- ONE WOMAN ON A MISSION TO DISCOVER & EXPERIENCE ALL THINGS LOS ANGELES
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When you imagine “vacation”, what does your next dream adventure look like? Maybe it involves a beach with piña coladas, maybe it’s strolling through cobblestone streets in Europe, or maybe it a mountain/lake situation; we could go on and on considering the dreamiest of options, but if there’s one thing all of these grand ideas share it’s that they are without a doubt intended to be memorable experiences. The best and most enjoyable vacations I’ve found tend to happen upon us when we need them most. As fun and fulfilling life in LA can be for most of us, the hustle and bustle of it all can just as easily wear you down and challenge your identity. I’ve found the “weekend getaway” to be a crucial component to surviving life at such a fast pace and all the while making the journey that much more rich and rewarding.
My recent weekend getaway to The Alisal Guest Ranch Resort was one of those adventures, one of those mind/body/soul vacations, I will truly never forget. What made it so memorable is due in part because I was in desperate need of some “me time”, but most of it I owe to the truly magical and yet completely authentic experience Alisal offers. If we’re so fortunate in life, we get to take vacations that change us for the better in an instance. You head home feeling like you’ve got a whole new perspective on things, you feel whole, and most importantly you feel all the more alive. To some Alisal might just be a great little 10,000 acre ranch style resort with tons of great outdoor activities, but to me and I’m sure any other past guests, Alisal is therapeutic.
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“I need a vacation.” – all of us.
Vacations just can’t come sooner or more often can they? In a society dedicated to “the hustle” Angelenos are an especially unfortunate fortunate bunch. Being a resident in an urban destination has it perks – weather, beaches, limitless amounts of activities – but everyone can agree that no matter where you live, sometimes you just need to get the hell outta town. When you’re feeling like you need a mini-break from all the LA-ness or life’s general mundane monotony, it’s likely you do as all urban city dwellers do: you plan a weekend getaway. In LA we have several alternative destinations to choose from, but Santa Barbara has always been an escape favored by locals – and non-locals for that matter. If palm trees, calm oceans, Spanish style architecture, and crisp, salty Central Coast air beckons you, here’s how to make the most out of a few days in Santa Barbara.
So much to do, so little time. Story of our lives. Chicago is an incredible destination with so much to see and experience, but when you’re ‘just visiting’ it’s nearly impossible to nail down what seems most important to get done – especially when you’re short on time. I spent three glorious days in the Windy City last week and packed in as much fun (and most importantly: food) as possible and if there’s one thing I’ve learned, a plan of attack is kind of a good idea. I don’t want you to feel lost, confused, or disappointed, and while I can’t call myself a Chicago-pro quite yet, I’ve got friends who are and have directed me to some of the city’s best. (Ieena and Riya I’m looking at you!) Follow this here quick guide to the city and fear not one shred of disappointment during your travels! Angelenos and fellow Chicago-curious people… I gotchu covered.
Ahhh Austin. Austin has always been known and thought of as a “cool”, “hip” city, but the pace at which this Texas town is surpassing even the most ultimate Silver Lake levels of hip is just incredible. I heard from several locals on my recent trip that there are 120-150 people moving to Austin DAILY, many of whom are filing in from our fine state of California. And frankly from recent experience, it kinda makes sense! Austin is in some ways the cool, less expensive, up and coming version of Los Angeles. Except a little more friendly and slightly warmer with a lot more country music stations.
I was actually born in Austin, as you may have read in my bio, but I have not been back to visit since I was probably around 10 years old. Austin always seemed like it would be more fun in my twenties anyway (at least that’s what I kept telling myself), and last week I finally made my way back to the Texas capital. We could talk all about how you should go see the bats fly out from under the Congress Bridge, or how you should walk around 6th Street, and have BBQ at Franklin…. but we’re better than that. It’s not to say you shouldn’t do any of those things but if you really want to see and experience the best things Austin has to offer, in my humble adventure seeking/Angeleno opinion, this is what you need to do:
Never have I ever been happier to feel the sun and hang out in 85 degree weather more in my life than returning home from 10 degree weather in New York. Snow and chilly weather is awesome, for like a week, and by the end of the trip I’m always ready to come home to my sandals and sunglasses. LA was so sweet bringing the heat out in honor of my return this weekend, and what a sweet blessed reunion it was to be back in the city that I love – most of the time. In reflection of my recent trip to the Big Apple there were so many great highlights and so much fun for you Angelenos to be had in future visits of your own.
If you plan on going to Brooklyn and you love burgers, head to Dumont Burger and get the Dumac + Cheese burger: as you may have guessed it, it’s a perfectly cooked grassfed burger topped with mac + cheese.
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:
Where do you find nostalgia in LA?
What is your favorite part about this city’s history?
What places, restaurants, buildings do you think are here to stand the test of time?
Share in the comments and lets get nostalgic people!