- ONE WOMAN ON A MISSION TO DISCOVER & EXPERIENCE ALL THINGS LOS ANGELES
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I may be freezing, disappointed in my lack of proper cold weather apparel, and perhaps permanently hungover, but hey good news I’M ALIVE! I’ve been a little MIA the past few days because I’ve been too busy being the happiest person to see snow in the Big Apple. It was time for me to escape that god awful 72 degree weather in Los Angeles and switch it up a bit – get a little wild with my winter wear ya know? Feel new feelings and such. I personally love coming to New York in the winter, and I realize I may be alone on that one, but besides this being one of the most important weeks to be here (New York Fashion Week), it’s an experience this adventure seeking, “big city” obsessed Angeleno loves having every year. With each visit to New York City I make it a point to try new things, pay my respects to my personal “ol’ faithfuls” (my favorite hangouts), and do all the things, wear all the clothes, eat all the bagels, and drink all the mulled wines that I just simply can’t in Los Angeles. There’s a lot to love about this city and yes, even plenty to loath, but that big city magic sprinkled with what is now very dirty snow is undeniably charming and quite easy to appreciate. Here’s what I’ve been up to the past few days by way of photos:
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Yep, that about sums it up in the most frustratingly adorable way possible! I wouldn’t have been upset if they’d thrown in an In n Out or a taco truck, but, that might just be me and my one track mind.
Image/Illustration: Swiss Cottage Designs
Fact: Portland is one of few destinations outside of France where your dog may accompany inside the local pub. Fact: Portland is home to more microbreweries than any other city in the world. Fact: Portland has more strip clubs per capita than any other city in the US. Fact: by law, if you serve alcohol you must also serve food… so strip clubs have food, and it’s totally cool. Fact: the people of Portland are the smartest (actual fact), friendliest, happiest lot of people I’ve personally ever met. Opinion: Portland gives Los Angeles a run for their money in the dining department as a whole, but they might be one step ahead particularly in terms of their brunch game. Honestly… Portlandians are kinda killing it up there in Stumptown. With everything.
We Angelenos love other happy people, we have high standards when it comes to brunching, we love a good craft cocktail, nothing makes us happier than a decent happy hour menu, and well dressed people make us feel welcome. Portland is the perfect designation for us Angelenos in need of a break from the heat and the fast paced LA madness, but being that Portland is a relatively large city, it’s tough to check off all recommendations in one trip. So, because you and I share very similar tastes in how to travel and enjoy a city outside of our own, here’s 10 crucial things (in no particular order) you should attempt to squeeze in on your next trip to the Land of Port.
If it weren’t for the weather or the fact that I’d comfortably gain an extra 15 lbs, I might seriously consider re-establishing life in the “city by the river”: Portland, Oregon. This weekend was my very first visit to Portlandia, and LA, you know I luh ya baby but, my weekend with Portland was a whirlwind romance I shall never forget. I fell in love with confusingly delectable donuts (who knew a bourbon basil blueberry donut could taste so good?), I fell in love with every single person who said “hello” and acknowledged my existence, I fell in love with strippers (oh yes, it’s a Portland thing), I fell in love with “no sales tax”, and I fell in love with the smell of fresh Oregon air and the presence of Fall. Portland is the perfect blend between big city fun and small town comfort, and for being such a clean and beautiful city, it’s surprisingly affordable. Coming from Los Angeles, and from California in general, I still can’t wrap my head around how far my dollar goes in comparison – I actually try not to think about it… it’s depressing. (Just have brunch, it will give you some perspective.) I’ve got so much to share from this trip and tons of things only us Angelenos can appreciate, but first… photos.
There’s a lot of time between now and Thanksgiving people… no more 3 day weekends on the horizon, no more short Friday’s to look forward to etc., but that doesn’t mean you can’t spice up the weekend and plan a short escape from reality – even if only just for a night or two. Take it from me, if you’re looking for a little R&R and a little change in scenery, the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa should be the first place to consider on your quest for a getaway destination. This “little” oasis is located an hour or so North, and as sweet and humble as it is that they refer to their hotel as an “Inn”, it’s actually a surprisingly sprawling resort that is best explored by way of golf cart. I enjoy a good walk at least, but what an incredible, peaceful, relaxing delight this little privately owned gem this place is! Between 4 pools, a perfectly manicured golf course, fine dining with views, a world renown spa, impeccable friendly service, and an overwhelming sense of the most sweet, sweet serenity… how have we all stayed away this long? But that’s not all worth noting about The Ojai Valley Inn, there are still 5 crucial points I need to make sure we discuss, so sit back, relax, and start dreaming. And if you’re not at least tempted by #3 I think it’s best we reconsider our friendship.
BBQ, wine, pizza, BBQ, more wine, and some seafood for good measure is about sums up the name of the game while traveling along the central coast cities and if you’re anything like me, you’re completely ok with that. As a matter a fact… that’s the foundation to a pretty fucking wonderful vacation as far as we’re concerned? And that’s exactly what we got over this past holiday weekend. You’ve seen the photos from our Photo Diary, you’ve got the gist of what to expect, now it’s time to talk specifics. If you’re in need of a little adventure, a little weekend getaway here’s what you need to do when you head up the coast to San Luis Obispo/ Paso Robles. You’re welcome.
Holy hell I’m alive. I’m home, I’m here, I’m sober, and though it’s going to be incredibly short-lived (especially the sober part), I wanted to make sure we got a head start on all the activities that went down this weekend on our LDW adventure up through the Central Coast.
I. love. the Central Coast area (Pismo, San Luis Obispo, Avila Beach, and Paso Robles specifically), mostly because there’s an over abundance of places to taste and purchase wine, but it’s worth noting that the trek outside the city will only cost you 2-3 hours, and your destination(s) is the perfect spot for an easy-going getaway. Lets just say, the “super chill vibes bro” nature of the Central Coast makes LA look as cracked out as Burning Man, but as Angelenos… it sure is nice to experience that “calmer” way of life paired with a little light adventure. And by adventure I mean mapping your way around tasting rooms.
More to come soon with details and specifics, but for now, here’s how to do the Central Coast the Love & Loathing LA way. Via photo.