Escapist Essentials

Your guide to styling, sightseeing and more
(under six-hours-away edition) 

By Jackie Martin
April, 15 2022

Just like fashion, travel lets you express your creativity and implores all the senses. From the people you meet along the way to the customs you encounter to the architectural designs & color that provoke you, experiencing a new city or country is a sure-fire way to ignite your soul. With Memorial Day Weekend and long weekend trips ready to be booked, Dora Maar has curated a triple threat: travel x book x shop guide to inspire your adventures. DoMa specially picked locales under six hours from NYC.

A Vacation must-have

To start, consider investing in the perfect luggage companion for your next vacation like this chic and structural trunk from Mark Cross:

Mark Cross

Turquoise Leather Trunk

$2,000.00

Shop the Dress                               Shop the Clutch

Escapist Essentials

Your guide to styling, sightseeing and more
(under six-hours-away edition) 

By Jackie Martin
April, 15 2022

Hear from Jackie:

Just like fashion, travel lets you express your creativity and implores all the senses. From the people you meet along the way to the customs you encounter to the architectural designs & color that provoke you, experiencing a new city or country is a sure-fire way to ignite your soul. With Memorial Day Weekend and long weekend trips ready to be booked, Dora Maar has curated a triple threat: travel x book x shop guide to inspire your adventures. DoMa specially picked locales under six hours from NYC.

A Vacation must-have

To start, consider investing in the perfect luggage companion for your next vacation like this chic and structural trunk from Mark Cross:

Mark Cross

Turquoise Leather Trunk

$2,000.00

Shop the Dress              Shop the Clutch

Cartagena, Colombia

5-Hours-Away

Five direct hours from NYC and imbued with striking colors, the city of Cartagena grazes the Caribbean coast. Unique architecture lines the streets and alleyways, embellished with shades of blue, lemon yellow, lime green and burgundy that add to its spirited appeal. While there, you can experience culture & history in the Old City before absorbing the sunshine, sparkling blue water and biodiversity on the islands of Barú.

WHERE TO STAY:

Sofitel Legend Santa Clara

Sofitel Legend Santa Clara is an iconic & historic hotel located in the old-walled city. Originally built in 1621, the building was a convent, prison, and charity hospital – yes, all three – before opening as a hotel in 1995. Santa Clara’s colonial architecture landed it on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites, a testament to the marvel of the architectural design. Travelers can dine at 1621 Restaurant, which nods toward the rich history of the hotel and experiment with creative cocktails at the new Botika bar.

WHAT TO READ: 

"Of Love and Other Demons"

Cartagena is the setting for many of Nobel prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez’s novels. In 1948, escaping political riots in Bogota, García Márquez found sanctuary there. In fact, Sofitel Legend Santa Clara sets the stage for one of his novels, “Of Love and Other Demons.” That is, when it was a convent. 

WHAT TO WEAR: 

Cartagena, Colombia

5-Hours-Away

Five direct hours from NYC and imbued with striking colors, the city of Cartagena grazes the Caribbean coast. Unique architecture lines the streets and alleyways, embellished with shades of blue, lemon yellow, lime green and burgundy that add to its spirited appeal. While there, you can experience culture & history in the Old City before absorbing the sunshine, sparkling blue water and biodiversity on the islands of Barú.

WHERE TO STAY:

Sofitel Legend Santa Clara

Sofitel Legend Santa Clara is an iconic & historic hotel located in the old-walled city. Originally built in 1621, the building was a convent, prison, and charity hospital – yes, all three – before opening as a hotel in 1995. Santa Clara’s colonial architecture landed it on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites, a testament to the marvel of the architectural design. Travelers can dine at 1621 Restaurant, which nods toward the rich history of the hotel and experiment with creative cocktails at the new Botika bar.

WHAT TO READ: 

"Of Love and Other Demons"

Cartagena is the setting for many of Nobel prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez’s novels. In 1948, escaping political riots in Bogota, García Márquez found sanctuary there. In fact, Sofitel Legend Santa Clara sets the stage for one of his novels, “Of Love and Other Demons.” That is, when it was a convent. 

WHAT TO WEAR: 

Cartagena, Colombia

5-Hours-Away

Five direct hours from NYC and imbued with striking colors, the city of Cartagena grazes the Caribbean coast. Unique architecture lines the streets and alleyways, embellished with shades of blue, lemon yellow, lime green and burgundy that add to its spirited appeal. While there, you can experience culture & history in the Old City before absorbing the sunshine, sparkling blue water and biodiversity on the islands of Barú.

WHERE TO STAY:

Sofitel Legend Santa Clara

Sofitel Legend Santa Clara is an iconic & historic hotel located in the old-walled city. Originally built in 1621, the building was a convent, prison, and charity hospital – yes, all three – before opening as a hotel in 1995. Santa Clara’s colonial architecture landed it on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites, a testament to the marvel of the architectural design. Travelers can dine at 1621 Restaurant, which nods toward the rich history of the hotel and experiment with creative cocktails at the new Botika bar.

WHAT TO READ: 

"Of Love and Other Demons"

Cartagena is the setting for many of Nobel prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez’s novels. In 1948, escaping political riots in Bogota, García Márquez found sanctuary there. In fact, Sofitel Legend Santa Clara sets the stage for one of his novels, “Of Love and Other Demons.” That is, when it was a convent. 

WHAT TO WEAR: 

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO

5.5-Hours-Away

Only 5 ½ hours by plane from NYC, Mexico City is absolutely spectacular. From the food scene to the museums and unique architecture, there’s a reason why this bustling capital is brimming with interest from discerning travelers all over the world.

WHERE TO STAY:

Ignacia guest house

A hotel that exudes the city’s innate coolness is Ignacia Guest House, located in the heart of the Condesa district. Admired for its staggeringly beautiful design, the effortless blend of traditional and contemporary is fused with natural beauty with gardens boasting orange trees and stunning native plants.

WHAT TO READ: 

"The Story of My Teeth"

The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli is set largely around Mexico City and was named one of the best books of 2015 by The New York Times. Take the title to the poolside for an enthralling companion to sunbathe with.

WHAT TO WEAR: 

Tory Burch

Knitted V-Neck Dress

$120.00

Chanel

Silver Quilted Sandals

$440.00

Mexico City, Mexico

5.5-Hours-Away

Only 5 ½ hours by plane from NYC, Mexico City is absolutely spectacular. From the food scene to the museums and unique architecture, there’s a reason why this bustling capital is brimming with interest from discerning travelers all over the world.

WHERE TO STAY:

Ignacia Guest House

A hotel that exudes the city’s innate coolness is Ignacia Guest House, located in the heart of the Condesa district. Admired for its staggeringly beautiful design, the effortless blend of traditional and contemporary is fused with natural beauty with gardens boasting orange trees and stunning native plants.

WHAT TO READ: 

"The Story of My Teeth"

The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli is set largely around Mexico City and was named one of the best books of 2015 by The New York Times. Take the title to the poolside for an enthralling companion to sunbathe with.

WHAT TO WEAR: 

Tory Burch

Knitted V-Neck Dress

$120.00

Chanel

Silver Quilted Sandals

$440.00

Mexico City, Mexico

5.5-Hours-Away

Only 5 ½ hours by plane from NYC, Mexico City is absolutely spectacular. From the food scene to the museums and unique architecture, there’s a reason why this bustling capital is brimming with interest from discerning travelers all over the world.

WHERE TO STAY:

Ignacia Guest House

A hotel that exudes the city’s innate coolness is Ignacia Guest House, located in the heart of the Condesa district. Admired for its staggeringly beautiful design, the effortless blend of traditional and contemporary is fused with natural beauty with gardens boasting orange trees and stunning native plants.

WHAT TO READ: 

"The Story of My Teeth"

The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli is set largely around Mexico City and was named one of the best books of 2015 by The New York Times. Take the title to the poolside for an enthralling companion to sunbathe with.

WHAT TO WEAR: 

Danse Lente

Cylindrical Top Handle Bag

$245.00

Tory Burch

Knitted V-Neck Dress

$120.00

Chanel

Silver Quilted Sandals

$440.00

Miami, Florida

3-Hours-Away

Oh, Miami. If you do it right, it can be so perfect. Quick jaunt from NYC only to be immersed in a steamy setting filled with delicious food & even better drinks. The best part? Dress however you want, just keep it light!

WHERE TO STAY:

The Betsy

It’s not easy to pick a favorite hotel in Miami. However, we at DoMa love the European-inspired boutique hotel, The Betsy, for its focus on art and culture. Its rotating art gallery and live jazz every day make for a unique departure from your traditional hotel scene. Plus, by directly facing the beach, you’ll be no stranger to the busy buzz and excitement of South Beach.

WHAT TO READ: 

"Their Eyes Were Watching God"

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. This book tells the story of a young girl, Janie Crawford, as she navigates life in 1930s Florida. 

WHAT TO WEAR: 

Vintage

Embellished Collar Necklace

$75.00

Alaïa

Cutout Gathered Chiffon Mini Dress

$2,995.00

Gianvito Rossi

Camel Suede Platform Wedges

$315.00

Miami, Florida

3-Hours-Away

Oh, Miami. If you do it right, it can be so perfect. Quick jaunt from NYC only to be immersed in a steamy setting filled with delicious food & even better drinks. The best part? Dress however you want, just keep it light!

WHERE TO STAY:

The Betsy

It’s not easy to pick a favorite hotel in Miami. However, we at DoMa love the European-inspired boutique hotel, The Betsy, for its focus on art and culture. Its rotating art gallery and live jazz every day make for a unique departure from your traditional hotel scene. Plus, by directly facing the beach, you’ll be no stranger to the busy buzz and excitement of South Beach.

WHAT TO READ: 

"Their Eyes Were Watching God"

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. This book tells the story of a young girl, Janie Crawford, as she navigates life in 1930s Florida. 

WHAT TO WEAR: 

Tory Burch

Knitted V-Neck Dress

$120.00

Chanel

Silver Quilted Sandals

$440.00

Miami, Florida

3-Hours-Away

Oh, Miami. If you do it right, it can be so perfect. Quick jaunt from NYC only to be immersed in a steamy setting filled with delicious food & even better drinks. The best part? Dress however you want, just keep it light!

WHERE TO STAY:

The Betsy

It’s not easy to pick a favorite hotel in Miami. However, we at DoMa love the European-inspired boutique hotel, The Betsy, for its focus on art and culture. Its rotating art gallery and live jazz every day make for a unique departure from your traditional hotel scene. Plus, by directly facing the beach, you’ll be no stranger to the busy buzz and excitement of South Beach.

WHAT TO READ: 

"Their Eyes Were Watching God"

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. This book tells the story of a young girl, Janie Crawford, as she navigates life in 1930s Florida. 

WHAT TO WEAR: 

Vintage

Embellished Collar Necklace

$75.00

Alaïa

Cutout Gathered Chiffon Mini Dress in White

$2,995.00

Gianvito Rossi

Camel Suede Platform Wedges

$315.00

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