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On the way to Santa Fe in New Mexico we booked a night over at Ojo Caliente. A place famed for its mineral springs discovered in 1500 during a gold search. One of the explorers wrote ”The greatest treasure that I found these people to possess are hot springs which burst out at the foot of a mountain…so powerful are the chemicals contained in this water that the inhabitants believe that they were given to them by their gods. These Springs I have named Ojo Caliente, or hot eye.”
Curious of the idea of chilling in mud and “healing” from our travels we made our way there.
We stayed in the historic hotel which added to the fun of the experience, only minor downside was that the room didn’t have its own private shower. But since the idea is for people to hangout by the pools they expect guests to shower off at the changing rooms. The pool area was wide, with lots of different areas to bathe in, with different healing compounds depending on your likings. The mud pool was fun especially when one dries into the clay and ends up looking like a statue, such a weird feeling on your skin!
Anyways the over all experience was fun and was a perfect place to interrupt our travels for a day. I personally wouldn’t spend there more than a weekend, but thats more because I like seeing different sceneries. Perfect for relaxing with a loved one.
Plus the restaurant was really delicious!
ps the long photos are from the hotel’s website!
September 8, 2012 § 1 Comment
Now this place blew me away more than the Grand Canyon! Maybe it’s because we were the only people there apart 2 other couples, whereas usually the case scenario at these beautiful backdrops are the hundreds of tourist snapping away (ok I am one of them too, but you got to love the feeling of being one of few who got to the place)…Or maybe it was just the effect it had on me: in the silence of it all suddenly when you reach the view point you get the feeling of having been thrown into a whole other planet. Earth becomes Mars, one begins to wonder how is there such a gian-ourmous place like this suddenly falling thousand of meters below and more mind twisting thoughts….Its beautifully daunting in its immensity. A definitive must go to place!
The Legend of Dead Horse:
Before the turn of the 19th century, mustang herds ran wild on the mesas near Dead Horse Point. The unique promontory provided a natural corral into which the horses were driven by cowboys. The only escape was through a narrow, 30-yard neck of land controlled by fencing. Mustangs were then roped and broken, with the better ones being kept for personal use or sold to eastern markets. Unwanted culls of “broomtails” were left behind to find their way off the Point.
According to one legend, a band of broomtails was left corralled on the Point. The gate was supposedly left open so the horses could return to the open range. For some unknown reason, the mustangs remained on the Point. There they died of thirst within sight of the Colorado River, 2,000 feet below
Nearest Town: Moab
We Drove from Torrey to Moab it took around 3 hours
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Now this is a super cool new boutique hotel which opened just two months ago and you can tell as there is still a scent of paint lingering in the air!!
The hotel is in West Hollywood on the corner of Melrose and North Hayworth Avenue in a nice trendsetting neighborhood filled with interesting venues and a short car ride to Rodeo Drive, the
Grove, Beverly Center and Sunset Strip. and The hotel does have a motel vibe about it, it has only 32 fun and contemporary rooms.
The Palikitchen, the hotel’s coffee shop only serves breakfast at the moment but is due to serve lunch and dinner by the month of May.
What I liked about this place is it’s decor, there is a particular care for detail… Bookshelves with old books are scattered around the hotel in common areas and in the bedrooms, Old photographs in pretty frames on bookshelves and vintage paintings of pretty ladies and elegant gentlemen. The predominant color palette is dark greens and mustard combined with greys and blues. I liked it, you shall too!!
PALIHOTEL MELROSE AVE.
7950 MELROSE AVENUE
LOS ANGELES, CA 90046
April 19, 2012 § 2 Comments
Outside deck of a sea view room
Tree house villas at PRI
47900 California 1 Big Sur, CA 93920, États-Unis
Click here to visit their website
April 19, 2012 § 3 Comments
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Hi all, as you might noticed Olly has been doing more of the write ups for M&O, I’ve been constantly on the move throughout California with my beloved. Here are a few shots of our day trip to Carmel by the Sea, the town that in recent years had as its major Clint Eastwood! It’s pretty,it’s quaint and I loved it! Enjoy!
Carmel by the Sea
The cemetery, notice the shells decorating the tombstone
Below: The Carmel Mission dating from 1700, A wedding, and a sign just outside Carmel!
These photos were edited using http://pixlr.com/o-matic/
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While we were walking on Fairfax Avenue we found this animal shelter/ dog apparel store with a cool vibe about it that caught our eye. As we walked in, we had to be careful not to let any doggies out and had to make sure to close an iron gate as the place was filled with happy pups and older dogs running around all over the place. We were puzzled and enquired what was the deal with the shop as it also had beautiful artistic photographs of dogs hanging from the walls and all you would need if you owned a dog from food to leashes and dog beds… We got told that they rescue abandoned dogs and that all the dogs there were out for adoption. I chose to write about this place because I think they need all the publicity they can get!!
323-655.0155 505N.FairfaxAve. Los Angeles CA. http://www.barknbitches.com
March 19, 2012 § Leave a Comment
If you feel in a rock star mood then there no other place to stay as in a hotel with it’s own recording studio! The Sunset Marquis in West Hollywood is the only hotel in Los Angeles and perhaps in the world that can offer you that!
I went to visit it today, a very helpful valet took us around for a tour and showed us a junior villa and a one bedroom villa. The hotel really does has it as says on its website: a combination of zen-like design with a rock and roll spirit. there is a spa with beautifully appointed individual massage rooms, two swimming pools, lush gardens with quaint secluded nooks to relax and read after a day shopping at nearby Sunset Plaza. The restaurant with a special vibe, has French fusion cuisine. An art gallery instead of a hotel boutique…what else is there to say? I’ll just make sure I’ll book it on my next stay in town!