Mission San Juan Capistrano was the home to California’s very first vineyard–one of the other way Spanish missionaries left their mark on North America besides Smallpox. The mission itself dates back to the 1700s. Time, power shifts, and an earthquake have colored its walls, creating a backdrop for artists to showcase through film, literature, and the visual arts. Today, the site is a museum with a functioning chapel.
Dana Point is a beach town in Orange County. It’s a big surf spot and it feels like suburbia on the sea. Despite the odd, creepy feeling that the burbs give me–this place has some beautiful beaches. Here are the views from Dana Point Lookout: Now for some beer brewed in state at Salt Creek Beach. Orderville by Modern Times is a pretty kick-ass New England IPA.
It’s my birthday, y’all! Here I am being vain with a buncha pictures of myself in a fun (but old) set of sneakers. What a way to celebrate. Don’t you love coincidences? These photos were shot on the 31st floor.
Solvang, California, located in the Santa Ynez Valley, is the unofficial capital of Denmark in America. I also heard someone refer to it as Poor Man’s Wine Country. If that means it’s a place where you can buy a reasonably priced bottle of wine, I’m sold! In the early 1900s Danish immigrants who’d been living in the midwest were eager to ditch the winters, and established their own community inspired by their homeland in more hospitable climates. It’s pretty remarkable […]
Holy Smokes, did I love walking the streets of Santa Barbara! The Spanish architecture, ginormous palms, and wealth of succulents, all framed by the Santa Ynez Mountains and the sea are enough to make anyone swoon, really. Where did all this Spanish flair come from, you ask? Well, I’ll tell ya! We have proof that this beautiful spot along the coast has been inhabited for the last 13,000 years. The earliest known tribe to call it home are known as […]
I’ve never spent time in Hollywood, until now. It’s funny to visit a place you’ve seen countless times in TV and in movies: the Walk of Fame, the Chinese Theater, and the sign posted clearly in the hills just in case you forget the name of the joint. I have to admit, it’s dirtier than I imagined, and just as crowded as I thought it’d be. But I found a little oasis in The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. It was built […]
To the west of Los Angeles lies the vibrant beachfront neighborhood of Venice. For many years, it was an independent city–until merging with LA in the 1920s. Today, it’s home to many artists, mystics, performers, and folks hoping to live close to the city center. It’s eclectic and terrifically odd. Walking the promenade along the ocean feels like you’re at a circus and an art show, all in one. For the first time, I got the chance to wander around […]
I recently spent about 24 hours in Atlanta–and it really lived up to its nickname. It was HOT. I stayed at The W Downtown, just a short distance from Centennial Olympic Park. It was a very nice (although a bit club-ish) hotel with a great pool and rooftop bar. The Center for Civil and Human Rights was a beautiful sight to see, and if you want to view the city from on high, head over to the Sundial.
I’ve been back to Chicago a few times since I moved last year, but this was the first time I got to fully enjoy the new River Walk. I have to say, I’m really impressed. If you’re visiting for the first time, don’t miss out on this new aspect of the city. While you’re at it, hop on the Water Taxi for a quick for a cheap boat ride and an expedited view of the layout. In the background of […]