Designing your getaway: Six properties to spark your creativity


Travel can be inspired by delicious food, stunning views and a world of culture. But Canadians are choosing their accommodations for an entirely different reason – the décor.

Staying in a picture-perfect accommodation is a dream come true for aspiring vagabonds. In fact, 60% of Canadians surveyed by Booking.com say they feel more relaxed in an accommodation with great interior design.

So why are Canadians choosing properties with intriguing interiors?

It turns out a whopping 80% of respondents are looking for something different in their accommodations. 16% have a desire to recreate their holiday experiences when they return, turning to the décor surrounding them on vacation for inspiration.

Seeking out your own vacation design inspiration? Booking.com has selected six properties from its ‘Book the U.S. List’, featuring an array of design-inspired accommodations across the fifty United States. Let’s get the inspiration flowing!

21C Museum – Bentonville, Arkansas

More than just a hotel, this contemporary art museum features 104 well-appointed guest rooms, refined country cuisine and 12,000 square-feet of art exhibition space. Two dramatic pieces greet guests as they arrive at their accommodation – Orange Tree, a large-scale sculpture, and Making Change, a Fleetwood Cadillac limousine covered in thousands of coins. Guests will enjoy staying in a work of art as they explore the beauty 21C has to offer.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Emil Bach House – Chicago, Illinois

This Prairie-style house was designed by famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, in 1915. One of the only Wright homes available for an overnight stay, the Chicago house has been restored to its original interior design. From the moment guests arrive, they are immersed in stunning design as they view the flat roof with overhangs, an open deck and screen porch and a Japanese-style “tea house” in the back.

The Villa Casa Casuarina – Miami, Florida

Inside the former Versace Mansion, guests can experience the height of luxury and elegant style. Each custom guest suite features king sized beds or custom double king beds, custom Italian marble oversized bathrooms with two shower heads, expansive closet space, separate living rooms and balconies or patios. The unparalleled style of Versace shines through in timeless décor, with statues, fine detailing and beautiful artwork adorning the property.

The Mushroom House – Charlevoix, Michigan

“Touched” by architect Earl Young, these four distinct, mushroom-style homes resemble a storybook-style hobbit home. Enchanting exteriors and rustic interiors make this accommodation perfect for travellers looking to immerse themselves in a fantasy-world.

Art of Living Retreat Center – Boone, North Carolina

This relaxing retreat is America’s number one Ayurveda Spa. Surrounded by 380 acres of forest on top of Heavenly Mountain, the Art of Living Retreat Centre gives guests the opportunity to find peace as they enjoy pottery classes, meditation, hiking and other activities. The serene location, in combination with artwork on the wall and zen décor, is what makes Art of Living a true work of art.

The Prairie House – Norman, Oklahoma

Built by architect Herd Greene in 1961, this property is a founding example of what came to be known as “organic architecture”. Delicate cedar shingles and a shaggy appearance contribute to nurturing guests’ souls as Greene intended. This property, with its intriguing and quirky style, is perfect for wayfarers looking to unwind and broaden their creative horizons.


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James Chung

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