Trippin' with Javelin
FROM THE ARCHIVES
Originally published April 2011
Welcome to the first post of our new series, “Trippin’” where we ask people simple travel-related questions and get back amazing answers. Our first featured artist is Tom Van Buskirk from the Brooklyn-based, noise pop duo Javelin.
Top 5 recommendations (eat, sleep, drink, clubs, things to do) in your city or a city you love
Spuyten Duyvil (Williamsburg) - best beer, bread & cheese selection this side of Old Amsterdam.
Fort Defiance (Red Hook) - all around favorite place to eat and drink any time of day.
Foxy Salon (Greenpoint) - amazing boutique-y hair salon where you can bring your own record to play while your hair is being cut, or you can choose from their ample selection (Javelin is in the bin).
Gorilla Coffee (Park Slope) - they will over-caffeinate you and you will love it.
If you find yourself in Atlanta and you eat meat, go to Fox Brothers BBQ and order the brisket burger. It returns you to an animalistic state wherein you would stab anyone with your french fry fork who tries to interrupt your devouring experience.
Favorite hotel anywhere in the world (under $300 USD/night)
El Cosmico in Marfa, TX. If you find yourself in Marfa there is no reason to stay anywhere else. The owners have bought and restored a dozen vintage trailers (wood interior and everything) which you can stay in for about $100 a night. The sky is huge and the romance is palpable. For way less money you can stay in a yurt or teepee with a nice futon in it which looked like fun, too.
Favorite vacation (beach, mountain, non-city) destination
The best vacations are secret and you’re there because you know somebody (from my experience). I just returned from New Zealand where I was visiting family and they took me to this beautiful lake in the mountains called Wanaka. They complained that it had been a bit overrun by tourism, but it was nothing compared to what we do in this country to our most beautiful locales. There was a bike path around the lake (which has volcanic material in it so it is like glass) and I was biking right past millionaires’ houses without trespassing–pissing off old men walking their expensive dogs– and I thought, this is just not possible in the US. I love it there.