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3 Water-Adjacent Getaways—and What to Eat, Wear, and Do When You Arrive

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3
Water-
Adjacent
Getaways—and What to Eat,
Wear,
and Do
When You Arrive

Hermann Hesse famously called water “the voice of life,” and
we couldn’t agree more. Something magical happens when you’re
in close proximity to the soothing lapping of the ocean, a lake,
even a pool. Blood pressure drops, spirits rise, and dreams of
summer drift through our minds as effortlessly as clouds.

With that in mind, we’ve planned out a few vacations—each
one brings us closer to the water’s edge, and just as close to
days given to exploring a new place and evenings given to long
languorous dinners. These are the trips, the places, and the
packing lists that make for a very bon voyage.

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe

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Lake TahoeWhere to Stay:

Ask your chicest friend where to post up in Tahoe for a weekend
and you’ll likely get two answers: the Ritz-Carlton,
for its old-world charms, or the Edgewood, for its new-world
ones. But ask your in-the-know friend where the coolest spot with a
little local mountain flavor is and they’ll tell you: the
Coachman Hotel. This
converted design-y motel (think Ace Hotel vibes for the mountain
adventurer) is a few blocks from Heavenly village, within walking
distance of all the lake-life activities and yet removed enough to
still feel like an actual escape. Take the bikes out for a spin and
cruise around South Lake Tahoe, hit up the hot tub, and afterward,
huddle by the firepit with wine and s’mores.

Where to Eat:

The first thing to know about Lake Tahoe is that it’s big.
Like, it spans the state line between California and Nevada big.
Which means the where-should-we-eat question is usually answered by
what side of the lake you’re on. On the north side, there’s
Truckee—home to beloved Moody’s Bistro (go on the
weekends for live music) and many must-sip microbreweries, like
Alibi Ale Works and
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Twenty minutes south in West Shore, you can watch brunchgoers boat
up to perennial favorite Sunnyside Restaurant and
Lodge
for fish tacos with a side of the most epic lake views
ever.

What Not to Miss:

When you’re not paddleboarding, trekking up Cascade Creek
Falls, or taking a posthike cold plunge, there are actually a host
of things to do in town. Like really decent shopping. Our personal
favorites are sprinkled around Truckee, where you’ll find rustic,
woodsy-chic objets d’art from High Camp Home to deck out your
dream mountain home and artisan-crafted candles, ceramics,
stationery, and more gifts at nearby boutique Bespoke.

What to Wear

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 Matteau top Matteau top
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Cabo San Lucas

Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe

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cabo san lucasWhere to Stay:

One of the more surprising things about Cabo San Lucas is that
the ocean is notoriously unswimmable. But that doesn’t mean the
beaches aren’t loungeable. Especially when your home away from
home happens to be the
Cape
—where the views are as spectacular as the margaritas are
spicy. The
Glass Box bar
(it looks just like it sounds) is the prime spot
for both, and the options for kicking back beachside (private
cabanas, plunge pools, pick your poison) are the kind of vacation
decision-making we relish. On the quieter, more low-key side of San
José is the new Nobu
Hotel Los Cabos
. Modeled after Nobu’s Malibu ryokan, this
minimalist-chic beachfront oasis has a Japanese-meets-Mexican feel
with four pools, a hydrotherapy garden, an on-site Malibu Farms,
and, of course, a Nobu-on-the-sand experience curated by chef
Matsuhisa.

Where to Eat:

Eating out in Cabo can go one of two ways: classic or trendy.
Resting on twenty-five acres of farmland in San José is one of the
latter:
Acre
—a jungle-tree-house hotel slash farm-to-table oasis
where you sip small-batch mezcal before tucking into spicy seafood
tostadas, scallop ceviche, and farm-fresh vegetables underneath the
starry sky. But if staying within striking distance of downtown is
more your speed, grab a reservation at Capella Pedregal’s
cliffside
El Farallon
for classic, fish-forward Mexican fare and listen
to the waves crash against the rocks as you watch the sun dip below
the horizon, casting its flattering light on everyone in its reach.
It’s magical.

What Not to Miss:

For an afternoon spent off the sand, head over the
One & Only Palmilla
and devote a couple hours to sweating
out all the bad stuff in a traditional
temazcal
—which is essentially a glorified sweat lodge (based
on a Mayan cleansing ritual) warmed by hot-as-hell volcanic
rocks—where you’ll get a good herbal scrub-down and a total
mind-body-spirit detox. Afterward, meet with a shaman who will give
you one of the best damn deep-tissue massages you’ve ever had
using indigenous techniques meant to balance the energy centers.
All you need to bring: a bikini and a caftan to get you to and
from.

What to Wear

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Hat
Janessa Leone, $225

Lapima SunglassesLapima Sunglasses
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Lapima, $469

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kaftan
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goop, $84

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flip-flops
goop, $125

Lisbon

Lisbon
Lisbon
Lisbon

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lisbonWhere to Stay:

The
One Palácio da Anunciada
is one of those gorgeously decrepit
sixteenth-century palaces that’s had a contemporary vibrancy
breathed back into its hallways while maintaining the integrity of
its past. The grand blush marble staircase that sweeps up from the
ornate lobby feels all of 400-plus years old, but the guest rooms
belong to 2019. Big beds, bigger bathrooms, and Nespresso machines
complete the cool, creamy interiors. The spa area is small but
mighty, with stellar massages and facials on offer alongside an
indoor plunge pool and a steam room. High up at the hotel’s crown
is the real reason to stay here. The hotel’s outdoor pool—a
rare indulgence in the capital—seems to hover above the city. The
surrounding daybeds provide the perfect vantage point from which to
take in the detailed azulejo> (glazed ceramic tilework) cladding
and frescoes on the surrounding buildings.

What to Eat:

The best get-your-hands-dirty dining experience in Lisbon requires
patience. Spot a crowd jostling under a canopy drinking two-euro
beers and you’ll know you’ve arrived at
Ramiro
. Tug a ticket, pull a beer, then wait about an hour.
Once you’re inside, the warmth of a roomful of theatrical
Lisboans plus plenty of out-of-towners hammering crab claws with
mallets over rousing dinner conversation washes over you. There are
no sides other than warm bread doused in puddles of butter—a
strangely perfect accompaniment to the fresh-out-of-the-tank
crustaceans you’ll order. Across town,
O Magano
is a little more refined but still resolutely local
(we were the only tourists in the place). Our chatty, intuitive
server decided to skip the standard menu explanation and instead
brought platters of what she figured we would like: cold seafood
salad, bowls of chickpeas saturated in grassy green olive oil, and
plenty of buttery rice. She guessed right. Pro tip: Reservations
are essential, but make them late—no one eats before 8 p.m. in
this town.

What Not to Miss:

Watching
Manteigaria’s
bakers expertly knock out hundreds (if not
thousands) of those sweet, blistered custard tarts in minutes is,
to say the least, captivating. Skip breakfast and fuel up with
thimbles of the bakery’s velvety espresso and one or two
still-warm treats dusted in cinnamon sugar. To see Lisbon, be
prepared to walk. Most of this port city may be situated along
steep hills and steps, but its gritty beauty is hidden down the
many alleys and around the tight corners. Ditch the map, get
(happily) lost, and consider the historic buildings, dazzling blue
azulejos, windowsill flowers, and dramatic harbor your reward. The
best view is up one such hill along the ramparts of the
twelfth-century Castelo
São Jorge
, a former royal residence that’s now home to a
seriously notable collection of ancient artifacts.

What to Wear

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