Sjana Elise Earp
When I hear the term bed and breakfast, I think old-school wooden cottages, tea cosies, slightly faded floral and chenille bedspreads, musky scents, dim lights and outdated receptions tended by cute elderly ladies knitting and offering you tea and cookies upon arrival. Oh and cats — lots of cats!
However, my recent experience was nothing like I imagined.
I always stay in the city. When left to my own devices, I will usually find a cheap hotel or tiny (often windowless) AirBnB somewhere close to the hustle and bustle. Not because I particularly enjoy the hype, but because I often have meetings or events that lead me into the chaos anyway!
This trip, I decided to do something differently. I spent my last night away from the sleepless city of New York, and crossed the bridge to Brooklyn!
I’d never been to Brooklyn before and wasn’t too sure what to expect. What I found was quieter neighbourhoods that still had hints of flare, soulful and spirited vibes and art-tattooed walls. Laced through the streets, I found cute little cafés and boutique stores selling vintage everything! And of course, I found my bed and breakfast accommodation: The Urban Cowboy B&B!
From the outside, it looks like your typical townhouse, but with a slightly cooler vibe to it. But as soon as you enter the front door, you realise you have actually stepped into a creator's haven!
There is the perfect white kitchen, fit for any Insta-foodie or chef! A vintage-boho feel oozes out of every corner and seeps into every crack. There are countless records and vinyls in every which direction! Natural light fills the area with a fantastic brightness (a photographer's DREAM!) There are succulents and cacti, a sauna and even a spa! Fridges are filled with kombucha and berries, green juices and teas at your beck and call. Out the back there is even a cabin-style guest house.
However, I didn’t stay in the Urban Cowboy’s main quarters. I stayed around the corner in their second home, a place they like to call The Treehouse.
The Treehouse has a similar vibe. Edgy and hip for all the right reasons! Except in my opinion, it is slightly more awesome because it is three stories of perfectly Instagrammable snapshots just waiting to happen! Diamond-shaped windows framing the wondrous views, wood and white in every direction.
Guitars, funky patterns, a huge kitchen and living area (perfect for a travelling yogi to set up a mat for a spontaneous session!). There is even a (fake) grassed section with couches on the top level outside where you can chill, relax and watch the world pass you by. All while being sheltered by a huge tree for privacy from the neighbour! (Hence the term, the treehouse.)
I don’t even think I am doing this place justice. It’s kind of one of those need-to-see-it-for-yourself kind of places!
Let’s just say, that even though I was only there for one night, I fell madly in love and would now consider moving to Brooklyn!
If you ever go to NYC, I highly recommend you take the trip over the bridge to the other side. And if you do find yourself in boho-chic Brooklyn, check out the bed and breakfast options for yourself! THEN maybe you’ll understand just how cute this place truly was!
Love and light,
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