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A Design Landmark Reimagined as a Retreat

A Design Landmark Reimagined as a Retreat

The back windows of Tourists, a renovated 46-room motor lodge that opened in North Adams, Mass., in 2018, overlook 80 acres of Berkshires forest land. Now, a foot trail winds through those woods, connecting the hotel to two neighboring houses in the town’s Blackinton Historic District, a former mill community. Both accommodations — one sleeps up to 11, the other six — were restored for Tourists Homes, a new offshoot that allows larger groups to book individual houses. “As a joke we call them the mullet houses — business in the front, party in the back — because [we preserved the] 1860s fronts but we gave the backs all the benefits of contemporary design,” says Tourists co-founder Ben Svenson. Similar to the company’s original property, both houses embody a retro, chalet-inspired aesthetic (each has a wood-burning stove) and are furnished with bespoke pieces made by local carpenters (the larger house has an oversize round Douglas fir table for family-style dining) and vintage gems curated by the interior designer Julie Pearson (the smaller house comes with an original Rhodes Mark 1 piano). The back decks of both homes offer scenic views of Mount Williams and Mount Prospect. All houseguests get access to the hotel’s pool and community events, including a free concert series featuring visiting musicians who play in exchange for room nights. The two Tourists homes are available to book now (there’s a three-night minimum for the small house, a four-night minimum for the larger), along with a third house, a former five-room B&B, which the Tourists team plans to renovate in the winter. From $895 a night,

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Before Shannon Maldonado founded Yowie, her Philadelphia-based design shop and boutique hotel, she was a student at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology in the early aughts collecting colorful, functional LeSportsac nylon totes and handbags, drawn to their “sporty but chic quality.” Now Maldonado has collaborated with LeSportsac on a collection of nine new bags. The first three — a cherry red oversize hobo, an acid yellow cross-body tote and a spherical black bucket bag — are available today. The bags represent new shapes for the 50-year-old brand, all made with its signature ripstop fabric. A trained apparel designer, Maldonado drew inspiration from other sources that influenced her decades ago — Marc by Marc Jacobs…

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