Staycation in Hudson Valley at The Maker Hotel

May 19, 2021

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A few months overdue but, I finally sorted through all of the beautiful images that I captured at The Maker Hotel when Christina and I took an impromptu staycation there earlier this year. Before coming back to New York, I had already had this gem of a hotel bookmarked on my list-- and of all my friends, I couldn't think of anyone else who would be just as excited as I am to escape there for a couple of nights. Located in the Hudson Valley upstate New York, The Maker Hotel was easily accessible by the Amtrak at Penn Station for the both of us.

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When we arrived, we were warmly greeted by the front desk and got invited right away to the bar for a welcome drink on the house. This eased us into the property and immediately made us feel right at home. It was dark by the time we came into our room, and even in a lowlight and quiet setting, we were blown away by the decor and every little attention to detail.

We were lucky enough to book the 'Artist Studio' which, true to its name, would be every art appreciators' dream room to retreat in. Asides from having one of the fluffiest and most comfortable hotel beds that I've ever slept on, the bathroom of this studio was second to none. The 'Artist Studio's' bathroom is light-filled, decorated with antique limestone and Moorish tiles. Along with the rainfall shower adorn with gold-hardware details, it also comes with an elegant clawfoot tub. The best part of all, heated floors! If the rest of the property was not as equally enjoyable and beautiful, I personally could have spent a good week in this bathroom alone.


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The Maker Hotel was high on my list to visit for several reasons. One of it though was how thoughtfully it was created. If you get the chance to visit the actual space, you'll know exactly what I mean when I say that this place feels more of a passion project than an actual for-profit accommodation property. From little things, such as a perfume room on the second floor, which features a small cabinet housing some of the owner's favorite scents for guests to explore and try throughout their stay, to the different wallpaper patterns, some of which are hand-painted and one of a kind, you can bet that every piece of furniture comes with their own story.

Intended to be a space where one can comfortably spend their time relaxing in one place, The Maker Hotel has a cafe and bakery, a bar tucked away in the back that feels like you're going into a speakeasy and plenty of dining tables for the restaurant that flows from the library area all the way to the floor to ceiling glass conservatory. Christina and I visited the property around February so we didn't get to enjoy the outdoor area, but if you are here in the summer months, the pool and patio area look so inviting!

Between snoozing in our comfy robes with breakfast in bed and spending our afternoons making bubble baths for both photos and pleasure, our time quickly flew by. I'll surely miss the pistachio croissant in the morning and the infamous "choco taco" as a nightcap at this wonderful hotel.


Camera Gear Used: Nikon D750 (with kit) with 50mm F1/4 and 24-70mm F3.5 lens.
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Cherry Blossoms on Roosevelt Island

April 16, 2021

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By the time that you see this, most of these cherry blossoms on Roosevelt Island have probably fallen off their nesting branches for the season- but Spring is like this, fleeting. I wasn't necessarily prepared or looking forward to spending this Spring in New York City, but that's the thing with life- nothing really ever goes according to plans, and you just have to make the best of it.

Roosevelt Island, even to some native New Yorkers, isn't the first place that comes to mind when they think of a spot for a quick afternoon stroll, a weekend date spot, or even a stop along their daily commute; let alone that it's a cherry blossom viewing location, right in the center of the city. For me, this place has always been somewhat of a hidden gem. It used to be a casual date spot that Shun and I would often visit during our early dating years. We would grab a cheap dinner in the city, spoil ourselves with the overly cliché and overpriced frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity on 60th St., then walked down a few blocks to take the only tram in the city across the East River to get on the island. We used to have some of our best walks and talks along the river and we've actually had some of our coldest dates there, and yet we've never had the opportunity to see the cherry blossoms bloom during the Springtime. It was a little bittersweet not having Shun by my side as I went back to Roosevelt Island this time around, but it definitely brought back so many memories for me. I've been surprisingly lucky to catch some amazing cherry blossoms viewing all over the city, so I hope you'll enjoy them more real time as I share on my IG.

Blazer: Anine Bing Kaia Blazer via Shopbop
Top: Aritzia
Pants: Roku 6 (JP)
Sneakers: Common Projects 
Bag: Chanel WOC


Photo by my Sister.
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