Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo

Fantasyland: Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, CA

San Luis Obispo (SLO) and the Madonna Inn, especially, are wonderful destinations for a three day weekend if you’re in California. Located in the Central Coast region, about halfway between LA and San Fransisco, it’s an easy drive. We left work on Friday at noon (sneaking out of the city before rush hour makes all the difference) and made it to the Madonna while it was still light out. … Continue reading Fantasyland: Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, CA

What to Do, See, and Eat in Oklahoma City

This post originally appeared on XOXO, Lib. I’ve included it here with permission. We didn’t give each other gifts this Christmas, promising that we’ll take a road trip soon instead. Well, “soon” turned into a few months later but we finally made good on our promise to one another. When I would tell people that we were using our quick vacation to visit Oklahoma City, most … Continue reading What to Do, See, and Eat in Oklahoma City

Groovy Hotel: The Pearl in San Diego

Flashback to 10 years ago. I started college in Point Loma, San Diego and commuted down Rosecrans Street every day. A unique-looking vintage hotel out the right window caught my eye each and every time as I headed to class. I always imagined what it was like inside and dreamed of staying there. I now know that The Pearl had at that time (2007) recently completed their … Continue reading Groovy Hotel: The Pearl in San Diego

Artelexia: Delightful Mexican Gift Shop in North Park

I started following Artelexia on instagram a couple of months ago when searching the social media site for cool murals in San Diego. At the time, what is now a large, beautiful, inspiring mural on their south exterior wall was being painted. I loved seeing updates over the course of the week, and hurried to go visit the shop in person after it was done. I … Continue reading Artelexia: Delightful Mexican Gift Shop in North Park

Holy Matcha

Holy Matcha: Yummy Coffee Alternative

The shop that launched a zillion Instagrams just celebrated their one month anniversary. I’ll mention the decor (which was the real showstopper) first, and then get to the drinks and snacks second. Wow! It’s so pretty inside and smells amazing. They have fresh flowers everywhere. If there were ever a café interior designed specifically on trends, it would be this one… Palm wallpaper is so 2017. … Continue reading Holy Matcha: Yummy Coffee Alternative

5 Best Tips for Experiencing the Superbloom

‘Twas the second weekend of March. Southern California had gotten so much rain in December, January and February that rumors swirled that the famous desert “superbloom” was imminent. Last year I went desert camping with some friends in late April, which was a great time for camping but too late for flowers. This year I was determined to see some. The rest of San Diego county was determined … Continue reading 5 Best Tips for Experiencing the Superbloom

Not Enough Time in Gorgeous Sedona, Arizona

Sedona, Arizona is a beautiful town set in some of the most wonderful scenery I’ve ever visited. Sedona is the town, but also a catchall to refer to the whole region, including Red Rocks State Park (not to be confused with Red Rocks Park near Denver). One of the days during our Prescott getaway included driving over to Sedona to see a few sites and to … Continue reading Not Enough Time in Gorgeous Sedona, Arizona