Blue Ridge Parkway

A little update – plus news we’re heading South!

Three weeks ago, I was feeling blue. It was exactly a year since we set off on our big road trip around California and I longed for another adventure. But this year has been one of uncertainty and we’ve found it hard to plan things in advance. Over the last years, Steve has been slowly … Read more

The Most Beautiful AirBnBs in Santa Cruz, California

Santa Cruz has the ocean, the city, the forest and the mountains, and no matter which one you choose, there are some gorgeous places to stay. We’ve included some hotel options in our things to do in Santa Cruz post, and here’s our pick of the best Santa Cruz AirBnBs. They’re an excellent way to … Read more

Best hip boutique hotels in San Francisco - Hotel Emblem

14 Best Hip Boutique Hotels in San Francisco

San Francisco is one of my favourite cities in the world – a progressive hotspot, rich in counterculture, arts and beauty. It’s a city that gives birth to creativity of every kind, and makes for an intoxicating place to visit. Historically, it has lacked creative hotels, but is now hot on the heels of Portland, … Read more

Things to do in Santa Barbara: Lotus Land

The Best Things to Do in Santa Barbara: A Handpicked City Guide

Santa Barbara is nicknamed the American Riviera, and oh my is it gorgeous. Apparently Oprah has a house there, and also Rob Lowe, Tom Cruise, Whoopi Goldberg, Ellen DeGeneres, and the list goes on. To be honest, this made me a little wary of it – I thought it might be a little too polished … Read more

Best Joshua Tree Cabins: Dome in the Desert

The Most Beautiful (and Hipster) Joshua Tree AirBnB Cabins

Joshua Tree is a bohemian wilderness of otherworldly landscapes and esoteric vibes, which has lately become a hotbed for hipsters looking to escape the urban grind. Artists and the design-conscious are setting up home and creating an array of stylish cabins, many of which are available to rent on AirBnB. I was completely overwhelmed by … Read more

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Handpicked City Guide: 14 things to do in Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach is famed for its beautiful beaches and world-class art, making it the ideal place for a beach vacation with a spot of culture too. Spend the days relaxing on some of the California coast’s most beautiful beaches and then wander the town’s myriad galleries and public art. There are plenty of things to … Read more

Best boutique hotels Palm Springs – Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs

The Best Palm Springs Boutique Hotels: 10 Hip Hotels in Palm Springs

Palm Springs has become a hotbed of hip hotels, perfect for the ultimate hipster getaway, filled with pool parties, cocktails and the laid-back ease of desert life. Retro-chic and mid-century style is the Palm Springs classic look, and you’ll also find plenty of fun, playful touches. From glamorous luxury retreats to party-filled hotels, this is … Read more

San Diego Itinerary - La Jolla

San Diego Itinerary: How to Get the Best Out of 3 Days in San Diego

San Diego is a famously laid back city in Southern California, known for its surfing, golden beaches, perfect weather and easy going vibes. It’s the USA’s eight largest city, but feels more like a series of towns, all with their own unique character. It often makes the cut for lists of the USA’s most desirable … Read more

19 Fun Things to Do in Santa Cruz, California

Santa Cruz is the land of surf, mountains, hippy culture, redwood-covered mountains and a laid-back vibe that means you can’t help but relax there. It’s the home of the iconic Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and has everything you dream of when picturing a classic California beach town. Here’s our pick of the best things to … Read more