The best thing about Lake Placid is how close it is to Keene, an inviting mountain town at the intersection of craftsmanship and rustic living. There’s no doubt Lake Placid enjoyed its heydey hosting the 1932 and 1980 Olympics. Today, the natural scenery is still beautiful but the village itself is more tchotchke than charming. I booked a room at the Lake House at High Peaks Resort, justifying the cost because kayaks and paddleboards are included. The rooms’ private balconies overlook a parking lot next to the lake, so […]
Who knew 24 hours in Park City could be so much fun?! When you love hiking and skiing but live in a place as flat as Chicago, you have to get creative. Having visited Salt Lake City in 2003, I knew that you could make it from the airport to the mountains in just 25 minutes. Over Tuesday dinner, my friend Purani asked if I wanted to take a weekend trip to visit nature. Four days and two cheap plane tickets […]
Before visiting New Mexico, my only associations with the state were hot air balloons and southwestern art. (Oh, and also a song from an old Disney movie called Newsies.) A weekend trip with Katie and Tamara showed me there’s a lot more to know and love about New Mexico…starting with alpacas! With Santa Fe as our destination, we flew into Albuquerque to drive up north via the Turquoise Trail which lies east of the Sandia Mountains. Starting at Tijeras, our first stop was at Hollywick Farms […]
To commemorate living in the Midwest for a decade, I decided to pen my definitive list of tried and true Chicago experiences. This isn’t a list of the newest or hippest (or hipster-est) hangouts, but rather the places that have kept me coming back again and again. There’s something to be said for staying power! The one classic Chicago experience I heartily endorse is taking an architectural boat cruise down the Chicago River. This is so popular that it’s quite easy to […]
Jenn and I were honored that our friend, Katie, invited us to visit her hometown of Lexington, Kentucky. April is an ideal time to visit—if you consider hanging on fences watching foals wobble their way across rolling bluegrass hills to be a good time. (We do!) Our first stop on a Friday night: Willie’s Locally Known—famous for barbecue and live Bluegrass music. We debated going to Cheapside Bar & Grill, a Lexingtonian favorite with historic charm, but we were eager to sway our shoulders and tap our feet the energetic strums of Holy […]
I’ve visited a number of beaches along the California coastline. Upon arriving in Santa Barbara, I found the beauty of this particular beach to be especially stunning. With a row of palm trees behind me and the pier extending into the ocean in front of me, it was the perfect place to soak in the sun for an afternoon. State Street is packed with colorful flowers, palm trees, restaurants and shops with ornate exteriors. The long list of local secrets make this city a […]
If you’re driving down Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco, you’ll reach Montara State Beach after only 20 miles. Here you’ll find one of best views along the coast as you stand on top of a cliff overlooking the nearby beaches. There’s a trailhead in beach parking lot. After hiking a few miles, you’ll catch even better views of your surroundings! Check out my other adventures in California! >> Check out my other adventures in the United States! >>
My friend, Frances, had the great idea to go to Pillar Point Harbor and pick up live crabs for lunch. We ordered two huge Dungeness crabs for roughly $20 and then took them over to Princeton Seafood Company where they cooked and cleaned them for only a few bucks. While we waited 25 minutes for our crabs to be prepared, we enjoyed delicious clam chowder in a bread bowl. If you go to Half Moon Bay between November and June, definitely treat […]
Angel Island offers spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay! This historical landmark previously housed military forts, a US Public Health Service Quarantine Station, and a US Bureau of Immigration inspection and detention facility. From San Francisco, catch the ferry at the Ferry Building or Pier 39 and spend a carefree day in Angel Island State Park picnicking, biking, hiking, visiting museums or taking the historic tram tour—like my cousin, Dylan, and I did. Check out my other adventures in the United […]
What a gorgeous day for a nine mile hike! Lucky for me, Frances knows the trails at Marin Headlands well and took me on an amazing journey. The wildflowers decorating the hills gave us that much more to enjoy about the already incredible scenery. We stopped at Pelican Inn for a lunch break of charcuterie and cheese plates paired with Magners Irish Cider.
My friend, Katie, and I started off our time in San Antonio by seeing a live glass blowing demonstration at Garcia Art Glass. We went to the must-see tourist destinations of the San Antonio Riverwalk, La Villita Historic Arts Village, and The Alamo. The Japanese Tea Garden was filled with lilies! Thanks to the tips I read in “Three Perfect Days in San Antonio” in the Hemispheres Magazine, we decided to continue our excursion outside of San Antonio—to nearby Boerne and Fredericksburg. The […]
If you’re in the United States during Chinese New Year, San Francisco is the ideal place to celebrate. The Asian cultures—and cuisines—are rich, especially because San Francisco Chinatown boasts the largest Chinese community outside of Asia. Agustina and I nearly froze our toes off watching the parade, but the excitement was worth it!
Mission neighborhood When in SF, I spend the most time in the Mission – shopping, dining and working on my laptop from coffee shops! If you want to shop, I recommend strolling Valencia St between 16th St and 21st St. Here are some food spots I enjoy: Craftsman + Wolves for amazing desserts Tartine Bakery for french sandwiches and desserts Bar Tartine is a classic SF dinner spot (make a reservation) Lolo is currently my favorite dinner spot because of its kitschy […]
Katie and I knew we were going to have an amazing holiday in Sedona when we spotted a rainbow on our drive in. During our stay, we admired the 360 degree view of the red rocks from the Chapel of the Holy Cross, ate Mexican food at Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, got ice cream from Black Cow Cafe in downtown Sedona, rented bikes from Sedona Bike & Bean and enjoyed a few episodes of “The Big Bang Theory” while noshing on delicious New York bagels, […]
Over Halloween weekend, Katie and I took our first ever trip to Vegas, spending our days touring hotels and our nights seeing amazing Cirque du Soleil shows—The Beatles LOVE at the Mirage, “O” at Bellagio and Mystère at Treasure Island. We even tried our luck at gambling: out of the $50 we played in Blackjack, we won $30 back! Good deal, right? ^_^
Kent and Diana gave me an amazing city tour on my first visit to San Antonio. Market Square is full of eye-popping color! We toured three former Spanish Catholic Missions—Mission Concepción, Mission San José y San Miguel de Aguayo, and Mission San Francisco de la Espada. The atmospheres here are incredibly romantic! Our stroll along the San Antonio Riverwalk led us all the way to HemisFair Park. We then went to the Rivercenter Mall for an outdoor holiday music concert. The Riverwalk was […]
After my brother and sister-in-law were married in Oahu, I and a few members of their wedding party flew to the the Big Island via Hawaiian Airlines. Before leaving Hilo, we swung by Two Ladies Kitchen to pick up a box of delicious mochi. The following day, our first priority was visiting Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. We entered the park early in the morning and were greeted by a smoking crater! Next, we lazily bathed in the thermal waters at Ahalanui Park. [Update as of September 2013: The pool is […]
I couldn’t have been happier that my brother and sister-in-law-to-be were getting married in Oahu. The whole wedding party shared a waterfront house on the lovely beaches at Barbers Point. We spent an amazing day snorkeling at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. In addition to seeing amazing tropical fish, I definitely got my workout while treading water to avoid stepping on sea cucumbers. After Hanauma Bay, we drove just over a half mile to Lanai Lookout—a spot where Pirates of the […]
On the Brooklyn Bridge with Rhianna in New York As touristy as it gets! In Times Square Enjoying the tranquility in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral Seeing “In the Heights” on Broadway! Check out “Three Perfect Days in New York City” in Hemispheres Magazine for recommendations on what to see and do in New York City.