First off, how the hell is it 2015 already? This year has flown by so quickly, we cannot believe that’s time to pop the champers and get another 365 started. With the wrapping up of 2014, we wanted to look back at some of our very favorite travel adventures that we’ve had in the past year, and make sure that they’re on your list for future vacations. We had a busy one… from NYC, LA, Denver, San Francisco, California wine country, Las Vegas, Charleston, Marco Island, San Juan and more, we’ve been delighted by discovering cities all other this fine country.
Scroll through and check out some of our most favorite memories of the 2014 travel year and let us know where you’d like to see us travel in 2015!
“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.” – Paul Theroux
We hit up LA in January and it was at the time, the perfect escape from a mighty NYC winter, polar vortex in full force. The California sunshine greeted us, and that night we hit the town for cocktails at the Library Bar at the Hollywood Roosevelt, and then stayed at the super hip + K-Town cool, LINE HOTEL. One of our most memorable meals in the City of Angels was a massive Korean BBQ Feast, and who could ever forget the decadent breakfast sandwich at Egg Slut? Not us. We’re still dreaming about it.
For more on things to do and see while you’re in LA, check out our Los Angeles section on the site here.
Eating is Real Good in Denver, CO
Who would have thought, right? Denver, Colorado has an amazing food scene! We hit the mile high city early in the year and had one of our favorite culinary travel adventures in a long time. With lots of innovation and more tech start-ups moving into the area, brings with it a ton of development, more variety in restaurants, bars and all things delicious.
We hit up everything from oysters, Asian fusion, incredible Mexican, big bowls of spicy noodles, high end twists on New American, and sandwiches that will have you craving them for life! We also love Denver for it’s proximity to all of the incredible ski towns just a short drive away. If you haven’t yet made a trip out to the big D, then get to booking.
It's Not San Fran, It's SF
One thing you’ll learn quickly when visiting San Francisco, is locals really don’t like you to call it San Fran, and definitely not Frisco. But they seem to be ok with SF. This tech centric town by the Bay is filled will opportunity and things to discover. A prime location for road tripping on the weekends up to wine country, or seeking some adventure along Highway 1 — it really is a great place to explore.
It’s got a food scene to rival any culinary big wig (cough, cough, NYC) and we have spent much of our time here eating our way from Richmond, to the Mission, to Marina and more. Want to know where you should eat while you’re in town? We’ve got a list of our top 10 current favorite restaurants.. If you also want to get your hike on, (and we don’t just mean the hills) you can check out some of the perfect Bay area escapes, right here.
It's a Wine of a Time in Napa + Sonoma
That brings us right here. If you are in San Francisco, you have to take a trip out to wine country. There are so many incredible vineyards and wineries (over 400 of them) along with great restaurants, boutique hotels and of course, beautiful surroundings. We have been so lucky to be hitting up a ton of places out in the region and we do have some of our favorites.
If you are after a Brooklynesque vibe, where the hip crowd hangs, be sure to hit up Scribe, started by two brothers. In Sonoma, get into some design and decor while you are sipping on your wines at the trendy Ram’s Gate Winery, or when in Napa, make sure you visit Whetstone Wine Cellars to chill on their great lawn or by the cozy fire in their French style chateau.
What Happens in Vegas
Oh boy. Vegas is definitely still the crazy party haunt it’s always been, but if you want to really let your hair down for a few days, then this is the perfect spot. We hit up LV in the summer and arrived to experience a whirlwind trip for our ’12 Hours in Vegas’ feature. Man, we’re getting the cold sweats just thinking about all the fun we had while there. Fine dining, table service, boozy brunch at Bally’s, day clubs, a super sexy room at The Cromwell Hotel, concerts, bowling and even a view from the ultimate High Roller — 550 feet above Sin City. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
You Can Call It Chucktown
Charleston has a strong hold on our heart. More and more things are happening in this awesome Southern City and we got to spend some one-on-one time there this year. Whether it’s the proximity to stunning beaches like Folley Beach or on Kiawah Island, its southern sophistication or its absolutely kick ass food scene, Charleston is a place you should make sure is on your list.
Stay at the super cool boutique hotel, Zero George, or opt for more of a B & B vibe at Mixon, but then definitely make sure you save room and time to visit Xiao Bao Biscuit, the asian fusion powerhouse located in a refurbished gas station. Later, hit up The Ordinary for oysters and expertly made cocktails and then get ready to be wowed with a tasting menu at Two Boroughs Larder.
Magnificent Marco Island
While we have spent a ton of time in Miami and in that area of Florida, we visited Marco Island on the Gulf Coast side for the very first time this year. Once you fly into Ft Meyers airport in one hour, you’ll be lapping up stunning aqua blue waters and white sand beaches. Marco Island is a perfect escape if you want to just get away for a weekend and avoid massive throngs of tourists.
While in town, stay at the Marco Island Marriott, which has pretty much all you can imagine right at your fingertips. Want to relax in a chickee hut by the beach, ok. How about a massage and jaunt in their state of the art spa? Yes, you can have that too. You can also head out for a sailing and shelling trip with their expert team. The day we went, we saw so much wildlife, including a Bald Eagle!
On property, you’ll also find great perks if you are a Marriott Rewards Member. As I roamed the resort grounds, my phone buzzed with offers for free drinks, discounts on meals at the many restaurants on property and even some more spa time. We kinda loved it so much, we didn’t want to get back on the plane.
See You in San Juan
Such an easy escape from NYC, we chose to really shake things up and try it from the West Coast. Yeah, not as easy but definitely worth it. (Plus, it got us this amazing Shake Shack breakfast sandwich at a 6am layover in JFK.) We landed and headed straight to the bohemian and incredible B & B oasis, the Dreamcatcher Guesthouse. Time here is as relaxing as it gets. Fresh fruits and breakfast cooked by their in house chef, yoga, meditation and an overall vibe that just made us ‘exhale.’
Puerto Rico is incredibly eclectic and a great place to go if you want to feel like you’ve traveled internationally (but you’re still able to on your U.S. ID vs a passport). We enjoyed speakeasy cocktails, high end luxury hotels, fresh seafood, a few too many rum cocktails and even some live local music. For more on how you can truly enjoy a weekend escape to San Juan, check out our feature here.