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Frank Lloyd Wright's Palmer House is now available to rent.

Architecture buffs can study the work of Frank Lloyd Wright while sleeping under one of his famous roofs. Wright designed the 1950s-era Palmer House (a 2,000-square-foot manse situated in the woodlands near Ann Arbor, Mich.) for Bill and Mary Palmer, who lived there for more than 50 years. Now thanks to new owners, the property is available for rent - up to $416 a night. Even with modern amenities such as high-thread-count sheets, complimentary tea and coffee and spa-style slippers and robes, the vintage cabin-in-the-woods ambience is intact. Take note of Wright's signature angular designs (the blueprints are based on the shape of an equilateral triangle), picture windows and crafty irregular furnishings. From the hexagonal beds to the slanted drawers, you won't find any 90-degree angles in the house.


All dogs are created equal at Andaz Wall Street. While some hotel pet programs have strict weight restrictions (typically, anything bigger than a Dachshund is verboten) Andaz rolls out the welcome mat for pups of all sizes. For a flat fee of $100 (U.S.), Fido can stay in your room and be treated to his own doggie bed, gourmet treats, feeding bowls and toys. The hotel concierge is on hand to book dog walkers and pooch-friendly blueberry facials, pawdicures and hot oil treatments at The Salty Paw, a nearby dog spa.


The industrial east end of London seems an unlikely place for a picnic. Cover abandoned, concrete-clad spaces with patches of grass and add fun activities, however, and the picnickers will come. Even if it's only for two days (and one of the picnics is held at a secret location). The Vauxhall Collective - an organization that supports up-and-coming artists in the United Kingdom - has commissioned furniture designer Gareth Neal to create the necessities for this urban picnic project. His unique benches and ping-pong paddles are works of art. Picnics run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The location for Sat. Aug. 28 will be announced on and on Aug 29, picnickers can head to the Old Truman Brewery.

Special to The Globe and Mail