I’m a Paris lover. I love big cities, beautiful architecture, thoughtful food, beautiful pastries, incredible art, and romanticism. Paris is more than that (including plenty of not-so-great things), but I like any love interest, I choose to focus on its best qualities.
Once a 17th century monastery, then a private palace, and now a luxury boutique hotel, Relais Christine is full of Parisian charm and history. The recently renovated property is tucked on a private, alley-like street just a half mile from the Louvre and Notre Dame and just steps from the Seine River in the artistic 6th arrondissement, Saint Germain.
I dreamed of visiting the Chateau Lake Louise for years, ever since a family I nannied for in college showed me photos of it. Several years later, we were lucky enough to spend several snowy days there during Christmas week, and the place really was magical!
In search of a charming Christmas destination? Look no farther than London.
The sprawling metropolis of over 20 million residents, also known as “CDMX” (Cuidad de México) or “D.F.” (Distrito Federal), is home to some really inspiring art, history, architecture, and food.
When planning a July trip to Mexico City (aka CDMX) with some dear friends of ours, we had the usual objectives when searching for a hotel: nice accomodations, good service, great location. But because we were traveling with friends, we also looked for a hotel with common areas where we could hang out. The Four Seasons Mexico City checked all of those boxes, but it was the courtyard that really sold us… and it all totally exceeded our expectations once we arrived.
I’m pretty sure San Francisco is my spirit city.
In the past five years, I’ve racked up a long list of “favorite” San Francisco restaurants because it’s too hard to narrow it down to just one or two.
Some highlights of where we traveled, what we ate, what I grew in my garden, what we watched, what we read, and the ways we worked in the last year.
It’s hard not to love a palace built in the 1930s, especially one that’s been meticulously restored and modernized. The Palace side of the hotel boasts crystal chandeliers, intricately carved wooden doors, and historic details. The Tower side is sleek, contemporary, and posh in a totally different way.
Even though I spent a large part of my childhood in North Carolina, I never spent much time in Winston-Salem. The city was built around the tobacco industry, which declined decades ago. Even though a strong university and hospital presence remained, the city was left with a lot of abandoned warehouses and historical structures. But a recent renaissance has filled those spaces with cool breweries and trendy restaurants.
Asheville is a quirky little city in Western North Carolina, known for the Biltmore House, beer, hippies, and more recently, a great food scene. It’s a place to escape normal. And good news if you like traveling with your pup: many Asheville establishments are dog-friendly.