During a month-long visit to Europe, I decided to stop by the Canary Islands for some much needed R&R (rest and relaxation, not rock and roll — though the resort had plenty of both). It was there, situated on a volcanic Spanish island in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa, that I met the new Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife. READ MORE
Where’s the happiest place on earth? Hint: It’s in California. No, I’m not talking about Disneyland; rather a little place I like to call Nirvana — I mean Napa. Yes, I’m referring to the little slice of heaven that is Napa Valley.
In his song Crazy Town, Jason Aldean describes Nashville as “Hollywood with a touch of twang” — an accurate depiction of the town dubbed “Music City” and collectively regarded as the Country Music capital of the world (mostly by those who have never been). However, I’m going to get the cliché out of the way by saying there’s more to Nashville than just country music (a trope thousands of bloggers have no doubt typed before this groundbreaking realization). READ MORE
This article was sponsored by AVA Grace Vineyards. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Summer is here and that means longer days and more opportunities to enjoy time outdoors with friends and family. From picnics to patios to pool parties, enjoying some adult beverages while surrounded by nature is as summer as can be.
The colorful vines lining the hills of J. Wrigley vineyards combat the dark and rainy gloom that embodies Oregon in October. Perched atop one of the larger hills in the Willamette Valley, I have a birds-eye view of the surrounding vineyards and forests from the tasting room’s patio. During the summer the area would buzz with tourists and traffic noise, but today it’s silent. Harvest has come and gone, school is back in session, and the rainy fall weather deters most area oenophiles from venturing out for a day of wine tasting. I have this winery (and seemingly the entire AVA) to myself. READ MORE
I visited Napa Valley for the first time at the ripe young age of 21. Wide-eyed, enthusiastic, and relentlessly curious I arrived at my very first vineyard (EVER) with one goal in mind: to drink as much wine as possible. Tasting notes and growing methods were unbeknownst to me — I just wanted to get wine drunk! (You know, in a classy way) READ MORE
Although the term “lay-low” may not be the first verb that comes to mind when considering the confluence of chaos that is Waikiki, The Laylow
— Marriott’s new autograph collection hotel — beautifully complements the hustle and bustle of Honolulu by providing visitors a convenient refuge above the city’s perpetual ruckus. READ MORE
When thinking of Boise, Idaho what’s the first thing that comes to mind…Blue turf? Maybe. Potatoes? Probably. Though Boise’s thriving downtown scene may not be high on Idaho’s claim to fame list, it’s (in my opinion) the gem of the gem state. Boasting a variety of bars and breweries, great local restaurants, luxury accommodations and a constantly changing skyline, downtown Boise is becoming a destination all its own. READ MORE