For Gentedimontagna editor Berit Baugher, researching a trip is nearly as fun as going on it. She's currently making her hit list for a spring vacation in Stockholm.
STOCKHOLM – When traveling for pleasure, I often pick a destination arbitrarily — a pretty photo of a hotel garden sparked my interest in Stockholm, Sweden. It's been on my list of places to visit for a few years now, and I finally pulled the trigger and booked a long weekend in May. In addition to the city's beautiful design, charming cobblestone streets, and Swedish meatballs, here are the spots currently topping my Stockholm hit list.
Sköldungagatan 2; +46-8-20-05-90
The 100-year-old Scandinavian townhouse was converted into an elegant 12-room hotel by super designer Ilse Crawford. Inspired by the idea of visiting a friend's cozy home, comfortable common spaces include a library with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, a kitchen where guests are encouraged to help themselves, and a manicured garden.
Book Ett Hem: rooms available from 3,900 SEK per night.
Karl XII:S torg; +46-8-676-5800
An intimately-sized restaurant inside the Royal Opera House reputedly makes the best Swedish meatballs in town. Served with a silver bowl of whipped potatoes and small dishes of lingonberries and pickled cucumbers, I plan on enjoying the typical Swedish meal in a seat at the old-fashioned marble counter.
Inspired by paper marbling, the Swede-designed decorative serving trays have been popping up on my Instagram feed for months. I plan on picking one up as I make my way through the city's many interior design shops. Brandstationen, Malmsten, and Tambur are a few of the shops that stock them.
The Stockholm jacket in Navy. Photo courtesy of Stutterheim.
Åsögatan 136; +46-8-408-103-98
Although they have a store in New York City, I'll be heading to the brand's flagship location for a sleek-but-functional handmade raincoat crafted from rubberized cotton.
Regularly referred to as the world's longest art exhibit, I'm saving a few hours to explore the city's 68-mile subway system. Over 150 artists have decorated the interiors with sculptures, mosaics, and murals addressing topics such as ocean conservation and women's rights.