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New Orleans’s Chloe Hotel Offers Southern Charm
Southern porch culture is alive and well at the Chloe, a new 14-room hotel situated among the mansions of Saint Charles Avenue in Uptown New Orleans. It is the first hotel project by the local restaurateur Robert LeBlanc, and the sprawling Thomas Sully-designed Victorian does not disappoint, with a welcoming veranda replete with rocking chairs, pendant lights and lush potted plants, all offset by original 19th-century Mexican tile floors. It’s a lush perch from which to take in the city, drink a Sazerac or eat a shrimp étouffée dumpling made by the hotel’s resident chef, Todd Pulsinelli. The interior, designed by Sara Ruffin Costello, is a filigreed jewel box of spacious parlors and hidden nooks, with an eclectic variety of art. Pieces by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Cindy Sherman hang alongside flea market treasures and works from local artists such as the photographer Akasha Rabut and the muralist Ann Marie Auricchio. Each room is stocked with amenities from local makers and businesses: There are robes by Trish Bhansali of Lekha, body scrubs and oils from Oxalis Apothecary and vinyl sourced by Peaches Records featuring New Orleanian musicians from Louis Armstrong to Lil Wayne. Finally, the less formal back porch overlooks a slender lap pool and cocktail bar, necessary for relaxing in grand fashion. Rooms start at $176 per night, 4125 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, thechloenola.com.
Watermelon and CBD-infused “Turkish Delights”
Verena von Pfetten and David Weiner, former colleagues at the Huffington Post, launched Gossamer three years ago as a print journal devoted to cannabis — but the brand has recently expanded into clinically compounded CBD oils, tinctures and now edibles. This month heralds the arrival of Gossamer’s CBD Delights (a riff on the candy Turkish delight), born out of a partnership with the Los Angeles-based company Rose, which, as von Pfetten explained, “is one of the only places approaching cannabis edibles as food — as something you actually want to eat.” This new edible combines rosin (an ingredient extracted without solvents from whole flowers, leading to a purer experience of the plant) with seasonal, organic ingredients, delivering a vegan-friendly, watermelon-forward flavor with hints of tomato and green tea — the fruit of nearly twenty different recipes tested out by Tara Thomas, the chef at Brooklyn’s Sincerely, Tommy: Eat x Stay. For those more interested in tinctures, Gossamer still offers its signature Dusk, which is engineered to improve your sleep, as well as its recently launched Dawn, which is enriched with THCV to give you a morning boost. “Particularly in the Covid era,” said von Pfetten, “our days all look the same — we’re working from home, and we’re looking for new routines and new rhythms. Dawn is something that can give people a little extra energy, whether that’s to start the day or instead of a late-afternoon coffee.” Five percent of all Gossamer sales go to the Women’s Prison Association, National Bailout and Equity Alliance. gossamer.co.
A New Wellness Center Combines Art With Healing
“Having worked in art and design for most of my life, I could see there was a gap in wellness intersecting with the arts,” explains the interior designer and philanthropist Megan Tagliaferri about why she created Compound — a free art and community space in Long Beach, Calif. Opening this month, the 15,000-square-foot complex of renovated Art Deco buildings in the Zaferia district wears its mission statement on its facade. Rendered in neon by the New York- and Bahamas-based artist Tavares Strachan, the words “You Belong Here” adorn the entrance. “It’s about holding space — not in physical form but in an energetic sense — so that you feel welcome,” says Tagliaferri, who hopes to spark conversation via community programming. That might mean a flower mandala and meditation ceremony, a bilingual reading or the inaugural gallery exhibition: “Radical Empathy,” in which artists such as the sculptor Mildred Howard explore the intersection of art and activism. Anna Sew Hoy, whose installation “Slow Moon’s Rose” (2020) will inhabit the complex’s courtyard, sees Compound as a reimagination of how people share space. “We’ve all been through so much in 2020,” says the artist. “It’s my hope that it will serve the people of Long Beach toward much-needed healing and relief.” compoundlb.com.
Take a Seat in Batsheva’s New Furniture
In 2016, the designer Batsheva Hay launched a collection of conservative dresses inspired by the clothing of both the Hasidic and Amish communities, as well as the floral women’s wear made popular in the ’80s by Laura Ashley and Ralph Lauren. Hay’s striking designs were soon part of the popular “prairie dress” trend, and her pieces — all made from vintage fabrics — gained a cult following, with her namesake label quickly growing to include coats, accessories and separates. While in quarantine, with nothing to dress up for, she found herself incorporating her personal style into her interiors. “I wanted to make my home as exciting as my dresses, and make my whole universe more a part of my domestic life,” she explained. This week, Hay is launching a small collection of chairs and pillows that reflect the same sensibility — vintage made contemporary — as her clothes. All pieces are handmade from colorfully printed fabrics either upholstered onto items she sourced from an antique dealer or sewn onto pillows by her local patternmaker. But that’s not all — in the near future, Hay plans to expand the line to include curtains, wallpaper and tableware. From $155; batsheva.com.
A Restorative Retreat in Upstate New York
If you have been dreaming, like me, of a weekend away filled with massages, yoga classes, meals you don’t cook and beds you don’t make (and perhaps family you don’t see), Troutbeck, the country inn positioned on 250 acres of wilderness and trout-packed streams in Amenia, N.Y., is the perfect respite. The hotel — which has 36 cozy rooms and three stand-alone cottages, all decorated by the New York City firm Champalimaud Design — has just opened the Barns, a series of newly constructed, spare wellness cabins built from reclaimed larch wood and outfitted with HEPA air filtration systems. In the Long Barn, one can experience a massage, facial acupuncture with specialist FonLin Nyeu and a personal training session in the gym. Meanwhile, in the 1,250-square-foot whitewashed Tall Barn, private yoga, Tai Chi and guided meditation sessions are available along with classes in Kinesoma, a blend of Qi Gong, dance and Feldenkrais that’s meant to brighten your mood and calm your nerves. From $240 per night; 515 Leedsville Road, Amenia, N.Y.; troutbeck.com.