Typically, I don’t find much of a connection between West Virginia, where I grew up, and Patagonia, a place that’s perched high atop my travel wish list. But that sort of changed last week. I spent nine days at home in West Virginia with my family, and a recurring theme throughout the trip was how just plain pretty the place is: big, blue skies filled with puffy, white clouds; cool, refreshing breezes in the evenings; rolling mountain ranges in the distance; and peaceful rivers that reflect the earth and sky around them. I spent a fair amount of time outdoors during my visit, which got me thinking about other places I’d love to travel to for their grand displays of natural beauty. One of those spots is Patagonia, a region in South America that’s sought after for its rugged terrain and breathtakingly beautiful scenery. For years I had my sights set on a particular place to stay, but it promptly got booted off my list when I learned about The Singular Patagonia in Chile. The Singular is a highly stylized industrial space, as it once was home to the Frigorifico Bories, a cold storage plant. Today, the structure houses 54 luxury guest rooms and three suites, but much of the building’s industrial architecture has been preserved to eye-popping effect. And speaking of recurring themes, The Singular’s got all the stuff I love: brick, steel, wood, leather, and glass, plus a soft, neutral color palette and cozy fixin’s like plush beds with crisp, white linens and overstuffed chairs with super-soft sueded upholstery. The best part, though, is the jaw-dropping views of Lost Hope Sound and snow-capped mountains through the hotel’s panoramic windows. They’d either tempt me to stay in bed all day staring outside, or inspire me to strap on my backpack and grab my walking stick and get right out there in it. (My mission: to find a happy medium.) Bonus features include a top-shelf restaurant that uses fresh, local ingredients, and a 3,000-square-foot eco-conscious spa with—you guessed it—floor-to-ceiling windows that give way to views of the fjord, snow-capped mountains, and grassy earth outside. How dreamy is that?
Have you traveled to Patagonia? Where did you stay?
Thanks to The Singular Patagonia for providing these beautiful images!