As a self-anointed ambassador of Seattle, I give you the keys to my favorite old haunts, the best new spots to check out, and the truly amazing places that are straight up AWESOME and cannot be missed (even if it’s raining).Read More
In mid-December I snuck away to San Francisco for a weekend with friends – good food, a great new hotel, and 48-carefree hours of not having to worry about anyone but myself. I highly recommend booking a weekend city break at some point this winter. If not for the change of scenery and the luxury of pressing the pause button on everything at home, then at least for the extravagance of ordering room service! So, with my first article of 2019, I give you my “Hot List” for a weekend away in San Francisco. Happy New Year!Read More
Whether it is your first time in wine country, or your 25th time, you really can’t beat a weekend in Napa and Sonoma. Here is a long awaited write up of my favorite spots in wine country. A few new places, and several wonderful mainstays that only get better with age.Read More
Seattle is a city that is constantly evolving. The expansion of Microsoft, Starbucks, Amazon, and countless other companies has caused an unprecedented urban growth cycle that has transformed the demographics and landscape of this beautiful city. With the exception of a few years in the mid-1990’s, I have lived my entire life in Seattle, and have had a ringside seat to its change from sleepy Northwest city to booming Pacific Rim metropolis. Put aside its reputation for rain, and you will find a lush city surrounded by mountains and water, with incredible restaurants and friendly people. Here’s the inside scoop on what is new and timeless in Seattle.Read More
There is always a good reason to visit New York City. If you haven't been lately, you really should go. New York is more than Broadway shows, Times Square, and the Statue of Liberty....exceptional food and unparalleled art, not to mention great shopping, are all reasons you owe the City a visit. Plus, it is finally spring - the best time of year to go.Read More
I am neither a restaurant critic, nor a food photographer, but I am a cook who loves to eat! Seattle has many wonderful restaurants, but here is a list my favorite meals from 2016.Read More
Anything goes at the coast! If you have never been to the beaches of northern Oregon, the time is now. 365 days a year, the Oregon coast beckons storm seekers, sun lovers, clam diggers, kite fliers, and anyone else who loves the beach, the ocean and everything that comes with it. Read on...the coast is calling!Read More
Maybe it's the breeze from the Pacific Ocean or the smell of eucalyptus trees, but there is something about the coast of Marin County. Only 45 minutes from San Francisco, the beaches and hamlets that surround the Point Reyes seashore are an oasis for artists, surfers, farmers, and travelers looking for a break from the City. Read up, it's time to visit West Marin!Read More
Hop on a ferry and take your next adventure outside of the city! Only 30 minutes from downtown Seattle, Vashon Island is experiencing a bit of a renaissance while also keeping its cool. A new boutique hotel, interesting restaurant openings, and beautiful beaches and forests are waiting to be explored. Go for the day, but chances are you may just end up sleeping over.Read More
Amangiri, a recent addition to Aman Resort's U.S. portfolio, is situated on 600 acres of pristine land in Canyon Point, Utah. Overlooking the stark, beautiful desert of the American Southwest, every room and public space at Amangiri is appointed to take in the spectacular view of the surrounding mesas. Make Amangiri your base for exploring the Navajo Slot Canyons, Lake Powell, Monument Valley, the Grand Canyon, the Paria Canyon wilderness and many more incredible natural wonders. Whether you have never been to the Southwest, are seeking the solitude of Canyon Point, or are just in need of a magical, luxurious, and unique hotel experience, a visit to Amangiri should be on your list.Read More
If you are looking to get out of dodge for a night or a weekend, here are the highlights from Portland's West End. Home to cool hotels, great restaurants, and excellent shopping, the West End is Portland's latest neighborhood to heat up.Read More
I often feed my wanderlust with food, so why not put together a hit list of my favorite Seattle spots? Several are new, some are tried and true, and others are just hitting their stride. If you are looking for a delicious meal, you cannot go wrong with any of the restaurants on this list!Read More
Mr. West Cafe and Bar is a morning to evening affair housed in the lobby of a 1980's brick building at the north end of downtown. The menu evolves with the day. Think granola, toast, salads, cheese, and charcuterie. It's the perfect spot to grab an exceptional Americano and a grilled cheese sandwich with tomatoes and pickles.Read More
Every wanted to skip out and spend a weekend away in the hot sun, without the long plane flight or passports? Palm Springs is abuzz with a new influx of creatives who are revamping the food, hotel and design scene. So, whether this is your first trip to Palm Springs or your fifteenth, there is something new for everyone.Read More
This week I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Mike Malone of Portland based, Livestock Framing. Livestock takes your images from the computer to the wall in a few easy steps. Whether it is a photo you have lost inside your phone, a snapshot taken with your point and shoot, or a RAW image from your full frame camera, Livestock brings your images to life with custom printing and framing.
Take a look at my interview on the Livestock blog, and consider their work the next time you are thinking about bringing one of your images to life.
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The Methow Valley in North central Washington State has been my home away from home since I was a kid. I love it because it is the anti-resort; a community of organic farmers, hard core nordic skiers, cowboys, and drop outs from the west side (Seattle). The weather is dry, the scenery outstanding, and the access to the outdoors second to none. Check it out. If you visit, you might just stay.Read More