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The Best Bars in Downtown Boise

There’s more to Boise, Idaho than meets the eye. Beneath the city’s “famous potato” stigma and blue turf fame lies a thriving downtown scene boasting a variety of (constantly improving) bars and restaurants. Whether you’re a native Boisean or just passing through on your way to better-known places, don’t discard the downtown bar scene. READ MORE

7 Days in Hawaii: What To Do On The Big Island

On January 13th I turned 28. To celebrate – or, rather, ease the sting of inching another year closer to 30 – I left behind Portland snow for tropical sand, and got on a flight to Kona, Hawaii. Though we booked this Hawaii trip in December (not even a full month prior) the wait was brutal. Portland was experiencing the coldest winter it had seen in decades, and we left the city buried in a foot of snow (the Uber ride to the airport was fuuunnnn). READ MORE

21 Female Travel Bloggers Share Their Best Travel Tips

Everyone knows traveling comes with its own set of trials and tribulations. The juxtaposition between storybook moments and major meltdowns is unfortunately just the cost of admission. And while it’s the beautiful blend of highs and lows that make the journey memorable, I believe we could all live with fewer pitfalls of passage.

Whether you’re embarking on a weekend trip or a world tour, a little advice from someone who’s “been there, done that” can go a very long way. Oftentimes it’s the information you didn’t know you needed which can prove to be the most valuable. Below, 21 female travel bloggers (and travelers) from around the globe share their best travel tips to help make your next journey smoother and even more enjoyable: READ MORE

The Best Bars in Downtown Portland

The drink options in downtown Portland are as diverse and unique as the city itself. Whether you’re looking for a low-cost happy hour or carefully crafted cocktail, you can find it here –- if you know where to look. I’m lucky enough to have downtown Portlandia as my backyard, and I’ve spent the last few years exploring (almost) every bar, lounge and tavern in the neighborhood (no, I’m not an alcoholic). Below are my top suggestions for where to drink in downtown Portland:

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The Best Hikes in Santa Barbara

Situated between the mountains and the ocean, Santa Barbara is a natural playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Beautiful hikes boasting stunning views are readily available for anyone looking to get in touch with their adventurous side. On a recent trip to Santa Barbara, I followed local photographer Blake Bronstad to a hidden hiking trail leading to the most breathtaking view of Santa Barbara I’ve ever seen. After sharing a photo on Instagram, several people asked me where the image was taken. The place is hidden and the trail unmarked, so identifying the name of the rock area required quite a bit of research. However, while this hike is currently one of Santa Barbara’s best kept secrets, it’s too beautiful not to share. READ MORE

Touring Lotusland, Santa Barbara’s Secret Garden

Ganna Walska Lotusland is a globally renowned 37-acre estate and botanic garden hidden away in the foothills of Montecito. This botanic wonder features 13 themed gardens and 3,000+ plants from around the world (including rare cycads, cacti & euphorbias). Touring Ganna Walska Lotusland is a must when visiting Santa Barbara.

During the 2-hour tour, passionate Docents take you through the garden and blend a nice combination of botanical facts with biographical details. It was fascinating learning about the unique collections of plants, and the unique woman who created them. READ MORE

Chicago Travel Guide: Blown Away By The Windy City

Chicago: definitely my kind of town.

Welcome to the land of deep-dish pizza and architectural awesomeness. Where towering skyscrapers meet beautiful beaches, and big city lights energize Midwestern landscapes. Chicago Illinois, a city rich in history and culinary diversity, offers travelers a variety of dining, drink and destination options that are sure to satisfy any appetite.

When faced with so many options in such a large city, knowing where to go (and what you’re expected to find) is half the battle. Fortunately local insight coupled with lots of research led us to some amazing cocktail and culinary discoveries. Here are my top places to check out in Chicago: READ MORE