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Sunday, April 8, 2018



Ireland is not just about meat and potatoes anymore. In recent years, a uniquely Irish artisan culture has emerged, and Dublin is a city that blends a modern entrepreneurial spirit with its historic and societal riches. If that doesn’t convince you to visit, consider this: The Guinness just tastes better there.


 


The Westbury Dublin


It Takes a Village

Part of the Doyle Collection, the Westbury Dublin is a five-star hotel steps away from the city center. The Westbury recently underwent a complete renovation, and has since begun introducing both locals and visitors to the best that Ireland has to offer. Fine-dining restaurant Wilde celebrates Irish produce, meats and fish; and 1930s style cocktail bar the Sidecar features local spirits—in addition to a personal martini concierge! While I was there, afternoon tea—an Irish tradition—was themed to artistic achievements in Irish millinery.


 


Trinity College Library Long Room


Scholarly Pursuits

A trip to Dublin wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Trinity College Library to see the Book of Kells. Dating back to the 9th century, the illuminated manuscript is considered Ireland’s greatest national treasure. The self-guided tour introduces visitors to the text, and ends with a walk through the Long Room, which houses 200,000 of the library’s oldest books. 


Iris Apfel at jewelry shop MoMuse at the Powerscourt Centre


Iris(h) Apfel?

The iconic New Yorker’s image hangs inside jewelry shop MoMuse at the Powerscourt Centre, a Georgian home and former private residence that has been converted into an eclectic mix of shops and cafes. MoMuse is one of many stops on the Food and Fashion tour hosted by Fab Food Trails, giving an insider look into independently owned Irish purveyors.


Owners Francie Duff and Sonia Reynolds have made Stable a powerhouse


Stable Growth

Ireland’s textile heritage goes beyond the classic thick wool sweaters, and the ladies of STABLE of Ireland are reintroducing old-world artistry to a new crop of fashion-forward consumers. Owners Francie Duff and Sonia Reynolds work closely with Irish makers to celebrate local craftsmanship and design, offering an array of scarves, blankets, table linens, robes and towels.


St. Stephen's Green


Green with Envy

Make your New York friends jealous with a quick international jaunt. Dublin is only a 6.5-hour flight away from the city, but with its low-rise buildings, pedestrian-friendly cobblestone streets and historic St. Stephen’s Green, it feels like a world away.


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