Summer Adventures 2012

As is tradition, we shut down Secret Agent PR HQ for the month of August and took some much-needed time to catch up with life.  Here’s a quick recap of our adventures and what inspired us on our travels this year.

Agent C spent some time exploring closer to home in the OC before heading back to Paraguay to catch up with some of her old students.  No photos of Paraguay since she had to travel without any steal-able devices, unfortunately.  As a last hooray, she also made a jaunt northward to Portland where she was inspired by the robust architecture, design, and fashion scene.  She also became addicted to Stumptown coffee.  She’s currently in rehab.

Agent J headed home to the Mother Land and the beautiful isle of Cephalonia to outfit her family’s newly completed home Villa Ersi.  Between assembling furniture and filling up the new pool, she spent her time beach hopping and acquiring a ridiculously golden Mediterranean tan.  She also managed to squeeze in a trip to the famed Athens Monastriki Flea Market.  From antique books to rotary phones, there is nothing that you can’t find here if you’re willing to endure bustling crowds, sweltering heat, and soaring prices.

I headed to the Great White North to explore Quebec.  Most of my time was spent eating but my one design discovery was the amazing Solair chair.  I had no idea that these babies were designed in the 70’s by two Canadians from Montreal.  Knock offs were on corners and front porches throughout Quebec City.  I was happy to find them sold at OK in Silver Lake.  Once they passed the most important test (snooze test by Cael), we scored a couple for our newly renovated front garden.

For more photos, check out our gallery.  And that is the story of our summer.


Spotted: Hotel Endemico in Baja, CA

Hotel Endemico, Grupo Habita, Luis Garcia, Garcia Studio

Six years ago when Brian and I headed to Guadalupe Canyon for our camping honeymoon, we had to drive across a giant (and extremely bumpy) salt flat and boulder-crawl up the side of a mountain to get to a bunch of palapas and hot springs.  It was awesome – don’t get me wrong – but a stay at the new Hotel Endemico might have been a bit more comfortable.

I just caught sight of this amazing little piece of heaven on Archilovers (which is like the new Architizer?  Either way, we love them both!) and followed the link love to Inhabitat and Condenast Traveller to find out more.  Designed by Tijuana architect Jorge Gracia, the Endemico offers 20 minimalist structures set on a 40-acre winery overlooking the valley below.  Each luxurious 20-sq ft room features a bathroom, a terrace, a clay firepit and views of the valley.

There’s  apparently a food and wine explosion happening in Baja and Grupo Habita is only the latest to stake a claim in the Guadalupe Valley.  If you believe Johnny Jet, crime stats are down in the area so there’s no reason not to check this place out.  Even though the days of spring break are long gone for us, I wouldn’t mind skipping across the border for a bit of R&R (&vino)…

Photos by Luis Garcia

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Seen: This Summer


Traditional Korean masks from street vendors in Seoul, Korea

Secret Agent PR closed down all operations during the month of August this summer to give our agents (and our clients) a much-needed chance to recuperate, relax, and recharge.   The agents traveled far and wide discovering new places, cultures, tastes, and sounds.  Here are just a few highlights of the gems we collectively discovered.