As each year comes to a close, reflecting on all of the positive moments that I’ve experienced throughout it, is a refreshing way to end a year and bring in a new one. I’d like to do just that in regards to my 2016 travels, so here is my 2016 travel recap.
Having a co-owner who graduated first in his class at the Culinary Institute of America, worked at the famous Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, and has been the executive chef at places as prestigious as the United Nations in New York, it has every right to put on airs as some restaurants of even lesser credentials do. Yet Corner Kitchen Asheville emanates warmth and aromatic charm the instant you walk up the porch and through its threshold.
From a foodie perspective, New Mexico comes in first with its biggest foodie export: delicious New Mexico green chiles. And while we had plenty of green chiles while in Santa Fe (more on that coming soon), that isn’t the only delightful cuisine that Santa Fe boasts. We decided to learn more about the influence Spanish cuisine on the area in the Authentic Spanish Tapas cooking demonstration at the Santa Fe School of Cooking. And, of course, enjoy the feast that ensued.
Hotels in New York City can be tough to navigate. With boutique hotels especially, it can be tough to know what you are getting in terms of quality. That’s why we were so delighted with our stay at Yotel New York, a boutique hotel with sleek design and perfect location in the city. Check out this Yotel New York review.
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As an attorney, I love learning. As a traveler, I love seeing new sites and learning about the places I visit (not to mention taking great photos). So when I was planning my trip to Europe, a continent rich in architecture and history, I wanted insight into the places I visited that went beyond just the simple surface level. I wanted context. Enter Context Travel.
When my friend (shout out to Amber) told me she wanted to grab some fried chicken for Sunday lunch at a local spot that had, as she described, the best fried chicken she had ever had, I was skeptical. Then, I quickly remembered that my buddy is from the south, so I decided to give it a try. The spot was Gus’s Fried Chicken. Touted as world famous…and the chicken may just live up to the hype.
I am an accommodations snob. There, I said it. I always try to book great accommodations at a reasonable rate. So when I learned that I was staying at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Temecula, courtesy of Visit Temecula Valley, for a wine-tasting excursion with my dad for Father’s Day, I was hopeful—yet admittedly, a bit nervous—about whether the property would meet my typically high expectations.
It far exceeded them.
For a drive down to Temecula for wine tasting with my dad, I wanted something fancy for the weekend. So I was super excited when DriveShop provided me with a 2016 Mazda6 Grand Touring—in cherry red—for the roadie. DriveShop provided me with this car in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
This whole trip came up as a last minute change of plans. For Father’s Day, I had planned to go wine tasting with my dad in Santa Barbara. Then, Santa Barbara caught on fire. So frantically, on the day of his arrival, I started looking into other options so as to salvage the wine weekend. After some quick searching, I came up with and decided on Temecula for our wine tasting weekend.
And I am so glad I did.
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