Travel Gear to Never Leave Home

What is the one travel item you absolutely can’t leave at home? Or perhaps, the top […]

By |March 12th, 2015|Featured, Homepage_Featured, Tips and Trends, Travel|23 Comments

Photo Essay: Weekend Getaway to Ojai, California

I’m going to be frank. I was a little skeptical when an inland California mountain […]

By |February 27th, 2015|Featured, Travel, US (West Coast)|0 Comments

On the Red Carpet at the 2015 Oscars

“Your Academy Awards Invitation.” That was the subject line of an email I received a few […]

By |February 23rd, 2015|Featured, Homepage_Featured, The List, Travel, US (West Coast)|18 Comments

Travel Guide to South Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe, and especially South Lake Tahoe, is easily one of my favorite corners of […]

By |February 15th, 2015|Featured, Travel, US (West Coast)|0 Comments

10 of the Best Barrel-Aged Beers in California

The tradition of barrel aging is having a serious moment right now. Barrel aging has […]

By |February 5th, 2015|Beer, Drinks, Featured|0 Comments

A Guide to the Pacific Coast Highway Through Big Sur

I grew up in North Carolina, lived in South Carolina, spent a season in Costa Rica and South Africa, traveled all around Europe, and have called Seattle, San Francisco, and now Los Angeles, home, yet there’s one place that I get more questions and requests about: Big Sur. And it’s for good reason, due in part because of the place it holds among the best drives in the world, but also because I talk about it so much. I believe every traveler wants to see the world, but I also believe that there are one or two destinations that every traveler gravitates toward more than others. One of those places for me is Central California, and more specifically, Big Sur.

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By |November 22nd, 2014|Featured, Travel, US (West Coast)|2 Comments

Photo Essay: Venice’s Abbot Kinney

Anyone who knows anything about me knows that I, like most guys, don’t like shopping. It probably doesn’t help that I was scarred as a child when my mom first took me jeans shopping. In case you’re wondering, an overweight kid, like I was, is not meant to wear Wrangler slim fit jeans. That didn’t stop my mom, however, from yelling at me to “suck it in” while she attempted to pull those jeans to my waist.

Yet, here I am, talking about Venice, California’s Abbot Kinney, known most notably for nothing other than its shopping. But if you’re here expecting a shopping post about Abbot Kinney, then I’m sorry to disappoint. While many people visit Abbot Kinney for its boutique shops, I prefer it for different reasons. Venice is one of my favorite neighborhoods, in part because of its offerings, but also because it’s so walkable. Not to mention that the story behind it is so fascinating.

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By |October 1st, 2014|Featured, Travel, US (West Coast)|6 Comments

What I’ve Learned From Both Living Nomadically and Discovering Home

My first trip to Los Angles was when I was 11. It’s one of the most vivid trips from my childhood. Part of it I can remember as if it was yesterday, like breakfast (and the subsequent conversation with our waitress) one morning at the InterContinental Hotel Los Angeles, located just off Santa Monica Boulevard in Century City. “Oh, you are nearly a Southern Californian being so tall and with such curly hair, but not with that accent.” I blushed, as she continued on, telling me that maybe, just maybe I’d be playing for the Lakers being so tall. 20 years later and I’m back in Los Angeles, just off Santa Monica Boulevard still, but this time I call it home.

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By |August 29th, 2014|Featured, Philosophy, Travel|7 Comments

Los Angeles Summer Bucket List

Growing up, Los Angeles (and in general, Southern California) stood out to me as this Rivendell-esque type of place. It resonated with me much more than many other cities, since it was home to so many things I only found in bits and pieces elsewhere, from beaches to mountains to celebs to Disneyland. And when I visited Los Angeles at age 11 it didn’t disappoint, even if our cab driver drove off from the Getty Villa without my mom.

So at the end of last summer, just months after my 30th birthday, I packed up all of my things in my car and fulfilled a travel dream I’ve always had of driving the length of the Pacific Ocean coastline from Seattle down to Los Angeles. However, when I arrived in Los Angeles, I found myself never wanting to leave, and I haven’t, nor do I have plans to, as I have an affinity toward Los Angeles and creating a home life here like I’ve felt no other place. That’s right, this good ‘ole boy who grew up in rural North Carolina went Hollywood.

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By |August 13th, 2014|Featured, Travel, US (West Coast)|2 Comments

Summer Bucket List

So summer evidently arrives in Los Angeles this week. Or at least summer, as most people tend to think about it. While it was a nippy (nippy to me at least) and windy 60 degrees at the beach on Saturday, it warms up this week to a balmy 97 degrees in L.A.. So I’ve virtually unrolled a scroll, made a quill pen and dabbled it in ink to start making my summer life/bucket list.

If you follow me on my blog or on other social channels, then you know that 2013 was something of a bucket list year for me. Upon turning 30 I set out to take on a one-year bucket/life list of things I had always said I wanted to do, but never done. The goal: To do at least 30 of those things. Not one to skimp, I instead did 38. The list was quite a mashup, from attending a taping of a primetime television show (The Sing-Off) to learning to snowboard to going paragliding to flying a plane and a whole lot more.

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By |April 28th, 2014|Featured, Tips and Trends, Travel|13 Comments