'places to stay'

Hotel SP34

April 20, 2015



Despite being a capital with an abundance of great design, finding a beautiful and affordable hotel to stay at is not necessarily that easy here in Copenhagen. Most of these come with a price tag or a location that is a bit too far out in case you’re just in town for a few days and don’t want to spend too much precious time on the subway. Which is why this relatively new Hotel SP34 is a great choice that I would recommend to anyone coming to Copenhagen. Located perfectly in the Latin Quarter in Central Copenhagen, the hotel has beautifully decorated rooms and a nice and relaxed ambiance.



These photos are all taken in different rooms, and since I haven’t stayed there myself, I can’t really do a full review of the place (our apartment is about five minutes from the hotel so spending the night here would seem a little foolish). But what I do know is that the staff are super friendly, there is a great burger restaurant called Cock’s & Cows plus a brand new Cofoco restaurant in the basement and a roof top terrace. And most importantly: the location is perfect, pretty much as central as it gets with the Town Hall Square just down the street, but still in a nice neighbourhood that doesn’t feel as touristy or crowded as it does around the square.




SP34 is a boutique hotel decorated with Danish design classics and custom-made furniture. The style is typically Scandinavian but with a warm and cozy feel. Even the Single Standard Room was beautiful and if I were travelling alone or on a budget, I’d definitely book that one and save some money for restaurant visits and shopping. And if I wasn’t, I’d book the Penthouse with a balcony and a view to the Copenhagen skyline. Oh my, that one was beautiful!

Hotel SP34
Sankt Peder Stræde 34
1453 København K

Upstate NY: Spruceton Inn

September 15, 2014


You know that feeling when you wake up on a Monday morning and could almost cry because the weekend just ended? That’s me today and I really have no reason to complain because I’m in NYC and life’s pretty great. But still, our weekend at the Spruceton Inn was amazing and I already miss waking up in the most comfortable bed ever with a view to a meadow of wild thyme (it smelled heavenly out there!) and the tree-covered mountains. Located in West Kill in the Catskills area of Upstate New York this inn is the perfect weekend getaway whether you’re a nature loving hiker or just want to replace the hustle and bustle of NYC with some peace and quiet and fresh air for a couple of days.


In December 2013, Casey and her husband Steven (two former Brooklynites; one’s a writer and designer, the other’s an illustrator and writer) moved out of the city, bought an old inn and proved everyone who thinks coolness doesn’t exist outside of NYC wrong. Because seriously, this place is the best. Have you ever stayed at a b&b and felt as if you were sleeping in an old woman’s bed with too many personal things and lace curtains in horrible colors? That’s very far from the Spruceton Inn. The rooms here are simply and beautifully decorated with everything you need and nothing more, every room has a private bathroom with a shower and some of the rooms a kitchenette, where you can prepare dinner for the Weber grills outside.


That’s exactly what we did on our first night; grilled salmon and corn for dinner (someone was very happy he got to prepare a home cooked meal for us for the first time since we came to NYC a little over than a month ago!) and enjoyed it by the camp fire in the pitch dark under a sky full of stars.

Casey and Steven only opened up the place in August this year and they’ve already gotten a lot of media attention (from The New York Times and Vogue just to name a few). Cool New Yorkers seem to go on a pilgrimage to the Catskills every weekend, and it’s easy to see why everyone loves this place already. Casey is the perfect host, chatting with guests in the bar and Steven is the Outdoor Expert, who will help guide you in the direction of the good fishing holes and hiking trails. And if you’re just here to relax (which was our plan) that’s totally cool too! You can hang out in Room 1 where you will find everything you need; The Canteen serving Cafe Grumpy coffee, tea and pop tarts for breakfast; the bar serving wine and beer for both guests and locals passing by and the wifi spot, where you can get a fix of normal life when needed (wifi only works in Room 1 but as it turns out, waking up in the morning with no reception at all is pretty great!). Or you can chill in the hammock, go for a swim in the creek, enjoy a snack with a mountain view, meet new friends over a beer whilst barbecuing or go for a drive to one of the cute little towns in the area (and of course, there’s also the possibility of going hiking and maybe meeting some black bears, if you’re into that sort of thing!).

It all sounds pretty great, doesn’t it? It really is and there’s a lot more praise to give to the Spruceton Inn. I am already planning on going back for a day or two before we leave The States in end October, but I might have to hurry up since word on the street is that weekends are pretty much fully booked for a while! If you are planning on going, you probably have a ton of questions and you will find all answers (plus Caseys lovely graphics and writing) over at their website. Just some quick facts: it’s simple luxury and there are nine rooms ranging from $69 to $229. For food, Room 1 sells frozen burger patties and buns, supplies for hotdogs, s’mores and charcoal for the grills (you can also grocery shop on your way up there or visit one of the cafés and restaurants near by – Phoenicia Diner was great!). Bringing a car is a good idea (but taking the bus is an also an option), there’s no TV but a lot of pretty nature right outside the window and the inn is open year round.

The Spruceton Inn kindly let us spend two nights free of charge in exchange for a couple of mentions on my Instagram-profile. As always, I only feature places I really like on this blog (and on Instagram) and all opinions are my own. 

Spruceton Inn
2080 Spruceton Road, West Kill, NY


July 19, 2014

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Before going to Ærø, I had done a bit of research on what to see whilst on the island. This place was definitely the one I was looking most forward to visiting and luckily, it didn’t disappoint whatsoever! Vesteraas is an ecological small holding in the middle of the island surrounded by the preserved nature reserve Voderup Cliffs. On these twenty hectares, the owners Nils and Maja are taking pride in bringing the fields back to their original and natural state. That means no chemicals, no fertilizers, no tractors; just Nils, his bare hands and several bee, butterfly and frog species that you will only find here and nowhere else in the world!


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Nils has a pack of Dexter cattle that are out enjoying themselves on the fields 365 days a year, rain or shine. From these, he makes the island’s world known sausages, that you can not leave Ærø without having tried. Vesteraas has a fruit garden as well, and apples, plums, berries and nuts are at your disposal. It is not difficult to feel a little excited about this place that also has two houses for rent; The Greenhouse and The House Towards The Sea (love that name!). Built in natural and sustainable materials, these two houses each fit a whole family (and then some) and holds everything you need to feel at home; bedrooms, common rooms, bathrooms, kitchen and even a garden belonging to each house. In The Greenhouse bathroom, guests are often a little surprised when looking up from the toilet; here is a small round window looking directly out to the stables at eye level with the bull and the cows. That’s exactly how close to nature you are at Vesteraas!

Voderup 41, 5970 Ærøskøbing, Ærø

– Invited to Ærø by the local tourist organization Visit Aeroe –