Bon Ton is a collection of old Malaysian wooden huts and buildings with thatch roofs - incredible architecture. The huts are scattered around a long pool with a restaurant at one end. Other buildings serve as great places for a snack or drink.
Our hut: you walked up steps to a small covered porch with a table and chairs. A small (5 ft) door led into the main area with the bed, a daybed and a small breakfast table. Another small door led to the rear where an incredible wooden bathtub and shower highlighted a large bath. The shower hear comes from the ceiling and the water just runs through the floor. Though basic, it was really cool. With fans and a/co, the room was very comfortable. Nightly, the staff closed up, turned on the air, arranged the mosquito netting and turned down the bed. All we had to do was fall asleep. Breakfast was also delivered to the room each night. It wasn't the...
My husband and I traveled around the periphery of Iceland (on Ring Road) over a 9-day trip this summer. We spent 2 days in Reykjavik which I am told is the northernmost capital city in the world. The sheer vibrancy of the city blew us away.It felt so good to breathe in the clean, cold air of this gorgeous, sometimes-quirky-always-fun city, which couldn't have felt more alive if it tried.
About twenty years ago, landscaper Horace Burgess felt a call from God to build the world's largest tree house. I can't say that what he built is the world's largest, but it's definitely impressive. The house is built around half a dozen trees and is about six or seven stories tall. The definition of a "story" is pretty loose here, given the tree house's interesting mix of floors, half-floors, staircases, and ladders. Somewhere in the middle of the tree house you'll find a chapel / basketball court, which is the perfect representation of this quirky, hand-crafted roadside attraction.
Update 5/25/13: The Minister's Tree House was unfortunately closed by local fire safety authorities last August. However, the "Minister" is working to bring the tree house up to code so it can be reopened. Details: http://www.roadsideamerica.com/blog/state-vs-ministers-tree-house/.
A lot of people throw around the word "authentic" and then book 15,000.00 trips to Tanzania. I can't imagine that is authentic, as people certainly don't bring that home in a year much less in 7 days. Kauai is a beautiful island with great love/aloha spirit. You don't need to stay at the St. Regis, people! I read a lot of reviews of the big hotels and I can't say they impressed me much. Only one of them had a reliably swimmable beach right out the door and all of them were 400.00 or more per night. Most people we met in Kauai take the bus, carpool, hitch and bike. So renting that jeep? Not so authentic. We stayed in a small inn for 100 a night. It was kitchy and quirky and artsy. We knew the staff by their names. We attended a going away party. We met some well-known musicians who were friends of staff. We ate a ton of pork!!! We snorkeled with borrowed gear and used the Marriot pool...
In Bisbee, Arizona, a quirky mile-high mining town not far from the Mexican border, you'll come across this façade on winding Tombstone Canyon Rd, just north of the Victorian center--unlikely art including etch-a-sketches and firemen's helmets. RED! In pseudo-art-historianese, a description might read: "a fine example of early 21st-c. monochromatic neo-dadaism using objets trouvés." Down the road, grab a beer in Brewery Gulch.
I enjoyed admiring Ghent's quirky architecture along the canal. From Brussels, many visitors take day trips to Antwerp and Bruges, unaware that nearby Ghent has lots to offer. The old town has beautiful architecture, funky shops and a youthful vibe created by the nearby university.
The last place I expected to fall in love with was Harrodsburg, Kentucky. But the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is something of an oasis: it retains every bit of its period-piece like charm with forward-thinking characteristics that defined the Shakers . You can dine in the restaurant at Pleasant Hill and taste fresh, organic food, and even stay in authentic Shaker cottages that are souped up with modernistic creature comforts (think tempurpedic beds). It's an ideal writer's retreat. If you're into souvenirs, shop at the crafts store and stock up on signature stacked oval boxes and other home accessories.