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Popupla's Weekly Travel Finds

by Team Popupla
Photo courtesy of Tops'l Farm.

This week, we're rounding up our favorite America-centric travel finds in celebration of July 4. 

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Cabin porn isn't new — yet it keeps making me drool with envy — but only recently did I come across a website with a well-curated selection of cabins that you can actually book. That's the small yet great idea behind Cabin Escapes. Their selection of cabins around the world is legendary and has me planning my next off-the-grid adventure. – Pauline,

The Golden Hour
Photo courtesy of The Golden Hour.

The team behind , the James Beard Award-winning Brooklyn-meets-NOLA joint, just opened a seasonal outdoor restaurant and cocktail bar in the front garden of The High Line Hotel in NYC's Chelsea neighborhood. The Golden Hour staff, dressed in Frenchie-feeling striped shirts and cuffed pants, serves coastal fare (soft shell crab sandwiches, snapper ceviche) and fun frozen cocktails to guests paired off at brass-rimmed two-tops nestled between big potted plants. It’s the kind of place you’ll want to keep in mind on a nice night, just before the sun sets. – Jeralyn, editorial director 

Luxury watchmaker and Detroit hometown hero Shinola is partnering with local developer Bedrock and hotel operator Mac&Lo to open a boutique downtown, and, knowing their attention to detail, I'm banking on it being a thoughtful addition to the city's growing hotel scene. In the video link above, Shinola Creative Director Daniel Caudill, who has enlisted the help of Gachot Studios (New York’s Smyth Tribeca Hotel, Brooklyn’s Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club) and Kraemer Design Group (Detroit's Vinton building and Broderick Tower), speaks to the question: How does a watch maker go about designing a hotel? – Daniel, Popupla editor

Are we in the the midst of an equine moment? It seems like everyone I know is going to or just came back from some kind of therapeutic horseback riding trip. In the Napa Valley, Jamieson Ranch Vineyards is offering guests the opportunity enjoy a wine tasting while interacting with a trio of miniature horses trained as therapy animals. In case you are wondering, their names are Whinnie the Pooh, Sweet Jane, and Molly, and they clock in at 38 inches in height. – Jeralyn, editorial director

Love this roundup of stylish apartment spaces to rent in New York City from Trendland. They're located throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan, come at a variety of price points, and make a great hotel alternative if you and five other friends want to shack up for a low-key stay in the city. – Daniel, Popupla editor

Feel like a member of the club. Photo by Amy Sinclair.

Everyone's favorite southern lifestyle publication opened up a brick-and-mortar restaurant and bar that highlights the magazine's favorite local artisans and small-batch brands. Think elevated versions of club sandwiches, mint juleps, and boiled peanuts in a handsome setting with a lively social vibe. No membership required. – Jeralyn, editorial director

The Shop in Providence, Rhode Island. Photo courtesy of This Is The Place I Was Telling You About.

As as much as we love going upstate in NY, we know there are other parts of the East Coast we haven’t explored that are equally as beautiful and close to home. So we drove up to Rhode Island for what turned out to be a great weekend of eating, drinking, and soaking in New England coastal lifestyle. – Marcus,

Photo by Liz Clayman.

If you're looking for a Manhattan lounge for a special occasion (or swanky outdoor drinks), Ophelia delivers a treat: elegant cocktails, high-end bites, and stunning views of the East River. The jewel box bar is located in Midtown East atop Beekman Tower. Built by Emily Hepburn as a residence for working women, the space houses original curiosities from the 1920s and '30s (tarot cards, silverware, and photos), some of which belonged to former residents. I ordered the Ophelia’s Ascension (activated charcoal, bourbon, mezcal infused with smoked Jamaican peppers, cedar wood) and reveled in the view. – Daniel, editor

Photo by Scott Frances / courtesy of Spyscape.

Spyscape! Wow, is this a good time. The spy museum, designed by architect David Adjaye, delivers a shot of adrenaline at the entrance (intimidation) and doesn't let up from there, through galleries that look at seven overarching spy themes through history, among them encryption, surveillance, hacking, and — oh, how timely! — cyber warfare. Along the way, corresponding immersive stations test lie detection skills (if she touches her mouth, she's lying), encryption mettle (spot the pattern to break the code), and special ops agility (don't touch the lasers!), while interactive kiosks assess visitors' mettle (brainpower, risk aversion). It's all very Mission Impossibleand Oceans 11, with a fantastic finale: At the end, guests are given their spy profile. I was deemed a Surveillance Officer. Which is cool, but I'm going to bone up on my John Le Carré and try again, in the hopes of cracking Spymaster. – Pavia, CEO

Coal Cabin is a stunning 1950s rental located roughly two-and-a-half miles from Phoenicia, New York, that has been remodeled into a mid-century dream. The high/low ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, beautiful and cozy fireplace, and fully equipped kitchen had us smitten from the moment we stepped inside. – Marcus,

Photo courtesy of The Sandman Hotel.

Studio Tack, the NYC-based firm who designed Coachman Hotel in Lake Tahoe, is behind another beautifully refurbished California motel. The Sandman, a throwback motor lodge in Santa Rosa, is full of fun and quirky touches: an outdoor pool and hot tub, a chic pool house and bar, minimalist rooms, and a retro vibe throughout. Definitely want to check this out when I'm next in California wine country. – Daniel, Popupla editor

Photo courtesy of La Centrale.

If you’re a fan of food halls, Miami is getting its own Italian marketplace in February. La Centrale, set in the Brickell City Centre, is over 40,000 square feet with 14 eateries. In addition to restaurants, there will be a cooking event space, a gelato shop, and multiple cocktail bars. Though I love a Negroni, I’m actually most excited about La Centrale’s mozzarella bar. — Amelia,

Photo courtesy of Coachman Hotel.

Coachman Hotel in Lake Tahoe is one of a handful of new accommodations rethinking the motel concept. The 42-room property, a 1960s-era motel refurbished by Brooklyn-based Studio Tack, comes with many of the fixtures one would expect from an elevated hotel experience, like design-forward furnishings, curated minibars, Woolrich blankets, Malin Goetz bath products, a pool jacuzzi, bar, and prime location. With rooms starting at $88, let's hope this trend continues. – Daniel, editor

Photo courtesy of Guild.

As a long-time fan of design duo Roman and Williams (the folks behind good-looking spots like Greydon House on Nantucket and several Ace Hotels), I couldn't wait to see Guild, the stunning new shop/cafe space they opened in Soho. It does not disappoint! For the extra-curious reader, check out this  with Garance Dore. – Berit, senior editor

Photo courtesy of This Is The Place I Was Telling You About.

We brought in the New Year by spending it one of our favorite cities, Austin, Texas. We made our way to Goodall’s Kitchen for brunch. They serve delicious New American dishes, including one of the best chilaquiles we've ever had and Goodall’s Hash — the perfect hungry man breakfast to get the day started. We will be sending everyone to Goodall’s when they're in Austin. –R'el and Marcus,

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