The best thing about Lake Placid is how close it is to Keene, an inviting mountain town at the intersection of craftsmanship and rustic living. There’s no doubt Lake Placid enjoyed its heydey hosting the 1932 and 1980 Olympics. Today, the natural scenery is still beautiful but the village itself is more tchotchke than charming. I booked a room at the Lake House at High Peaks Resort, justifying the cost because kayaks and paddleboards are included. The rooms’ private balconies overlook a parking lot next to the lake, so […]
Who knew 24 hours in Park City could be so much fun?! When you love hiking and skiing but live in a place as flat as Chicago, you have to get creative. Having visited Salt Lake City in 2003, I knew that you could make it from the airport to the mountains in just 25 minutes. Over Tuesday dinner, my friend Purani asked if I wanted to take a weekend trip to visit nature. Four days and two cheap plane tickets […]
Before visiting New Mexico, my only associations with the state were hot air balloons and southwestern art. (Oh, and also a song from an old Disney movie called Newsies.) A weekend trip with Katie and Tamara showed me there’s a lot more to know and love about New Mexico…starting with alpacas! With Santa Fe as our destination, we flew into Albuquerque to drive up north via the Turquoise Trail which lies east of the Sandia Mountains. Starting at Tijeras, our first stop was at Hollywick Farms […]
Regardless of where I am in the world, sipping a hot cup of coffee is my daily highlight. So when in Colombia, I could think of no place better to visit than the coffee region known as Eje Cafetero. While in Bógota, I saw a sign outside of Starbucks in Chapinero that read: Orgullosamente servimos café colombiano en más de 23.000 tiendas en 66 países (Proudly we serve Colombia coffee in 23,000 stores in 66 countries) Until I knew the […]
Anytime vacationing in wine country is an option, my answer is a definitive YES. My friend, Katie, invited me and four other gals to celebrate her 40th birthday in Mendoza. Each of our three days was unique, but sublime! As a city, Mendoza lacks the charm of a wine country downtown like Napa Valley or Stellenbosch. Still, there’s plenty of great dining and shopping. I found retail to be far pricier than in Buenos Aires, but the selection was unique. We spent our evenings strolling […]
What a gorgeous day for a nine mile hike! Lucky for me, Frances knows the trails at Marin Headlands well and took me on an amazing journey. The wildflowers decorating the hills gave us that much more to enjoy about the already incredible scenery. We stopped at Pelican Inn for a lunch break of charcuterie and cheese plates paired with Magners Irish Cider.