go


Advertisement

    GO

    Long Winter Weekend Guide

    Presidents' Day is around the corner. Although a seemingly rando holiday, I think we all appreciate the time off. But what to do with it... Below: ideas. And while we are on the subject (and not in a political way), Mr. President, you are kind of dreamy.

    Love,
    gp

    This week's goop collaboration

    http://www.goop.com/shop/
    Advertisement

    3-Day Getaways

    Presidents' Day Weekend may loom, but for those of us who have failed to make a plan, all is not lost. We've rounded up a handful of excellent hotels and resorts—all within striking distance of the big cities on their respective coasts—that still have availability.

    East Coast

    Blantyre Lenox

    Lenox, MA
    16 Blantyre Rd. | 413.637.3556

    Originally built in 1901, Blantyre was modeled after the owner's family's ancestral Scottish castle, complete with ivy-covered turrets, towers, and gargoyles. It didn't become a hotel until 1981, when the house was restored by Ann Fitzpatrick Brown—and reinstated as a tribute to the Gilded Age.

    Blantyre Lenox

    Driving Time:  3 hours from NYC | 2 hours from Boston

    The Rooms:  The décor here is fittingly lush—i.e., exactly what you'd expect to find in an English country manor. You're supposed to spend your days relaxing in overstuffed armchairs by the fire, before descending to the dining room for long, formal dinners come evening.

    Winter-Appeal:  High season here is spring through fall (in fact, the hotel was only winterized in 2005), though if you come during the colder months, you'll find a quieter stay.

    What To Pack:  Long-underwear and a down jacket: The resort provides equipment for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice-skating , which are all available on-site. The dining room calls for jackets for gentlemen and something a bit dressy for ladies.

    Don't Miss:  The Warming Hut, a small cabin on the property outfitted with comfy reading chairs, a pool table, and an outdoor fire pit for making smores.

    The Food:  Pressed linens, fine china, heavy silver, and live music underline the overwhelming feeling that you might have stepped back in time. In fact, the evening begins with champagne and canapés in the sitting room before you'll even be offered a menu.

    Extra-Credit:  The Edith Wharton House, an Estate the writer built, then lived and wrote in for many years, is just a mile away and open daily for visits. If you're willing to go two miles, you'll find The Shakespeare & Company playhouse, which hosts evening performances on weekends.

    Castle Hill Inn

    Newport, RI
    590 Ocean Ave. | 401.849.3800

    Perched on a cliff overlooking the Atlantic, this 19th-century mansion-turned-hotel is one of Rhode Island's most luxurious.

    Castle Hill Inn

    Driving Time:  3.5 hours from NYC | 1.5 hours from Boston

    The Rooms:  Originally constructed in 1874 as a summer home for a marine biologist, Castle Hill has played host to everyone from a legion of World War II Naval Officers to Grace Kelly, who made the inn her home while filming High Society. It's still evident today that its original intent was to provide the perfect perch for observing the sea: Windows look out on nothing but water, which gives the distinct feeling of being on a boat. While the walls are notably thin (a bummer, since the stairs and hallways creak), the accommodations are lovely: Gas fireplaces with timers mean you can fall asleep to a roaring fire and the beds are some of the softest we've tried. The property also offers beach cottages that provide a more sound-proofed stay.

    Don't Miss:  The oyster martini at the bar. Tea with homemade petit fours in the afternoon. The footpath to the old lighthouse, which offers epic views.

    The Food:  The dining room provides a cozy, intimate place for dinner, with just a few tables, deliberately slow-paced service, and views of the lighthouse blinking in the distance. Understandably, the menu focuses on local seafood: The baked lobster is particularly delicious. If you'd rather head into town, Tallulah on Thames and White Horse Tavern are two favorites.

    Extra-Credit:  Ignore your GPS and take the longer, scenic Ocean Avenue to get to the Inn. The drive along the water is stunning, and the shoreline is studded with old-world mansions. (The historic homes that allow tours, like The Breakers, are on Bellevue Avenue.)

    Canyon Ranch

    Lenox, MA
    165 Kemble St. | 413.637.4100

    Though a weekend at Canyon Ranch is arguably about exercising restraint, there's nothing spare about this wellness retreat, which is situated in a gorgeous, fully-restored 19th century manor nestled in the Berkshires.

    Canyon Ranch

    Driving Time:  3 hours from NYC | 2 hours from Boston

    The Rooms:  The understated rooms here are designed to be relaxing, and to that end, there's not much to distract you from your weekend of centering and healthy living. That's no problem, though, since you won't be spending much time in them: Days at Canyon Ranch revolve around the spa, working out, and a wealth of activities, including cross-country skiing.

    What To Pack: Bring your workout gear. There are about 50 classes on the roster, along with a myriad of pools, a full gym, and assorted extras like a ropes course and squash courts. When you're not working out, you might be taking a cooking class or learning how to diagnose your dreams.

    The Food:  It's healthy, but it's also delicious—and all-you-can-eat.

    The Mayflower Grace

    Washington, CT
    118 Woodbury Rd. | 860.868.9466

    Formerly known as the Mayflower Inn & Spa (Grace Hotels acquired it last year), this is one of those resorts that is a consistent siren song for worn-out New Yorkers.

    The Mayflower Grace

    Driving Time:  2 hours from NYC | 2.5 hours from Boston

    The Rooms:  Overstuffed chairs, feather-topped beds, and softly printed toile wallpapers are design hallmarks here, which all add to the feeling that you've descended upon the guestroom of your most hospitable aunt. In short: You won't want to leave.

    Don't Miss:  The spa, which is one of Connecticut's best. For those who are more inclined to be outside, the resort sits on 58 acres.

    The Food:  There's a tap room for casual eats, as well as a more formal restaurant, Muse by Jonathan Cartwright, which shares its name with the restaurant at one of the Grace Group's other hotels, The Vanderbilt.

    West Coast

    Auberge du Soleil

    Rutherford, CA
    180 Rutherford Hill Rd. | 707.963.1211

    Set up on a hill above an endless—and undulating—vista of vineyards, Auberge du Soleil has been maintaining the luxury standard in Napa for 30 years.

    Auberge du Soleil

    Driving Time:  1.5 hours from San Francisco

    The Rooms:  Though it's since spawned two sister hotels (Solage and Calistoga Ranch), Auberge du Soleil is the reigning patriarch in Napa Valley, particularly when it comes to old-school indulgences and creature comforts (the other two spots are a bit more modern and laidback). Here, the cottage-like rooms are organized into private little villages (they all feature patios and terraces).

    The Food:  With two Michelin Stars, Auberge's main, global-inflected restaurant draws a crowd that swells well beyond hotel guests—the Japanese breakfast is particularly dreamy.

    Don't Miss:  While hotel treatments often aren't that great (particularly for their generally inflated price-tags), this was one of the best massages we've ever had, particularly because it was followed by a soak in the outdoor bathtub.

    Head Out:  You're in Napa! Quintessa Winery, one of our favorites, is just across the street.

    Montage

    Laguna Beach, CA
    30801 South Coast Hwy | 949.715.6000

    Step into this Craftsman-style hotel lobby, and you'll be greeted by a sweeping panorama of the ocean. Here, every room comes with a private oceanfront balcony.

    Montage

    Driving Time:  1 hour from LA

    The Rooms:  While there are nearly 250 rooms, it doesn't really feel that way, as they all range across the edge of a cliff with unobstructed water views. The décor is understated and luxurious with an emphasis on comfort: Huge bathrooms and large beds to sink into after a day in the sun are highlights.

    Don't Miss:  The Japanese breakfast. An evening drink in the lobby (there's live music every night). A spa treatment, as any 60-minute body, facial or personal training service entitles you to a full day of access to the spa's amenities, the best of which is the oceanfront, adults-only pool. The cold plunge, sauna and steam rooms are also top-notch.

    What To Pack:  A bathing suit. There's quite a scene at the main pool, where people park themselves on lounge chairs from sunrise to sunset, participating in poolside breakfast, lunch, and evening drinks. The beach is a short golf-cart drive down the hill—staff will ferry you back and forth and set you up with lounge chairs and towels.

    Yoga gear for the complimentary 5pm class.

    A light sweater so you can sit by the fire pit at night.

    San Ysidro Ranch

    Santa Barbara, CA
    900 San Ysidro Ln. | 805.565.1700

    Inarguably, this is one of our favorite hotels in the world—to the extent that GP got married here. (In good company, too, as John and Jackie spent their honeymoon at SYR, and Sir Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh tied the knot in the gardens.)

    San Ysidro Ranch

    Driving Time:  1 hour and 45 minutes from LA

    The Rooms:  Set against the Santa Ynez Mountains, on an olive and lavender tree studded estate that was originally built as a citrus farm in the 19th century, you'll find 41 secluded bungalows. Each cottage comes equipped with a fireplace, private patio (many have outdoor hot tubs and rain showers), and wonderful extras, like heated bathroom floors. Though it's big with honeymooners, we never need a big reason to come, as it's the type of place where the occasion is the stay. Among many other things, the ranch is famous for its $130 "Montecito Margarita" made with Don Julio Real Añejo Tequila and Grand Marnier 150th Anniversary—mixed with agave and lime.

    Extra-Credit:  The wineries of Santa Ynez and Santa Maria Valleys are less than an hour north, while Santa Barbara is just minutes away (see our guide here).

    The Food:  Situated in the farm's former citrus packing house, the stone-walled restaurant offers either creek or ocean views. The menu focuses on fancy comfort food—and revolves around the offerings from the ranch's gardens.

    If you're looking to drive into town for a meal, the family-friendly Brophy Brothers on the waterfront has great clam chowder and fish & chips. Pane e Vino is a classic Italian trattoria with delicious seasonal dishes, while people line up for the unmatched tacos and tostadas at La Super Rica, where the fare is served up on plastic plates.

    The Ranch 4.0

    Westlake Village, CA
    2 Dole Dr. | 310.457.8700

    This just-launched, 4-day program from the people behind The Ranch at Live Oak requires an extra vacation day (it runs from Thursday-Monday, rather than an entire week), but it promises to deliver similar results.

    The Ranch 4.0

    Driving Time:  45 minutes from LA

    The Rooms:  The Ranch 4.0 operates in partnership with the Westlake Village Four Seasons, so you'll be taking up residence there—though the daily itinerary is the same as what you'd expect to encounter at the main ranch.

    What To Pack:  Workout gear. Every morning begins with a four-hour hike, followed by an afternoon of abdominal work, toning, and yoga—all dictated by diagnostic fitness and metabolic rate testing you'll submit to when you check in. Rest assured, though, all this activity is mitigated by a daily massage.

    The Food:  While the days are packed with activities, they're admittedly not packed with carbs: All 16 participants abide by a strict, vegetarian diet of 1,400 calories. (It's delicious.) In addition to eating, there are cooking demonstration and nutrition classes.

    Manka's Inverness Lodge

    West Marin, CA
    30 Callendar Way | 415.669.1034

    Balanced between the woods and Tomales Bay, Manka Inverness Lodge feels like a tucked-away time capsule—in the best possible way.

    Manka's Inverness Lodge

    Driving Time:  1 hour from San Francisco

    The Rooms:  This is one of those spots where you can pass an entire weekend without running into anyone else: Marin is sleepy, sure, but this place feels even more remote. Manka's is made up of three separate properties—boat houses on the bay, complete with cathedral doors that open right onto the water; cabins tucked away up high on a ridge; and the main quarters, which revolve around a 1917 hunting and fishing lodge. The accommodations are reminiscent of (luxury) log cabin camping: Pendleton blankets, log post beds, stone slab fronted fireplaces, and taxidermy are all design hallmarks.

    The Food:  Breakfast is brought to your room each morning. The proprietors are fanatic about local sourcing, so pretty much everything—from the butter on the toast to the honey—comes from Marin County. Their restaurant down the street, Sir and Star at the Olema, abides by a similar theme.

    Head Out:  There's much to explore in West Marin. Check out how we spent 24 hours here.

    Basecamp Hotel

    South Lake Tahoe, CA
    4143 Cedar Ave. | 530.208.0180

    Kids will go nuts for this hip, affordable, inn-like spot in South Lake Tahoe, and for good reason: You'll find forest wallpaper, fake campfires, tented beds, Coleman-style lanterns, steel bunk beds and… Xboxes.

    Basecamp

    Driving Time:  3.5 hours from San Francisco

    The Rooms:  Each of the 50 rooms has a different look, but they all revolve around a cabin-like theme—with plenty of modern (and eco) flourishes. The emphasis is on shared experiences here, as many of the rooms come with bunks, and you're encouraged to mingle with the other guests at communal dinners, the fire pits, and in the rooftop hot tub. Rooms that start at $89 a night attract a younger crowd.

    What To Pack:  Ski gear. It's a few short paces to the Heavenly Gondola.

    Swiss army knife. This is an area for hikes, adventures, and getting lost. A “Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook” comes with every room.

    Kids Corner

    During a three-day weekend at home with the kiddos, even your most foolproof sources of entertainment can start to wear thin. To make time fly, we tapped Anorak Magazine, one of the most imaginative kids publications in stores. Below, they created boredom-busting craft and activity ideas you can do with the kids (click the images to download the PDFs) for those moments when restlessness sets in.

    Make Your Own Fort

    Make Your Own Fort

    Ages 3 – 6

    Fishy Hanging Mobile

    Fishy Hanging Mobile

    Ages 3 – 5

    Make Your Own Papercut Print

    Make Your Own Papercut Print

    Ages 5 – 9

    Make Your Own Shopping Bag

    Make Your Own Shopping Bag

    Ages 6 – 10

    Illustrations: Tsz Wan, Owen Gildersleeve and Katey Jean Harvey.

    Slow Food

    We came up with a handful of recipes that are simple but take time to make—perfect for a long weekend when you have the extra day, but still want to take it easy in the kitchen.

    Pulled Pork

    Pulled Pork

    This seems like a lot of ingredients but the recipe is actually easy. Once it's in the oven, you can let it hang out for hours. The result is a sweet, smoky, falling apart piece of meat—that doesn't require any refined sugar. Slather on the sauce and serve on our gluten-free buns with our bread + butter pickles.

    ingredients

    makes 4

    to marinate

    • 1 4-lb boneless pork shoulder
    • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
    • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons dried thyme
    • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
    • 2 tablespoons sweet pimenton
    • 1 tablespoon molasses
    • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
    • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • pinch of salt
    • a few grinds of pepper

    for cooking

    • 1 large yellow onion, roughly chopped
    • 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
    • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
    • 1/2 cup dark ale
    • 1/2 cup chicken broth

    for sauce

    • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 2 tablespoons molasses
    • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
    • 2 tablespoons sweet pimenton
    • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • pinch of salt
    • a few grinds of pepper

    preparation

    1.

    To marinate the meat, place the pork in a large bowl or baking dish. Add all the ingredients in the “to marinate” section. Massage the marinade into the meat with your hands. Cover and place in the fridge for an hour to overnight.

    2.

    In a large dutch oven over medium heat, add a few tablespoons of olive oil. Add the onion and let cook for a minute until translucent. Add the garlic, season with salt and pepper and let cook for a minute until soft and fragrant. Add the vinegar, chicken broth, beer and pork. Cover and transfer to the 300°F oven. Let cook for 4-5 hours until tender and falling apart.

    3.

    Meanwhile, make the sauce. Place all sauce ingredients in a pot over medium-high heat. Whisk continuously until sauce is reduced by about a third and thickens, about 10-15 minutes.

    Pulled Turkey

    Pulled Turkey

    After a day of testing in the goop kitchen, GP figured out a way to get the lean turkey tasting as delicious as the pork. Roast the legs at a high temperature before braising to crisp the skin and intensify the flavor.

    ingredients

    makes 4

    to marinate

    • 2 2-lb boneless turkey legs
    • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
    • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons dried thyme
    • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
    • 2 tablespoons sweet pimenton
    • 1 tablespoon molasses
    • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
    • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • pinch of salt
    • a few grinds of pepper

    for cooking

    • 1 large yellow onion, roughly chopped
    • 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
    • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
    • 1/2 cup dark ale
    • 1/2 cup chicken broth

    for sauce

    • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 2 tablespoons molasses
    • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
    • 2 tablespoons sweet pimenton
    • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • pinch of salt
    • a few grinds of pepper

    preparation

    1.

    To marinate the meat, place the turkey legs in a large bowl or baking dish. Add all the ingredients in the “to marinate” section. Massage the marinade into the meat with your hands. Cover and place in the fridge for an hour to overnight.

    2.

    Set oven to 425°F. Place the turkey on a baking sheet. Roast for about 15 minutes until the skin begins to brown. Remove from oven, and turn heat down to 300°F.

    3.

    In a large dutch oven over medium heat, add a few tablespoons of olive oil. Add the onion and let cook for a minute until translucent. Add the garlic, season with salt and pepper and let cook for a minute until soft and fragrant. Add the vinegar, chicken broth, beer and turkey. Cover and transfer to the 300°F oven. Let cook for 4-5 hours until tender and falling apart.

    4.

    Meanwhile, make the sauce. Place all sauce ingredients over medium-high heat. Whisk continuously until sauce is reduced by about one third and thickens, about 10-15 minutes.

    Easiest Gluten-Free Buns

    Gluten Free Buns

    These are simple, hassle-free gluten-free buns, which call for just a handful of ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.

    ingredients

    makes about 5 buns

    for dough

    • 3 cups gluten-free flour mix (Thomas Keller's Cup4Cup brand is our favorite)
    • 1 1/2 cups milk
    • 1 packet (2 and 1/4 tablespoons) dry active yeast
    • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
    • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
    • 1 egg + 1 egg white, beaten
    • pinch of salt
    • pinch of sugar

    for topping

    • 1 egg beaten
    • 1/4 cup sesame seeds

    preparation

    1.

    Heat milk on stove until warm to the touch. Add the packet of yeast, mix until dissolved and let it sit for about 5 minutes.

    2.

    Meanwhile, place the rest of the ingredients into the bowl of a mixer. Add the milk/yeast mixture. Mix on medium speed for about two minutes until the dough smooths out.

    3.

    Place the ball of dough on a lightly greased baking sheet. Cover with a warm, damp towel and let sit on the countertop for about an hour.

    4.

    Form the dough into palm sized-balls and place on baking sheet. Flatten lightly with the palm of your hand. Using a brush or a paper towel, dip into the egg mixture and wet the top of each bun. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

    5.

    Place in a 350°F oven for about 50 minutes, until cooked through and beginning to brown.

    Bread + Butter Pickles

    Gluten Free Buns

    We love a good bread + butter pickle. They're super easy to make, but it takes about a day before they're ready to eat. Our recipe works with carrots and radishes as well.

    ingredients

    makes about 2 cups

    • 1 lb pickling cucumbers, carrots or radishes, sliced 1/4 inch thick
    • 1/2 sweet onion, sliced as thinly as possible
    • 1/4 cup kosher salt
    • 1/2 cup palm sugar
    • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
    • 1/4 cup white vinegar
    • 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
    • 1 tablespoon mustard seeds
    • 1 tablespoons coriander seeds

    preparation

    1.

    Place cucumbers, carrots or radishes in a large bowl. Add the onions. Add the salt and mix to combine. Cover with ice and leave on the counter top for about an hour or until the ice melts. Drain and rinse.

    2.

    Meanwhile, place the sugar, the vinegars and the spices over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer while stirring consistently, until the sugar dissolves.

    3.

    Pour the sugar/vinegar mixture over the veggies. Leave on the countertop for about an hour.

    4.

    Place the veggies in jars or sealable containers. Refrigerate for 24 hours.

    Beet-Cured Gravlax

    Beet Cured Gravlax

    This takes a couple of days but is as easy as sprinkling salt onto a piece of fish. The grated beets give the salmon a beautiful red color.

    ingredients

    makes about 6-8 appetizer portions

    • 1 2-4 lb center-cut salmon filet, sliced in half lengthwise
    • 1/2 cup kosher salt
    • 1/2 cup palm sugar
    • 2 tablespoons coarsely ground pepper
    • 1 large bunch fresh dill
    • 2 beets, grated

    preparation

    1.

    Mix the salt, sugar and pepper in a large bowl.

    2.

    Place one of the salmon filets skin side up on a clean work surface. Cover evenly with salt mixture, then add the leafy ends of the dill. Next, layer on the grated beets.

    3.

    Place plastic wrap tightly on top of the coated salmon. Flip it over, using the plastic to keep the salt and seasonings in place. Repeat the coating on the other side.

    4.

    Lay the second piece of salmon skin side down on the same work surface. Cover evenly with the salt mixture, then dill, then beats. Place the second piece of salmon directly on top of the first piece, seasoned side down. Season the exposed skin side. Fold the plastic wrap tightly around the sandwiched filets, leaving the side ends open (this allows for juices to escape while curing).

    5.

    Place the salmon in a baking dish or plastic container. Weigh it down with whatever you have: Could be two large cans, another baking dish, a sealable plastic container filled with water, etc. Place in the refrigerate for 2-3 days, turning the salmon over at least once a day.

    6.

    Serve thinly sliced with bread or crackers, lemon, red onion and capers.

    Valentine's Day Gift Resources

    Our Favorite Independent Jewelry Shops

    Opinion may be split about Valentine's Day, but we need the thinnest wisp of an excuse to supplement our jewelry collection. Whether you're dropping hints—or more inclined to pick something up for yourself—here are some of our favorite stateside jewelry spots that all sell online (and the pieces we'd love to have from each one).

    Favourite Jewelery Shops

    1. Broken English

    Occupying a tiny sliver of a space in LA's Brentwood Country Mart, Broken English is one of those rare spots where you'll find a $200 pendant nestled next to diamond slice earrings that might be $20,000. Price aside, it's all good, from Annette Ferdinandsen's Mexican Opal earrings to tasseled gold bracelets by Carolina Bucci.

    Smith & Mara Pave Deep Diamond Ring, $1,700, Broken English Jewelry

    2. Doyle & Doyle

    Helmed by two sisters, Doyle & Doyle was the first shop to make estate jewelry cool, thanks in no small part to its gallery-like space in New York's Meatpacking District. Since 1998, Elizabeth and Irene have been scouring the country for exquisite pieces from every conceivable period: You'll find intricately-rendered Art Nouveau lockets, Edwardian diamond drop earrings, and a huge range of 19th century engagement rings.

    Victorian Onyx, Diamond & Turquoise Drop Earrings, $2,800, Doyle & Doyle

    3. Erie Basin

    While the selection here is small, it's exquisite enough to draw a Manhattan crowd to Red Hook, one of Brooklyn's more far-flung neighborhoods (also one of the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy). Owner Russell Whitmore has an unerring eye for the types of estate and auction pieces you won't see elsewhere (i.e., on eBay): You'll find diamond cluster rings from the late 19th century and Etruscan revival bracelets inset with tiny drops of pearl and turquoise.

    Victorian Butterfly Brooch, $235, Erie Basin

    4. Erstwhile Jewelry

    Owned by a fifth-generation jeweler, the deeply-nostalgic, online-only Erstwhile specializes in gems and pieces that were mined before the ‘40s. As they explain, “The most eco-friendly and conflict-free diamond is an old one.” They're also some of the most beautiful, as evidenced by emerald-dotted, rose-cut diamond rings from the ‘20s, and little gold bands, laced with rubies.

    1.07 Carat Antique Victorian Engagement Ring, $13,000, Erstwhile Jewelry

    5. Love, Adorned

    As the jewelry extension of the East Village tattoo parlor, New York Adorned, you might expect that the jewelry here would be of the skull and crossbones variety. But it's actually gorgeous, and for the most part, dainty: There are sapphire studded earrings from UK-based designer Polly Wales, tourmaline slab necklaces by Lola Brooks, and diamond rings in the shape of mini-crescents by Anna Sheffield. If you're ever in Nolita, don't miss their boutique, where you'll also find a smattering of home goods and candles.

    Nature's Geometry Quartz Apothecary Ring, $315, Love, Adorned

    6. Mociun

    You'll only find Caitlin Mociun's eponymous jewelry collection on her site—but should you go to her new, Williamsburg store, you'll see the work of her friends, too, including hexagonal brass necklaces by Iacoli & Macallister, and Chen Chen and Kai William's marble bangles. You'll also get to shop Mociun's full line, from her signature eensy, triangular turquoise pendants to her custom rings, which feature a mismatched—and stunning—combination of stones.

    Triangle Hexagon Square Necklace Gold, $886, Mociun

    7. Roseark

    Offering an encyclopedia's worth of designers, there's something for pretty much any sensibility at this pair of Los Angeles boutiques. We gravitate toward the double eagle rings by owner Kathy Rose, along with the key pendants by Amanda Keidan and Yakira Rona's delicate starfish necklaces.

    14K Gold Key Shape Necklace (with optional row of diamond pave) $1,100.00 - $1,520.00, Roseark

    8. Trumpet & Horn

    While the emphasis here is on engagement rings, you'll find plenty for the right hand, too, like a giant star sapphire cocktail bauble from the ‘50s, and a carved carnelian crest ring from Victorian times. There are gem-studded pendants cast in the shape of bugs, enameled bangles, and a deep selection of shoulder-grazing art deco drop earrings.

    Utopia Sapphire and Ruby Ring, $3,250, Trumpet & Horn

    Mark Your Calendars
    It may get less attention than the Christie's and Sotheby's of the world, but we think Doyle New York is a sleeper hit, particularly when it comes to jewelry. They're auctioning off some gorgeous pieces from Buccellati, Tiffany, and Bulgari on February 25th—and for what the pieces are, the estimates suggest there will be some great deals.

    Placeholder

    Vintage Rolexes (Made Custom)

    Watch collector or not, there's something undeniably cool about a Rolex—particularly when it's a rare vintage model or custom. These three resources offer the range, from impossible-to-find versions from the 1960s, to bespoke dial faces and black, powder-coated bands.

    Rolex Daytona Safari Sundays

    Bamford Custom Rolex, Price Upon Request, Bamford Watch Department.

    Bob's Watches

    Purist's rejoice: While you won't find any crazy tricks here, you will find an impeccable range of vintage Rolexes that have held—and will continue to hold—their value. Bob's Watches also functions as a marketplace, too, so if you're looking to unload a piece that you rarely wear, you'll see what it's currently worth. For rarer models (rose gold, etc.), you can join a waitlist and they'll try to track one down.

    Wanna Buy a Watch?

    You could drive down Melrose Avenue a hundred times, and never know that Wanna Buy A Watch? was there; step inside, and you'll be even more surprised. Not only will you find cases full of pristine vintage Rolexes, but you'll find dials in every conceivable shade, from persimmon, to lilac, to emerald green. You can customize any watch they offer—including swapping out the face of a Rolex you might already own.

    Bamford Watch Department

    This British-based company will take the Rolex of your choice (or Patek Phillipe, etc.), and coat it in a military grade PVD, which turns the stainless steel black. Then, they'll customize the dial face, the hands, and engrave the band, for a fully bespoke creation. You sacrifice the original warranty of course, though they guarantee their work for two years. Understandably, there are no bargains here.

    This week's goop collaboration

    http://www.goop.com/shop/
    Advertisement
    Download the goop City Guides App

    Also available on goop

    Shirred Long Legging

    shirred long legging

    BEYOND YOGA

    Exclusive Lattice Trim Cami

    exclusive lattice trim cami

    BEYOND YOGA for goop

    chain bracelet with ganesh charm

    Sheryl Lowe

    Exclusive Ivory Bonnie Top With Grey Contrast Piping

    exclusive ivory bonnie top with grey contrast piping

    Amour Vert for goop

    Exclusive Heather Grey Trisha Top

    exclusive heather grey trisha top

    Amour Vert for goop

    Heritage High Rise Skinny

    heritage high rise skinny

    Rag & Bone

    Advertisement

    The goop collection

    Advertisement

Advertisement