The Perfect Point Reyes Itinerary

Point Reyes…just far enough away from San Francisco to feel like a true getaway (great for people like me who want a vacation but can no longer fly!). We had a fun-filled two nights and highly recommend the itinerary below:

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Stay: The Coal & Feed

Do: Visit the Point Reyes Historic Lighthouse and the Point Reyes Shipwreck

Breakfast: Bovine Bakery

Lunch: Saltwater Oyster Depot

Cocktail Hour: Nick’s Cove

Dinner: Sir & Star

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48 Hours in LA

Feeling rejuvenated and inspired after a Creative Retreat to Los Angeles. Sharing our itinerary below if you ever find yourself needing recommendations on where to stay or what to do:

STAY:

Palihouse Santa Monica

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EAT:

Gjusta for brunch

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Grand Central Market for lunch

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Leona for dinner

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DRINK:

Ace Hotel Rooftop for Sunset Drinks

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Little Beach House Malibu

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DO: 

Bike Will Rogers State Beach to Venice

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Shop Brentwood Country Mart

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Hike Temescal Canyon Trail to Inspiration Point

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New to Nantucket

The last time I was in Nantucket, I was pregnant with Hank (aka a narcolept). I went from the beach chair to the couch to…my bed. This year I plan on taking full advantage of everything Nantucket has to offer. My rebound year. I’m especially looking forward to checking out what’s new on the Island:

Margaret Elizabeth Jewelry

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Supta Yoga Nantucket

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RM-Web-Whats-New-22-Federa-InteriorThe Skinny Dip

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And of course, my old faithfuls.

 

 

 

24 hours: Carmel, CA

Back from a quick trip to Carmel where we celebrated my Father-in-law’s 60th birthday. Despite the short (and foggy) stay, it felt like a nice getaway from city life. Itinerary and photos below!

Stay: The Hideaway

Lunch: The Bench Restaurant

Happy Hour: Mission Ranch Inn

Dinner: Casanova

Post dinner: Rooftop at Vesuvio

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Travel Guide: Rome (eats)

I truly believe you can’t eat a bad meal in Rome. That being said, before leaving I found the end of the Internet really did my research to come up with the absolute best spots to eat.

Da Armando al Pantheon: My husband Snapchat messaged NYC Chef extraordinaire, Frank Prisinzano while in Rome asking where we should eat (“yo Franky, where should I bring my wife to eat in Rome? Bring your #A-game). Cringe. Frank actually responded with “Armando al Pantheon”. What a guy. Eat here.

Roscioli: Enjoy a long, leisurely lunch here and order the Cacio e Pepe and Carbonara. You will most definitely need a siesta after #carbicide. We absolutely loved our meal and especially loved the 15-month-old next to us who dined on ricotta cheese while sitting in a big wine bucket. No highchairs. Their pizzeria, Antico Forno, has some of the best Roman style pizza. Eat at room temperature.

Ristorante Nino: A very old school restaurant with a mix of chic international and local diners. It’s apparently Tom Cruises’ favorite restaurant, if you’re into that sort of thing. We had a great meal here on our first night.

Ristorante Piperno: located in the Jewish Ghetto, we dined here on our last night in Rome. The setting is beautiful and incredibly romantic (a couple got engaged a few tables away from us!). Order the Palle del Nonno aka Grandpa’s Balls. I was told it was one of those “don’t ask, just do” kind of things. Mouth-watering.

Da Enzo: authentic Roman food (locals considerate to be a secret gem). It’s not in the greatest part of town but it’s simple and unbelievably cheap!

Pizzeria La Montecarlo is a delicious sit down pizzeria with great pasta.
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Until next time, Italy! Thanks for following along.

Travel Guide: Rome (stay + see)

We watched Anthony Bourdain’s “The Layover: Rome” before leaving on our trip. While we weren’t overly impressed with the food stops on this particular episode, the biggest take away was Bourdain’s advice to: “Visit Rome slowly. You sit, you stroll, you take it slow and as it comes. You don’t go to see stuff, you let it slip up on you — one piazza, one fountain, one amazing structure at a time.” And, that is exactly what we did. It was the best-case scenario for such a short stay.

STAY:

Hotel Raphael: This sophisticated, ivy-covered hotel is located in our favorite neighborhood (and less than a 15-minute walk to the Trevi Fountain). Beautiful, quiet and quaint. Artists painting on the streets, old men playing chess outside of charming local coffee shops and beautiful storefronts around every corner. Book far in advance to get the best rates. While breakfast is included, skip it. Breakfast: quite possibly the only thing Europeans don’t do well!

Hotel de Russie: a friend put it perfectly, the hotel is “f*ck off beautiful”. We visited this hotel for a drink in the garden — a green oasis right in the center of Rome and only 5 minutes from the Spanish Steps.

SEE/ DO (besides the obvious choices):

Galleria Borghese: if you only have time to visit one art gallery in Rome, this is it. It’s been referred to as “the queen of all private art collections”. Also, the grounds are spectacular and worth a stroll.

Palazzo Doria Pamphilij: one of those places that popped up on us and totally worth a visit even if you skip the art.

Daniela’s Cooking School: specializing in Roman and Neapolitan dishes.

Every and any church: A hotel guest at Hotel Santa Caterina told us: “if you pass a church, go inside”. The best advice as well as a nice break from the intense July heat.

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Next up: Rome eats!

Travel Guide: Vietri sul Mare

A stop in Vietri sul Mare, famous for its majolica tiles, is obligatory on your journey home. The town is filled to the brim with brightly colored ceramic shops where you can buy one-of-a-kind plates, bowls, mugs, platters, vases, jugs…the list goes on. The majority of Hotel Santa Caterina’s rooms are decorated with ceramics from here (as well as the dinner plates from J.K. Place Capri which I went gaga for). We made out like bandits at Ceramic Artistica Solimene with a new set of plates, serving platters, fruit bowl, pasta bowls and Christmas gifts galore. The prices are out of this world affordable and they will custom design anything you wish. We can’t wait to put them to use and relive our precious time on the Amalfi Coast.

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