blocks away in K-Town.


CHECK IN: 

ARLO NOMAD

11 EAST 31ST STREET, NEW YORK, NEW YORK, 10016

UNITED STATES

http://www.arlohotels.com/arlo-nomad

TELEPHONE: 212.806.7000


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+Many thanks to the Arlo Nomad Hotel for their gracious hospitality and support in this blog.

THE CHARLOTTE GUIDE

Travel

Traveling to tidy your thoughts is a great form of self-care. This series: how to be a tourist in your own city duals as a travel checklist for both local & out-of-state readers for each respective city. I document: 1) cultural experiences, 2) local food scene, 3) accommodations, & 4) unique activities that promote self-care and emotional wellness. See the recap below on how to tour: Charlotte, North Carolina.

I went to North Carolina. I did some things. Here’s what you should do if you have 48 hours in the city of Charlotte.

 

 but first- skincare.  

but first- skincare.  

 

EAT

 

  

  

 

Amelie’s Bakery| 2424 N Davidson Street

This location is the one that’s open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. By far the best pastry I’ve had in YEARS. Super college kid study vibe, interesting musings, comfortable eclectic chairs. Perfect for journaling and taking quiet moments for yourself.  

STOKE| 100 West Trade Street

Stoke is actually located inside the Marriott hotel in the city center of Charlotte which is great because not only is there valet parking, but dining at Stoke validates said parking for an easy drop in and roll out meal

Living Kitchen| 2000 South Boulevard #300

Think green. Super awesome vibe to this place. Clean food and fresh pressed tonics. I grabbed a cortado flat with hemp milk and sat and edited a few photos. In an industrial area, plenty of parking and shopping is nearby. 

Futo Buta| 222 E Bland Street

Living in the south sure has its perks, but solid ramen is unfortunately not one of them. Grab a bowl of piping hot ramen (delicious) and savory bao to round out the night. I dined alone here at the bar after the last day of my business trip and wish I had gone earlier to repeat my fire and ice ramen. 

NIGHT CAP

 

 

NODA

An artsy neighborhood north of Uptown (The name is short for the street it’s on — North Davidson Street).

Fahrenheit| 222 S Caldwell Street

Of course I had to go where the city line is. I grabbed a lavender infused gin cocktail and took in the sights of Queen City from the top of Fahrenheit which is actually connected to a Hilton hotel. Ample seating outside and a fire pit to keep you warm if you venture out during the colder days. I will tell you that didn’t stop any of us. Pro tip: try to get there during sunset. IG envy photos will surely take place.  

Soul Gastro Lounge| 1500 Central Avenue

SGL is one of those yelp places everyone boasts, so you go but you don’t really know what to expect. Well let me share: strong drinks, live DJ vibe, and solid food. They don’t take reservations, and do get busy- so while it’s perfect for a midweek trip, watch the crowds during the weekend.

Craft Tasting Room and Growler Shop| 1320 S Church Street Suite #100

Craft is a super awesome brewery. Low lights for intimate conversation, no televisions, and light music. I didn’t stay to experience, but did taste test a few brew before grabbing a few growlers to go (nice souviners huh?). Nice local vibe and local beer selections. If you can make it- go.

PLAY

 

  

 

7th Street Public Market| 224 E 7th Street

Not Just Coffee| 224 E 7th Street

NJC is located in the 7th Street Public Market which is this indoor plex, of shops and eateries. Pictured you’ll see the barista creating my iced matcha latte- perfect. I sat, read the local paper and then trekked on with my photo journey of this great city.

4th Ward Park| 301 N Poplar Street

Get a feel of Charlotte’s past by taking the historic Fourth Ward walking tour. The historic Fourth Ward neighborhood artfully blends restored 100-plus-year-old Victorian homes, with luxury condominiums, urban apartments, parks and businesses. This collection of quaint and charming meets urban contemporary offers a residential experience that has made Fourth Ward a premier uptown community.

Paper Sky Scraper| 330 East Boulevard 

The most adorable independent book/craft/thingy store? You can find anything here from unique gifts, to handmade skincare, or recycled stationary. I ended up staying here a lot longer than I thought, which allowed me to have a few mindful moments.

South Park Mall| 4400 Sharon Road

Mega mall- everything fro. Kiehls, to Louis V. South park is a high end mall that you’ll definitely need to leave breadcrumbs to find your way back out.

Magnolia Emporium| 307 Lincoln St, Charlotte, NC 28203

Vintage upcycle is the name of the game for this adorable Charlotte find.

Freedom Park| 1900 East Boulevard

Freedom Park is a 98-acre park in Charlotte, North Carolina. Located at 1900 East Boulevard, between Charlotte’s historic Dilworth and Myers Park neighborhoods, the park is centered on a 7-acre lake.

SLEEP

I was fortunate enough this trip to have my lodging covered, as I traveled to Charlotte on a business trip! However I did make a micro-list of places I would stay on my next visit that are pretty on par with my traveling comforts and wellness away from home: 

  1. The Iveys
  2. The Westin Charlotte
  3. Kimpton Tryon Park
  4. The Dunhill Hotel
  5. The Omni Charlotte

NEXT TIME

I only had 48 hours to spend in Queen city, so I made a list of places and eateries for my next visit. This way, I waste no time! Check out my bookamarks below. 

  1. Merchant and Trade
  2. Cabo Fish Taco
  3. Evoke
  4. Heirloom
  5. Rock Salt
  6. The Yolk
  7. Asbury
  8. Aix en Provence
  9. Cow Fish
  10. Fork
  11. The Fig Tree
  12. Good Food On Montfort
  13. Halcyon Flavors From The Earth
  14. Fern, Flavors From The Garden
  15. Chopt
  16. Zada Jane’s Corner Cafe

Like this post? Check out my New Orleans city guide here. Best, Dr. Dyce. 

THE NEW ORLEANS GUIDE

Travel

 

Traveling to tidy your thoughts is a great form of self-care. My new series: how to be a tourist in your own city duals as a travel checklist for both local & out-of-state readers for each respective city. I document: 1) cultural experiences, 2) local food scene, 3) accommodations, & 4) unique activities that promote self-care and emotional wellness. See the recap below on how to tour: New Orleans, Louisiana; laissez les bon temps rouler.

Travel Essentials

  1. MyBKR– I’m at a point in my life where I’m so over excess and things. I drink alot of water and really am obsessed with the BKR glass jug. They come in various sizes and make perfect traveling mates for refillable hydration. My 1L jug was practically my best friend in the New Orleans heat/humidity + it’s definitely a top traveling essential. #staythirsty 
  2. Computer- I’ve yet to break down and get an iPad. Additionally, I’m still experimenting with my photography workflow, camera storage, and figuring out what process works best for me. So because I was gone for about 3 weeks, I knew I needed space to store the massive jpeg files. There’s a computer compartment with padding in my OG bag so it worked out quite nicely. 
  3. BuJo– I’ve already expressed my obsession with analog system writing here and my trip to New Orleans was no exception to use of the bullet journal. It made for a great travel journal, allowed me to check-in with myself along the way and take notes of places + things. 
  4. Filters- Camera accessories that don’t weigh a ton are great to pack. 
  5. Reading Material- The quickest way for me to fall asleep is to read.
  6. Face Mask- A large portion of this trip was spent on the road, so I like to cheat the time and apply a face mask here and there throughout the drive to make sure I keep up with my routine. I l’m a disciple of the Fresh product line and this mask is extremely great for travel because it’s not messy or temperature sensitive. 
  7. Green Products– Little by little I’m transitioning to all natural products head to toe and my teeth are no exception. I really enjoy David’s natural toothpaste. I used it a few weeks prior to this trip and it’s now an essential. There was a lot of travel and motion on this trip (quick, get up and go), and not to mention eating, so I needed a product that wasn’t finicky and could do the job. I appreciated that this is a non-foaming or overly sugary or sticky product and the included metal key roller made it a great item for this trip. (I know, I’m particular, but! when you’re traveling between different climates the worst thing in the world is exploding products in your luggage). 
  8. Hand Balm- Enough said. Salve is an essential. Offish converted.
  9. Refresher Spray- Great to combat the heat and humidity and light enough to keep in my day bag. It’s such a treat for the unforgiving crescent city weather.
  10. Trainers- Dress em’ up, dress em’ down. Tons of walking in New Orleans, so you’ll need to be comfortable. 
  11. Utility Bag– Listen. Like MyBKR, the Lo & Sons OG bag deserves a post on it’s own which, I will write up after a few more uses so I can be a true authority. What I can tell you now is that this bag is perfect if you’re a traveler like me who hates checking bags (I never check bags) and just needs one solid piece of luggage for the main essentials. It comes in a few different colors and lining; there is also a smaller version. There are so many zippers and compartments, it held everything pictured and a change of clothes, gah. This bag owes me nothing.

Sleep

For this trip I stayed at The Soniat House which is located directly in the French Quarter. It’s about a 5 minute walk to the French Market and an 8 minute walk to Cafe Du Monde, #insane. I have a full write up on my stay which you can read here, but as you can tell The Soniat House proudly boasts small luxury and does not disappoint. Walking in truly feels magical and I wandered around the property like the Mary in The Secret Garden. It truly was a relaxing experience and ultimate self-care-cation.

Play

I probably could’ve bypassed this section, because a lot of What To Do in New Orleans, is eating. However there are a few must see’s before you leave the crescent city. Above is a nice recap, but click here to get a bit more information. Whatever you do, don’t leave without seeing how pralines are made (biased) and ride a streetcar; do it for the photo. 

Additional Must Do

The French Market | 1008 N. Peters St.

Head down to the French Market to get a taste of all things New Orleans. Located in a back end of the French Quarter, this can be your one-stop, has-it-all spot. Offering space for fresh produce, handmade goods and crafts, and an overflow of goods in the crescent city, wander through the French Market and see what you can find, that you didn’t know you needed hashtag: story of my life.

Frenchman Street

I’ve never seen two of the same buildings in new orleans. The frenchman street live music scene is fantastic. It’s renowned for its jazz bands and solo artists, and boasts a vibe of it’s own. Head to Frenchman Street for fun any night of the week and check out the Frenchmen Art Market while you’re there; save yourself from a crazy amount of traffic. If you’ve got the time, check out the Praline Connection on Frenchman Street for solid eats.

Jackson Square | 700 Decatur St

Jackson Square holds a view of the oldest cathedral in the United States (The St. Louis Cathedral). If you’re touristing around, you’ll be sure to see the featured statue of Army General and 7th president: Andrew Jackson, sitting alongside the Mississippi River. Music, local art, (and magic) are all around Jackson Square. It’s a great space to explore, sit, and reflect. 

River Walk | 500 Port of New Orleans

Home to several stores and restaurants that sits atop the Mighty Mississippi River. The riverwalk stretches from the end of Canal Street up to the New Orleans Convention Center. It is connected to the adjacent Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel, stroll along and say hello to the Steamboat Natchez. 

Eat

New Orleans will outlast your stomach every. single. time. Here are a few eatery highlights in visual form. Honestly, just plan your own food tour because you need to try everything. Must eat when you’re in the city: PRA-lines | Chicory Coffee | Beignets | Étouffée | Boudin | Something Banana’s Foster | Muffaltta | Gumbo | Po’ Boy | Boiled Crawdaddies | Jambalaya | Oysters | SnoBall | Alligator | Red Beans + Rice | Turtle Soup | BBQ Shrimp


Why New Orleans?

New Orleans is not only visually stunning but it has the power to invoke this feeling of time standing still. It makes you slow down and savor your surroundings for as long as you can. Much of the sickness we have today is stress related. So I encourage you to pack a bag and be a tourist in this fabulous city. Find a brass tune and dig in!

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+Many thanks to follow your NOLA and Davids for their support in this blog. 

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions and thoughts about the businesses featured here are my own

 

Check In: The Soniat House

Travel

 

I love hotels and I’m pretty serious about leisure and comfort. Some folks collect items, I like to collect experiences and believe travel lodging greatly contributes to the tempo of any vacation. The Soniat House, rated a Luxury Hotel of the World and a member of the Traveler Gold List is located in the heart of the French Quarter in the residential section of Chartres and Governor Nicholls Street situated next door to the Beauregard-Keyes House. On the property you are transported to another world as the the layout is a hidden gem, tucked away with elegant antique furnishings and top-notch concierge services that are experts in the art of hospitality. 

Tour

When I first arrived a porter dressed in a tuxedo coat (yes) greeted me as I entered the property to the main check in area through a long foyer with high-ceilings and spiral staircase. On the main grounds there is a lavishly decorated honor bar where guest can prepare their own cocktails or use the internet.

The property oozes with charm, as it is comprised of three French Colonial town-homes built in the 1700s and located a short distance from the buzz of bourbon street, the french market, and the iconic Cafe Du Monde. 

My friend came along on my last leg of trip to help wander around the city and through the beautiful alleys in the french quarter. We decided to spend ample time taking in the views of the private courtyard on location before heading out to explore the Bywater neighborhood.  I loved looking that the lush, tranquil, fountain-clad courtyards, iron lace balconies, and herringbone and running bond brickwork. A true prim and proper southern gracious living experience. We had pretty early mornings, so my only regret during the stay was missing out on breakfast which is freshly baked hot buttermilk biscuits, with butter, whole strawberry conserves, orange juice, hot milk and coffee that can be ordered and delivered to your room or your nearest courtyard.


interior

While so many hotels are heading towards digital keys, The Soniat House slows it down with antique metal brass locks adding to the true experience. As I entered the suite I was immediately drawn to the dreamy ornate embellishments like the flowing canopy, chandelier, and massive antique mirror over the in-room fireplace. I was met with a sitting area in an open floor plan, boasting high ceilings, oil paintings, massive walk-closet, and hardwood flooring with exposed brick. In the evening there is a turn down service and walkways are guided by lit candles.

The bathroom is covered in a neutral striped chevron print, three toned lighting, jacuzzi tub, and Molton Brown amenities. The Egyptian cotton sheets, Frette Robes, brown plush ottoman, and comfortable chairs tempt you to stay in your sanctuary as long as you can. There aren’t too many places that allow you to wake up naturally without intrusion or sound and staying here was a dream. There is even a request for no cellphone use in your room to preserve the peace for each of the quaint 31 rooms on site.  Each suite has in-room air-conditioning and some form of access; my unit had a secret garden doorway at the rear of the room which led to more of the manicured property. There is wireless internet throughout the hotel and the staff/team are all welcoming and helpful professionals.


Self-Care Impression

★★★★★

The Soniat House has french colonial style with modern comforts and makes for a seamless and peaceful self-care experience. The tranquil vibes amid the ragin’ cajun antics via the high volume of tourists in the french quarter afford you much peace and quiet. You’re in such close proximity to everything so you can easily head out for a nightcap, a quick bite of duck confit a few blocks away, or maybe just eat some king cake in bed.


Check In: 

The Soniat House

1133 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70116

United States

www.soniathouse.com

Telephone: 504-522-0570


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+Many thanks to The Soniat House for their gracious hospitality and support in this blog.