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Guide to Gothenburg

Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see.

We recently took a road trip around the southern part of Sweden in a new Volvo XC90 which we picked up directly from the factory just outside the city of Gothenburg on Sweden’s west coast. Volvo has an overseas delivery program where when you order your car they will fly you to Sweden to pick it up and test drive it around the beautiful Scandinavian locations just as we did for a few weeks this past June. Once your journey is completed they will ship the car to you back home in the US. It’s a fun way explore a new country, get to know your car and make a ton of memories!

Our first stop on our #VolvoOverSeasDelivery was to Gothenburg, the gateway to West Sweden. This is what I loved: The people are so nice. The fresh seafood, especially the oysters, are amazing. The trams are not only beautiful with their blue lines rolling around the city but also very clean and easy to use. Gothenburg had a lovely balance of old architecture and cobblestone streets mixed with modern day conveniences.

Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see. Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see.

RESTAURANTS

  1. Atelier – One of my favorite restaurants ever. Think champagne, roses, etched glass, velvet couches, and incredible seasonal, locally sourced food. One of the best meals from the entire trip!

2. Dorsia – Amazing dining terrace with a great sophisticated social scene.

3. Gabriel – Inside the “Fish Church” of Gothenburg, perfectly fresh seafood lunch not to be missed.

4. Norda – Beautiful for dinner with a very lush dining room.

5. Brewer – Sourdough pizza joint and craft beer bar for something more casual

6. Taverna – Stunning courtyard for a cozy dinner or dine inside surrounded by galleries of cool modern art.

Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see. Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see. Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see. Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see. Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see. Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see. Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see. Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see. Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see. Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see. Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see. Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see. Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see. Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see. Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see.

SHOPPING

  1. Nudie Jeans – 100% organic fair trade cotton and they will repair your Nudie jeans for a lifetime.
  2. Artilleriet – Great interior design store, amazing location with food trucks parked outside and da Matteo next door.
  3. Floramor & Krukatos – A shop with a personal mix of furnishings, own pottery and unusual plants situated on a cobbled courtyard in the center of Gothenburg.
  4. Alvhem – A cool interior design store and firm for one stop home shopping
  5. Grandpa – A hip mens and women’s fashion store with a focus on Scandinavian designers.

Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see. Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see. Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see. Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see. Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see. Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see. Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see. Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see. Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see. Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see. Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see.

Enjoy cocktails and dinner at Marcus Samuelson‘s Norda Bar & Grill. 

Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see. Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see. Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see.

Below, Gothenburg’s “Fish Church”, a seafood market that has been operating since 1874. If you go to Gothenburg you must have lunch at Gabriel on the top floor overlooking all the fresh fish stalls. It was one of my favorite meals on the entire trip! The owner is a wold champion oyster shucker! 

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Though the weather changes quite often and quite dramatically in Sweden, we lucked out with an afternoon of sunshine in Trädgårdsföreningen Park with an unbelievable rose garden and greenhouse. 

 

Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see. Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see. Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see. Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see. Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see. Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see.

STAY

  1. Hotel Pigalle – This place is the dream, total romance.
  2. Hotel Bellora – Sister to Hotel Pigalle, where we stayed, perfectly located and quite charming.
  3. Clarion Hotel Post – A trendy hotel set in a former post office building from 1925 is right by Central Station

Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see. Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see. Volvo’s XC90 outside our Hotel Bellora in central Gothenburg providing an ideal location to explore the city either by foot, public tram which runs right outside. Also, to be noted, breakfast here is not to be missed! One of the best of our entire trip! Below, lunch at Norda Bar & Grill across the street from the main train station. 

Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see. Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see.

FIKA. Fika is a big deal in Sweden. Every mid afternoon coffee shops overflow with a the social act of sipping coffee and taking a break from the day. If you’re in Gothenburg you have to Fika at da Matteo, the best! 

Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see. Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see. Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see. Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see. Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see.

Enjoying sourdough pizza and craft beer at Brewers Beer Bar.

Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see. Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see. Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see.

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Chateau Saint-Martin

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Perched high a top a hill, the view from Chateau Saint-Martin swoops down over the ancient town of Vence soaring right out to the French Riviera’s magnificent blue waters that seem to melt into the sky. It’s breathtaking and something this luxury hotel showcases as much as possible from hotel room balconies, to sweeping terraces and large picture windows across the dining room, a perfect place to watch the sunset. Walking the manicured grounds you see traces of the estate’s history beginning in 350 AD to its important role for the Knights Templar in 1150 (who folklore claims buried great treasures among the grounds). 

It is traditional French glamour from the floral bed linens to the oil paintings and master fireplaces. I felt like a princess, just as when I stayed at the Le Bristol in Paris, another property that is part of the Oetker Collection. Aside from waking up to views of the French Riviera, I loved the property’s incredible gastronomy restaurant, Le Saint-Martin. Though wonderfully modern in technique and delightfully surprising, I appreciate that they still finished the meal with an oh-so-French traditional cheese cart, as if you could forget where you are with views like these….

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Deer Mountain

It’s always amazing to me how quickly you can go from New York City to quiet, pristine, lush nature. On one of the last weekends of winter, a group of friends met on 15th & 8th under the hustle of city life blanketed blanketed by the sounds of cabs honking and the last few snowflakes of the season kissing my rosey cheeks. We piled into the car, cranked on some Chris Stapleton and headed north up the Hudson River until we reached that final winding road that led us climbing high top the waterfalls and forests until we reached our weekend sanctuary, Deer Mountain.

With only six rooms, this boutique lodge nestled in 168 wooded acres balances the historic rustic nature of the original building from the 1880’s with its modern luxurious updates and amenities. Even though the charming town of Tannersville, with its own set of restaurants, shopping and activities is at the base of Deer Mountain, the inn is set up so you don’t have to leave, if you’re simply looking for a restorative weekend to relax, like I am.

I love places like this. Charm, character, and no two rooms alike. I like a place that tells a story, that leaves an imprint on your memory that can only belong to that one place and when you revisit the moments in your mind you are quickly carried away in the currents back to a place and time with its own particular feel, smell, taste, and warmth. Deer Mountain will always sound like the laughter of friends, smell like a roaring campfire, taste like bespoke cocktails and feel like a special home away from home, where you can sink into bed at night knowing all the stars are watching over you in that clear mountain sky.

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Casa Palopo

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Carved into the side of a mountain, high atop Guatemala’s Lake Atitlan, sits the tranquil yet stylish Casa Palopo. The boutique luxury resort consists of only 7 rooms with the crown jewel being the villa on the highest perch, a perfect home to share with girlfriends or a small traveling group. The picturesque pool, the outdoor fireplaces, and the one-of-a-kind decor, with many items imported from Africa, make this a total fantasy of living. From veranda to veranda it’s impossible to feel stress here when all your eyes gaze upon is a view of nature’s spectacular show.

I wish I could have spent a thousand nights here, tucked away into the side of the hill, spending my days painting the ever changing colors of the sky and feeling the beauty of life discovered in Guatemala.

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Kelly wears a dress by Jonathan Cohen, belt purchased from a local Guatemalan market

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