Many of us here at Lands’ End travel for work. Twice as many of us travel for fun. And the rest of us travel to get away from the cold Wisconsin winters…even if it’s only for a weekend.
While recently working on a project with our men’s team about cool locations to do a photo shoot, a conversation broke out about our favorite “off the beaten path” restaurants, stores and places we love to visit when traveling. Here are a few of the spots we talked about and a few recommendations if and when you too get to check them out.
“This out of the way furniture store in Soho is one place I need to visit every time I go back to New York City. The company’s owner, Tyler Hays, designs all the pieces and they are self-described as heirloom quality domestic wood furniture. I love this place because the furniture is awe inspiring, the showroom is always changing, and Tyler is always creating amazing unconventional constructs out of wood.”
“If you love winter sports, eventually you have to visit Salt Lake City. As an avid skier and snowboarder, I have been to Salt Lake many times and every time I go back I hit up the Red Iguana because it serves the best Mexican food I have ever tasted. On one particular trip, two friends and I went to the Iguana as soon as we landed (at 10:00 AM) because we had some time to kill waiting for the last guy in our rental car to arrive from another city. Needless to say we returned for dinner later in the week.”
Eric – Creative Director
“A converted cut glass factory in Brooklyn, NY, serves some amazing Mediterranean food. The interior is stunning and the bar has some great takes on classic cocktails. Because of all the glass, there’s not a bad seat in the house and a good spot at the bar gives you full view of entire restaurant.”
J Henley – Sr. Design Director
In Cincinnati there has recently been resurgence in the “Over-The-Rhine” district. While the neighborhood has reinvented itself, Japp’s has stayed the same. This place is one of the greatest historic bars that still maintains an authentic attitude. If you’re looking for some fun on a Wednesday night make sure to stop by for Jazz Night.”
Alex – Assistant Designer
“My favorite place to eat in Amsterdam. If you’re looking for an amazing Dutch home cooked meal…this is the place to go. It’s café style, very loud and always crowded with locals. The place is full of antiques and pictures on the walls of mothers (you can submit a photo of your own mom and they’ll add it to their collection). Dishes and cutlery are all different. The fare is almost all homegrown and local. Meals are simple – like mashed potatoes with sausage or steak fried in butter (this is not a place for vegetarians). And the menu is very limited but they do have one daily special that usually sells out. In the summer they have outdoor seating on the canal.”
Joie – Creative Director
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