Category Archives: travel

Sight Seeing in Colorado: The Double RL Ranch

Last week we were in Colorado, Telluride to be exact, for a friend’s wedding.  It was beautiful, more on that in a later post.  Today is all about what we saw on the road.

We flew into Grand Junction, which is about 2.5 hours from Telluride.  Mark had done this drive before and had said he’d seen the Ralph Lauren ranch on that trip, so as the fence posts started to straighten up and the grass started to appear a bit greener it was clear we were passing the Double RL Ranch, owned by Ralph and Ricky Lauren.

I recognized it right away from the many times I paused and hit play on Oprah’s visit.  I didn’t take any pictures but these are some great ones, better than any I could have taken from the road.

P.S.  How cool to have your own custom Americana teepees, that’s also how I spotted the ranch.

Favorite Places on Earth

In honor of Earth Day – this Sunday, April 22 – I wanted to go into the weekend thinking about some of my favorite “earthy” places on this Earth.

Here are a few of the most awesome and inspiring places I’ve visited so far.


Mount Haleakala, Maui

Southern Most Top of the United States, Hawaii

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Sunset off of Santa Monica Pier, California


I hope you get find something inspiring this weekend!  Happy Earth Day!

Vacation Days

What is your vacation style?  Do you like to relax on a lounge chair, book in one hand, cocktail in the other or are you a go-getter, exploring new locales with sunblock applied and sneakers tied tight?

I try to do a little of both.  We just went to Huntington Beach with friends and we did the most awesome hike at Crystal Cove State Park.  The day started out a bit overcast and cool but by the time we reached the top of the ridge the sun was out and I have a burnt nose to prove it!

Trail Map

The great thing about this hike is that if you’re more of a cocktail and lounge kind of a gal at the end of the hike you can justly reward yourself with a sweet sip, a salty bite and this view at the Beachcomber at Crystal Cove.

Crystal Cove State Park

Vacation should be the best of both worlds, don’t you think?


At the midpoint of this winter season I am struck with a real case of wanderlust that the typical stay-cation doesn’t seem capable of curing.  DC’s cold, windy and gray days have me longing for a some salt water and icy drinks, instead of salty sidewalks and icy windows.

The New York Times puts out a list of “must-see” places for each year, and they are all across the spectrum and all around the world.  That’s a good start for inspiration, but I already have a good sized list going.

What places are on your travel wishlist?



South Africa!


These are just a small handful of the world I have yet to see and explore.  Where are your Top 3 travel destinations?

Resort 2011: Meet Me in the Mediterranean

Where have we been so far, Miami and the Mountains? How about a trip over the ocean to the idyllic Mediterranean!

The Mediterranean is surrounded by the sea, and your packing list should be inspired by it. If you’re oohing and ahhing over the idea of ouzo, this is the packing list for you.

Meet Me in the Mediterranean

Shop: Tunic, Dress, Hat, Shades, Bikini, Pants, Espadrille, Sandals

If you’re heading to the Mediterranean, prepare to be washed in blues, be kissed by the sun, find sand between your toes, and floating through your vacation in lighter than air fabrics.

Happy Packing!

Resort 2011: Meet Me in the Mountains

Is Miami not your speed, that’s okay, the “bienvenidoes a Miami” isn’t.  I’ll tell Will Smith.  Perhaps you’re more of a swoosh, swoosh than splish, splash kind of a gal.  If you’re ready for the mountain, and the apres ski, this is your packing list.

Meet Me in the Mountains

Shop: Coat, Vest, Sweater, Pants, Gloves, Hand Warmers, Goggles, Gloss, Boots, Cap

If you’re going to the mountains (lucky you!), there are a few things to keep in mind: Keep it neutral for easy interchangeable packing, keep it plush for warmth, keep it luxe for life.

Happy Packing!

Resort 2011: Meet Me in Miami

It is resort season!  With the holidays here and the vacation days fully accrued it is time to travel.  I have made up a list of some desirable winter locations, and done the packing for you (in all price points!).  If you’ll just let me know my room number and where I can get my tickets, we’re all set.

This mini-fashion season, also called cruise, is often bright, full of patterns and looks like the most sophisticated and fabulous clothing you’d ever pack for vacation – this is not your shorts and t-shirt trip…

First up, Meet Me in Miami!  What says escape from it all, and party like it’s 2012, like Miami in the winter?  And what is more fun, and colorful, than this packing primer?

Meet Me in Miami

Shop: Cover Up, Bikini, Dress, Shades, Pump, Wedge, Gloss, Shorts, Sparkle

If you’re going to Miami there are a few things to keep in mind: The jewelry and lips, equally shiny, the shorts and swimsuits, equally tiny.  The heels reach a new height, the colors are all shades of bright.

Happy Packing!

Eating Our Way Through New York

This past weekend we went to New York City for a whirlwind trip of less than 48 hours.  New York is a big city, but you’d be surprised how much you can see, do and eat in that short time frame.

We arrived in NY at around 3:00PM and went to our hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn Times Square – perfectly convenient.  Then we were off on our separate ways; Mark to a meeting, me to 5th Avenue… everyone has their priorities!

Fifth Avenue

We reunited at our friends’ apartment in TriBeCa, where we got to hang out with a pretty cool 2 year old, and her new little sister.  Perfect time to see friends, catch up and relax.

Dinner: Ordered in sushi – only in NY can you order in sushi, that is presented just like at a restaurant.

On Saturday, Mark told me we would be going for a big walk.  Having once lived in NY, when he goes back he likes to see as much of it as possible.  And, walk we did!

13.3 Miles in NYC

Breakfast was a quick bite of eggs and bacon at a nearby diner.

Then, we started at Columbus Circle and walked through the winding trails of Central Park.

Central Park

Central Park

After Central Park we walked back down Fifth Avenue and passed Rockefeller Center.

Snack: At Rockefeller Center I spotted a California transplant, the one and only (of only 5 locations) Bouchon Bakery.  We dropped in for a cup of coffee and fresh OJ, and I didn’t think for much else.  Then I spotted macarons.  Made with almond flour, these delightful, multi-color discs had the potential to be a gluten free hit.  Here is my advice: go to NY just for these!  They were the amazing, melt in your mouth, perfectly smooth, fragrant from real vanilla bean goodness that a macaron should be.

Bouchon Bakery Macaron

And then we kept walking and decided on a lunch stop which brought us through Times Square, Murray Hill, Chelsea and eventually the Flat Iron District, for our first visit to Eataly!

Lunch at Eataly

Lunch: I have been looking forward to visiting Eataly for months – that sounds crazy, but I’ve even written about it here, on this blog.  In the shadows of the Flat Iron building stands Eataly, part food court, market, and piazza.  I loved it.  We ate at Verdure, the vegetable focused mini restaurant and watched the store’s motto, “We Sell What We Cook & We Cook What We Sell”, in action.  I ordered an eggplant parmigiana with spaghetti squash, and Mark had a combination lunch of lentil soup, raw salad, farro and vegetable fritto misto.  Of course, we ended our visit with a cup of gelato.  Buon Appetito!

Then we continued our journey through Grammery, Bowery, NoLita, Soho Chinatown, Wall Street, the World Trade Center, all the way to Battery Park at the tip of Manhattan.

The New World Trade Center

Wall Street

The Statue of Liberty from Battery Park

Then, we turned back and walked North to the West Village for our favorite meal of the weekend, at Recette.

Dinner: This is our second time at Recette, and this time we decided to go all out and ordered the Chef’s Five Course Menu.  Tip: Do the same, you’ll be thrilled to follow this chef’s leadership and choices.  The meal by, the cousin of my cousin, Chef Jesse Schenker, was completely memorable.  Each dish of the five courses, amuse bouche and sorbet, was unique and featured new flavors, ingredients and techniques.  After devouring the Scallops with Artichoke, Asparagus spear, and Thumbelina Carrot in a Caviar Beurre Blanc sauce we asked Lindsay, Jesse’s wife and Recette partner, “How does he come up this?” She told us, before running to check on another customer, “he’s like a writer that comes up with crazy stories and surprises…” I’ll finish the thought, the meal like a good book, keeps you wanting more and yet still completely satisfied at the end.

Where are your favorite places to eat in New York?  Have you been to any of these?

Tell me in the comments!

Weekend at the Lake

As you might have guessed, we spent the weekend at the Lake.  Mark’s brother rented a house in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland and on Thursday night we drove over (3.5 hours from DC) to spend the weekend with family and enjoy one of the last weekends of summer.

I love the vibe and aesthetic of a mountain lodge home and mountain towns, and this one was no different.

Tranquility (seriously, that is the house's name) in Deep Creek Lake

With big picture windows, wooden deck and scenic views this house is made for all seasons.

Over the weekend Mark and I got to play “Super Uncle and Aunt”.

Super Uncle and Super Aunt

We saw a bear, went hiking, rode a mountain coaster, got lots of ice cream, learned how to play Angry Birds and had a great time with 2 six-year-olds, a two-year-old, an infant and Mark’s brother and sister, their spouses and his mom.

Hiking Trail

The main attraction, obviously, was the kids and the highlight of the weekend for me was our ride down the Mountain coaster.

My niece, Isabelle, decided that we were going to ride the Mountain Coaster together.  The Mountain Coaster at Wisp Resort is a “gravitational hybrid of an Alpine Slide and a Roller Coaster boasting a 1,300-foot uphill track while twisting, turning, dipping and rolling for 3,500 feet downhill over 350 vertical feet on the eastern side of Wisp Mountain”.

Here’s the truth, I would not have ever wanted to ride the Mountain Coaster.  Ever.  But, then my six year old niece took my hand and told me that she wanted to ride with me.  She was brave, in fact up until 5 minutes before getting in the cart she was ecstatic.

As we settled into the cart and strapped on our seat belts she said, “Maybe we don’t have to go so fast…”  I said, “don’t worry, we don’t have to.”

As we inched up the 1300 feet of the mountain she said, “I am not so sure this is very fun.”

And then we we were off!  We went sliding, turning, curving, running down the mountain.  We screamed, we laughed, sometimes we used the brakes.

Mountain Coaster at Wisp

And at the end, she said “I want to go again!”  and I did too!


Where to Next?

In the last five years Mark and I have been on a lot of trips.  We’ve done weekend trips to NY, weddings in NJ, a couple of long weekends in California, many trips to Florida, short week long trips to the mountains, to Mexico, to Hawaii and to Italy and long week trips to India.

But now, we have no trips planned!  So, the question becomes where to go next?  I have to admit that it is incredibly hot in DC, where we live, so a lot of the trips in my mind are centered around being refreshed and cool.

Here is some trip-spiration.

Raleigh Hotel, South Beach

Santorini, Greece via Travel and Leisure

Formentera, Spain via Travel and Leisure

Where do you want to go next?  Let’s make it somewhere fabulous!