Cosmopolitan Hotel Lobby Las Vegas. BohemianCottage

Travel Diary, Las Vegas

Cosmopolitan Hotel Lobby Las Vegas. BohemianCottage

The stunning lobby in the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas

When you first walk into the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, your senses are at once bombarded in that oh so stimulating way that only Las Vegas can deliver. The sights with the video pillars constantly changing to the music and the smells of cigars and perfume and what is that smell? Sniff sniff…is that money? 

Las Vegas City View

The view was incredible from my room!

I recently returned from a trip to Las Vegas.. While there I stayed at the very glamorous Cosmopolitan Hotel. The room I stayed in had a balcony, which is unusual for a Las Vegas hotel room. Talk about chic and stylish! The decor was not your run of the mill boring hotel for sure. Details abounded with Fornasetti wallpaper adorning the closet, iridescent tiling on the bathroom shower, down pillows on the settee…  There were books published by Phaidon Press for reading and the room even included 2 TV’s (which was overkill for me since I don’t really ever watch) and a kitchenette with stocked minibar and a microwave.   (read more)

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Travel Diary, La Quinta California

Travel Gypset Style

The driveway into the La Quinta Resort and Club in La Quinta, CA,

I recently took a trip to the Waldorf Astoria, La Quinta Resort and Club. What a refuge from the recent cold to be where the flowers are blooming and the temperature is a mild 70 degrees. Outside my hotel room door was a pool, and the most beautiful roses…

Rose at La Quinta

These beautiful roses blooming right outside my hotel room door

The history of the La Quinta Resort goes way back. In the early 1920s, San Francisco businessman Walter H. Morgan was drawn to a place in the California desert that dwellers in these lands had long referred to as the Land of Eternal Sun. He envisioned a tranquil retreat that captured the essence of quiet hacienda-style living. Purchasing 1,400 acres from the native Cahuilla Indians, he enlisted the renowned architect Gordon Kaufman, along with scores of artisan craftsmen to make his dream a reality. From more than 100,000 hand-formed adobe bricks and 60,000 locally fired roof tiles, a small grouping of quaint casitas and a cozy dining room sprung up. Morgan called this place La Quinta. (read more)

MelindaTravel Diary, La Quinta California

Road Tripping in Style, Teardrop Campers

vintage style teardrop trailer

Camping in vintage style in a Twin Spruce Teardrop Camper.

With the new year approaching, within days actually, I am dreaming of travel. Road trips are a fun way to get a quick and inexpensive travel fix. Camping is of the world class variety here in Colorado, and would be even more cozy and even downright glamorous in a teardrop style camper.  My totally cool bohemian friend Kelly Twin and her husband Julian of Twin Spruce Campers recently launched their website offering custom built teardrop trailers. Julian hand builds each camper himself, offering the kind of craftsmanship you could imagine back in the 1930’s when teardrop campers originally started to be popular. The idea was to build a compact camper using  standard 4 by 8-foot sheets of plywood with hardwood spars. (read more)

MelindaRoad Tripping in Style, Teardrop Campers