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SUSTAINABLE, INVITING AND VERSATILE — HOLIDAYS AND RETREATS AT BIRKENHOF

SUSTAINABLE, INVITING AND VERSATILE — HOLIDAYS AND RETREATS AT BIRKENHOF

Birdsong in the morning, a crackling fire in the evening – that’s how it should be in the countryside, right? At Birkenhof, a holiday rental in Brandenburg’s Uckermark, this is exactly what you get. This modern accommodation is situated on the grounds of a former farm in the village of Casekow. The farmhouse and outbuildings have been gradually and carefully converted by owner Stefan, an architect by trade. They’re suitable for all kinds of getaways: trips with friends, wellness weekends and multi-day company retreats. In the barn, there is a large multifunctional living area that can serve as a workshop venue and includes a rustic kitchen-diner. In the evenings, the fireplace transforms it into a cozy space. The upper floor of the farmhouse is also kept open. Another highlight is the spacious bathroom with a large bathtub for a spa-like experience. The two houses each sleep 12 people, and can be rented separately.

The buildings are home to furniture Stefan made with help from the carpenters at Woodboom. The wood was his own: Stefan is proud owner of a patch of woodland and likes to give guided tours explaining his approach to forestry. Sustainability is close to his heart: the roofs of Birkenhof are covered with solar panels which produce 75 percent of the electricity consumed on site. Then there’s the impressive sauna complex, which includes floor-to-ceiling windows and is heated using wood from the forest. You can spend the day watching the brown hares from the spa before dowsing yourself with a bucket of cold water. During our team excursion, we made use of all the farm’s facilities and left wishing we could stay longer. One thing’s for sure: we will be back! 

Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: Savannah van der Niet

Birkenhof, Dorfstr.5, 16306 Casekow; map

@derbirkenhof

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GASTHAUS CANOW — RELAXED MECKLENBURG ACCOMMODATION WITH FRIENDLY FEEL AND GOOD BREAD

GASTHAUS CANOW — RELAXED MECKLENBURG ACCOMMODATION WITH FRIENDLY FEEL AND GOOD BREAD

Looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Berlin for a few days? Here’s just the place: Gasthaus Canow, a guest house in a former coachbuilder’s workshop in the middle of Mecklenburg, 90 km from Berlin. When I arrived, I was greeted by a bright, spacious first floor room furnished in minimalist style by hosts Lea and Auriel. The ensuite room features a cozy sleeping loft and is one of five flats connected by a communal room with additional seating and cooking facilities. That said, you don’t have to cook yourself: you can order breakfast with homemade bread, a simple but delicious lunch, plus homemade cakes and apple juice in the afternoon. When I was there, the apple trees had just been harvested for this purpose, with the remaining fruits ripe for picking. I enjoyed admiring the orchard while sitting with a coffee from Berlin roastery Vote.

Word seems to have spread that Canow is the place for good coffee, warming soup and nice people: throughout the day, passing cyclists and neighbors stopped by the cafe and headed into the garden to soak up some autumn sun. While the house and garden have lots to offer, the accommodation is also a good base to explore the area. It doesn’t matter which direction you walk, you’ll find canals, Mecklenburg lakes, lochs and reed-covered shores to enjoy. Heading back to Berlin, I noticed the effect the deep sleep, hassle-free dining and relaxed atmosphere had had on me. Though it was just two nights, I felt totally recharged. In short: this is the ideal place for a little time out.

Text: Nicola Sifrin / Photos: Sven Hausherr

Gasthaus Canow, Canower Allee 48, 17255 Wustrow; map
Canow is located 90 km north of Berlin.

@gasthauscanow

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A SOCIAL CARD GAME FOR PLAYFUL MOMENTS AND DEEP CONVERSATION — “DARE TO BE CURIOUS” BY KINDRED PEOPLE

A SOCIAL CARD GAME FOR PLAYFUL MOMENTS AND DEEP CONVERSATION — “DARE TO BE CURIOUS” BY KINDRED PEOPLE

The temperatures are dropping, the days are getting shorter and you’re probably spending more time indoors. If you are after a cozy cold weather activity, how about this Cee Cee favorite: the Dare To Be Curious card game from Kindred People. As the name suggests, this question-filled game is all about letting your guard down and opening up about your values, fears and dreams. The conversations it prompts help you get to know your fellow player(s) – and yourself – better. With a pastel design that makes it a good coffee table companion, the set includes 150 questions on all areas of life: What have you learnt about yourself through dating? Which beliefs from your culture have you taken with you and which have you left behind? What’s the difference between how you see yourself and how others see you? There are three levels to the game, and the questions get deeper as you go along. They’re intended to encourage interesting conversation, thus bringing you and your partner(s) closer together. The compact cards make the game (which is now also available in German) perfect for a long car ride, a cozy evening over wine with friends, a date or a picnic with new flatmates. As for us: the game has become a firm fixture on our team trips and outings. 

Text: Alison Musch / Photos: Chris Schenk, Lena Mayer & Isobel Owers / Credit: Kindred People

Dare to be Curious from Kindred People is available in English and German.

@wearekindredpeople

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SHIATSU BY BETTINA KREIG — RELAXING SESSIONS TO DECOMPRESS AND HEAL

SHIATSU BY BETTINA KREIG — RELAXING SESSIONS TO DECOMPRESS AND HEAL

Bettina Krieg is truly an artist. Her beautiful, large-format drawings have already been published in a 2020 monograph, a work our agency Cee Cee Creative had the pleasure of designing. Krieg is also a practitioner of shiatsu, the traditional Japanese art of healing that is a good complement to newer techniques of Western physio- and body therapy. Shiatsu makes you more mindful of yourself and of others. Bettina discovered its therapeutic value for herself during a seven-month stay in Istanbul in 2014. At that time, her physical ailments led her across the Bosporus from Europe to Asia for weekly treatments. She has been practicing shiatsu herself since 2015 and received her certification in 2020.

This attention to your well-being is clearly palpable: Bettina knows how to relax you and build trust – the basis for shiatsu, which is based on a close relationship between practitioner and patient. You can think of the treatments as a form of passive yoga: Bettina works her way from head to toe along physical pathways known as meridians. Shiatsu has been proven to help combat stress, exhaustion, tension and many other physical or mental issues. You’ll leave the room as if you were walking on air – and already looking forward to the next session. You can join for shiatsu at Original Feelings.

Text: Hanna Komornitzyk / Photos: Savannah van der Niet

Shiatsu with Bettina Krieg at Original Feelings, Graefestr.71, 10967 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map

@shiatsu_studio
@bettinakrieg
@originalfeelingsstudio

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HIKING, WINE TASTING & DINNER IN A GREENHOUSE — AUTUMN TRIPS FROM DREAM LOCAL

HIKING, WINE TASTING & DINNER IN A GREENHOUSE — AUTUMN TRIPS FROM DREAM LOCAL

Autumn has arrived! And with it are some new events on Dream Local to make the most of the golden season. If you’ve always fancied eating in a greenhouse, the autumn dinner on the flower farm (22.10.2022) in Pankow is just the ticket. The program actually starts outside with an afternoon workshop where you have the opportunity to explore the idyllic flower field and pick blooms for your own bouquet. Afterwards, you’ll cook and eat sustainable, seasonal food together. If you’re more in the mood for a wine tasting, the platform has also got you covered. Also on 22.10.2022 you can head to the Dobbrikow vineyard in Brandenburg for a hilly hike along three lakes before sampling some regional natural wines and other delicacies. You’ll then head inside to Haus am Bauernsee where you will enjoy a cozy meal and, of course, more wine. You are also invited to enjoy a barrel tasting and a visit to a wine press. Cheers and bon appétit!

Text: Maike Schliemann / Photos: Savannah van der Niet & Dream Local

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Autumn dinner on the flower farm & Autumn Wine Tasting, Hike and Dinner

For 30 percent off tickets, use the code CeeCeeFall30. 

@dream.local

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