Tent Week

Tent Week: Ace's Aces

Oh Me, Oh My!  Something WILD has happened!  My real life has aligned itself with my blog life!  Are you all as astonished as I am?  You see, today is the final day of tent week and boy, have I got a great topic comin' atcha:  The Ace Hotel in Palm Springs.  And... as luck would have it, I happen to be headed down there in a few hours to celebrate the last few weeks of my dear friend's "freedom" (jk, E ) before she gets hitched. But don't get too excited because I won't be sharing any of those juicy details with all you voyeurs!  What I will be sharing though, is one of my absolute favorite hotels ever!  That features (yep, you guessed it): TENTS!

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This FABULOUS hotel is situated in a converted Howard Johnson motel.  And they have an on-site retro diner called King's Highway in a refurbished Denny's (talk about an upgrade, right?)  

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It's truly a summer camp for adults (and not just in the way that people always say that, this time I really mean it!).  They have the best games (which obvi includes ping pong), you can “rent” bikes (and by rent, I mean, for free – so hippy, so lovely), they offer "boozy sno cones" out of a bar stand they call the "short bus" (truth), there are HAMMOCKS GALORE and there's even a Yurt sauna in the middle of the patio (which I couldn’t find a picture of besides one of the spa, so now you’ll all have to go there and check it out for yoselves).

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The room walls are covered with tent canvas to give the illusion of “camping” without all the “ew” nasty stuff of actually camping (LOL), each room comes equipped with a record player (and records, of course)... yes, in your f'ing room, and macramé curtains in the lobby (hell yes!).

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Did I mention that they also have outdoor fire pits, these green canvas palm frond like things for pool umbrellas (see below), and a spa (I know I already mentioned that but I think it’s worth noting twice – all adult summer camps must have a spa)?They're also rocking sick beats playing at the pool party (or "swim club" as they call it), and have ahhmazing food (basically, the best chilaquiles I have ever had).  ALSO: Hot pre-pubescent lifeguards and the weirdest robes imaginable, probably just to get you out of your comfort zone :).  If you're eclectic and have a shred of coolness, this is right up your alley.  I swear it on all things holy.  There's no point in denying it, it's hipster-esque, BUT it's done in a way that really everyone can appreciate. 

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Best part:  When I went there last, there was a group of people there that were getting married.. IN THE POOL.  Um, yes.  The bride's dad literally walked her down the pool steps in a wedding dress to her groom.  And all of the guest were wearing ridiculous and enviable hats of all sorts!  Where the heck else are you going to see something like that?!

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Basically, it's zee best!  That's all you really need to know. 

Sorry for the predominantly picture post… And lack of my special brand of wit (I mean, they say "brevity is the soul of wit" right? So chew on that for a while!)… I'm just a bit rushed today.  But, if I’m being honest with myself, I’m sure you all are actually pretty relieved. So...

Hope you have a saucy weekends!  I lurve you all!

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It's S̶h̶a̶r̶k̶ Tent Week!

F that "Shark Week" noise, it's "Tent Week" up in hur at Keeley Kraft!  Yeah, that's right, get excited!!  Oh, what was that?  You didn't know?  Well, me neither (shh)...  Not until I realized that there has been a latent theme (tents) among the posts going up this week, that is.  So now I'm going with it!  Why fight it, when it feels so right to embrace it?!  Am I right or am I right?

So, jump on board, my friends, cause this train's leaving the station and where we're headed is... freaking awesome!   And that's a fact.

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Woah, double take, right?  Bet you weren't expecting all that goodness to come out of all that questionable intro text, huh?  Well, listen up and feast your eyes upon, Cabanas Cuatro Cuatros.  A bit of a mouthful, I'll admit, but in my book, they've earned it.

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For all my Cali peeps, you are in luck (just as long as you've got your passports handy)!  This jewel of a destination is our backyard (and by "our", I mean, America's).  Just off the California/Mexico border, err, two hours south of San Diego, lies this vineyard "settlement."  (Yes, settlement probably isn't the friendliest of word choices but we are talking about Mexico here folks, and trust me, I think you're safer settled than not!)  

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If you were wondering what kind of stuff I'm into (after reading my blog about what kind of stuff I'm into), this sums up a lot of it.  Wine tasting and glamping. On the water.   (Sometimes, I feel like the stuff I write on here would be better suited for a Match.com profile than a furniture shop/interior design blog but maybe some potential suitors might graze over this site on their journey to find true love?  Maybe? Maybe not? A girl can dream.)   ... And dreaming is just what I'm doing!  Now feast away:

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Kind of obsessed with these bright colors and fun patterns!

Kind of obsessed with these bright colors and fun patterns!

See that metal contraption on the left there?  That there's a mini-fridge.  Praise.

See that metal contraption on the left there?  That there's a mini-fridge.  Praise.

Crop Circle Vineyards.  After  Signs , I think I'll stay far away from those!

Crop Circle Vineyards.  After Signs, I think I'll stay far away from those!

A movie night?!  Sold.

A movie night?!  Sold.

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They also have a spa, deep sea fishing, sailing, horseback riding, cultural tours and the like for all you wine-y brats that get bored easily.

Also, this was on the website.  Really, need I say more? 

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Tijuana (and the surrounding Baja California area) is not just for desperate high school kids on Spring Break anymore!

Are you still not quite ready to venture South of the border but love wine tasting? Allow me to introduce you to the "Flight Pack."  Seamless segue?  Meh, debatable.

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This "flight" of wine tasting and dinner party kit includes:

- Four sets of each three etched bird glasses (12 glasses total)
- Three wine/food pairing menus (small bites, cheeses, and desserts)
- Three bird stamped tags to distinguish your varying bottles of wine

Essentially, you have four guests that get to sample three different wines as part of a flight.  Each bird denotes the bottle and food pairings in the form of either cheese, small plates or desserts are provided on the pairing menus.  Can you say "FUN"?!    Yeah you can!

Alright, officially signing off! Catch ya'll on the final day of TENT WEEK! AHH! 

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