Showing posts with label Winter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Winter. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Baby, It's Cold Inside.

Hotel de Glace, Quebec

Hotel de Glace corridor, via Octobre46 flickr

Jukkasjarvi Ice Hotel, Sweden

Jukkasjarvi, Sweden

Jukkasjarvi Ice Hotel, Sweden

Hotel de Glace via Octobre46 flickr

Hotel de Glace Bar, Quebec, via Octobre46 flickr

The dacha from Dr. Zhivago

Although they look like movie sets, Ice Hotels are temporary structures made entirely of snow and ice (except for the fireplaces and the vodka). The first one popped up in 1989 in Sweden as an igloo intending to provide temporary shelter for an art exhibition. Some people brought reindeer hides and spent the night, reporting it to be an amazing experience. The builders of the igloo expanded on their idea and the Jukkasjarvi Ice Hotel was born.

The hotels offer day tours or for the heartier tourist, overnight stays. There are wedding packages available, including same sex weddings (forget California, make it really memorable!). Their beauty is truly ephemeral, lasting about 3 months before they disappear.

For more on the Hotel de Glace, click here. The website wouldn't allow me to download photos and they are worth seeing. For the Jukkasjarvi Ice Hotel, click here.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Winter Wonderland.

If you are not quite ready for the rapidly approaching holidays, this is sure to get you in the mood. J. Franklin Styer's nursery, winner of the 2005 Philadelphia Flower Show and longtime fixture in on Rte. 1 in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, this year massively renovated its indoor shop, now called Terrain, into a garden of delights! I left with an amaryllis bulb and a wire vase to fill with spaghum moss and soil as a midwinter treat for my aunt. There are bulbs galore, wreaths and kissing balls, treats for the birds, great pots and handmade pottery from South Africa, goods from Sweden, candles, soaps, stone acorns and stone coasters made to resemble woven wicker; a beautifully displayed selection of items for both indoors and out:

There is a cafe to stop for lunch, brunch or early dinner several days of the week. Events occur throughout the year such as winter birding and forcing indoor bulbs. Today I plan to attend the free outdoor winter container design class.

When it's really cold and miserable outside, I love to visit a great garden shop and dream of spring but for now I'll be content to dream of sugarplums...
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