Brooklyn Travel Guide: Where to Eat, Drink, & Stay in Brooklyn, NY

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Heading to New York City? For our recent trip, we skipped Manhattan, booked a hotel in Williamsburg, spent almost all of our time in Brooklyn, and LOVED it! We are so excited to share some of our favorite places to get coffee, eat delicious meals, and sip on cocktails in Brooklyn, NY with you. 

But let's be clear: there are so, so, so many amazing restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and cool neighborhoods in Brooklyn that it would be nearly impossible to do a comprehensive Brooklyn travel guide! So these are just some of our favorites that we experienced :)

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Where to Stay in Brooklyn: The Williamsburg Hotel

Staying in Williamsburg instead of Manhattan was the best idea we ever had, and we will definitely be staying in Williamsburg again in the future. It's close to so many cool bars, restaurants, and shopping. 

We stayed at The Williamsburg Hotel, which you can book through Expedia.ca! We are always looking for good deals when travelling, and areas you can save the most money on are flights and hotels. The Williamsburg Hotel has the best location, we were within walking distance to SO much and we loved the decor of the hotel as well. 

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Hotel rooms in New York City are notoriously tiny, but we found that our King Room was totally spacious enough for the two of us. The beds were insanely comfy, and we loved the pink bathrobes so much that one night we decided to just order in Postmates, watch a movie, and relax in our gorgeous room.

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Our room came with a small balcony that had a view of the Manhattan skyline too, and we loved having coffee there each morning! Not to mention the perfect bathroom for selfies! To book hotels in Brooklyn, visit Expedia.ca 

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Best Coffee Shops in Brooklyn, NY:

Sweatshop Coffee in Williamsburg is an Australian coffee shop serving up delicious flat whites and the most incredible avocado toast! This was the perfect first pit stop for us to fuel up on caffeine, fight the jetlag from our red eye flight, and capture our first NYC Instagram post.

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Grade Coffee is a tiny coffee shop in Williamsburg that's perfect for grab and go! 

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If you're looking for a spacious space with good wifi and plenty of outlets available, settle in at Restaurant Norman for the day! They also have food and a bar, so you really can chill there all day long. 

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If you love baked goods and a delicious macaron, make your way to Woops! Bakeshop, they have a few locations around NYC too. 

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Where to Eat and Drink in Brooklyn, NY

One of our favorite spots for years has been Maison Premiere, an oyster and cocktail bar in Williamsburg. Since we were visiting in summer this time, we got to sit outside and enjoy the gorgeous green patio! This is the perfect happy hour spot in Brooklyn. 

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One of our absolute favorite places in Brooklyn is Westlight, the trendy rooftop bar at the William Vale Hotel. This is where you want to be at sunset! The bar has an incredible patio with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline, which is the perfect setting to take in your vacation. We also had dinner here and really loved our meal, and the cocktails are incredible too. 

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If you're looking for a healthy meal in Brooklyn, head to Amituofo Vegan for plant based, Asian inspired dishes!

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Heal Haus is a wellness destination, where you can get your healthy smoothie fix or unwind in one of their daily yoga and meditation classes! 

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For shopping, we really loved the Concrete & Water shop in Williamsburg! They have a ton of cool brands for both women and men, plus unique and handmade objects and mementos for your home. You can shop online too :) 

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Well, that's it for this trip to Brooklyn, NY! We can't wait to go back and discover even more amazing food, drinks, and shopping. Have a fave Brooklyn spot that we missed? Let us know in the comments! 

You can follow us on Instagram too at @localwanderer, where we share travel gems from around the world 🌎 

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This post is in partnership with Expedia.ca, our favorite place to save $$ and book our hotels! 

The Coolest Palm Springs City Guide

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Our new Palm Springs City Guide is here! Palm Springs is one of the best places to visit all year long, whether you're coming to party at Coachella, explore architecture at Modernism Week, or just want to relax by the pool in the sunshine.

Our Palm Springs City Guide gives you everything you need to know to plan for your upcoming vacay, from things to do in Palm Springs to the best restaurants, shopping, and where to stay in Palm Springs:

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FUn Things to Do in Palm Springs

One of our favorite things to do in Palm Springs is to explore all of the beautiful architecture, and there's a ton of architecture or home tours that you can take around town. Palm Springs is full of bright doors, and we highly recommend taking yourself on a bike tour of all the gorgeous houses if you're looking for fun things to do in Palm Springs. We rented bikes from Bike Palm Springs and biked all around the flat city checking out the historic houses in this self-guided tour.  

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A visit to #Thatpinkdoor is a Palm Springs classic - I mean, any house that has it's own Instagram hashtag must be, right? If you're looking for That Pink Door's address or location, you can find her at 1100 East Sierra Way in South Palm Springs (not too far from The Ace Hotel). 

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Shoes: Mohinders 

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Even though we've been to Palm Springs countless times, there's still fun things to do that we haven't checked off our list yet! Like visiting the Moorten Botanical Gardens for a perfect selfie shot, or feeding the giraffes at The Living Desert.

Another  incredible Palm Springs experience is participating in the long table dinners at Sparrows Lodge. You need to book ahead, but we just loved this dining al fresco experience and will definitely do it again! We also loved exploring the cool art collection at the Palm Springs Art Museum, and if you get a chance to book a tour to Albert Frey's house, Frey House II, definitely do it! 

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Best Pools in Palm Springs

Obviously, you have to have to spend some serious time by the pool in Palm Springs while you're there. The good news is that you're not confined to the pool at your hotel! You can pool hop in Palm Springs, with most pools being open to the public if you buy a drink, eat some food, or sometimes, pay a small cover charge. 

If you're looking to party, the pool at The Saguaro is super fun with a great poolside bar, tacos, and music. The Ace Hotel pool is kind of an inbetween, with lots of people lounging but there's still some music to groove to. The pool at Arrive Hotel is just stunning, and a really great place to lay out with good food and drinks. Last but not least, Holiday House has killer margaritas and an amazing lawn / shaded area, complete with shuffleboard.

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The Saguaro pool

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Ace Hotel pool

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BEST RESTAURANTS IN PALM SPRINGS

Wondering where to eat in Palm Springs? Palm Springs is in the middle of a cultural renaissance, and there are SO many amazing restaurants and bars to choose from. Our current obsession is Azucar Restaurant, with their modern boho decor, incredible cocktail menu (hello, blood orange margaritas), and gorgeous rooftop bar! This is definitely one of the best restaurants in Palm Springs, I mean...just look at it:

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Other good restaurants in Palm Springs are King's Highway at the Ace Hotel, you can eat by the pool or inside their cool '60s restaurant. This is one of the Palm Springs staples, and we come here to eat every time we visit! 

Norma's at The Parker hotel is also famous for their brunch, but it is pretty pricey so check the menu before you go. Another favorite Palm Springs restaurant is  Reservoir at Arrive Hotel, which is great for both lunch and dinner. 

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If you're looking for a serious good cocktail, head to Bootleger Tiki for some tropical drinks! Next door is Ernest Coffee, which is where you'll want to spend your mornings if you're a fan of Stumptown Cofeee. Also a great spot to work if you need to! Ice Cream & Shoppe is the place to go to cool down with some gelato or ice cream, and they have a totally rad gift shop of curated goodies (and a #palmspringsisbetter neon sign).  If you're in South Palm Springs by the Saguaro or Ace, then you'll want to hit up Koffi for coffee.

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Where to Shop in Palm Springs

There's a ton of really great mid-century mod furniture shopping in Palm Springs, but if you don't want to break the bank, head to The Frippery for some cute and curated vintage shopping!

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Somewhat new to Palm Springs is The Shops at 1345, a shopping destination full of amazing  Moroccan rugs at Soukie Modern, cute and colorful desert goodies at Palm Springs Style shop, and a ton of other really cool vendors.

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If you're in Palm Desert, we love love love the vintage store The Fine Art of Design. Amidst all the luxury brands and big stores in Palm Desert, we found the lovely local boutique Elizabeth & Prince, where you can easily get into stylish Palm Springs vacation mode.

Where to Stay in Palm Springs

When it comes to where to stay in Palm Springs, there are SO many amazing options! Honestly…you can’t go wrong. Here are some of our favourite places to stay in Palm Springs, based on where we have personally chosen to stay!

Best Palm Springs Hotels: The Saguaro

We have stayed at the Saguaro Hotel a bunch, and we love it! The hotel grounds are super colourful which makes the perfect backdrop for your Instagram photos, and it’s really reasonably priced too. Definitely spring for a pool view room! This is where you want to stay if you want a lively atmosphere and fun pool to hang out at -  the DJ is always playing!

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Best Palm Springs Hotels: Ace Hotel

We are regular visitors to all of the Ace Hotels, and the Ace Hotel Palm Springs is one of our favourites! We love the rooms with the big patios, perfect for happy hour with your friends. The huge beds are super comfy too, and it’s nice to be close to a great pool, a cool bar, and a yummy restaurant.

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Best Palm Springs Hotels: The Parker Palm Springs

The Parker Palm Springs is a super hot spot Palm Springs hotel, and it’s pricey too. Located a bit away from the centre of the “city”, you’ll want to stay here if you’re looking for a resort-like hotel that has a ton of amenities, secluded in the luxury of peace of quiet. Think lots of lawns, fire pits, and a celebrity or two from LA. If you don’t stay here, come for a drink at least, it’s pretty cool!

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Best Boutique Hotel in Palm Springs: The Amado

If you are looking for something in between an Airbnb and a big hotel, then the Amado is perfect for you! It’s very peaceful, with just 5 units and a common pool. The rooms are big with a kitchen, dining area, and living room, so it’s like your cool home away from home in the desert.

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Best Airbnbs in Palm Springs:

There are a TON of really amazing Palm Springs houses for rent on Airbnb, so if you’re going with a big group of people definitely check those out! We recently stayed at the picture perfect Flamingo House and LOVED it. We also really loved having our own pool to hang out at with our girlfriends, and a huge kitchen to cook in. Not to mention this incredible design!

Get $40 in free Airbnb credit for your first stay! Just sign up at this link here and your credit will be there for you when you need it - you don't even have to book right now! :)

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We hope you enjoyed our Palm Springs City Guide! This is honestly our favorite place to visit, and this is our most popular blog post ever so we are very excited to have it all updated for you guys.

You can check out all our Palm Springs blog posts here, and don't forget to follow us on Instagram at @localwanderer for even more travel inspo!

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Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments! 

Summer Road Trip to Portland & the Oregon Coast!

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Heading to Portland, Oregon? Excellent choice! We love this PNW city full of amazing neighborhoods, breweries, and coffee shops, plus there's tons of great places to eat in Portland. Every time we take an Oregon road trip, we just have to stop somewhere along the coast too, and this time we found a super affordable (and adorable) hotel! 

Get inspired with these fun things to do in Portland and the Oregon Coast:

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Where to Stay in Portland: The Ace Hotel 

We love to stay at The Ace Hotel when we're travelling, every location is tailored to the city it's in and doesn't feel like a "chain" at all! The Ace Hotel Portland is walking distance to some of the best restaurants, bars, and shops in the city (not to mention Powell's bookstore!). We are obsessed with the happy hour at Clyde Common, the bar and restaurant attached to the Ace Hotel, and Stumptown Coffee is right next door. 

There's a ton of places to visit in downtown Portland, some of our favorites are Blue Star Donuts, Teardrop for cocktails, Multnomah Whiskey Library (for whiskey, obviously), and Tasty n Alder for dinner.   

If you want to chill, hanging out in the Ace Hotel's lobby is pretty great (as you can tell from everyone's Instagram feeds). 

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Where to Go in Portland

After exploring downtown Portland, we ventured over to the NE side on Alberta Street. There are so many good happy hours to choose from, and we really enjoyed our margaritas & tacos at Stella Taco!

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If you're looking for a relaxing weekend getaway to Portland, you have to visit the Loyly Sauna. There are two locations in Portland, and we really loved the Northeast location (near Coava Coffee!). They have co-ed sauna days, as well as Women Only & Men Only days. We loved the flower petals foot soak, as well as the option to drink kombucha on tap while getting a facemask! Literally heaven.

Wondering where to go shopping in Portland? Wildfang is one of our favorite stores! They have both a happy hour and an awesome selection of curated apparel and home goods. 

Union Way is a cool "arcade" full of artisanal vendors and lots of curated home goods, and we also love Woonwinkle Design Shop too! 

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If you're looking for chicken and waffles, head over to Irving St Kitchen in Portland's Pearl District or grab a delicious brunch just outside of downtown at Screen Door!

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Road Trip to the Oregon Coast

After a few days in the city it was time to hit the road and explore the Oregon Coast! Seriously, one of the most beautiful places in the world. We stayed at the Ashore Hotel, which is located right along the beach in Seaside, Oregon. 

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The Ashore Hotel is super affordable and recently renovated, they have a small cafe and a great lounge area, plus they have free bikes for you to ride around on! It's the perfect spot for some relaxing, and we visited nearby Canon Beach as well.

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Looking for more things to do in Oregon? Check out Top 5 Places to Visit on Your Oregon Road Trip

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6 Amazing Places to Explore in Whistler, Canada

Heading to Whistler, Canada? Lucky for you, it's so much more than one of the best ski resorts in the world. Whitler Village is home to shopping and some amazing restaurants, but there's a lot of other gorgeous places to visit in Whistler too! If you're wondering where to go in Whistler, BC, start with these 6 favorites:

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1. On Your Way to Whistler: The Sea to Sky Gondola 

The Sea-to-Sky Highway is one of the most beautiful drives in the world, especially if you're visiting! Blue water on one side and mountains and trees on the other, you'll be perfectly entertained just looking out your window on a road trip to Whistler. A little over halfway to Whistler, Canada is the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, BC that is one of our favorite places to explore in British Columbia. You take a gondola up 2800ft, and from there you can explore a suspension bridge and enjoy a ton of hiking or snowshoe trails!

2. Whistler Hotels: A Relaxing Stay at Nita Lake Lodge 

If you're looking at Whistler hotels, one of our favorite places to stay in Whistler is Nita Lake Lodge. It's located in Whistler Creekside on a gorgeous, quiet lake with the most beautiful hotel rooms. We stayed in a two-floor lake-front suite, and we liked the relaxation and being tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the village. 

Nita Lake Lodge would be the perfect spot for a romantic getaway, there's multiple restaurants in the lodge, a coffee ship, and a spa, so you don't even have to leave if you don't want to!  We loved the view to the lake right from the bathtub, and our patio was perfect for enjoying our morning coffee. Nita Lake Lodge is quick drive from Whistler Village, but there's a free shuttle that takes you back and forth so it's super easy!

3. Whistler Village: Cocktails & Charcuterie at Bar Oso 

While there's a ton of great Whistler restaurants, including our favorite Araxi, our favorite place to enjoy a good cocktail is at Bar Oso. The Spanish-inspired menu showcases a long list of craft gin and tonics, and their local charcuterie board is life-changing. 

If you like maple-glazed bacon, then the Oso Sour is for you. Because who doesn't like a strong cocktail with a bacon garnish? Bar Oso is definitely one of the best restaurants in Whistler Village!

4. Whistler Day Trip: Hiking at Joffre Lakes

If you want to get into some serious snow, take a day trip from Whistler and head to Joffre Lakes! It's about an hour away from Whistler Village, past Pemberton, and it's a stunning hike all year round. Or you can just hang out by the lake too ;)

There are three lakes you can hike or snowshoe to, each of them getting more and more turquoise, but if you want to just get in some snow selfies, the first lake is only about a 5 minute walk! Just make sure you bring your snowboots (thanks Sorel!) because it can get a bit icy on the trail.

5. Coffee and Juice in Whistler's Function Junction

If you're looking to hang with the locals in Whistler, you'll want to head to 'Function Junction,' which is an assuming industrial complex with some real hidden gems! Head to Camp LIfestyle + Coffee Co to grab some 49th Parallel coffee or the Canadian flannel of your dreams. 

The Green Moustache is a dream for vegans, featuring healthy and delicious raw food and super smoothies. We loved the bright light, and this would be an awesome place to get some work done too. Also in Function Junction is Whistler Brewing, which is where you'll want to fill up your growler or sit down for a pint and a pot pie. 

6. Chill out at Whistler's Lost Lake

Whether you're coming to Lost Lake in the dead of winter to play ice hockey or the middle of summer to tan by the dock, it's definitely one of the best places to visit in Whistler! There's a ton of trails perfect for snowshoeing or running (depending on the time of year), and it's just so beautiful! 

There's a lot of beautiful lakes in Whistler, Canada, and if you're looking for another lake to explore, check out Alta Lake

If you're heading to Whistler, get ready for your trip by checking out our Whistler City Guide! We have a ton of ideas for the best restaurants and things to do in Whistler, so check it out

This post is in partnership with Sorel, who makes our favorite fall and winter boots and keeps us warm in our Sorel parkas!

Thanks to Nita Lake Lodge and Bar Oso for their hospitality. The letterboard is from Nettle's Tale Shop and the red wool blanket is Woolrich.

Los Angeles Arts District: The Ultimate Travel Guide!

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Illustration by: Tasha Lynn Boucher

We've loved the Los Angeles Arts District since our first road trip nearly three years ago, and it's only gotten bigger and better over time! Here is our updated travel guide to the Los Angeles Arts Guide full of the best restaurants, bars, and shops in the 'hood. The L.A. Arts District is nestled downtown, and this creative hub is totally walkable, which is a nice break from the L.A. norm. Take a Lyft to the Los Angeles Arts District and spend the day exploring: 

Best Shopping in Los Angeles Arts District

Alchemy Works 

Every time we visit, the store looks different! Definitely stop in to discover home goods and clothing from local L.A. designers and artists, and check out the Warby Parker in the back if you need some new specs! 

Poketo

We are obsessed with Poketo! You can find their shops scattered around town (and in LA's The Line Hotel), but the flagship shop in Los Angeles Arts District is our fave. Whether you're looking for modern home utensils, funky clothing, or the coolest kids toys, you're sure to find something to love and bring home. 

Apolis

Apolis' ethical clothing line is great for the gents, and this is also where you'll find the classic city straw bags. Pick one up with your favorite Los Angeles neighborhood on it for the ultimate chic souvenir. 

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The WheelHouse

If you're looking to get into cycling, or just want a cool new accessory for your bike, The WheelHouse is where you want to be. The best part? They have an in-store coffee shop too! 

Wittmore

This highly curated men's shop is full of unique accessories and clothing, but we love it just as much as the guys do. Menswear is for everyone, right? Stop in to browse their collection or visit them online

Best Restaurants: Los Angeles Arts District

Blacktop Coffee

The coolest coffee shop in the Los Angeles Arts District is at Blacktop, where you can sip your cold brew under a gorgeous green trellis. They have an awesome breakfast menu too though! They're located right beside Alchemy Works, and keep your eyes peeled for some celebs. 

Zinc Cafe & Bar Mateo

Zinc Cafe & Market is an all-vegetarian restaurant that's perfect for a healthy lunch! We love the large patio, and Bar Mateo in the back is home to amazing craft cocktails, which is great for happy hour or lingering late into the night. 

The Springs

You'll find juice, wine, and yoga at The Springs in the Los Angeles Arts District. This is a great option for vegans, as their menu is all raw, vegan, seasonal, and organic! 

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream

What was once an ice cream truck int he Los Angeles Arts District is now it's own ice cream shop! Stop by for yummy vegan ice cream (or regular) and try their to die for sundaes. 

Fritzi

Fritzi is a new addition to the best restaurants in the Los Angeles Arts District, and we love both the decor and the healthy approach to Californian comfort food. And the cocktails, of course. 

Wurstkuche

If you're looking for a chill lunch spot, look no further than the sausages and craft beer at Wurstkuche. We are kind of obsessed with this place, and if you're feeling adventurous you can try unique sausages like rattlesnake! 

Other favorite restaurants in Los Angeles are Officine Brera for a fancy treat-yourself Italian night, the classic Cafe Gratitude for yummy plant-based meals, Daily Dose Cafe for coffee and snacks on a gorgeous patio, and the delicious wine and French food at Church & State

But by far the best restaurant in L.A.'s arts district is Bestia! Book your reservation in advance (like way in advance) and get ready for an insanely amazing meal in a laid-back, industrial atmosphere. 

Best Bars: Los Angeles Arts Distritct

The first place that comes to mind when you want to drink in the Los Angeles Arts District is Angel City Brewery. It's perfect for large groups, and it's always a fun time on a weekend. New to the scene is Arts District Brewing Co, which has skeeball, beer, and a late-night menu from Fritzi.  If you want a damn good cocktail, head to Bar Mateo, or if you want to get a little more lively you can enjoy the party and arcade games until late at EightyTwo

Where to Work: Los Angeles Arts District

Last but not least, if you're looking for a co-working space, settle in at The Unique Space in Los Angeles Arts District! Not only does it have a rad location and beautiful design, it's also totally free to work at. So fun! 

That's it for our guide to Los Angeles Arts District! You can find way more info on where to go, what do, and what to eat in LA over on our Los Angeles page. Have a fun trip, and don't forget to tag us on Instagram in your travel photos :) 

The Ultimate Prince Edward County Travel Guide

Visiting Prince Edward County? Here's everything you need to know about where to eat, what to do, and where to stay in Prince Edward County! We love the small towns, friendly people, and excellent food and wine in this hidden culinary region of Ontario, Canada. Oh, and we can't forget about the best wineries in Prince Edward County too! 

Getting to Prince Edward County

Prince Edward County is the perfect Canadian road trip for anyone living in/around Toronto, Ottawa, or Montreal! It's about 2.5-3 hours from each of those cities, which makes it the perfect distance to escape for a long weekend away. We recommend Prince Edward County for either a romantic vacation or a fun group trip with a bunch of friends. The town gets sleepy at night time, so it's best to travel with someone to snuggle up with at night or your good friends to keep you laughing all night long.

Things to Do in Prince Edward County

From wine tasting to chilling on the beach, here are our favorite things to do in Prince Edward County!

Wine Tasting in Prince Edward County

If you love wine, you will quickly fall in love with Prince Edward County. There are tons of hip wineries with delicious wine, and cideries are starting to become more popular too! Check out Norman Hardie for the outdoor farm vibes and wood-grilled pizza, The Grange for their rustic and intimate tasting room (not to mention some of the best wines in the county), and County Cider Company for some cider and lake views. 

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If beer is more your thing, you'll love County Road Brewing. Enjoy a flight of craft beer with some of the best food in Prince Edward County outdoors on the patio, or sip on a wine bellini from Hinterland Winery next door. 

More: Top 5 Wineries to Visit in Prince Edward County

Sandbanks Provincial Park

Another one of the best things to do in Prince Edward County is explore Sandbanks Provincial Park. We loved hiking the white sand dunes at sunset, but during the summer you can lay out all day on the white sandy beach. Who doesn't love visiting somewhere that has both beach days and wine days?

Where to Stay in Prince Edward County

Prince Edward County has a few towns, the main ones being Picton, Bloomfield, and Wellington. We stayed in Picton and thought it was the best for it's central location, it's also the most "city" like (as in, there is a Tim Horton's) and we were able to walk around Main Street. But all of the towns are great to stay in! You'll be looking to stay in a Bed & Breakfast, inn, or Airbnb instead of a traditional hotel. Here are our 3 favorite places to stay in Prince Edward County: 

The Ferg

We loved our stay in the Scandinavian-inspired loft at The Ferg and never wanted to leave! The Ferg is a modern Airbnb with historical Prince Edward County touches located in a prime location in Picton, Prince Edward County. It was nice to have our own kitchen and living space in the huge loft, but The Ferg also offers guest suites in the main house. If you're able to snag a room here, definitely do it! 

PS - Get $40 in free Airbnb credit with our special link here!

The Drake Devonshire Inn

This 13-room boutique hotel is the Prince Edward County sister to the popular Drake Hotel in Toronto. Located in Wellington, we love the lakefront views, eclectic charm, and delicious bar and restaurant. If you're more comfortable staying somewhere with room service instead of a kitchen, then the Drake Devonshire is your best bet.

More: Cocktails and Comfort Food at the Drake Devonshire Inn

Angeline's Inn

Angeline's Inn is a quirky place full of character in Prince Edward County. You can stay in the main inn, or there are several little cabins and houses that you can rent out for you or your group too! The onsite restaurant The Hubb is delicious for a dinner, and the town of Bloomfield is super cute. 

Where to Eat in Prince Edward County

There's a ton of great places to eat in Prince Edward County, but if you're visiting on a weekend, make sure you make reservations as this little county fills up quick! Dinner at the Drake Devonshire in Wellington is great for a night out, and then enjoy craft cocktails across the street at Courage Bar. We also loved dinner at The Agrarian in Bloomfield for a farm-to-table meal, and the County Canteen in Picton for a fun, casual atmosphere with ridiculous fish tacos. If you want a healthy and delicious brunch, look no further than Vic Cafe in Picton!

Where to Shop in Prince Edward County

Our favorite local shops were in Bloomfield at Kokito and Sand & Sumac, and we just fell in love with the floral shop Coriander Girl in Picton! Because who doesn't love fresh flowers on vacation, right? 

More: Where to Eat, Drink and Shop in Prince Edward County

We hope this Prince Edward County travel guide was helpful to you when planning your Ontario road trip! We can't wait to go back another time, this county is truly a special place.

Where to Eat, Drink, and Shop in Prince Edward County

Prince Edward County is made up of small, charming towns with a ton of beautiful scenery and wineries inbetween each of them! Lucky for us, it's also full of really good food, delicious cocktails, and artisanal shops. Here are the best places to eat, drink, and shop in Prince Edward County, Ontario! 

Wellington

The main draw to Wellington is the Drake Devonshire, but we stumbled into the awesome and new Courage Bar while we were in Wellington. You can come in for breakfast, lunch, or coffee during the day, or when the lights go down you can enjoy amazing cocktails. Not much is open late in Prince Edward County, so Courage Bar should definitely be on your list for night time! Oak Clothing Co. is also a great spot across the street to stock up on any flannels you might need! 

The Drake Devonshire is a gorgeous hotel, but it's also a fabulous lakeside restaurant in Wellington. The menu is full of hearty comfort foods, and it would make a great dinner spot before you hit up Courage Bar for cocktails. 

Bloomfield

In the town of Bloomfield, you'll find a collection of local shops like Sand & Sumac and Kokito that are full of local, artisanal goods and other well-curated items. Check out the high-quality wool blankets made right in town - we wished we had enough luggage space to take one home with us! 

We also loved the Saylor House Cafe, which is a quaint tea room with a gorgeous patio that makes you feel like you're in The Secret Garden. For a fresh and delicious farm-to-table meal, check out The Agrarian! If you're visiting on a weekend in Prince Edward County, make sure you make a reservation for dinner because everywhere in the County can fill up fast! 

Also in Bloomfield is Angeline's Inn, which is full of character on both the inside and the outside! The interior decor feels like stepping into a Wes Anderson movie, and their restaurant The Hubb is a great spot for a cozy dinner. 

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Don't forget to wander around though; there's an adorable little "tuck shop" in the back, and some gorgeous cabins you can stay in too! 

Picton

Of all the towns, Picton is the most "city" like, and it's where we stayed at The Ferg. It's super walkable to town, where we found the cutest floral shop, Coriander Girl. Because who doesn't love fresh flowers on vacation, right? 

We walked over to Vic Cafe for morning brunch, and it was sooo good! They have the yummiest healthy breakfast or smoothie bowls, and it was just such a laidback and pretty spot to start the day. If you're looking for craft beer and insanely delicious fish tacos, check out The County Canteen, which is where you want to go at nighttime in Picton! 

The Perfect Saturday in San Diego

We had the best Saturday in San Diego! A mix of local gems, gorgeous nature, and delicious food. It was pretty much the perfect day. We started out with coffee and breakfast at Coffee & Tea Collective / Juice Saves in East Village. Acai bowls are a San Diego staple, and the ones at Juice Saves taste like a healthy ice cream sundae, except it's healthy! Add in some avocado toast from the C&T side, and you're set.

Then, we headed to the beach for some fun in the sun! Coronado is a little island near downtown San Diego, so we drove across the beach and strolled around the famous Hotel Del Coronado. Coronado Beach has super white sand and gets the "best sun" in San Diego, according to some locals we talked to, plus you can rent chairs and an umbrella if you want to too! 

After doing a whole lot of nothing except relaxing on the beach, we were ready to eat again. San Diego is full of amazing, amazing, AMAZING tacos, and Salud is one of the best spots to go. It's located in Barrio Logan, an up-and-coming neighborhood, and you get both a hip vibe and authentic tacos (a hard combo to achieve). Try some tacos, but you absolutely must get the TJ street corn. Trust us...it's the one thing we go back for every time we visit San Diego. 

Sunset was quickly approaching, so we met up with our Seattle friends Elliott and Dane and headed out to Torrey Pines for a little coastal exploration. Elliott has been living out of his minivan for over a year now, travelling all around the United States with his scooter. Dane joined him for a bit, and this was his last day before heading out to hike the Pacific Coast Trail! 

Torrey Pines is a protected area, so you get to experience the California coastal cliffs as they were before they started being developed. You can go for hikes, hang out on the beach, go surfing, or just walk around and enjoy nature. All in all, this was an amazing day in San Diego filled with some of our favorite things! 

Heading to San Diego? Check out our local San Diego city guide here

A Day of Deliciousness ~ 5 Places to Eat in Oakland

If you're visiting San Francisco, you really should hop across the bridge over to East Bay, we love it! We're so excited to add more delicious places to our Oakland City Guide, so without further ado, here are 5 of our favorite places to eat in Oakland. Don't forget to check out the rest of our guide for more things to do in Oakland.

1. Brunch at Pican

Both Pican's menu and decor is inspired by New Orleans, and every dish was to die for. Their Bloody Mary is ridiculous, it's huge and comes with bacon as a garnish (can't get much better).  There's tasty gluten-free options too, so if you're wondering where to brunch in Oakland, this is it!

2. Lunch at Forge

Enjoy some pizza and deep friend cheese curds at Forge in Jack London Square, and walk it all off along the Embarcadero after. Pizza and sunshine is the perfect combination, and this place tops our list for a yummy lunch in Oakland.

3. Beer at Drake's Dealership

Drake's Dealership is the taproom of San Leandro brewery that's housed in a former auto-shop. Stop by for a beer, and grab an afternoon snack with some yummy poutine too! It's also great for meeting up with friends because of the big space, and their outdoor patio is perfect to soak up the sun when you're looking for beer in Oakland.

4. Cocktails at Calavera

Order some nibbles and, more importanly, a perfectly crafted cocktail at the Mexican inspired Calavera. The bartenders are unreal, and Elaine fell in love with her mezcal gin and tonic that was garnished with wildflowers and juniper. If you're looking for the best cocktail bars in Oakland, you really need to stop by here. Try some dried grasshoppers if you're feeling adventurous too!

5. Dinner at Shakewell

When it comes to choosing a place for dinner in Oakland, you can't go wrong with a place run by two Top Chef contestants! Both the Executive Chef and General Manager were part of the Top Chef competition, and the restaurant started as a Kickstarter! Backed by the Oakland community, Shakewell is a neighborhood Mediterranean restaurant filled with dishes from Spain, Turkey, and North Africa - we loved the hot rice dishes. 

Want more? Check out our Oakland City Guide for more places to eat in Oakland!

This post is in partnership with Visit California

Your Guide to Local Oakland

Our city guide to Oakland, California is here! Check it out.

If you're only in Oakland for a day, you'll want to start out with all the goodness in Temescal Alley. It's an alleyway full of local art, goods, and delectables! Stop by Doughnut Dolly's and pick the filling for your cream-filled doughnut, grab a coffee at Cro Cafe, and fall in love with the turquoise jewelry at Marisa Mason.

Book/Shop is a unique curation of art, books, and literary loves, and Ali Golden is a women's boutique for the modern California girl.

Now, let's talk brunch! Our two favorite places for brunch in Oakland are Boot and Shoe Service and Portal Restaurant. Boot and Shoe Service is a cafe during the day and pizza parlor at night, and Portal's bottomless mimosas make it a patio party every weekend.

Blue Bottle is beloved in the Bay Area, and the location in Oakland's W.C. Morse building is one of the prettiest! You'll also find an espresso machine repair shop, and some street-style Belgian waffles.

A few blocks down, you'll find Homeroom, which is home to tons and tons of mac and cheese varieties. The best part (besides the food)? It's both gluten-free and vegan friendly! Nearby you'll find Subrosa Coffee, which is attached to a bike shop, and we loved hanging on their chill patio. 

Along Piedmont you'll find the unique and local shop Neighbor, where you'll find a ton of things you never knew you needed. Issues is also and Oakland classic, full of magazines, zines, and collectibles.

Moving uptown, Coloso Coffee is a tiny coffee shop pulling delicious espresso from Heart Roasters. 

Lost and Found is a laid back beer garden with yummy bites, and there's even some games to play to boot!

In Grand Lake, you'll find the gorgeous Lake Merritt, and the local shop Oak Common were you'll find men's and women's clothing by local California brands. Wander over to Alchemy Bottle Shop to find all the essentials for making the perfect hand-crafted cocktail.

Over in Old Oakland, you'll find two unique shops - one catering to American tastes, and the other Japanese. Marion and Rose's Workshop has all-American made goods, whereas Umami Mart's "conbini" in the back has all the Japanese goodies you could want!

Top 5 Places to Visit in the Outer Sunset, San Francisco

San Francisco is a big city made up of adorable neighborhoods ranging from the urban and grimey to the quaint and charming. The Outer Sunset is one of our favorite places to hang out in the city, because it doesn't really feel like you're in the city. The houses are a kaleidoscope of pastel colors, the shops are local and friendly, and the best part? It's all just a few blocks from the sandy Ocean Beach, so you can smell the sea while you wander.

Here are our top 5 local places to visit in the Outer Sunset:

1. Coffee at Andytown Coffee Roasters

San Francisco is full of good coffee (actually, more like great coffee) and a pourover at Andytown Coffee Roasters is the perfect way to start your day in the sunset. Not only is everything roasted in-house, but all the baristas are roasters too!

2. Brunch at Outerlands

Whether it's breakfast or lunch (or a weekend brunch), a meal at Outerlands is a must while you're here on Judah Street. The menu is local and organic, the decor is gorgeous, and we love the chill, neighborhood vibes. They are closed from 3-5pm though, so make sure you plan your day accordingly! 

3. Window Shopping at Woodshop

This one is one for our own SF bucket list! Woodshop is both a workspace and a showroom for four local artisans who make beautiful works, mainly from wood. You can check out their shop for some cute home pieces, make an appointment at the showroom, or just peek in for some window shopping while you're walking by. 

 Photo from woodshopsf.com

Photo from woodshopsf.com

4. Selfies at General Store

The greenhouse in the backyard at General Store is a must while you're in San Francisco! Not only is their shop adorable, but the lighting in the greenhouse makes it the perfect place to grab a vacation selfie. 

The Inside of the shop is full of handmade goods from local artistans, and you'll find an array of products like greeting cards, vintage clothing, and cookbooks from San Francisco restaurants.

5. Trouble Coffee

The illustrious Trouble Coffee is last on our list, but certainly not least. Stop here for some toast, a coconut, and a quiet place to think over your cup of coffee. No photos or phones, though! You can learn more about the famous Trouble Coffee story here from the podcast This American Life.

What neighborhood in San Francisco do you want us to cover next? Let us know in the comments!