Truckee

This quaint town in North Lake Tahoe is one of my favorite destinations - both in the summer and in the winter. I’m lucky enough to have a friend with a cabin at Tahoe Donner, so it’s one of my most reasonable getaways year-round! Lisette and Alison at Sugarbowl. Lisette and family at Squaw Valley … Continue reading Truckee

Cider in San Jose

One of my new favorite spots just outside of downtown San Jose is Cider Junction. This is a cider lover’s paradise. As a celiac, I particularly appreciate the variety of dry cider and several gluten free menu items. This is not a fruity little cocktail place, there’s something for everyone here - whether you prefer … Continue reading Cider in San Jose

Kauai Part II

After an amazing (but strenuous) four days on the Kalalau trail, I spent the second half of my vacation at the wonderful Grand Hyatt resort in Poipu. I’m a points junkie and saved up to spend four nights in this luxurious beachfront hotel. We were lucky enough to score an upgraded room with a partial … Continue reading Kauai Part II

Golden Circle, Dill & Tips (Part VII)

On our way back into the city we decided to do all the main tourist attractions of the “Golden Circle” before spending one last day in Reykjavik. We visited Geysir, this impressive geyser erupted regularly much to the delight of a large crowd of tourists. We also went to visit Þingvellir National Park to see … Continue reading Golden Circle, Dill & Tips (Part VII)

Myvatn & Akeyuri (Part IV)

After a very long day of driving the eastern edge of Iceland, we drove quickly through Myvatn to our lodgings at Narfastadir (another HeyIceland booking), one of the great perks of this lovely little hotel was that they had gluten free bread! Lake Myvatn. Photo credit: Lisette The next morning we doubled back to check … Continue reading Myvatn & Akeyuri (Part IV)

Iceland Part I – Reykjavik

The next few blogs will be a departure from my local adventures - I took a much needed (and long overdue) vacation to Iceland early this summer. My wonderful climbing partner Casey and I decided we deserved to have a serious adventures, so we planned the ultimate trip around Iceland’s Ring Road. Like most people, … Continue reading Iceland Part I – Reykjavik

Oxbow Public Market – Napa

This summer, I was fortunate enough to have a client event at the Oxbow Public Market, so of course - I immediately volunteered to attend. Lowepro was celebrating their 50th anniversary, so in order to mark the occasion, they hired professional photographers around the globe to lead informative walks in stunning locations, giving participants tips … Continue reading Oxbow Public Market – Napa

Dining Decadence – Plumed Horse

I recently experienced the most exquisite meal at a restaurant I’ve long dreamed of visiting - the Plumed Horse. My lovely friend Marjorie organized this intimate gathering to celebrate her birthday and savor nine delectable courses in this venerable and renowned Saratoga restaurant. The glorious wine room. Photo credit: Lisette The restaurant lies along the … Continue reading Dining Decadence – Plumed Horse

Incline Village Ski Trip

In an effort to use a few vacation days, last weekend I went up to Incline Village for a quick ski-getaway just before the crowds headed up for the President’s Day weekend. Once again utilizing my Hyatt points, I booked Thursday and Friday night at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe and began looking for restaurants … Continue reading Incline Village Ski Trip