There are thousands of iconic travel destinations in America: Storied cities, treasured monuments, and legendary landscapes span the continent. But for some, only select destinations inspire repeat trips.
In one corner, there’s New York, with perpetual prestige and ceaseless energy; in the other, California, with laid-back vibes and an allure as timeless as its views.
These two states bookend the nation. Their polar opposition is more than geographic, yet both provide levels of leisure, enjoyment, and entertainment that belong in an entirely higher league. These two rentals epitomize the spirit of their respective Coast, and are worth flying for a stay.
Lofty Living in the Art and Culture Capital
A repurposed industrial building radically transformed into an inspiring art space—this has become a cultural touchstone of New York City living. In the 1970s, neighborhoods such as Soho and Tribeca gained their now-renowned character thanks to the many artists converting abandoned factories into studios and galleries.
They were incredibly successful in raising the local profile—nowadays, an authentic, post-industrial property is a coveted prize.
This historic loft is in a former Tetley Tea Company warehouse, first constructed in 1909 and later renovated into the fabulous Canal Greenwich Condominium. With over 4,000 square feet, two floors, and soaring ceilings, it’s an archetype of luxe living in one of Manhattan’s most desirable neighborhoods—and its concrete columns and beams are originals.
Poised at the junction where West Village, Soho, and Tribeca converge, this residence is surrounded by tree-lined streets where boutiques, restaurants, and cafés offer world-class people-watching. Yet nature is only minutes away at the picturesque Hudson River Park.
While the neighborhood offers plenty to see and do, there’s something to be said for an indulgent day in. The floor-to-ceiling windows and ample balcony convey indoor-outdoor continuity, while the wellness suite includes a spa-like bath and infrared sauna—giving you a fabulous foothold for discovering New York City, New England, and America’s east coast.
Modernist Majesty Under Endless Skies
“An oasis in a desert” is a turn of phrase denoting a paradise, but it’s also a perfectly accurate description of the Greater Palm Springs region. Its nine cities—which include Indian Wells and Coachella—invite travelers to slow down, take a break, and bask in the beauty.
Nowhere is this more evident than in the Palm Springs resort, the namesake of the area. Celebrities and snowbirds flock here to embrace the poolside lifestyle and enjoy an average of 300 days of sunshine each year. With its two private patios and eclectic modernist architecture, this scenic property epitomizes Palm Springs living.
Mid-century modern is the vibe here; Palm Springs came to prominence in the 1950s and 1960s. The period’s construction boom created an unintentional time capsule that preserves one of the United States’ most memorable styles. The Palm Springs Visitor Center down the road from this home is a 1965 gas station with a retro style that makes it a local landmark.
This residence is also landmark-worthy, boasting vibrant design and breathtaking views of the Sonoran Desert’s arid mountains. Renting it feels like a five-star retreat: it’s part of a gated community with wellness and recreation facilities onsite.
Not to mention, it allows effortless access to numerous natural and cultural wonders, from Mount San Jacinto to Joshua Tree—or even Los Angeles, only 100 miles to the west.
Taken together, these two luxury rentals—one in Manhattan, the other in Palm Springs—open the way to two luxury worlds. They may be diametrically distinct, but that’s what makes them destinations.
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