we are clearly obsessed with traveling around here. we are always ogling new hotels and creating g-sheets to dream up a new trip itinerary. admittedly, location photoshoots are really just excuses to travel somewhere new. these days we are constantly checking the cdc website for travel restriction updates. 

while we can’t venture too far just yet, that doesn’t keep us from daydreaming by scrolling through old photos of past trips (anyone else in the same boat?). we’re sharing 6 seriously cozy hotels abroad that we loved and hope to revisit, along with what we’ll be packing for each destination. each of these charming, family-owned properties are full of special touches that make you feel like you’re at home, even when you’re far away.

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jacket (a splurge but what a dream coat!) isabel marant

this hotel in norway is a welcome adventure to get to and worth it. drive through stunning troll-land, past vast fjords, over mountains and waterfalls before finally arriving at this hamlet. the food is something to write home about, as are the comfiest, plushest beds and cabin-like rooms. we loved drinking tea in the dark library by the fire after exploring the fjords and kayaking from the hotel's pier.

this cozy hotel (we'll see how many times we use the word cozy in this post-- there's a theme here and we nailed it :)) is also super affordable and oozes charm. from the furniture to the homemade breakfast pastries, to the storybook scenes out your bedroom window. this is a good stop on a bavarian and austrian alp roadtrip.

denim is cqy from the avenue
the bar may get a little rowdy aprés ski, but this hotel is still high on our list for a relaxing time in the mountains. the modern take on traditional swiss decor has us hooked. our favorite restaurant in the world, chez vrony, is a short-ish hike up the hill for the best fresh-chopped burger and matterhorm views. 

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splurge-y boots by bottega veneta

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this is kathryn's pick for the ultimate fall retreat. velvet couches (do you see a theme with our picks here?), stunning grounds, candles, homemade biscuits, and a fully stocked bar cart for magic hour.

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a hotel in a former post office, the 1898 sounds gimmicky, but we assure you it isn't. moody velvets are everywhere, and the ceilings are sky high, making your room looking out onto the gothic square feel regal. the canal on one side of the hotel makes for a fun stroll, and drinks by the fire in the bar isn't a bad way to end the day.

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cardigan by jenni kayne

one of our top travel tips is to get outside of cities and get lost in the country. small towns and countryside give that immersive travel experience we all crave. a quick trip up the coast from barcelona, this old farmhouse is an easy way to leave the city behind, even if for a night. this area is full of medevial villages to skip around, and the walking path along the costa brava fishing villages and inlets is a perfect way to spend an afternoon. this hotel has a communal kitchen to bring back all the spanish cheese and meats for a picnic dinner. the simple decor is beautiful, rooms are big and the restaurant in the village to die for, if you can't get into the nearby el celler de can roca in girona.

one we haven't been to-- 2021 goals! thanks to our stylish friend, ann, for clueing us in to this new hotel in the french alps. those rounded doorways and pastel colors alone make us want to go!

October 09, 2020