Lodging Review | Hacienda del Sol, Tucson

Where to stay in Tucson? Tucked in the desert foothills of Tucson, Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch is a wonderfully preserved Old West resort with plush beds and private patios looking out onto desert vistas. We loved roaming the meticulously maintained grounds, wandering from one charming adobe courtyard to another, on the lookout for road runners and hummingbirds. For a full throwback to what this place was like for Hollywood stars in the 40s, book the Hepburn-Tracy suite, which is the casita that Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy shacked up in on more than one occasion. A stay here is great for those looking for a classic Western experience, with all the modern amenities.

Lodging Review | Hotel Carmel

Located right in the heart of downtown Carmel, Hotel Carmel is a recently renovated hotel that offers comfortable beds, plush robes, a continental bagel bar breakfast (with local strawberry cream cheese), and Nespresso machines in room. We loved hanging out in the stylishly decorated lobby, and relaxing with a glass of local pinot noir (from the daily happy hour) in the hot tub. A fire pit surrounded by Adirondack chairs makes for the perfect post dinner hang out location, or if you prefer something more secluded, head to your private balcony. Hotel Carmel is a wonderful home base for a weekend.

A San Franciscan's Guide to Carmel

Only two hours from San Francisco, but seemingly worlds away, the charming little town of Carmel almost transports you to another country or another time with it’s signature fairytale cottage architecture and location just steps from the Pacific ocean. As I walked through town, exploring courtyard after courtyard plush with potted annuals and window boxes pregnant with greenery, the sidewalks buckled beneath my feet, tree roots slowly disrupting the bricks yet adding to the coziness of this small town. I breathed in the smell of pine and eucalyptus mixed with a wisp of sea breeze, and exhaled the stress of city life that I left behind for the weekend.

Pictures from Oz | Tasmania

When our friends Timon and Yana quit their jobs to start traveling the world three years ago, we had no idea how long their travels would last, or where their adventures would take them. They’ve always been avid hikers, planning ambitious 30 or 40 mile backpacking trips seemingly every weekend. Boldness and sheer determination are two of the characteristics that come to mine when thinking about what traits define them as individuals, and a couple. They’re love of the wilderness continues into their travels today, where they visit some of the most remote destinations in the world, trekking to capture breathtaking vistas, surrounded by nothing but Mother Earth. One of those destinations was Tasmania, and the images they captured are stunning.

12 Things to Do in the Presidio | San Francisco

While many San Franciscans know of the Presidio and have enjoyed its beauty, they may not know that the most visited U.S. National Park lies in their city limits.  Thanks to its location in America’s 13th largest city, the Presidio sees more visitors than any other National Park in the country and offers a plethora of sights and activities that keeps visitors coming back for more.  Below are some of our favorite Presidio experiences.