Prince Edward County’s new kid on the block serves up their special brand of culture, community and hospitality lakeside.
Welcome to the Drake Devonshire Inn!
Hello from NYC! When I’m in Canada I’m constantly chewing your ear off about NYC… And now that I’m here, of course I’m going to talk to you about Canada. Seems logical, doesn’t it? Ok, let’s go.
The Drake Devonshire Inn, affectionately called Drake on the Lake is a place I’ve been dying to visit ever since it’s opening last September (or at least that’s when I first heard about it). Located in wine country just out of Toronto, the Drake on the Lake is the sequel to the famed Drake Hotel (which I’ve always considered the coolest hotel ever to happen to Canada). It’s revitalizing an entire region into a mecca for foodies and savvy travellers alike.
I’ve secretly been waiting for the Fall to visit (no, not ready for Fall yet!) because it seems like the best time of year to be in Prince Edward County—just before the harvesting of the grapes.I’m just not sure I can hold off that long… Just look at the place! With quirky cheery interiors inperfect shades of bright pastels and a list of activities that includes ping pong, karaoke and wine tasting, this may quickly become my favorite getaway.
“The property stands at the ecological and cultural crossroads of the Americas, deeply connected to both the historic Old Quarter and the nascent new Panama City.”
Excuse me while I have a moment for patterned tiles and oversized leafy plants. First things first, do me a favor and press play on this track before reading this.. You know, just set the mood.
Now, can’t you just picture some scruffy detective sporting a panama hat, a short sleeve linen shirt, a messenger bag and rolled-up pleated trousers walk in to the lobby smoking a cigarillo? Then he would sit down in a lounge chair and order an American Trade & Tonic (yes that’s a thing at the ATH). There’s something about the colonial grandeur of the historic building, the patterned tiles, the ceiling fans that feels truly authentic. And then there’s the boho accents: the southwestern leather chairs, the indigo batik pillows, the wall hangings that feel on the cutting-edge of style and décor. It really is the meeting of both worlds.
The American Trade Hotel bumped a few destinations and sneakily made its way to the top of my list. I had known about the hotel since it’s opening in 2013, but it’s only when I stumbled upon it again recently that I experienced an intense desire to visit Panama City… Who’s coming with?
Kemble just knows how to turn beautiful places into magical moments of dreamlike picture-perfect design. And if the resort she opened with her husband, financier Boykin Curry, is a little wack-a-doodle—it’s also precisely what you would want to walk into on a dream a Caribbean vacation: a modern day Alice in Wonderland fantasy world of luxurious laid-backedness (yep, just invented a new term) with a healthy dose of quirky.
“I think interiors that are well-designed tell people how to behave,” Kemble says. “Here, I want them to know they’re supposed to be barefoot but they can also put on a grand hat and their emeralds and go twirl around on the beach.” Celerie, you are my spirit animal.
“the ultimate vacation indulgence: warm sun, a cool pool, and a tropical cocktail permanently within reach”
While I’m frolicking away in Martinique, I thought I’d bring you a dose of sunshine from Martinique’s sister island: St. Barts. La Banane is one of those boho-chic retreats I’m DYING to visit. From the vibrant colors, the breezy beach accents, graphic tiles and mid-century furnishings, nothing’s amiss at this exclusive nine-bungalow hideaway.
And yet, it’s the cosiness and well-curated simplicity of La Banane that makes it such a coveted destination: no limelight and delusions of grandeur here. The vibe is more dialed down—it’s almost like sharing a villa with a dozen very in-the-know strangers. I can just picture myself lounging poolside to the sounds of flamenco while sipping a spicy margarita—or return to La Banane after a long day of sightseeing, and cap off the night in the yellow and white striped bar with hotel designer and manager Benjamin Fabbri.