Posts in North America
Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Eat brunch at Cafe Pasqual’s. There will be a wait on the weekends so plan time into your schedule.

  • Santa Fe is full of fun galleries and shops that fill an entire day. We stayed at La Posada and could easily access the downtown area on foot.

  • Have dinner at Radish & Rye. A farm to table inspired restaurant with a cozy, intimate vibe not to mention the cocktails and food are superb.

*If you love Bloody Mary’s with a heavy garnish, head over to Thunderbird Bar & Grill. They also have a fantastic patio overlooking the main square if you need to rest your tired feet.

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Portland Oregon
  • If you are looking for a swanky dinner night during your Oregon stay book a table at Beast. The six-course tasting menu changes every two weeks, so you are sure to have a curated experience.

  • We went to Oregon in search of the perfect pinot noir – and we found it! If you are planning a wine tour book your driver through Black Tie Tours. We had a driver for four hours who took us to five wineries in the Doro Valley.

  • Speaking of wine, we fell in love with the ambiance and wines at Domaine Serene. They have two different options for tasting and chef prepared snacks. Plan on spending a bulk of your wine day at this beautiful Mediterranean-style winery.

To read more about Oregon Wine tasting, check out this blog post.

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Seattle, Washington
  • Pike's Place Market is world famous for a reason. You can grab a coffee from the original Starbucks (or walk around the corner to one of the many Starbucks locations and beat the line). Stop by Uli's Sausage for lunch and don't forget to stop by the Pike's Place Fish Market to watch the flying fishmongers.

  • Every picture you have ever seen of the Seattle skyline is taken from Kerry Park. Nestled in the beautiful Queen Anne neighborhood. Parking can be a bit of a problem but it is a fun place to walk around and look at the million plus dollar homes in the area. While you are in the neighborhood stop by The Five Spot, one of the best breakfast paces in the city.

  • Outside of the downtown area is the Fremont neighborhood known as the more artsy side of the city which is filled with funky shops, restaurants, coffee shops, and home to the famous Troll Under the Bridge. The Fremont Troll is an art installation under the Aurora Bridge made from steel, wires, two tons of concrete and complete with a full size VW bug.

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Charleston, South Carolina

We ATE our way through Charleston. The food, people, and hospitality will make you never want to leave this Southern haven.

  • HUSK. If you can only eat in one place in Charleston, make sure it is Husk. We went here for brunch and everything from the coffee to the entree was melt in your mouth Southern perfection. The menu changes daily and is driven by locally sourced ingredients.

  • You will find Prohibition on top of every must visit bar list in Charleston. This low light craft cocktail bar has delicious southern fare and top shelf drinks.

  • End your night at Cocktail Club. This speakeasy bar is a favorite with locals and has bacon fat popcorn that I still dream about.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
  • Philadelphia has an amazing food scene. One of our favorite spots is Indeblue an upscale Indian restaurant in the heart of downtown that has a great tasting menu with wine pairings.

  • Since Philadelphia is one of the oldest cities in the U.S. it is filled with historic charm. McGillin's Old Ale House is one of the oldest bars in the city with taps that have been serving ale since 1860.

  • Yes, be touristy and visit the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. If the line for the Liberty Bell is too long, you can see if from the lawn if reading all the history and getting up close is not on your wish list.

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Ashville, North Carolina
  • Ashville is the land of craft beer. My personal favorite was Wicked Weed Brewery. Be prepared for a wait. If you only want to drink, there is an outdoor bar on the bottom floor of the restaurant.

  • If you love historic houses (or a Downton Abbey fan) visit the Biltmore Estate. This former Vanderbilt Estate is lavish and has all the trappings of the great houses of Europe. Carve out time for this gem, the house is the main event but there are gardens, walking trails, a restaurant and a winery. The price to visit is a little steep, but if you love architecture and history it is worth it.

  • Ashville offers beautiful walks and hikes. Bring your walking shoes and make sure to get outdoors.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
  • There are a million nightclubs in Vegas but my personal favorite is Tryst nightclub (which I found out is now closed). What is your favorite Las Vegas Nightclub? Send me an email.

  • Have you ever wanted to be sipping a martini surrounded by faux diamonds? Visit The Chandelier Bar inside the Cosmopolitan hotel.

  • Vegas has thousands of shows but one of the BEST is Cirque de Soleil, Beatles LOVE. You will be mesmerized from start to finish by the movement, music, set, and costumes. There is not a bad seat in the house so don't worry about getting cheap seats.

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New York, New York

Manhattan, bar none, is one of my favorite cities in the world. I dreamed about it as a little girl and when I finally visited for the first time in 2006, it felt like coming home. While I still have never called NYC home, it has and will remain to be one of my favorite spots to visit.

  • The bar at Novotel has amazing views of Times Square and the perfect spot to head before a Broadway show.

  • Pasta is my favorite food group and finding the perfect perfect pasta carbonara is a sport. Crispo NYC located in the Meatpacking District ranks #1 on my list. Handmade pastas coupled with a warm Italian wine cellar motif makes for a perfect night out. Don't make plans after, you will be in a food coma.

  • The NYC Highline, also located in Meatpacking is a park created on top of an old elevated railway lined with areas to lounge and relax along with water and art installations. I recommend visiting at sunset

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Hoboken, New Jersey

Full disclosure, we are former Hoboken residents and think it is quite possibly the best place in the world.

  • Whether you are there for an hour or a week, visit Carpe Diem. This is your neighborhood Irish Pub with the best wings in the world. Seriously, they have won awards.

  • There is a great waterfront walkway with stunning views of Manhattan and if you get thirsty along the way stop by Pier 13 which features a beer garden and local food trucks.

  • Washington Street is the heart of Hoboken and lined with boutiques, bars, and restaurants. It is also home to the original Cake Boss location, if you are into that sort of thing.

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Portland, Maine
  • Lobster, lobster, lobster. Sorry if you have an allergy.

  • You MUST visit the Holy Donut. There will be a line and they do close for the day when they sell out. These donuts are made from scratch and include Maine potatoes. They have vegan and gluten free too!

  • Hubs and I were looking for a little seclusion, and what is better than a private island? The Inn at Diamond Cove. This island was once the site of Fort McKinley and provides a peaceful escape. Leave your car in Portland (they don't allow cars on the island) and take the Casco Bay ferry to Diamond Cove.

*Travel Tip: Make a reservation at The Diamond's Edge Restaurant. It is the only restaurant on the island outside of the hotel offerings and it is very popular with island residence. The food is delicious!  

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