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If you’ve been following along on our recent travels, we declared an unabashed love affair with a certain New Orleans eatery. From the dream team that brought us Grand Banks, (i.e., a floating slice of heaven on the Hudson,) Seaworthy sits on equally hallowed ground. Brothers (and New Orleans natives) Miles and Alex Pincus, along with Adrien Gallo and Kerry Heffernan (all of Grand Banks lineage), partnered with famed Ace Hotel group to craft a new seafood destination in a town that knows a thing or two about the local catch.

Nestled in a historic, Creole townhouse, the NY-based interiors team at Home Studios reimagined a space that feels far from old salt and more maritime meets the mainland. Leather banquettes in blues as rich as the deepest ocean waters invite guests to lust over towering trays of the freshest catch and linger over craft-made cocktails. Rough wood floors with a perfect creak, wax-drenched tapers on many a mantle, and patinated walls that showcase tales of the sea via antique photos and paintings. On the third floor, an intimate dining room for private parties and social soirées. Truth be told, we’ve been drafting a list of excuses reasons we need to venture back to throw a seafaring shindig in this cozy cottage-like space.

It goes without saying, oysters are the trophy-piece at this NOLA restaurant, with special attention to wild-caught and sustainably harvested varietals from coastlines across the country – Gulf, East and West. Under Heffernan’s culinary direction, the team also spotlights a diversified menu of coastal species, often using underutilized seafare to support more sustainable fisheries. When it comes to ‘the Roll’, we’ll admit, we’re slightly biased. However, Seaworthy’s Gulf Coast Roll, a combination of gulf shrimp, blue crab, lemon and cucumber, gives our Northeast staple a solid run for the money.

On a long-weekend Gilded Getaway in the Big Easy, we dare to admit, we followed our sails to this chic ‘lil spot on more than one occasion. When time is tight, a double dip is sure sign of a worthy find.

Menu Musts

Cocktail | Sherman’s Cup

Assorted Oysters | At least a dozen (okay, maybe two)

Small Plates | Blue Crab + Fried Oysters, the Pork Belly too!

Large Plates | Gulf Coast Roll + Red Snapper

Sides | Hijiki-seasoned French Fries

Dessert | Espresso Crème Brûlée (Served with a side of beignets, why thank you.)

 

Seaworthy | 630 Carondelet Street | New Orleans, LA 70130

Images courtesy of Seaworthy and Roland Bello.

NEW ORLEANS

June 18, 2017

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It’s no secret, New Orleans has had its share of trials and tribulations. But like any great city grounded by its historical roots, layered with a resounding pride of the locals, it will make a comeback, and some may venture to say, find itself emerging head and shoulders above where it was before. When mentioning a visit to New Orleans, usually three things come up in conversation – the music, the food, and yes, the never-ending party. Hence, we knew we were in for good tunes, even better eats, and the rest is as they say, history.

Itinerary confirmed, we sensed it would be darn near impossible to have a less-than meal in NOLA. And while there’s crawfish and cajun aplenty, we had a mission to find the pulse of newer eateries in The Big Easy. With coastal fare a staple in our daily diet, the Crescent City did not disappoint. We fell head-over-heels for one of the most adorable seafood haunts we’ve ever laid eyes on. (In fact, she was so memorable, we’ve decided to dedicate a separate post to her entirely.) High atop our destination list? Balise, a corner gem in a Creole townhouse on Carondelet. Barely a foot across the threshold, you’ll witness the work of our pals at Stitch Design Co., whose discerning eye for details left no stone unturned in complementing the equally amazing food of James Beard award-winning Chef, Justin Devillier.

In cities like New Orleans, the best found spots are typically discovered off the beaten path. In a concerted effort to avoid the aforementioned fête interminable, we decided to trade the hubbub of Bourbon St. for the quiet charisma of the Garden District. Lead by Katrina of NOLA Architecture Tours, (who just so happens to be a native New Englander), we soaked in side streets chock full of Greek Revival, Italianate and Victorian homes, many with humble secret gardens, all oozing with Southern charm. Not to be missed in this beautiful ‘hood? Loomed, a New-Orleans based textile brand that had us filling our carry-on with all the pretty pestamels. Lest you forget, you can also find their wares at Sunday Shop, a short walk away in the Lower Garden District.

All-in-all, our most recent Gilded Getaway had something for everyone – well-crafted cocktails, oysters by the dozen(s), did we mention there was a Marsalis too? Heading to NOLA? Bring your sunnies (or pick some up at local shoppe Krewe), find some shade and settle into your own gentle, slow and easy-going way of life.

 

RALEIGH | DURHAM

June 7, 2016

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The unofficial start of summer, (aka Memorial Day,) is already a thing of the past, and with the bonafide summer solstice fast approaching, (cue ice cream cones, lobster rolls and sand-to-surf activities), no better time to get back to blogging. It would appear we can’t get our fill of travel these days, so as we’ve been known to do before, we’re rollin’ from one Gilded Getaway Guide straight to another. ‘Say Hello’ to Raleigh/Durham. Two-thirds of North Carolina’s ‘Research Triangle’, the cities, almost always linked in conversation like inseparable besties, have been popping up in travel literature, design guides and culinary commentary for quite some time – a telltale sign that something proverbially delicious is bubbling below the Mason-Dixon.

Durham, nicknamed the Bull City, home of Duke and old-school tobacco, is the smaller of the two, yet keeping pace with its neighboring city to the south with urban development unfolding at a rapid pace. Enter The Durham Hotel, a mid-century modern space reimagined by one of the country’s hottest design firms. Originally a downtown Durham bank, now one of the city’s places to-be-seen, (did someone say killer rooftop, Counter Culture coffee, and an insta-worthy al fresco shoe shine?), it was only fitting we rest our heads at this boutique bombshell.

Raleigh, the North Carolina capital, home of NC State ‘State’ and the birthplace of president Johnson, has its finger on a creative pulse running rampant through the city. You may dare to venture that Ashley Christensen knows a thing or two about dining in Raleigh, the James Beard winner and local tastemaker has several downtown eateries – relative newcomer Death & Taxes one of the reasons we packed our bags in the first place. When an eatery lives up to the accolade and fires on the trifecta of dining perfection (taste, service & design), it’s the rare moment where you stop the manager on the way out, offer a hand shake and congratulate the team on a job well done.

Should you find yourself in the vicinity of Raleigh/Durham, we highly recommend carving out some time for a mini-getaway. No time for a sit down meal? Grab a bite-to-go at Standard Foods Grocery, or satisfy your sweet tooth by tracking down Two Roosters Ice Cream, mobile scoops never looked cuter. Style and shopping more your fancy? Raleigh Denim Workshop does textiles right, using locally sourced denim that brings Made-in-America pride back to one of the state’s oldest industries. Worthy of gilded acclaim, the eateries, shoppes and cultural gems included in our most recent guide are the gold standard in creative ingenuity.

CHARLESTON

December 18, 2015

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Winding our way down a darling path, lush with greenery and ever-so-slightly secretive, we found ourselves at the doorstep of entrepreneurial enlightenment. Over bourbon cocktails she whipped up in a flash, we chatted with Erin Connelly, co-owner of The Commons, curator of American-made goods and impromptu maven of modern mixology. She, having relocated to the city only a few years prior, couldn’t have more eloquently summed up our latest #tgltravels destination. “In Charleston, when you meet two people, you sort of meet everyone.” ‘Tis true, the creative community in North America’s No. One city three years running, is uniquely intertwined + fabulously flourishing, and much to our delight, we’re all reaping the rewards.

Looking for a last minute gift to check off that extra-special someone on your holiday list? Why not consider a fancy new carryon for your favorite companion, complete with a round-trip ticket to guaranteed inspiration. From foodies to fashionistas, the culture of this ‘Holy City’ has something for everyone; it isn’t any wonder it’s racking up accolades faster than a prize-winning pony. With each return trip, we’ve found a fresh new crop of eateries, shoppes and tucked away treasures, sliding seamlessly into place amongst age-old standbys and local legacies. The cast is broad, yet in a community that has a deep-rooted love for good food, fine design and a flair for hospitality, they’ll invite you in, mix you a drink, and innately make a life in the lowcountry a veritable consideration.

If asked to pick favorites, it would be downright impossible, the list too long and our admiration too large. Instead, keep your packing light and your heart wide open, because after a Southern sojourn in this sweet ‘lil city, you’ll want to kick back in your seat, roll up your sleeves and revel in the moment. Visit after visit, we are truly inspired by this amazing community, and are pretty darn certain, y’all will be too.

Happy Holidays! xoxo, tgl

SaraKateStudios

Most frequently our gilded getaways and subsequent guides are driven by unwavering wanderlust. However, if we had to play favorites, the ones we secretly adore can often be pinpointed to one catalyst in particular: a rising star on the culinary circuit, a boutique hotelier obliterating the boundaries of chain brands and lackluster hospitality, or a small shoppe owner with enviable taste and a resounding eye for detail. In the case of our recent venture due west of the nation’s heartland, the later couldn’t ring more resoundingly true.

Having long been a fan of Oklahoma native Sara Kate Huff’s style from afar, the 2014 opening of her brick & mortar, Sara Kate Studios, was the driving motivation behind our newest (and soon to be launched, we promise) Gilded Getaway Guide, ‘Oklahoma City’. The shoppe, tucked along Automobile Alley just north of downtown Oklahoma City, resides proudly in a recently revitalized commercial neighborhood once bustling with industry in the capital city. Architecturally restored to pay homage to the car dealerships and commerce along Broadway in the 20s, each storefront boasts classic design elements, soaring windows and down-home American sentiment.

Like a starstruck teenager, our pulse quickened and our eyes twinkled upon crossing the threshold of the stunning shoppe. Sara Kate’s talent, which many of us have come to adore via her colorful feed, covers every inch of the space, from vintage furnishings given new life with killer textiles, (think the unlikely marriage of classic ticking and authentic moroccan rugs, united at last like long lost lovers), to curated vignettes of mercantile wares worthy of pause and admiration. Mid-century beauties, Garza Marfa gems-du-jour, and contemporary lighting (cue the Serge Mouille fan club), live harmoniously under one roof.

Even Sara Kate’s design studio, nestled off the back of the shoppe and home of her bustling interiors and styling business, is a haven for any creative maven. Layers of kilim and Beni Ourain rugs dance with Eames seating and a smashing SMEG. One might question her ability to concentrate on the tasks at hand with such an abundance of eye-candy at arm’s length. Surely not the case, as Sara Kate’s clientele have come to appreciate her mantra, “Only surround yourself with the things and people you love”.

While not everyone will pack up a case, hop on the jetway and voyage 1,500 miles for the simple pleasure of experiencing first-hand an entrepreneur’s dream, should you find yourself in the near vicinity of Oklahoma City, take a drive north on Broadway and stop in, we’re fairly certain you’ll leave overwhelmingly inspired, and perhaps, like us, with a pillow or two (or three). For those snow-bound in the midst of these never-ending winter months, drop by her online shoppe, always open, chock full of goodies and capturing a slice of the SKS sentiment.

Sara Kate Studios | 1100 N. Broadway Ave. No. 102, Oklahoma City, OK 73103

Images courtesy of The Gilded Lobster.

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