HGTV Smart Home 2019 is located in Dallas, Texas: a city bursting with activities for the whole family, like Klyde Warren Park. Klyde Warren Park is a hugely popular central-Dallas spot, great for family entertainment. It generally has something going on—from morning yoga and public exercise to evening concerts and films—and it’s all free. Children’s Park is a dedicated play space, with playgrounds, fountains and more. For example, there’s Tuesday morning storytime and Imagination Playground where kids can build together using enormous foam blocks. With a couple of onsite cafes and daily food truck offerings, you have plans through afternoon naptime.
Panacea gets its name from the “cure-all” qualities of the Wakulla Springs. In the early 20th century, people from all over the world would journey to bathe in the hot springs, which were thought to have healing powers. Today, taking a dip in the springs is almost a rite of passage. If you’re feeling adventurous, jump from the 22-foot-tall observation tower at Wakulla Springs State Park into the 69 degree water of Wakulla Spring. If you’re looking to relax, find relief from the summer heat under the large, shady cypress trees.
Like many Atlanta suburbs, Marietta has embraced its historic downtown district and bulked up food and shopping opportunities for residents who may not want to drive into Atlanta for a great meal. Downtown Marietta including Marietta Square is home to some memorable restaurants and this fall 2018 the area welcomes a new food hall Marietta Square Market, to compete with Atlanta's on-fire food halls Krog Street Market and Ponce City Market. Housed in a former repurposed historic warehouse, Marietta Square Market, a 7-minute walk from Marietta Square, will feature a variety of restaurants with street tacos, baked goods, burgers, ramen, bubble tea and other au courant goodies on their menus. If your Marietta travel plans can wait, Swedish cult retailer IKEA is opening a Marietta outpost in 2019 or 2020.
One night there was unfortunately a (somewhat belligerent) young couple squatting in the water-front camping spot at a state park that we had reserved. It was already 9 p.m., they wouldn’t leave, and the camp hosts were nowhere to be found. We needed a place to stay quick, and ended up at the adorable, friendly little park (Ashland’s Creekside RV Park) pictured above. I had made some negative assumptions about RV parks, but don’t write them off! Just read the reviews closely and make sure the place you stay is your style.
Darla DeMorrow, a certified professional organizer, used colorful duct tape to create bike parking lanes for kids. Such a simple solution, this gives children an easy, safe and orderly way to store bicycles.
Millennials are interested in outdoor spaces that provide a fantastic experience to socialize, to be alone and to commune with nature. In the Eastmark community in Arizona, the parks boast fire pits and moveable furniture and are designed to be extensions of front yards, according to design firm AndersonBaron, an Arizona American Society of Landscape Architects 2015 winner.
The Asbury Hotel on the New Jersey Shore was once the local Salvation Army. Today, it’s a hip beach retreat that has preserved functional elements of its past. The lobby, which doubles as a greenhouse, has conserved the original brick and pillars while adding colorful new furnishings including the inviting pit sofa with a blue velvet base and playful hand-sewn cushions, custom designed by Bonetti/Kozerski Architecture. The practical grey oak coffee table is from Restoration Hardware.