Posts tagged travel diary
La Paz Travel Diary

I realize I’ve neglected the blog recently, but there’s nothing like an amazing trip to inspire me to want to write on here again <3

I just wrapped up with vacationing in La Paz, the capital of Baja California Sur. To be honest, I’d never heard of La Paz and wasn’t sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised to find an adorable little town full of fresh seafood, fun water activities, and some of the friendliest and warmest people I’ve ever met.

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San José del Cabo: Travel Diary

Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo may be separated by just a 20-minute drive, but they’re worlds apart. The “Cabo” you’ve heard about in college and seen in Hollywood movies is more representative of the former rather than San Jose del Cabo, a quiet, artsy town with more galleries and farm-to-table restaurants than nightclubs.

I thoroughly appreciated the quiet streets, touring the weekend farmers market, and the free-spirited people that San José del Cabo seemed to attract.

There were so many places I wanted to see (most notably Flora Farms and Acre), but two days just wasn’t enough time. I will, however, be returning within the next year for another visit, so I’m sure you’ll be seeing photos of those spots on my blog and Instagram in the near future.

In the meantime, here’s some places that I was able to experience, and personally recommend:

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Drift San José: Cabo's Minimalist Haven

My Mexico travel diary is forthcoming, but first I wanted to rave about my accommodations in San José del Cabo.

I chanced upon Drift San José on (though you can also book directly via Drift's website). The Baja ranch-inspired boutique hotel sprang up in defiance of the all-inclusive resorts overtaking Cabo and the rest of Mexico. Located smack dab in the heart of San José del Cabo’s historic downtown arts district, Drift seeks to immerse its guests in the local community and culture, rather than isolate them from it.

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Downtown Napa Photo Diary

Booked a staycation at 1801 First Luxury Inn a couple weeks ago – the perfect excuse to finally explore downtown Napa. Believe it or not, the boy and I steered clear of the wineries – our B&B was just a five-minute walk from all the restaurants and bars we wanted to explore, plus our room was equipped with a jetsetter tub and gas fireplace we aimed to take full advantage of.

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Healdsburg Photo Diary

This is less a Healdsburg travel diary and more a post devoted to the gloriousness of the Healdsburg Shed (where admittedly I spent most of my free time).

I was in town for probably the first time in my post 21-year-old life to attend my cousin’s wedding so I didn’t have too much time to explore, but what I saw I loved.

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Seattle Photo Diary

I have a bit of a soft spot for Seattle because I lived there for a summer, right before my senior year in college. I had just turned 21 and it was my first time living alone, in a city, with no known friends or acquaintances. I remember trying hard to acquire an appreciation for wine (I ordered it just because I finally could, though I hated the taste at first), and also learning to buy groceries and cook for myself (beyond the instant noodles I’d previously prepared in the dorms, of course). It was a lot of time for self-reflection and growth – and also, I just couldn’t get over how much Seattle reminded me of San Francisco. The appearances and behavior of each city’s inhabitants, the mostly gloomy weather, the local foodie and tech culture – the similarities are just uncanny.

I haven’t had many opportunities to return since then, but my boyfriend’s friend’s wedding was a good excuse to go up for a weekend. We had limited time to explore (there were so many more coffee shops, restaurants and bars I wanted to see) but we made the best of it:

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Toronto Photo Diary

I’ve been to Toronto twice now – once in the winter, and this last time in late May. I hardly recognized the city this time around: everyone was out and about in shorts, eating and drinking on terraces, socializing in parks. It looked and felt a lot like San Francisco actually, particularly since I was staying in Trinity-Bellwoods, home to Canadian hipsters.

I only had one weekend but was quite productive:

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