When I visited Oregon, I wanted to see all of it, not just the coastline. So my travels led me east, towards Dufur. Who would have thought! Okay, I know what you guys are thinking: “Ben, where the hell is Dufur? And why would you even get a hotel there?” And I would say: why the hell not? I slept at Balch Hotel.
At the end of a rewarding road trip that led me to West and South Iceland and all the way into the highlands, I spent my last night in Iceland in Hotel Husafell. Hotel Husafell might be the exact opposite of Hotel Ranga I visited earlier: this hotel definitely relishes in the somewhat typical minimalistic scandi-style with lots of pale wood, white walls and slight grey accents. Although you could say this style isn’t exactly groundbreaking, I do find it to be very calming. Just something a – by now – very tired roadtripper might have special appreciation for.
Look, I’m not going to sugarcoat it for you guys; when you first arrive at Hotel Ranga you’re going to be overwhelmed… and also slightly puzzled by the interior. If you, like me, have been traveling inside Europe a lot of you probably got used to a certain minimalist aesthetic that’s super trendy in boutique hotels and interiors right now. Four star Hotel Ranga is… quite the opposite of minimal: lots of wood, art, a chandelier made of antlers, oh and taxidermy of a giant attacking polar bear to make you feel cozy in the hotel lobby.
In a Swedish forest just an hour driving from Luleå lies Treehotel, the creation of Kent and Britta Lindvall. Treehotel features 7 unique tree cabins promising an experience out of this world. Check-in happens at Britta’s Pensionat, a cozy guesthouse with 50’s interior. Britta made me feel welcome straight away and I wouldn’t have minded staying in one of the rooms of the guesthouse, but that’s not why I came for. Deep in the forest lies one of Europe’s most jaw-dropping places to stay: Treehotel.
If you google ‘things to do in Stockholm’, you’ll get a bunch of lists with the most visited museums/attractions in the city. Obivously, the website where you can buy a Stockholm Pass also has such a list.
Since Stockholm has somewhat become my second home, I thought I’d share my two cents on which Top 10 attractions are worth it:
Stockholm. The capital of Scandinavia. That’s what they call themselves, probably to the annoyance of people from Copenhagen, Oslo or Helsinki, I guess. But Stockholm really lives up to its name. The city is stunning and if you haven’t been there, I advise you to start making plans right away!
During the Easter weekend, I was in Stockholm for a few days. It was great to be back, I’ve been there a couple of times but hadn’t been able to return since the summer of 2015! Although the weather had been nice the days before, winter suddenly decide to come back for the Easter weekend. So that meant after a long day of walking around in the freezing city, we were craving for a nice hot bath. We decided to add a little extra to it. The bathroom of our deluxe room in Miss Clara Hotel was just the perfect setting to try one of the Lush Bath Bomb from Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics!