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Travel Guide: Austin, Texas


I had a lovely first visit to Austin – Texas this past October! I spent a lot of time walking around this charming city and thought I would share a few tips on my favourite things to eat, see and do in Austin.

Getting There – We flew direct to Austin from LAX and scored a round-trip ticket for $200 each. Getting from the airport to downtown was maybe a $15 uber ride max. We walked pretty much everywhere, took ubers when we needed them and rented a car for a day to explore outside of the city.


Where To Stay – The brand new JW Marriott Hotel in Austin is one of the newest and fanciest hotels in town. We were not disappointed by our stay and the hotel’s central location downtown. They have an incredible Italian restaurant on-site that makes all of their pasta in-house! Make sure you spend some time sunning yourself next to their rooftop pool. You can read my full feature on the hotel here.


Eat a Breakfast Taco – Taco Shack, Tacodeli, Torchy’s Tacos are a great place to start. I ended up going to The Taco Shack as it was right around the corner from my hotel and got a coveted Breakfast Taco. I chose scrambled eggs, potatoes and chorizo in a flour tortilla with a little bit of salsa on top. One was enough to fill me up! (more…)

Weekend Getaway Guide to Lake Arrowhead


Planning a weekend getaway to Lake Arrowhead?

Find out the best things to do and what we loved about this California mountain town up at 6,000 feet …


Travel Guide: San Francisco, California


Heading to San Francisco?

Paul and I headed up to Nor Cal this past summer and had a blast exploring San Francisco on our way back from our trip to Napa. The last time I was in this fair city was during our Highway 1 road trip back in 2011, so it was great to be back and to have some quality time to properly explore San Francisco.


Where To Stay – I always recommend and stay at Hotel Vitale whenever I can. It’s right on the water and across the street from The Ferry Building (for great eats). The design is modern and warm with easy access to major tourist attractions.

Getting Around – I’ve been craving efficient public transportation and being able to walk everywhere since moving to LA. Getting around San Francisco is a breeze with an extensive bus, trolley and BART system to get you around. We often took the bus, walked and uber’d our way through the city.

We only took our car out when we were traveling further out of the core or if we planned to do a bunch of different things that were spread out. Do note that parking is almost $45/night in the city! Book a parking package with your hotel if you can.


Eat LocalThe Ferry Building is usually my first stop. I like to get a cup of Blue Bottle Coffee, grab edible gifts at Miette Bakery and down a few oysters at Hog Island Oyster Co. Come hungry and eat your way through all the local artisan goods! Other favourites of mine include Cowgirl Creamery and a salami sampler from Boccalone Salumeria. (more…)