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Secrets of a Boutique Hotel Enthusiast: Guest Blogger

For June, our theme is wanderlust and we could think of no better person to wax poetic on foreign adventures than Kate Thorman, a professional travel writer. Kate’s impressive credentials include being an editor for Mr. & Mrs. Smith as well as the host/producer of the web-based travel and food program The Innocents Abroad. (In fact, she’s actually the cofounder of the show’s production company Abbott & West.) If you think you had the itch to explore before, we can guarantee that you’ll be ready to pull the trigger and book your next plane ticket after reading her travel-savvy posts this week. 

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Back in the day, when I was young and broke (okay, maybe not that long ago), I knew all about finding a good, cheap hostel or homestay. After all, travel is about exploring a new place, not worrying about where you sleep, right? 

And then I discovered boutique hotels, where pedigreed designers decorate rooms I could only dream of living in. And the food is exceptional, the bar is right there, and they often give you free cookies and fancy bath products. I was ruined.

In the last few years, I’ve stayed in some pretty exceptional not-your-average-hotels. Here are a few of my favorites – go ahead, give them a try. Your bank account might regret it, but you definitely won’t…

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