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MICHAEL PHILLIPS

No man prefers to sleep two in a bed. In fact, you would a good deal rather not sleep with your own brother. I dont know how it is, but people like to be private when they are sleeping. And when it comes to sleeping with an unknown stranger, in a strange inn, in a strange town, and that stranger a harpooneer, then your objections indefinitely multiply.
Nor was there any earthly reason why I as a sailor should sleep two in a bed, more than anybody else; for sailors no more sleep two in a bed at sea, than bachelor Kings do ashore. To be sure they all sleep together in one apartment, but you have your own hammock, and cover yourself with your own blanket, and sleep in your own skin.

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For with the charts of all four oceans before him, Ahab was threading a maze of currents and eddies, with a view to the more certain accomplishment of that monomaniac thought of his soul.

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The more I pondered over this harpooneer, the more I abominated the thought of sleeping with him. It was fair to presume that being a harpooneer, his linen or woollen, as the case might be, would not be of the tidiest.

  • If this is all you feel like doing at Giacomo’s villa on Lake Garda, no one can blame you. But it’s also well situated for exploring the mountain paths all around the lake, walking into town for risotto at Ristorante Gardesana, or taking a side trip to Verona for opera under the stars at the 1,989-year-old Arena di Verona.

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  • International hammock napping protocols forbid the setting of any alarm. So just trust that the periquitos (parakeets) at your remote villa will wake you when it’s time. Then hike past waterfalls to the pristine sands of Praia do Bonete.
  • Whale watching can be frustrating when you keep getting distracted by all the herons, fish eagles, and rosellas (spectacular Australian parrots) flying by. Head inland from Georgia’s clifftop house for a hike up Pigeon Rock Mountain or a farm-to-table meal at St. Isidore. ⁣
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Photo: @kirstenljenkins
  • This cozy cabin is tucked into a walled garden that dates back half a millennium. If your little one isn’t impressed, try a game of boules on your lawn or a stroll past otters and herons along the River Wye. Your favorite moments might take place after dark, though, especially if you stay up late to roast marshmallows under stars that feel only slightly smaller.

Photo: @jessikaa.may
  • Originally a farmhouse dating from 1842, hosts Amanda and Chris recently renovated their historic Airbnb Plus home with the help of the @aphrochic design duo. What did they learn during the renovation? Simple swaps maximized the space, while pieces from nearby shops and artists celebrate Hudson's small town vibe.

Check out our Tips highlight to see the transformation and learn how to incorporate @aphrochic’s design tips into your own home.

Photo: @nicole_franzen
  • Warmed by handmade touches and found treasures, this 1959 trailer puts just the right amount of comfort between you and the desert. After a day of hiking the Bartlett mountain trails, connect with fellow travelers over pizza from the shared outdoor wood-burning oven.

Photo: @silviekubesova
  • Superhosts Kitty and Michael’s mushroom-shaped cabin seems to have sprung up naturally from the forest floor. Hike through the redwoods, hit the beach, or just kick back and watch the action at the “hummingbird airport”—the feeding station that welcomes hundreds of arriving flights every day.

Photo: @kaiyuemiao
  • This posh take on a shepherd’s hut puts the whole Lake District at your feet—and sometimes comes with homemade cheddar scones. But it raises some tough questions, too, like which scenic footpath to follow first and which award-winning pub to visit afterward. Sophie, your Superhost, is happy to help. ⁣
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