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Mysterious Black

Mysterious Black

Now that the weather is warming, we can’t think of nothing better than the two-hour ride up to Hudson for the weekend. For a truly special stay, Haviland House checks all the boxes for a trip upstate: a comfortable stay in an elegant home with dreamy interiors, easy access to the mountains and countryside, and a one-and-a-half block walk to Warren Street, the creative pulse of the city.

Thought to be the first structure on Fifth Street, the house was built in 1825 and later named for its original owner, Steamboat Captain John T. Haviland. Today, the three-bedroom vacation home sleeps six and is filled with gorgeous antiques, original wide plank flooring, multiple wood-burning fireplaces, and a screened porch and backyard that is perfect for dining al fresco. One of the best draws to the house is its close proximity to all of the city’s wonderful restaurants and shops. Talbott & Arding and Hudson Wine Merchants are both within walking distance — the perfect spots to pick up local provisions and wine to take back to the house.

We recommend Fish & Game, one of our favorite farm-to-table restaurants serving seasonal food in a former 19th century blacksmith shop.
– John Doe

Haviland House is available to rent throughout the year from Red Cottage, a boutique rental agency with a curated collection of beautiful vacation homes upstate with properties ranging from cozy cottages and rustic cabins to airy farmhouses and palatial estates.

Decorate Your House

Decorate Your House

Viewed from above, the Gail or Lesachtal also runs in a straight line. There is a clear distinction in appearance between the northern and southern sides of the valley. N ons side the gentle foothills of the Lienzer Dolomites, with its wide alp areas, on the other side the rocky contours of the Carnic ridge towering above thick mountain forest and marking the state border with Italy.

“Golzentipp“ is the name of the local mountain in this area. A perfect vantage point with a grandiose panorama view, encompassing the Hohen Tauern and the Schober group of mountains, the Lienzer Dolomites, the Carnic Alps, the Sextener Dolomites and far into the Pustertal. The chances are good that the view can also be enjoyed, as testified by the many years of meteorological records taken in this region, showing an above-average number of sunny days. Fans of high rocky cliffs will prefer the south side of the valley and head for one of the many side valleys of the Carnic ridge.

In Kartitsch we are already 1.350 m above sea level, the area is one of the highest situated valleys in East Tyrol, which itself is at high altitude.
– John Doe

Pfannspitze, Großer Kinigat, Porze, Cima Manzon, Gamskofel, Hochspitz, Steinkarspitz – between the Obstanser See and the Luggauer Scharte there are countless opportunities to test your stamina and alpine abilities in the midst of grandiose mountain scenery.

Do Something Different

Do Something Different

A lot of us are looking to make some positive changes in our life, but we have no idea where to begin. My suggestion is to do something different. When you’re willing to do something different, you are telling yourself, your subconscious mind, and the entire Universe, “I’m asking for a change and I’m willing to DO something about it now.” The Universe responds to DOING since it actually means you’re starting to also BE something different.

You don’t even have to know what to do, at least not at the start. Doing ANYTHING different, that seems like it MIGHT head in the direction of what you are looking for, is a step in the right direction. You can make adjustments as you go. You can fine-tune the changes you are asking for later, once you get the hang of doing something different. The point is this: DO SOMETHING — ANYTHING — DIFFERENT. Let’s say you have the same habit of never having enough money in your bank account, but you never know where it goes.

Something different might be getting an old-school notebook out and writing down your expenses. Or if you want to be fashionably high-tech.
– John Doe

Or let’s say you realize that you are being sucked down the social media rabbit hole, feeling as though you don’t exist without the infusion of other people’s perfectly-curated lives into yours. (Hint: if you’re rabidly checking your phone at every non-busy moment, this applies to you.) Doing something different might be taking designated hours off during the day—or even just ONE HOUR off during the day. (Note: picking one of the hours while you’re sleeping doesn’t count!)

Be Creativity

Be Creativity

Now, I’m not suggesting that you go cold turkey like that unless you have a lot of personal strength and courage, and the willingness to dynamically change that area of your life. Sometimes making a bold move like that will be what’s required. Many times making a small change in the direction of doing something different will create enough of a change to give you a different perspective and get you out of the rabbit hole.

Now here’s the cool part: when you ask a question, you open doors of possibility that didn’t appear to be there before. It’s like staring at a wall, and all of a sudden a door appears when you ask the question. When you ask, “What it’s going to take to change this area?” you put your attention in that direction, and the world around you mobilizes to give you an awareness of exactly that. So, for example, let’s say you feel like you never have any time or space to yourself. Your batteries are getting run down and you don’t know what to do about it.

If this sounds like you, one of the things that may come up when you ask that question is: “spend some time alone nurturing you.”
– John Doe

That’s the way your mind works. It is always giving you the reasons why you can’t, not the way in which you can. So when you ask the question about what you can do different, give your mind a break. Let it know: “I’ve got this. Go take a break.” And let your childlike sense of wonder and possibility run the show for a few minutes.

Drinking Vinegar Cronut.

Drinking Vinegar Cronut.

The Austrian capital has always been dignified, but there’s a thick layer of whipped cream around almost every corner. Its baroque architecture, art galleries and museums, rich musical heritage and café’s and cakes have been magnets for tourists. Read on for our pick of the city’s best museums, galleries, lunch spots, drinking dens and more.

For many visitors, Vienna’s attractions lie primarily in its fascinating history, which is particularly tangible when walking through the city centre, past Stephansdom and Hofburg Palace, and along the Ringstrasse boulevard. As most museums, churches and shops are within this area it is well worth discovering these sites on foot with a couple of breaks in between at one of the countless street cafés.

Part of the city’s appeal is its compact centre (‘innere stadt’), which forms the 1st District.
– John Doe

All the sights, restaurants and cafés and best places to stay in Vienna are within an easy walk. The medieval city is contained by a broad horseshoe-shaped road of 19th-century palaces, the Ringstrasse, where all the grand old hotels are found.

Be Creativity

Loving Vienna

Although a 1st District address is plum, the neighbouring districts, such as 4th, 7th and 8th, are still convenient and the hotels often better value. Viennese hotels are, almost without exception, well-run and pristine (even the most modest pension has good quality linen), but many are decorated in an oppressive Biedermeier style. We have tried to ferret out the elegant ones, as well as recommending a number of fresh, contemporary boutique hotels.

The restaurants in Vienna are some of the world’s best. There is plenty of old school Austrian cuisine to pick from, ranging from the famed local frankfurters and schnitzel to the tafelspitz boiled beef in broth. Make sure to make a pilgrimage to Zum Schwarzen Kameel (The Black Camel), which is where Beethoven dined and has been serving patrons for 400 years! It’s Viennese ham is the talk of the town. Another great spot is Steirereck, named as one of the world’s 50 best restaurants, with 120 types of cheeses to go with everything else on the menu.

Vienna’s largest open-air food market, the Naschmarkt, opens Monday to Saturday.
– John Doe

Admire the stalls’ bounty, from buckets of tulips to pickles, wines and plump, purple-flushed figs, stopping for breakfast at Do-An or Tewa. On Saturdays, it’s worth getting here at 7am or earlier to clock a bargain at the flea market, located beside Kettenbrückengasse U-Bahn station. Alongside the market, look out for the lovely Otto Wagner Houses at nos.38 and 40 – the latter’s tiles embossed with vines and flowers.