• Local's Guides
  • Louisville, Kentucky: A Local’s Guide to 21 Reasons Why You Need to Visit This Fall

    21 Reasons Why you need to visit Louisville, Kentucky this fall! A local's guide.

    Louisville, Kentucky is the city where I was born and raised, and although I’ve traveled all over the world, I’ve never found anywhere quite as special. Louisville is a world class city brimming with art, culture, food, bourbon, and the friendliest people you’ll meet anywhere. And fall is my favorite time to visit Louisville! It’s not just the crisp autumn air and crunchy colorful leaves that brings me back year after year. It’s also fall horse races at Churchill Downs, bourbon tasting on the Bourbon trail, museum touring, art festivals, walking through miles of flickering expertly carved pumpkins, haunted houses – and one haunted sanatorium -and a theatre scene that rivals New York City.

  • Personal Posts
  • Why My Wife Will Never Go Surfing Again

    We went surfing in Morro Bay, California. It did not go well.

    When it comes to your partner or companion, it’s important to be able to read each other. Lia and I have a few different check-ins that we say to each other that hold different meanings in our partnership. One of them is “Is this surfing?” This is the story of the birth of that expression, and a lesson of caution about trying new things. At least, that’s how I introduce this story. Lia likes to call it “that time I almost got stung to death by a million jellyfish.”

  • Local's Guides
  • The 10 Best Weekend Trips from San Francisco, California: A Local’s Guide

    Big Sur is one of the 10 best weekend trips from the San Francisco Bay Area!

    If you live in the Bay Area, very weekend is a chance to explore one of California’s many iconic destinations. Within a few hours drive from San Francisco at any time of the year there’s beach, forest, mountains, snow, desert… anything your heart desires. If you leave Friday night and come back Sunday night, your weekend will feel like a vacation. It’s our favorite way to satiate our wanderlust between big trips!

  • Hiking
  • The 8 Best Hikes Near San Francisco

    The best hikes near San Francisco

    I haven’t always been a hiker. In fact, when I moved out to the San Francisco Bay Area, a 5 mile hike sounded like a huge challenge. Anything over 5 miles required a day-pack filled with water, snacks, first aid, emergency supplies, an emailed itinerary to friends and family … you know, preparation.But now that I can safely call myself a (very slow) intermediate hiker, anything under 5 miles feels like a walk in the park (literally – ever tried walking through Golden Gate Park??). So after a few years of experiential research (there were spreadsheets) I’ve put together a list of my favorite intermediate level San Francisco Bay Area hikes! I bet you haven’t heard of some of these!