Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains just outside of Denver lies Golden, Colorado. Since the 1970s, most people have associated Golden with Coors, since the mega-brewery not only calls the town home, but also markets itself using the majestic backdrop of the Rockies in most of its advertising, which is kind of a shame.… Continue Reading →
This might be stating the obvious but…the desert is hot. Really hot. And it doesn’t matter if you’re sitting poolside at the Desert Riviera, swanning around Palm Springs, or hiking to the top of Mt. Ryan in Joshua Tree, whatever you’re doing, you’re going to work up a thirst – and we think the best way to slake it is with a brew from Coachella Valley Brewing Company.… Continue Reading →
The first thing we noticed about the Desert Riviera Hotel was that we didn’t notice anything; it looks so unassuming from the outside, a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it sign, high green hedge walls and a tiny notch of a parking lot.
But those hedges are hiding a slice of paradise – a cerulean pool straight out of a Hockney surrounded by chaise lounge chairs and shaded by palm trees.… Continue Reading →
On June 30, 1864, President Lincoln signed a land grant to protect the Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove. It was the first time the United States set aside land to preserve its majestic beauty for future generations.
Here are some of our favorite photos of the Yosemite Valley from our recent trip to the park.… Continue Reading →
One of the first things you notice about Montreal is the art. Sculptures dot public squares and guard the entrances to banks and museums alike: the brand new Le Soleil rises above the steps of the Musee des Beaux Art and Female Landscape adorns Ville-Marie Square.… Continue Reading →
Vernazza is a teeny tiny town…most of it’s 800 or so residents are tucked away in the winding streets and in the hills, and most tourists visit during the day, so when night falls, the town can get a little deserted. Cinque Terre is perfect if you want some peace and quiet, not so much if you want to go clubbing.… Continue Reading →
One of the great things about Cinque Terre, and actually, Italy in general, is that despite all of the tourists, the vast majority of restaurants serve amazing food at reasonable prices. Sure, you’ll find the odd tourist trap here and there, but for the most part, the food is at worst better than average and at best…sublime.… Continue Reading →
Part of what makes Cinque Terre so charming is what it lacks. There aren’t cars or chain restaurants, massive hotels or big box stores. Everything is quaint, small and impossibly beautiful, all signs of a world that was untouched for years. The villages are nestled between the sea and the mountains, climbing up steep cliffs adorned with terraced fields of lemon and olive trees.… Continue Reading →
If you are visiting Cinque Terre and you love fried food (and let’s face it, who doesn’t), then a stop at Batti Batti Friggitoria is mandatory. This tiny restaurant, located on the main drag in Vernazza, serves up delicious fried seafood and vegetables in paper cones.… Continue Reading →
You know the moment. The clouds part, a ray of light beams, a choir of angels sings and you are happy to your very soul. That’s how we felt when we took our first bite of focaccia at Batti Batti in Vernazza. (It’s also how we felt when we took our second bite, and our third, and the next day when we went back for more.)
You see, at Batti Batti, focaccia isn’t some bastardized half-hearted pizza wannabe.… Continue Reading →