Maybe it’s just the way the world works these days, but it seems really hard to find a place that isn't already pinned, tagged, or liked. Which is why I was so pleasantly surprised to discover Franciacorta. Okay, truth is, the Milanese have known about this corner of Lombardy for forever and a day and it is a premiere wine growing region, but it's pretty unknown outside of Italy.
Let’s get one thing straight, shall we? Road trips should be a trip where you spend a lot of time getting from point A to point B and really enjoying it all, you know? To me, road trip perfection was that time I headed out of Los Angeles and took my sweet time to get Austin, as in 6 days amount of time.
The Aloha State and I are becoming good friends as I've spent a fair amount of time there during the last few years. Admittedly, most of that time has been on Oahu, but this latest trip included my first visit to Big Island (aka the island of Hawaii). Big Island is a place I've long wanted to explore because I've heard a lot of about the awesome farms, ranches, and artisans.
It was like the "Amazing Race," that is, if they did a food-focused episode. We dropped anchor in Saint Martin as the sun rose and were counting the minutes until we could get our first croissant. Saint Martin has a rep as the culinary capital of the Carribbean and we were determined to (taste) test that claim for ourselves.
Rome is such an enormous city. It's enormous in population, it's enormous in personality, and it's enormous in scale -- but, then enormous is how the Romans thought. That means it can be easy to get overwhelmed when you visit. Here are a few of my favorite places in the centro storico.
Sometimes things are really great surprises like making a flight connection when it seems mathmatically impossible or getting upgraded in your hotel room. Or finding a town that doesn't show up on Google Maps but is totally worth the stop — like Sirmione.
There’s possibly nowhere that does the beach like Italy. Yes, I’m 100% bias but you can’t visit Italy in the summer without going to the beaches. And,for old-school Italian glam (as in, Mastroianni, Loren, Taylor), it's all about Positano.
One of the reasons I can always use more Lake Tahoe in my life? It's the perfect mix of active all day and relaxing all night. This El Nino season, it's been hard to have a bad ski day but, I'm partial to Spring skiing, because, as a native Californian, I like to think we do it right.
We live by a few travel truths—discover lots, support local, eat well—but one we don't talk about as much? Staying active. Talk to anyone about Maui and sooner or later they'll suggest you trek to Haleakala for sunrise. So, to make it easier on you, I'm sharing my 10 tips for making the most of sunrise at Halekala National Park.