Sara B. -- Oyster Reporter

Sara has lived in eight states and seven countries (and may be forgetting some) since 2000, including two years in a wind-battered apartment in Reykjavik, Iceland, a greenhouse in Santa Fe, N.M., and a cabin off the Maine coast. Before streamlining her belongings to a few duffel bags, Sara worked as a volunteer Wilderness EMT in the White Mountains, a dogsledding guide in Maine, and a logistics coordinator for Hurricane Island Outward Bound School.

My Favorite Hotels

Casa De Campo

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Casa De Campo

The D.R.'s classiest, most famous resort since 1974, the Casa de Campo hotel is part of a massive, 7,000-acre resort community that includes three world-renowned golf courses, an immaculate beach, a marina, the quaint "town" of Altos de Chavon, and numerous other on-site activities. It can take some time to get from place to place, but each of the spacious rooms comes with a golf cart for guests' use. Though the Eden Roc may offer more luxurious rooms, Casa de Campo certainly offers more activities and some prefer its upscale, yet slightly more laid-back, vibe.

Tribeca Grand Hotel

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Tribeca Grand Hotel

With spacious rooms, a lively lounge scene, and the occasional star-studded film screening, the Tribeca Grand is still a cool and comfortable place to grab a slice of urban hipsterism -- even if its cachet slips a little every time a new downtown boutique like the Bowery and the Standard opens up.

Library Hotel

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Library Hotel

A homey, 60-room, literary-themed boutique, located down the block from New York's famous Public Library, and among Midtown East's corporate skyscrapers. It's one of New York's best values, mostly because of the perks: an upscale bistro on the ground floor, a lively bar on the penthouse floor, free Wi-Fi, free gym passes, and free daily pastries, wine, and cheese.

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