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Winter on the Baltic Coast

Winter on the Baltic Coast

Every February, Mr and I take a combined birthday trip somewhere close + awesome. While we were living in San Francisco, close and awesome meant Mexico and so in our three years together, we flew to Tulum, Todos Santos, and Mexico City.

But last month, we found ourselves a bit too far from the hot side of North America and decided that the closest+awesomest location for our birthday trip would be Poland's Baltic coast. I guess we thought it would be kind of funny to go to a beach in the dead of Polish winter. And guess what? We were right!

Slowinski National Park, Poland

Slowinski National Park, Poland

Mr found a stupid good deal at a stunning hotel called Palac Ciekocinko, which has its own stables of jump horses, a breakfast fit for kings (by which I mean a fig souffle... yum!), an extensive wine cellar and a gorgeous library where we got spoiled rotten by the hotel's staff.

Palac Ciekocinko in Pomerania on Poland's Baltic coast

Palac Ciekocinko in Pomerania on Poland's Baltic coast

We ran around moving sand dunes of Slowinski National Park, our seventh Polish UNESCO site (8 more to go!). We ate crazy yummy seafood at Ewa Zaprasza, a casual restaurant in a tiny village that happens to be one of the best in the country (you wouldn't know it by how simple the place looks, but they cater events for everyone from Microsoft to the Polish Consulate in Copenhagen). We climbed a historic lighthouse and met its third generation custodian. But most importantly, we breathed some very, very fresh Baltic Sea air, clearing out our lungs after Warsaw's smoggy weeks.

None of our Polish friends have been to this part of the country, not to mention any foreigners. In fact, there was very little information in English about this part of Pomerania, so I decided to share our discovery. Today, my article about the trip was published in Harper's Bazaar with the awesome title "Winter's Best Beach Town is in Poland".

Why It's Worth Visiting the Baltic Coast - in the Dead of Winter, Harper's Bazaar

Why It's Worth Visiting the Baltic Coast - in the Dead of Winter, Harper's Bazaar

Mr helped me a lot with the editing and some of the pictures were actually taken by him, though he gets no credit (don't worry, he's ok with it). Starting this blog actually made me realize that he's a great editor. It wasn't why I married him, but it's sure an awesome bonus :)

I hope to keep exploring Poland's hidden corners and sharing it in more publications. Fingers crossed! Oh, and you should totally go up to the Baltic when you can! Here are more pics for inspiration:

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