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The Inn at Laguna Beach in Orange County, California

A girls weekend in Laguna Beach

When people picture California, I'm pretty sure Laguna Beach is what they conjure up in their day dreams. The idyllic Orange County town is nestled among white sand beaches and towering palm trees, teeming tide pools and rolling hills. And to be...
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Champagne cheers from the balcony at the William Vale Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

How to make the most of a trip delay

Fun fact: for all of the travel that I've done, I've only had two flights cancelled! The first was on our honeymoon last year: hurricane-level rains completely shut down the airport in Dominica for the day, and we ended up spending one extra night...
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Westsider Books on the Upper West Side, New York City

A guide to NYC for book-lovers

New York City is an incredible place for book lovers to enjoy. On top of having some of the most stunning libraries in the world and delightfully unexpected nooks to tuck away in with a book, it also has plenty of quirky and independent bookstores to...
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Black Sand Beach on the Road to Hana, Maui

A day on the road to Hana

One of the highlights of our recent trip to Maui: driving the road to Hana--and beyond! I was really on the fence about whether or not we should do it: we only had five full days in Maui (which feels like a lot until you're there, and we were working...
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Sunset at Kamaole Beach in Kihei, Maui

The best of Maui

I would like to make a grand defense of the easy vacation: the vacation that is all blue skies and sandy beaches, psychological thriller paperbacks and catching up on all the podcasts, morning walks along the water and rum-POG cocktails at sunset....
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Getty Villa in Malibu, California

A visit to Getty Villa

Part of the fun of living in San Diego is being close enough to finally check out all of the things I want to do in Los Angeles without actually living there (aka I can handle the traffic for a total of 36 hours before I go bonkers). On my last trip...
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Day of the Dead festivities in Tlaquepaque, Guadalajara

Experiencing Day of the Dead in Guadalajara

Experiencing Day of the Dead (or Dia de los Muertos, as it's locally known) in Mexico was truly an incredible experience. The streets of Guadalajara, and particularly in the neighborhood of Tlaquepaque, were filled with intricate altars heaped with...
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Colorful Day of the Dead festivities in Tlaquepaque, Guadalajara

My favorite things about Guadalajara

So much about my trip to Guadalajara surprised me: the historic downtown filled with neoclassical and European-influenced architecture, the fields of blue agave stretching as far as the eye can see, the market stuffed to the brim with everything one...
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Salvation Mountain in the California desert

A road trip to Salvation Mountain and Slab City

Now that I'm back on the West Coast, I've been trying to check out a lot of weird and wonderful places that aren't too far from San Diego. One of the first on the list was Salvation Mountain. It's a literal man-made mountain of latex paint in the...
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Denver Botanic Garden in the fall

A visit to the Denver Botanic Gardens

To be honest, Denver Botanic Garden wasn't super high on my list of must-do things in the city. Before we arrived, my ideal itinerary was 50% hiking and 50% craft beer drinking. However, we had a bit of a scheduling snafu and the altitude affected me...
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