Every summer for the week of July 4th, I look forward to camping on Cape Cod with my boyfriend and his family - a tradition of theirs that spans ~15 years back. With miles of surf, sand and unspoiled natural landscapes, it is a magical place to visit in the summer. Having been there for the past four years, I've gotten to sample a wide variety of restaurants on Cape Cod and take tabs on which ones are worth the while. (Most of these are located between Wellfleet and Provincetown since we camp on the outer Cape). So whether you're camping in the woods like us, or . . .
Over the last couple of weeks, I've told you about the two main destinations of our California road trip - LA and San Francisco. In this last road trip recap (*le sigh*), I want to share some of what we saw while passing through, including Santa Barbara, Big Sur (!!!), Carmel and Yosemite.My dream mode of transportation - spotted in Santa BarbaraThis being my first time on the west coast, eating at In-N-Out Burger was among my top priorities. This burger chain is often the subject of cult-like praise, bordering on obsession, and I've heard it being . . .
Ah, San Francisco. The fantastical hills, the beautiful colors, the dreamy fog; the setting of many classic movies and TV shows; the sweeping Golden Gate Bridge. I've wanted to visit this city for a long time, and even though we spent less than two days there on our road trip, the impressions I left with were many."What ever happened to predictability? The milk man, the paper boy..." Anyone, anyone...?!One of the highlights of our time in San Francisco was, hands down, breakfast at Tartine Bakery. Even living on the east coast, I well know this bakery is a . . .
Since our road trip down south over Christmas, I've officially been bitten by the road trip travel bug. It's so exhilarating to drive through different landscapes of the country, get acquainted with numerous cities, and track down amazing foods, all in a matter of days. You gather so many impressions and memories, which really makes it seem like you've had a longer vacation than you actually did. Now that I'm familiar with the whole road trip thing, spending an entire vacation in just one city seems so tame. I highly encourage you to try it!An opportunity recently . . .
I don't know if it's because the weather was heavenly, because it was the first big city stop of our road trip, or because it truly is magical, but I fell completely in love with Charleston. If there was a meter for how many times I said "Oh my God, this is so beautiful" while we were out exploring, I'm sure the final tally would be somewhere in the thirties. I mean, come on...One of the most striking elements about Charleston is its architecture. The pastel-colored historic homes that make up most of downtown, juxtaposed with the gorgeous palm trees that line . . .
Aside from the Dia modern art museum and the tons of little shops on Main Street, The Roundhouse in Beacon is a must-visit address. Located inside a historic industrial building that anchors a natural waterfall, the hotel is outfitted with the most modern of amenities, which includes three restaurants. We didn't stay at the hotel during our visit but managed to scope out one of the restaurants - The Patio. This casual American eatery is open seasonally and overlooks the gorgeous waterfall. With its serene yet stylish atmosphere, it's safe to say this is my new favorite . . .
Located just about an hour away from Grand Central via the Metro-North, Beacon is a small town in New York State. With promise of a prevalent art scene, good food and a nature-meets-city vibe, the town has become the go-to weekend destination for young New Yorkers. Rene has been talking about us going there for what seems like years and we finally made it this past weekend.I didn't really know what to expect from the town (somehow I envisioned a smaller Boston?) but after two days of getting to know the place, I grew to really, really, genuinely like it. It's . . .