17 Design-Driven Hot Spots

Across the States, these are the on-point hotels, chic cafes, and indie boutiques that we turn to for style inspiration again and again.

  1. In the Field

    In the Field

    Ojai, California

    This is practically a one-stop shop for mastering Ojai style. Owners and husband/wife team Channon and Bianca Roe opened the store in 2014 and stocked it with labels such as Ulla Johnson, La Botte Gardiane, and Black Crane as well as a mix of relaxed, bohemian home goods.

  2. Buvette


    New York, New York

    NYC's most irresistible French bistro, Buvette, has decor as authentic and delicious as the coq au vin. Everything is open and accessible, making it feel more like an elegant grandmother’s kitchen than a bustling New York restaurant. “It’s a French name, a French menu, and a French wine list, but everything else is all-American," says chef-owner Jody Williams. "Brooklyn tin ceilings. Pennsylvania Shaker tables. Marble from Vermont.”

  3. Gracias Madre

    Gracias Madre

    West Hollywood, California

    While hipsters and Hollywood heartthrobs (Leo was spotted on the patio) flock to this West Hollywood hot spot for the “I can’t believe it’s vegan” Mexican food, we were equally smitten with the decor by in-demand L.A. designer Wendy Haworth. From the tile designed by graphic artists in Oaxaca to the serape pillows to the rattan-and-iron chairs, it’s Calexico mod at its best.

  4. Soniat House

    Soniat House

    New Orleans, Louisiana

    “From the moment we pulled up, I couldn’t stop taking pictures,” says One Kings Lane co-founder Alison Pincus of this atmospheric French Quarter hotel, spread among a trio of 1830s Creole town houses, that brims with style (and sass). “Everything there feels very luxurious and Old World; it’s incredibly charming,” she says. And while the breakfasts of homemade biscuits and chicory coffee are dangerously yummy, don’t overdo it, because in this city lunch is as memorable as dinner.

  5. The Royal Hawaiian Resort

    The Royal Hawaiian Resort

    Honolulu, Hawaii

    Nicknamed The Pink Palace of the Pacific, The Royal Hawaiian has drawn sand-, surf-, and sun-seekers since its 1927 opening. With its grand archways, striking lanterns, and eye-grabbing tilework, the hotel was meant to conjure up some faraway Moorish palace.

  6. Cuyana


    San Francisco, California

    With a brand mission—“Fewer, better things”—that speaks directly to the prevailing consumer mindset and a carefully curated assortment of pebbly leather bags and accessories, divine alpaca scarves, and perfectly tailored wardrobe essentials, San Francisco-based Cuyana is quickly becoming a go-to label for fashionable women everywhere. The company’s showroom, which is open for drop-in shoppers, was outfitted by Lauren Nelson Design.

  7. The Lark

    The Lark

    Santa Barbara, California

    The Lark, the 130-seat restaurant housed in the historic Santa Barbara Fish Market building in the heart of the arts district, is an institution known for its delectable locally sourced and seasonal menu. The restaurant was named after the Pullman train of the Southern Pacific Railroad and serves scrumptious seasonal fare, such as West Coast asparagus and Gulf Coast shrimp.

  8. Navy Beach

    Navy Beach

    Montauk, New York

    For a swankier scene when in Montauk, try nautical-cool Navy Beach. Plop down on one of the beachside sofas, order a Dark ’n’ Stormy, and watch the orange globe fall below Fort Pond.

  9. Solage Calistoga

    Solage Calistoga

    Calistoga, California

    Make a weekend of it or get a day pass to the Solage resort in the CA wine town of Calistoga. Lounging poolside with an order of the delectable lemon-ricotta pancakes is the only way to start the day. Take one of the bikes parked outside of each private cottage for a ride around town!

  10. Hotel Saint Cecilia

    Hotel Saint Cecilia

    Austin, Texas

    One of Austin’s hippest hotels, Saint Cecilia feels like you’re spending the night in the pad of an effortlessly stylish pal, hitting a pitch-perfect mix of vintage cool and authentic charm. Named after the patron saint of poetry and music, the hotel has a rock-and-roll soul we can’t get enough of—but the best part? It’s full of genius design ideas you can easily translate to your home.

  11. Ladurée


    New York, New York

    When you step inside Ladurée’s jewel-box Soho shop, you’ll feel as if a time machine has shot you back centuries to a quaint French patisserie that, conveniently, has a New York address. It’s a marvel from front (quaint café) to back (salon that’s a dead ringer for an 18th-century ballroom—soaring ceilings, chandelier, and all).

  12. Arcana: Books on the Arts

    Arcana: Books on the Arts

    Los Angeles, California

    Twenty minutes east of Venice in Culver City, Arcana is a mecca for lovers of design books, like Julia Leach, the designer behind simple-chic clothing line Chance. Its white display shelves make the covers pop and invite flipping.

  13. Darryl Carter Inc

    Darryl Carter Inc

    Washington, District of Columbia

    With an ever-changing selection of antiques, travel finds, and handpicked artisanal wares, designer Darryl Carter’s D.C. passion-project-slash-boutique (in the hip Shaw neighborhood) sees a stream of local visitors and travelers from far afield.

  14. Korakia Pensione

    Korakia Pensione

    Palm Springs, California

    If in Palm Springs and desiring a break from mid-century modern, the sexy Mediterranean stylings and laid-back, romantic atmosphere of Korakia is your play.

  15. The Butcher's Daughter

    The Butcher's Daughter

    New York, New York

    Overflowing with lush, leafy greenery, this light-filled cafe is a favorite haunt of the styleset like Lauren Bush, for its relaxed vibe, and bright, healthy menu. Pro tip: Get one of the fresh juices.

  16. Post Ranch Inn

    Post Ranch Inn

    Big Sur, California

    Drop your bags smack dab in the earthy-chic oasis that is Post Ranch Inn. We think of it as a tree house if built for George Soros. With luxe rooms set atop cliffs on the ocean, a sumptuous spa, and a glassed-in restaurant, there’s a reason this place is tops in Big Sur.

  17. Thacher House

    Thacher House

    Ojai, California

    A favorite of chic Angelenos, including jewelry-designer Irene Neuwirth, this Ojai property has lovingly restored private cottages decorated with antiques. The owner, who raises animals and nurtures an onsite garden, customizes each guest’s stay based on their interests with farm-to-table dining and activities that include gardening, pickling, and preserve making.


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