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casual and effortlessly chic.
428 east boston street,
covington, louisiana.;
rooms from $159
southwest insider
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In small-town Covington, Louisiana, a
boutique hotel struts in true Southern style
the look & Feel
developer and co-owner
lisa condrey ward took
great care in preserving
the building’s original
mission-style architecture.
large pier arches framed
in tropical landscaping
lead into a modern and
elegant lobby. a two-sided
fireplace anchors sitting
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nooks decorated in serene
earth tones. a wall of
imposing arched doors
opens up to a peaceful
courtyard, complete
with an elaborate water
fountain and plunge pool.
bright and breezy, the
space feels lived-in and
loved, with a reserved nod
to luxury.
The Windsor
Boutique Hotel
asheville, nc
it’s upscale and
art focused. windsor; rooms
from $269
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the service
covington is a laid-back
southern city with nola
on one side and rolling
farm country on the
other. the residents, and
the service community,
seem to be just as mellow
as their locale. don’t expect
the white-glove treatment
here, but rather a cozy and
comfortable stay, much
like at your maw-maw’s
house. that is, of course,
if your maw-maw is an
unequivocally chic southern lady with a penchant
for fine furnishings.
the sleeping Quarters
though small and simple,
the traditional King room
makes good use of its
square footage with
architectural elements
that suggest the hotel’s
previous lives. a wall of
exposed brick holds the
large, old window frames
that let tons of natural light
spill into the space. lively
prints in sunny colors
define a down- and
pillow-topped bed. it’s
comfortable and charming
without even a smidgen
of snobbery.
From leFt: guests
enjoying cocktails in
the hotel lobby bar;
sitting room and
reading nook;
deluxe suite room
Hotel Ella
austin, tX
an extensive collection
includes works by
many austin artists.; rooms
from $250
by Lacy Morris ~ photographs by robbie caponetto
bottom, left: courtesy blue ocean photography/windsor boutique hotel; bottom, right: laurey w. glenn
U p U n t i l n ow, the little-sister city to new
orleans has been left out of the boutique-hotel
trend. but thanks to a family of local developers,
that has changed. this historic 42-room property,
built in 1907, is polished to its original grandeur,
an undertaking that was nearly three years in the
making. now, it’s the focal point of the charming
downtown community.
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the Food & drink
Ox Lot 9 executive chef and
gulf Coast native Jeffrey
Hansell pays tribute to his
old stomping grounds with
a menu primed with soulful
Southern cuisine utilizing
fresh, local ingredients.
Try the Oyster Patty; it’s
“a take on the ones i would
enjoy as a kid at family
gatherings,” says Jeffrey.
gulf oysters are lightly
poached in a fennel cream
with Pernod, melted leeks,
and smoked bacon, then
poured in a warm puff pastry.
The Seared Scallops are
equally refreshing and light.
They’re presented with
toasted pine nuts, shaved
cucumbers, and lemon oil
as well as a light and spicy
sorbet made from avocados
and serrano chiles. Summer
melons are compressed
with lime juice, agave nectar,
and Thai basil and served
chilled alongside.
with works by local artists.
The result is a living museum
of sorts. in the lobby, you’ll
see pieces by Bernard Mattox
and Rebecca Rebouché, two
artists who have studios in
town. in the Olympia Room
(named after Covington’s
Mardi gras krewe), peek at
a commissioned painting
by artist Leslie Dudley. The
work shows the krewe in
action during a Mardi gras
Heywood Hotel
Austin, TX
Local art and artisan
crafts are featured
rooms from $179
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parade. Artist Scott Ewen,
who grew up in Covington,
completed a commanding
7- by 10-foot depiction of a
regal white horse. And the
suites are stocked with
local flair—including images
by Covington photographer
Harriet Blum and pencilpost beds that are crafted
out of cypress wood by
local furniture-maker greg
21c Museum Hotel
Bentonville, AR
Sleep among quirky
works of art.
.com; rooms
from $199
nov ember 2014
Seared Scallops
at Ox Lot 9.
above: Chef
Jeffrey Hansell
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With a dedication to tooting
a horn for her hometown’s
immense talent, Lisa stocked
the free walls of the hotel
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