Get Yourself to Bali

by Kate on March 10, 2015


Lately I’ve been quite the devoted homebody: any daydreaming I sneak in during work hours usually involves gardening projects or home-cooked treats. But it took only a minute or two of reading “Tropical Punch” in our current issue, and ogling Paola Zanconaro’s colorful, open-air Balinese abode, for me to change my tune, pick up my computer, and obsessively begin planning a dreamy Balinese adventure.

Much to my surprise and delight, it turns out there are some very affordable flights to be found to Indonesia—particularly in the off-peak season, which coincidentally is now through May. I was inspired by the casual, intimate charm of Paola’s home, and I thought I would search for villas that share a similar blend of modern minimalism, bold color, and traditional Indonesian flourish.

These Balinese sanctuaries were some of my favorites, and I would happily ensconce myself in any one of them tout suite. I highly recommend taking a moment to dream about Bali— imagining yourself surrounded by the warm, fragrant air can ease a day’s stress like you won’t believe. And if you are really buried under work, then all the more reason to dream, and perhaps go the extra step and plan a trip to paradise. Your mind and body will thank you for it.



Bring some friends with you for the journey and share this luxurious, eco-conscious, family-friendly villa in Ubud for just $355 a night.



 Nestled in a sleepy town in Northwest Bali, this secluded Jeda Villa has views of all forms of paradise: tropical gardens, mountains, the open sea…




Perched on the edge of the Ayung river valley, this four-level villa, known as the Sunrise House, is made entirely from bamboo and accommodates 9 guests! While it’s unlikely I’ll ever be traveling in such a large group, I couldn’t resist including this spot. Nothing is off limits when you daydream! 


Gallery MAR Bridgette Meinhold

Those of you who have been reading Anthology since the beginning may remember that Bridgette Meinhold appeared in Issue No. 1/Fall 2010. In the course of writing the travel story on Park City, I really wanted to team up with a local—someone who could show me around and share her favorite spots. I was lucky enough to connect with Bridgette, a writer and an artist. Whenever I’m in Park City, I still visit some of those establishments that she introduced me to. (Be sure to check out Bridgette’s current list of must-visits at the bottom of this post!)

Earlier this year, while I was out there for a family vacation, I was thrilled to see her encaustic paintings at Gallery MAR, which has become one of my favorite places in town. Bridgette has a new exhibition opening next Friday, November 28, at Gallery MAR. It’s a joint show with Joe Norman, entitled Bountiful World, and like the rest of her body of work, it is deeply rooted in nature. “I spend a lot of time outdoors—hiking, skiing, climbing, biking, watching clouds—and the main point of my work is to connect others with the outdoor world, even if they can’t live in the woods, like I do,” explains Bridgette. “I feel so incredibly thankful for nature, the mountains, the trees, and their amazing, calming effect on me. If I’m having a difficult day, a long hike makes it better. If I’m having a great day, being outside is the cherry on top. So the inspiration for the show really comes from my gratitude of the natural world and all the gifts it offers up unconditionally.”

Anthology Gallery MAR Bridgette Meinhold

Bridgette’s paintings entail a series of wax layers that, together, create stunning landscapes: weather, atmosphere, mountains, and trees. All of her pieces are done on a hard wood surface, and the frames are built by her husband using reclaimed wood. I am such a fan, and was curious about her process. Here’s what she told me:

I start by painting on a base layer of wax, which is liquid at 200 degrees. As the wax cools, it hardens, and I scrape it flat and fuse it with a torch for a smooth finish. Then I rub in pigment to add color for the sky and paint on my first landscape layer with milk paint, which is an old-fashioned casein-based paint that acts like a thick-bodied watercolor. When that is dry, I paint on another layer of wax, and the process starts over again. I keep adding layers until I’ve created my entire scene. This can be anywhere from three to six layers, depending on what I’m trying to achieve. As a viewer, you can easily count these layers and see how the wax can act the part of the atmosphere that it builds up.

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“Park City has so much to offer,” says Bridgette. “Obviously, if you’re into the outdoors, there’s fun activities all year round. Now that it’s winter, it’s time for skiing, snowboarding, snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing, and snow biking. But if you’re not especially outdoorsy, there’s still a ton of great activities.” These are some of her recommendations:

  1. Hit up Atticus Coffee and Teahouse for your morning dose. It also doubles as a great book store.
  2. The Kimball Art Center is our local art museum, offering world-class exhibits and really wonderful workshops and art classes—even short ones for those visiting from out of town.
  3. High West Distillery makes its own vodka on-site in historic and reclaimed buildings. They make a really well-known rye whiskey, too, and serve up small plates.
  4. I’m also a big fan of Shabu, which does amazing Asian fusion food.
  5. For shopping, I like Olive & Tweed as well as Exchange Consignment.
  6. And if you’re looking for something else to do, go on an art tour with Soltesz Fine Art to get the insider info on the best of Park City’s art scene.

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Anthology Gallery MAR Storefront

This post is sponsored by Gallery MAR, one of my must-visits whenever I’m in Park City. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, be sure to check it out if you haven’t already. Bridgette Meinhold and Joe Norman’s joint show, Bountiful World, opens next Friday, November 28. To purchase pieces, please contact Gallery MAR.

{ Studio, process, and portrait images by Claire Wiley; trolley image from Anthology;
all other images courtesy of Gallery MAR }


KLM Airplane Airbnb Apartment

by Anh-Minh on November 18, 2014

airbnb_klm1That’s right. KLM Airlines has taken one of its planes, located at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, and temporarily turned it into an apartment. Now through Thursday, November 20, you can enter for a chance to win a one-night stay (on November 28, 29, or 30). In addition to getting to hang out in this unique place, KLM will fly the winner to Amsterdam. (I was just thinking that I was long overdue for a trip to Amsterdam! I was last there about seven years ago—and, coincidentally, flew KLM there.)

The 1,200-square-foot space includes a master bedroom with a king-size bed, second room with two kids’ beds, two kitchens, and eight small bathrooms. Oh yeah, and 116 windows.

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{ All images via Airbnb }



Mast Brothers Factory Tour

by Anh-Minh on June 16, 2014

mb1I’ve been in New York the past few days with my nephew, and when I was planning this trip, I was a bit nervous about figuring out things that a 13-year-old would enjoy. One thing that turned out to be a great activity for both of us: a tour of the Mast Brothers factory in Williamsburg. Not only was it informative, but you get to sample some of their delicious dark chocolates—a pretty good way to kick off a morning!

You can read more about the tour in this Saveur piece, and book a spot via Eventbrite (just search for “Mast Brothers”). If you’re in the area and have 45 minutes to spare, I highly recommend it.

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Bea B&B

by Alexis on April 2, 2014

When traveling, I love staying with friends or family. While hotels provide their own little luxuries, they almost always end up feeling cold and impersonal to me. On the other hand, a friend’s or relative’s home is full of stories, beloved objects, and warmth (not to mention good company). So I was thrilled to discover interior designer Bea Mombaers’ Belgium-based bed and breakfast, Bea B&B, which offers the best of both worlds.

Furnished with goods from her online webshop Items (Bea has a knack for choosing apt names for her endeavors—in addition to her shop Items, her blog goes by World of Bea), Bea B&B looks quite possibly like the most charming and inviting place to visit. Located in the coastal town of Knokke-Le-Zoute, the bed and breakfast consists of three stylish rooms, each designed and furnished by Bea. While a trip to Belgium isn’t on my list for the next few years, I’ll have to settle for drawing inspiration from these gorgeous spaces.

{ Images from Bea B&B }