The Adventures of Atticus

\\ W E E K E N D  A D V E N T U R E S // PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY

We’ve been shooting with the Canon EOS 70D lately and the results have been pretty epic. I’m a Canon girl and my old G10 has been my standby - but it can’t compete with the optic lens on this puppy! Unfortunately the G10 won’t be getting much love from now on….

Here are some snaps from our recent summer road trip to Prince Edward County. We spent a fun-filled few days biking the rural roads, tasting the local wines, picnicking and antiquing.

You can read more about it in my House Seven article here

\\ A D V E N T U R E S  W I T H  A T T I C U S // Bradford, Pennsylvania

Arriving at a final destination while road-tripping always makes me giddy. It’s a combination of the destination anticipation combined with the euphoria of finally emerging from such a confined space. To say that Atticus was impressed with our home for the weekend is putting it lightly — from the old-fashioned gates that magically creaked open, to the welcome party of staff who greeted us personally when we pulled up to the main house. It all felt like we had stepped back in time to a very civilized (and wealthy) period in American history. We wandered the grounds accompanied by the welcome committee who proffered crystal goblets of freshly squeezed lemonade. Atticus loved the billiards room and ice cream parlor (complete with actual retro freezers and ice cream sundae accoutrements in perfect condition from the 1950s property upgrade). We all ohhhh'd on cue when escorted through the impressive great room, admiring the two-story beamed ceilings and gigantic sandstone fireplace.

A highlight for all three of us was the Saturday night bonfire set up overlooking Skipper Lake. The walk was illuminated with discreet tiki torches that reflected off the water, but Atticus still insisted on bringing the small flashlight that had been part of his bug trapping welcome kit. The fire pit was set up on a stone terrace overlooking the water, and surrounding us was Pennsylvania’s Allegheny National Forest. We taught Atticus how to roast a marshmallow and build a s’more (with Pennsylvania’s own Hershey chocolate — no less) while we sipped on bottles of cold craft beer.

\\ CHECKING-IN TO THE LODGE AT GLENDORN // PENNSYLVANIA ROAD TRIP

We recently had the pleasure of enjoying a weekend in Bradford, Pennsylvania. Only a 3.5 hours drive from Toronto, The Lodge at Glendorn is a former family “camp” built in the 1930’s, in the grand tradition of mulch-generational family country escapes. Now a Relais & Chateaux property, the amenities sounded right up our alley, a little something for everyone.

Glendorn is a rustic but ever-so-luxurious sleep away camp for adults (and their offspring). There truly is something for the whole family. Had there been more time, Adam would have gladly accepted the offer to go fly fishing or skeet shooting with the activity director (I’m not making this up… he introduced himself over our country breakfast on day two). Instead, at his cajoling, we opted for salamander catching, feeding the trout in the babbling brook that ran alongside our cabin, followed by a bike ride (with toddler sidecar) on kitted-out mountain bikes down a series of trails to Bondieu Lake, offering a selection of un-motorized floatation/paddle craft. There was not a single soul on this private lake, and many hours were wiled away on and in the water.

We also enjoyed a family cooking class one afternoon. Atticus was impressed by the pasta making (prepared from scratch) and daddy enjoyed the fine bottle of Italian wine that was opened to accompany the finished product.

There were other amazing details too, like the wood-burning fireplace and the original ice chest (always filled) for making cold drinks in our cabin, the canapés and proper cocktail service offered to all guests prior to dinner at the main lodge and, of course, the gourmet picnic lunches served (and delivered) on china with crystal barware, linens and Tiffany & Co. silver.

Needless to say, once the weekend ended, it was hard to check-out and say goodbye to this magical place!

\\ CHECKING-IN TO THE SOHO BEACH HOUSE, MIAMI //

First things first, the Soho Beach House, is exactly the kind of place you want to stay if you’re after a chic, understated, but elegant escape from reality. It is the furthest thing from the “other” Miami. The one bachelor party dreams are made of.

Like all the properties in the Soho House family, it’s the little details that make the difference. Take the matter of cocktail hour — a topic of great importance and debate around the house. A beautiful stocked bar in each room comes complete with fresh citrus, barware, crystal tumblers and all the spirits and accoutrements one might need to produce the perfect martini, Old Fashioned or Manhattan. Unfortunately I couldn’t partake in the ritual, but that didn’t stop Adam from indulging for the both of us.

There is really no need to leave the confines of the property. Between the glorious beach, super comfy lounges (beach and pool), chaise-side service, Cecconis, the Tiki Bar, the screening room for movie night, the yoga studio, gym, Cowshed spa and Boules court, you’ll be well fed, pampered and entertained for days!

\\ CHECKING-IN TO THE SETAI, MIAMI //

True five star luxury is a thing of great beauty. It’s a subtlety that might not be seen but can always be felt. We recently checked-in to The Setai, part of The Leading Hotels of the World collection. It is an independently owned and operated property in the heart of Miami’s South Beach. A departure from it’s neighboring Art Deco properties to the north and south (all white minimalist temples to the Stark design philosophy), the vibe here is decidedly Balinese with other Asian and south east Asian touches throughout. In fact the beautiful charcoal grey bricks that lay in the lobby were transported from Shanghai which at one time had the largest array of Art Deco buildings in the world. 

Upon arrival we were welcomed by multiple greeters, bellmen and hotel staff who simultaneously whisked away our bags, offered us cool, refreshing towelettes and serve us chilled lemongrass tea. After a quick and intimate check-in (we never had to hover over a desk) we were immediately escorted to our chambers. A teak and onyx suite with an ocean view, a heavenly king bed and delightful details that any tech-obsessed guest would appreciate (remote controlled blackout blinds and my favorite: a Setai app for your phone that allows users to order room service, reserve lounge chairs, make meal reservations and even have espresso’s delivered beachside.)

There were other amazing details too - like our very own pool concierge who brought us cold water, fresh towels and refreshing water mist. We dined at The Restaurant, the spectacular on-site hotel restaurant that featured inspired Mediterranean cuisine and top-notch service. The bathroom products were designed exclusively for The Setai by Roja Parfumsa, the sheets were Frette and we had a luxurious black granite tub in the middle of our suite!! We missed out on the beach yoga and the spa treatments, but there is always next time!

\\ W E E K E N D  A D V E N T U R E S //
Road trip essentials. From Top left to right.
1. Solar Sunscreen
2. D. L Eyewear Whitehall Shades in moss
3. Canon EOS 70D
4. Kiko’s Kuruma Toy Wood Car
5. Mecca Cosmetica Hand SPF
6. AKID Birdie’s in red laser
7. Rimmel’s Scandal Eyes Waterproof Mascara
8. Pilsner Urquell
9. Blow Vapor E-Hookah
10. Mini Rodini pineapple hat High-res

\\ W E E K E N D  A D V E N T U R E S //

Road trip essentials. From Top left to right.

1. Solar Sunscreen

2. D. L Eyewear Whitehall Shades in moss

3. Canon EOS 70D

4. Kiko’s Kuruma Toy Wood Car

5. Mecca Cosmetica Hand SPF

6. AKID Birdie’s in red laser

7. Rimmel’s Scandal Eyes Waterproof Mascara

8. Pilsner Urquell

9. Blow Vapor E-Hookah

10. Mini Rodini pineapple hat

\\ F A T H E R S  D A Y //
Dear Atticus’ dad,
You are teaching our son how to be a citizen of the world and giving him the confidence to be himself. I love how you have introduced him to so many flavors and cuisines - his appetite for food and life is voracious thanks to you.
If he is not a sportsman like you, he will still have strengths as a team player. You are teaching him what it means to be a leader and how to dedicate yourself to something you love.
I love how playful you are together. Atticus is learning about comedy and developing an enchanting sense of humor because you take the time to be silly together.
By observing you, I know he will learn to be kind and gentle. He will also learn how to stand up for what he believes and to be outspoken from time to time.
Your creativity is one of your best qualities, I can already see Atticus’ active imagination coming to life because you let him lead in your play together.
I can’t wait to see what the future holds, so far I’m getting a big kick out of parenting with you at my side.
Thanks for being such a marvelous father!
xx High-res

\\ F A T H E R S  D A Y //

Dear Atticus’ dad,

You are teaching our son how to be a citizen of the world and giving him the confidence to be himself. I love how you have introduced him to so many flavors and cuisines - his appetite for food and life is voracious thanks to you.

If he is not a sportsman like you, he will still have strengths as a team player. You are teaching him what it means to be a leader and how to dedicate yourself to something you love.

I love how playful you are together. Atticus is learning about comedy and developing an enchanting sense of humor because you take the time to be silly together.

By observing you, I know he will learn to be kind and gentle. He will also learn how to stand up for what he believes and to be outspoken from time to time.

Your creativity is one of your best qualities, I can already see Atticus’ active imagination coming to life because you let him lead in your play together.

I can’t wait to see what the future holds, so far I’m getting a big kick out of parenting with you at my side.

Thanks for being such a marvelous father!

xx