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DETROIT

November 9, 2019

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We know, we promised 2019 would be a pointed return to better blogging. If you’re here as a loyal reader, fingers crossed you’ve already forgiven us. Ended up here on a whim? We’re so glad you found us. With a trip to Michigan already on the books, we declared it perfect timing to tack on a few days in the Motor City and faithfully return to our Gilded Getaway roots. Having been to the city in recent years for a special project, one might say we were pre-exposed; we had a heightened sense of what to anticipate and where to explore. It’s true what the papers say, Detroit is a city in transition, i.e. ‘under construction’ – the sights and sounds of revitalization and a return to glory on the horizon, but very much a work-in-progress. Thanks in part to an alliance of local developers and larger corporations, downtown has successfully seen the restoration of landmark buildings, complemented by cutting-edge cuisine, American-made manufacturing and good ‘ole red, white & blue homegrown spirit.

While a stay at the new Shinola Hotel was truly the catalyst of our travel journey, the guide is chock full of good eats mixed with a splash of inspiration. Recently named Best New Large Hotel by Surface Magazine, the 1400 Woodward hotel designed by Gachot Studios is simply stunning, worthy of every accolade already received and all the future news that’s fit to print. The site is storied with Motor City history, an amalgamation of five historic buildings and a tucked away alley paying homage to one of the city’s first black landowners. For those looking to stay local, the Detroit-based Shinola team provided everything at arm’s length for the discerning traveler – craft cocktails at the Evening Bar to a strong cup of brew for the morning after. Namaste your preferred mode of R&R? Check out Citizen Yoga right around the corner for early sunrise salutations.

We were pleasantly surprised to find Detroit’s dining scene equally fulfilling. When inquiring with the locals in our pre-departure planning, out rolled a list a mile-long, from Bon Appetit award-winners to James Beard nominees. Headed to Marrow? The namesake dish is such for a reason. Sweets + treats more your thing? The almond croissant at Ochre might as well be Parisian. From pasta to patty melt, we most certainly did not leave hungry. Same could be said of creative inspiration. Also on Woodward (did we mention it’s one of America’s most iconic streets, not to mention the first to be paved in 1909, aptly fitting for the Motor City) is the Detroit Institute of Arts. For those who gravitate towards a traditional art setting, the DIA definitely won’t disappoint. For us, the creative scene-stealer is actually located in the picturesque Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills. Cranbrook Art Musuem, a National Historic Landmark, is home not only to a collection of 6,000+ works, but also a Frank Lloyd Wright home and Saarinen House. Going to be in the area before December 1st? Be sure to book a tour of the Studio Loja Saarinen collection of textiles on exhibit within the house she inhabited with her husband.

From past to present, mass production to craft purveyors, we’re excited to see what lies on the proverbial road ahead for the Motor City.

 

OKLAHOMA CITY

March 1, 2015

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When Sara Kate Huff opened up shoppe in Oklahoma City, our travel intuition kicked straight into high gear; a destination on the map we suddenly had reason to explore. Given Sara Kate’s discerning eye and aesthetic prowess, a local brick and mortar spoke volumes to what one would imagine – a captive audience and urban development. (For more details on Sara Kate Studios, not to mention interior eye candy galore, swing by our recent post for the inside scoop.)

Smaller in size to some of our prior destinations, this capital city still delivered a handful of gems. With trustworthy copilot Letter From Brooklyn right by our side, off we went with maps marked and ears to the ground. Letterpress enthusiasts and longstanding paper peeps, we made a beeline for Chirps and Cheers (if ever there’s a stationery store, we are guaranteed to unearth it). Adorably petite and meticulously curated, we stocked up on goodies + snail mail galore, chatting like locals with owner Susan, (who, by the way, is sweet as sugar just like her shoppe).

Meeting over brunch with Sara Kate and Allison, (a local consultant who knows Oklahoma City like the back of her hand), we got the lowdown on local happenings, a host of budding businesses, and the intel behind a city with an appetite for more, much more. Our choice for the gathering, Kitchen No. 324, served as the ultimate setting to complement our discussion. Modern interior, artisanal coffee + sinful sweets (try the Bavarian Cream Doughnut, you’ll thank us later), blink twice and you might just think you were in midtown Manhattan.

In between meals and retail exploring, we squeezed in some time for artistic inspiration and neighborhood navigating, paths driven by an ongoing desire to peel back the layers and unveil what a community is truly about. OKC, rooted in longstanding industries that have served this nation for decades and decades, is finding its footing and hitting its stride. While it may not (yet) be touted on ‘top ten lists’ by travel publications, editors and bloggers alike, it certainly has blossoming character and American swagger.

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