{Out to See} Sylvia Beach Hotel

Newport Oregon The Inspired Room

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My husband and I have a yearly tradition of escaping to the coast to Newport, Oregon. Actually, it was a yearly tradition years ago when our girls were small, but we skipped a bunch of years since our family had a beach house to call our own. But, last week, we decided it was time to relive some old memories and make the trip down to Newport!

We are so glad we did, there is something so wonderful about reconnecting with your long ago past and keeping up on making new memories with your spouse. We’ve been together since I was 19 so our past goes way back heheh.

Sylvia Beach Hotel

So what is our favorite little spot to stay? Sylvia Beach Hotel. It’s a quirky place for book lovers and writers and anyone who just loves to escape from it all into another world. There are no TVs, no phones, no internet. Just the sound of the waves outside your window. That’s our kind of retreat!

Luxury hotels and resorts with all the amenities are nice sometimes, but we are charmed by the unpretentiousness and solitude of this old favorite Bed & Breakfast. It’s not for everyone, but for us it’s a special place to get away and be able to hear yourself think again. A perfect place to just BE.

Each of the rooms is designed to showcase an author. We’ve stayed in so many of the rooms over the years, they are just all fun and unique. Nothing fancy, but that’s what’s so great about this place.

Honestly, I almost didn’t even want to tell anyone about it because it feels like OUR private getaway, but you know I must love you all enough to share it with you. Just don’t take our room when we want to come stay there. That’s all I ask.

Aprils Restaurant Newport

We spent time eating (we had this pretty salad across the street at April’s!), walking on the beach, checking out the local shops, drinking coffee and mostly just reading and writing. We even bought some art which I will share soon, too. We’ve always had a tradition of bringing home art from our travels so it was fun to bring home new memories from this trip.

Sylvia Beach Hotel Newport Oregon

I didn’t get a good shot of the hotel from the water or of the beach, but it is an amazing beach front property with an incredible view. The weather was so beautiful the entire week, windy but warm!

Sylvia Beach Hotel The Inspired Room

This was my spot for most of our stay. A quirky little corner of the upstairs library overlooking the water. I was working on a very big project that I almost can’t believe is happening and I can’t wait to share with you :-).  Don’t you love me for keeping a secret?

Newport Oregon


Do you have a little escape somewhere in the world? Tell me about it!

Sesame and Lilies in Cannon Beach {Out to See}

Sesame and Lilies Home Store in Cannon Beach Oregon

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My family has a beach house near Cannon Beach. It is our favorite little beach town near us, so we have spend a lot of time there over the years. Not only is Cannon Beach a lovely place to get away from it all (I will do a Cannon Beach post soon, too!) it also has one of my all time favorite shops, Sesame & Lilies.

It’s a place you WILL want to to buy things (well, at least I do — I never leave empty handed) but it is also just a real treat to linger in.  In fact, I think I could move in and live happily ever after. I love soaking in all the delightful vignettes and eye candy! I always come home with new ideas for my own house, too. SUCH A TREAT! We were there a few weeks ago and I knew you’d love it too, so I did my best to give you a peek!

I will let you wander around and take it all in! Woo hoo! Enjoy!

Sesame and Lilies Home Store in Cannon Beach

Wall of Blankets at Sesame and Lilies in Cannon Beach

Wall of Plates at Sesame and Lilies in Cannon Beach

Green Cabinet Sesame and Lilies Cannon Beach

Industrial Light and Clock at Sesame and Lilies Cannon Beach

Sesame and Lilies Cannon Beach Oregon Home Decor Shop

Sesame and Lilies Cannon Beach

Garden stools at Sesame and Lilies in Cannon Beach

Dog Art at Sesame Lilies Cannon Beach

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Here’s another of my favorite NW stores, this one is in Seattle! Check out Watson Kennedy, you’ll love it too!

Our Trip to Tybee Island:: Mermaid Cottages {Out to See}


I‘m feeling sorry for some of you stuck in the snow all winter! A little snow is fun, but wow, NO ONE NEEDS SNOW ALL WINTER LONG! It’s FREEZING here (no snow though — YET!) so I’m right there with you hoping for some warmer weather. I think we could all use a summer beach vacation about now.

Tybee Island

How about hanging out for a week in an ocean front cottage on Tybee Island? Yes? I thought so. I aim to please. But while I can’t take you all on vacation in real life, I can show you a little peek at the cottage my girls and I stayed at awhile back and you can enjoy a virtual summer holiday with us.

Courtney and Kylee the Inspired Room

My two girls and I had never had the opportunity for a real “girls’ getaway” before, so early this Fall I decided to make that happen! I was traveling a lot for work and realized that in between a trip to NYC and another one to Tybee Island, I had about five days off. So instead of zig zagging across the country from NY to Seattle and back to Georgia, I invited my girls to come hang out with me for a week on Tybee Island with some day trips to Savannah!

The Inspired Room

Not only did we have a blast hanging out together, walking on the beach, eating, shopping and just having fun being tourists (I’ve got lots more pictures of our time in Savannah to show you in another post!), but we got lots of work done!

My girls and I love planning business goals and dreaming up creative ideas together. I couldn’t ask for more supportive, enthusiastic and insightful daughters! While I wish I had them all to myself full time, but they are so busy with their own jobs at Amazon and Restoration Hardware that it took flying them on a trip across the country for us to have five days together! :-) WORTH IT.

Ocean Front Cottage Tybee Island

We stayed at Doyles on the Dunes, which is one of the Mermaid Cottages. It is a sweet ocean front cottage with an amazing view and a beautiful beach just outside the door. It was everything you’d hope for in a casual beach cottage getaway — we had such fun! I got to spend some quality time working a big project, too!

Here’s a little tour!

Beach Cottage Vacation Tybee Island

coastal cottage tybee island

Mermaid Cottages

Beach Cottage - Tybee Island

Beach Cottage Tybee Island Georgia

Door as headboard

Door as headboard at Mermaid Cottages Doyles on the Dunes

Vacation - Mermaid Cottages

Tybee Island beach vacation

Beach Tybee Island

The Mermaid Cottage folks were so sweet to us and we had an amazing visit to Tybee! Good memories with my girls too. out-to-see-e1337491330928

I’ll be sharing more soon from our trip to Savannah and ANOTHER awesome beach front house I got to stay in on Tybee Island!

Even if it is freezing or snowy, at least we can dream about summer beach trips, right?

So, are you ready for winter to be over?

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