I've always wanted to live one of those New York Times "36 Hours In..." articles. You know, where the author lands in some exotic/semi-exotic locale and absorbs the entire city's delights with the effortless aplomb of a jet set socialite, dashing from hidden bakeries to up-and-coming neighborhoods to quirky galleries, as if money and time were mere playthings to be indulged in, then tossed away. And all that in only 36 hours!, you marvel as the author concludes that City Not On Your Radar is now The Hippest Place in North America.Read More
It was supposed to be a quick weekend jaunt. A Portland getaway. Fly up, hang out, see friends, eat, return. In, out. Easy, peasy.
Of course, while I was there this time, I'd want to make a trip out to the coast. See a beach I'd seen a picture of, see another beach I'd pinned on Pinterest. Oh, and visit the Tillamook Cheese Factory where it seemed every family member of mine had been but me. And get to Multnomah Falls. I'd need a car, of course.
And if I'd be driving, I could drive all the way to Hood River. Presumably my friend living in Eugene would join me in Portland, maybe I could drive her all the way home? Maybe I could just drive to Eugene to start?
That, my friends, is how a two-day weekend trip to Portland quickly morph into an eight-day road trip.Read More
Many moons ago, my friend Lianne was in town from NYC/Austin/the world and said she wanted to go eat oysters and drink wine and basically be spectacular and live the good life that California is famous for. Along with our friend Jessica, we piled into a ZipCar and I took them on what I should patent as my very own "Townie Tour," where I take visitors to my favorite hotspots outside of San Francisco. We had one of the more epic day outings I've had in recent years as we bopped around Marin from one bucolic setting to the next.
One day after I got back from my SE Asia travels, Jessica announced that she'd be moving to London. Once I got over my initial bummed-out-ness (and realized that one less friend in SF now meant one more person to visit in London, hopefully with a decent sofa!), I knew the only way to celebrate her departure was with another epic outing to check out more of the glories north of The City.Read More