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Living Like a Local

When I travel, it’s the sense of unfamiliarity and newness that drives me. Being able to say, “I’ve never seen that before” is why I travel. Travel is letting yourself be a stranger in a strange land, navigating roads and customs, and experiencing a million tiny things for the first time. And then, there’s that […]

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Not surprisingly, we’re still thinking about our Portland adventure. On one of our epic afternoon jaunts (I think we covered the whole city at least three times on foot) we stumbled upon Merriweather’s Restaurant. It instantly became a recommendation on our site, because what we thought would be simply a charming local eatery turned out […]

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I was lucky enough to be invited to stay in a beautiful vacation rental in Taos, New Mexico. Taos is a magical place to begin with, but this particular home captured the wonder of the area so spectacularly that I just had to share it. The owners have inhabited the Taos estate for several years […]

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As we all know, the Sonoma Wine Country has tons of wineries, which can make for a fun weekend getaway. But where’s the fun in elbowing your way to the wine tasting counter, or yelling over the shrill sound of tipsy tourists when trying to engage in a conversation? I don’t know about you, but […]

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Everything you need to know about coffee culture in San Francisco, you can learn from this video: Seriously, watch it. It is the most hilarious Internet video I’ve seen in a long time (and I watch a LOT of Internet videos). If you’d like to check out the venues mentioned, where coffee “costs more than […]

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Oh, the joys of living in a culturally diverse city like San Francisco! We get it all: spicy Indian food, 12-person Afro-funk bands and awesome, traditional holiday celebrations like the Dia de los Muertos — or, Day of the Dead — celebration in the Mission District. About the holiday: Dia de los Muertos is a […]

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Imagine walking home from dinner one night, just minding your own business, when suddenly you come upon this: They always say it’s only the tourists in a city who look up, but sometimes it’s worth reminding the locals to crane their necks from time to time. The particular performance I happened upon last weekend was […]

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As in most other big cities, the gourmet food truck and food cart trend is in full swing here in San Francisco. It’s pretty surprising, too, considering the fact that San Francisco has yet to change it’s legislation to better accommodate food trucks, like other cities have. But maybe all the struggle and determination required […]

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We all know travel can change lives, but we rarely think about the impact we have on those we visit (unless, of course, we’re stealing pierogi from them…). To set the stage for this story, you need to know that last weekend I stayed in my first yurt. This therapy studio-turned-weekend-vacation-rental in Mendocino, 3 hours […]

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Harvest Festivals are in full swing all over California wine country, with many vineyards offering visitors a piece of the action. All you need to do is take off your shoes, roll up your pants, and…well…you get the idea: Grape stomping (also known as foot treading) is possibly the most fun one can have around […]

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I’ve stayed in quite a few vacation rentals in my day, but my two greatest vacation rental experiences EVER have been in homes that provide chefs. And it’s not because of the cooking. It’s because of the chefs themselves. Passionate about their towns, both sought to make me love them as much as they did. […]

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