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.
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 […]
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 over 2 weeks in California for work. (If you’re into this blog, and you aren’t following my other blog–check out on instagram or wordpress.) It was grueling and so insanely fun. Take the quick tour with me below at some of my favorite spots we shot: 1.) Galt, California 2.) Nevada City, CA 3.) Grass Valley, CA 4.) Lake Tahoe 5.) Homewood Ski Resort 6.) Five Marys Farm in Fort Jones I wore my Nike ACG Boots, pictured […]
I recently spent the weekend with some girlfriends in Palm Springs for one of my dearest friend’s 30th birthday. It went by quick and it was a blast. We stayed in an awesome Airbnb, where we lounged by the pool most of the time. One morning, we went to The Parker Hotel to eat at Norma’s and for dinner we had pizza at Birba. As for the city itself, the streets are lined with midcentury modern homes and cool desert colors. There […]
I’ve been taking quick trips to LA lately. That makes my seafood craving belly very, very happy. Let me walk you through my usual hang outs. grab coffee at Dogtown then a light breakfast at Cora’s hang at the pool bar at Le Meridien stop by Venice Ale House for the best people watching enjoy some decent deals Herringbone‘s happy hour (the Jale Berry is great) rent a car and drive out to Topanga Canyon hit up the Malibu beaches — El Matador […]
From San Francisco to Fort Jones, CA–it was a beautiful road trip. I spent the first 24 hours in the bay area. Here are a few of the joints I hit up: Park Central Hotel–talk about a room with a hell of a view. I could see the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and Coit Tower from my bed! Dandelion Chocolate Coffee–where you can grab a cup a joe and something sweet to nibble on Brenda’s French Soul Food–a New Orleans […]