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The Restoration Boutique Hotel Charleston
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The Restoration Boutique Hotel Charleston

Stay

The Restoration  - on King St
75 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401
843 518 5100 | www.therestorationhotel.com
Its not often you say this hotel room could actually be too big. Our suite had 2 bedrooms, 3 baths a wonderful living and kitchen area. Every night we filled out our breakfast wishes and woke up to a picnic basket. There is a small cozy lobby area with a fun complimentary wine & cheese party. Be sure too check out the roof restaurant and pool area (see more below).

Eat

Best Restaurants Charleston SC FIG
FIG

Le Farfalle Charleston

Husk Restaurant Charleston
Husk Restaurant Charleston
HUSK
Husk Restaurant Charleston
Restaurants with a view Charleston
The Watch: Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits
The Watch: Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits
The Watch: Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits
The Watch: Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits
The Watch: Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits
Bin 152 Wine Bar Charleston
Bin 152 Wine Bar Charleston
Bin 152 Wine Bar Charleston
Bin 152 Wine Bar Charleston
Bin 152 Wine Bar Charleston
Bin 152 Wine Bar Charleston

Husk - Dinner (make a reservation)
Located in a cool old Victorian, playful take on the southern food. Everything is locally sourced. Enjoy a pre dinner cocktail in the bar next door!
76 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401 | 843.577.2500
www.huskrestaurant.com

Fig - Dinner (make a reservation)
Fancy approach to southern classics. Both the interior and the menu have a french bistro vibe. Perfect place to celebrate my birthday, walking distance from the hotel. If you do not have a reservation try for the community table or bar.
232 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401 | 843.805.5900
www.eatatfig.com

Le Farfalle Osteria - Lunch
Italian cuisine, located one block behind The Restoration and right off King Street. Pasta and red wine was an obvious choice for the cold and rainy weather. It was so good we had lunch here twice, sit in the bar area for a more casual vibe.
15 Beaufain Street Charleston SC 29401 | 843.212.0920
www.lefarfallecharleston.com

The Watch: Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits - located in the Restoration Hotel
What a spot! This secret location has 365 degree views of the city. Come up here to enjoy an afternoon cocktail and snacks. Just a few floors down is the pool (for hotel guests only).
www.therestorationhotel.com

Bin 152 Wine Bar - wine & cheese
We stumbled across this place while waiting for our reservation at Husk. We easily could have stayed here all night. Fabulous! French rustic boho vibe. Open 4 pm to 2 am. Tons of wine by the glass, order 3 oz and try them all! Delicious local charcuterie boards with fresh baked bread.
152 King Street Charleston, SC 29401 | 843.577.7359
www.bin152.com

Coffee

Rise Coffee Bar Charleston SC
Rise Coffee Bar Charleston SC

The Rise Coffee Bar
As with everything in this hotel the coffee shop did not disappoint. This tiny little shop s more of a pass through coffee shop and not a sit with your computer spot. If you need to work cozy up in the hotel lobby with your coffee.
www.therestorationhotel.com

Nashville

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Nashville City Guide

Henrietta Red - Nashville City Guide

Fort Louise - Nashville City Guide

Pinewood Social Club - Nashville City Guide

Eat

Nashville’s food scene emphasizes local and season vegetables.

Pinewood Social Club – SOBRO (south of Broadway), short walk from downtown
I knew immediately I was going to have trouble venturing anywhere besides Pinewood in Nashville. It is a coffee shop, cozy living room, community workspace, bar, restaurant and bowling alley all in one. Fried broccoli (flash fried) is a must!
33 Peabody St, Nashville, TN 37210 | 615 751 8111
www.pinewoodsocial.com | Map

Henrietta Red – Germantown
Known for their happy hour and oysters! This airy chic spot impressed.
1200 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208 | 615 490 8042
www.henriettared.com Map

Fort Louise – East Nashville
Charmin and cozy brunch spot. Located in a converted craftsman bungalow.
1304 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN 37216 | 615 730 6273
www.hungrylikeafort.com | Map

Gray & Dudley – Downtown
Hip restaurant & bar in the 21c Museum Hotel. Market driven dishes, excellent bar scene and art-driven surrounds.
21c Museum Hotel, 221 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201 | 615 610 6460
www.grayanddudley.com | Map

Crema Coffee Roasters - Nashville City Guide

Barista Parlor - Nashville City Guide

Coffee

Crema – SOBRO (south of Broadway), short walk from downtown
Best coffee in Nashville. Try the 1/2 almond 1/2 coconut milk combo. Love the ambiabce, industrial, hipster feel and eco friendly. Avocado toast is yummy.
15 Hermitage Ave, Nashville, TN 37204 | 615 255 8311
www.crema-coffee.com | Map

Barista Parlor – East Nashville
Minimalist creative design located in an old garage. Great place to work. I asked the barista if the milk was organic, he did not know but said the man who delivers the milk is the same man who milks the cows. I was sold!
519B Gallatin Ave Nashville, TN 37206 | 615 712 9766
www.baristaparlor.com | Map

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara City Guide

Loquita Restaurant Santa Barbara

Lilac Patisserie Santa Barbara Restaurant

Breakfast Coffee Cafe Santa BarbaraSanta Barbara Guide
Sushi Go Go Casual Dining Santa Barbara

Hendrys Beach Bar Santa Barbara
Guide to Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Guide
Santa Barbara Guide
I spent a very special birthday with my Mom at my friends beautiful bungalow on the Mesa in Santa Barbara. Her home is an oasis that sits on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific. It was a magical spot to celebrate.

Eat

Loquita – Funk Zone
Beautiful simple elegant interior. Cool, fun, classy scene. Love the bar, great Spanish tapas.
202 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
www.loquitasb.com | 805 880 3380

Sushi A Go Go – Marina
Inexpensive, delicious and located on the docks in the marina. Order at the tiny counter inside and vie for a spot on the boardwalk. Enjoy your sushi while watching the boats come in. Closes at 7.
119 Harbor Way B, Santa Barbara, CA 93109

Les Marchand – Funk Zone
We loved french bistro mixed with Calafornia winery vibe. A bit less trendy and crowded then its sister restaurant The Lark. Best seats in the house are at the bar, be sure to order a cheese plate.
131 Anacapa St B, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
www.lesmarchandswine.com | 805 284 0380

Hendry’s Boat House – The Mesa
Lucky for us we could walk to this gem from our house (only at low tide). This place is amazing. This beach bar and restaurant is trendy and fun with a great happy hour and surprisingly good food. I celebrated my Birthday here!
2981 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
www.boathousesb.com | 805 898 2628

Lilac Patiserie – Downtown
Hard to believe this place is gluten free. Adorable interior and yummy hearty portions. Great lunch spot.
1017 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
www.lilacpatisserie.com

Lazy Acres Market – The Mesa
Grab your lunch or dinner and take it home for a delicious and healthy meal.
302 Meigs Rd. Santa Barbara, CA 93109
www.lazyacres.com

Coffee

Handlebar Coffee Roasters – Downtown
Popular bicycle themed coffee shop brewing its own roasted beans. The coffee culture is booming here, don’t come for a quick cup of coffee, there is always a line. The Presidio is located ac cross the street and it is the oldest part of Santa Barbara the Spanish settled back in 1782. Be sure to check out their new location at 2720 De La Vina Street in Santa Barbara
128 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
7am – 5pm | www.handlebarcoffee.com

Breakfast Culture Club – between downtown and Funk Zone
Great, modern, hip vibe. Lots of young people working in the fun vibe with garage doors that open up to the outside, love the huge black & white photographs and love how they are displayed. Try the avocado toast. Convenient parking out front.
711 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, California 93101
www.breakfastcultureclub.com805 453 5954

To Do

Saturday Farmers Market – Downtown
Corner of Santa Barbara and Cota Streets
www.sbfarmersmarket.org

Sunday Arts & Crafts Show – The Marina
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New Orleans

New Orleans City Guide

Eat

Gautreaus Restaurant New Orleans
Mariza | New Orleans

Coquette | New Orleans

Bouligny Tavern | New Orleans

Patois | New Orleans

The District - NOLA

District | New Orleans
Mariza Tavern
 – 2900 Chartres Street
Bywater – 504 598 5700
Modern Italian-inspired fare dished out in an airy loft building with an industrial-chic vibe, a “small” wine list that’s full of “outstanding values”.

La Petite Grocery –  4238 Magazine Street
Upper Garden District –  504 891 3377
Uptown stylish bistro perfect for weekend brunch. Delicious Contemporary Louisiana fare modern, but  still very New Orleans.  Gracious and fun staff, the  crab beignets are  “to-die-for”.

Patois – 6078 Laurel Street
Uptown – 504 895 9441
Paris bistro feel with trendy bar in the front room. Great for Sunday brunch.

Bouligny Tavern – 3641 Magazine Street
Upper Garden District – 504 891 1810
Spectacular Happy Hour ($2.50 Kronenbourg 1664, $5 wine, Crostini & Bruschette and 1/2 off all fried snacks, the Tempura Green Beans are a must). Stop in here for drinks and a snack before going to sister restaurant Lillete (next door)

Lilette – 3637 Magazine Street
Upper Garden District – 504 895 1636
Some of the best food in NOLA. French and Italian fare at this stylish hip Uptown bistro. Be sure to grab a cocktail at Bouligny Tavern before or after.

Coquette – 2800 Magazine Street
Lower Garden District – 504 265 0421
Cool Garden District bistro, fabulous ever-changing farm-to-table menu. Beautiful, vintage-looking space.

The District – 2209 Magazine St
Lower Garden District – 504 570 6945
Donuts, sliders and cappucinos. Great for a quick breakfast or lunch.

Gautreaus – Garden District
No name on the door this intimate restaurant is nestled in the middle of a residential neighborhood. Elegant and sophisticated vibe. Reservations are recommended.
1728 Soniat Street New Orleans, La 70115
www.gautreausrestaurant.com | 504 899 7397

Stay

Windsor Court Hotel New Orleans

Windsor Court Hotel New Orleans

 

Melrose Mansion Boutique Hotel New Orleans
Melrose Mansion | 937 Esplanade Avenue
Edge of French Quarter – 504 944 2255
Perfect mix of modern luxury and history in this beautifully renovated 14 suite Victorian Mansion. A few minute walk to the French Quarter, enjoy complimentary coffee and breakfast poolside or in the breakfast room.

Windsor Court – Edge of French Quarter
Elegant old world hotel is centrally. The service is top notch, the rooms are beautifully appointed, the beds are super comfortable. Their are gorgeous flower everywhere, they offer daily British tea service. Don’t miss the roof top pool. The lounge on the second floor is a perfect spot to meet for a cocktail before going out.
300 Gravier St, New Orleans, LA 70130
www.windsorcourthotel.com | 504 523 6000

Play

Cocktail Museum New Orleans

Tipitinas – 501 Napoleon Ave
Uptown – 504 895 8477
A NOLA institution (established in 1977), one of the best places in the city to catch a show. Small intimate venue with a food truck out front!

Le Bon Temps – Garden District
Dive neighborhood bar with great local live music. Saw the Soul Rebels and they are great!
4801 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
www.lbtrnola.com | 504 895 8117

Southern Food and Beverage Museum & Museum of the American Cocktail
Unique and fun museum with exhibits spotlighting the food, drink & culture of the South. Guests are encouraged to grab a drink from the attached Toups South Restaurant (second oldest physical bar in the US) and cruise through the exhibit. Although we did not eat in the attached restaurant, it looked very good.
1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113
www.natfab.org/cocktail-museum | 504 569 0405

Drink

Bacchanal Wine Bar New Orleans
Cane and Table Restuaraunt New Orleans

Snake and Jakes | New Orleans

Delachaise -|3442 Saint Charles
Garden District | 504 895 0858
Great cozy afternoon wine bar or late night outside hangout. Magical white light draped front patio, outstanding by the glass wine list, fabulous cheese plates and delicious pommel frites. Stays open very late!

Bacchanal – Bywater
Bohemian Eclectic bistro that doubles as a wine and cheese shop. Pick out your cheeses in the wine room and then they put them together on a platter with delicious accompaniments. Trees with strings of lights overhang a courtyard with mismatched tables and chairs and nightly live music. This is one of my favorite NOLA spots, you will need to take an Uber/ taxi.
600 Poland Avenue New Orleans, La. 70117
www.bacchanalwine.com | 504 948 9111

Cane and Table –  French Quarter
1113 Decatur Street – 504 581 1112
Rum based cocktails, young hip staff, charming interior and courtyard where the ambiance feels like Old Havana.

Snake and Jakes | 7612 Oak Street
Uptown | 504 861 2802
Legendary dive bar set in a shacklike setting with late hours (open to wee hours in the morning) and year-round retro holiday decor.

F & M Patio Bar | 4841 Tchoupitoulas Street
Uptown (a few blocks from Tipitana’s) | 504 895 6784
The diveiest of bars,  mandatory late night cheese fries while watching Tulane students dance on the pool table.

Coffee

Stumptown Coffee New Orleans
Stumptown – Warehouse District
This chic and delicious coffee shop is located in the trendy ACE hotel lobby. The oversized windows, exposed brick and marble floor interior offers plenty of seats to chill and work. I like the NOLA location even more then the NYC shop!
610 Carondelet St, New Orleans, LA 70130
www.stumptowncoffee.com | 855 711 3385

Denver

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Stay

The Maven Hotel – LOVE this new hip downtown Denver hotel. Fabulously located in the LoDo neighborhood just 2 blocks from Union Station and across the street from Coors Field.  The friendly staff made me feel like a local in this vibrant and trendy neighborhood. Be sure to take advantage of the complimentary cocktail in the Poka Lola Social Club.
1850 Wazee Street Denver CO 80202
720 460 2727
www.themavenhotel.com

Eat

The Kitchen – Downtown Denver, 1 block from Union Station
Great concept, building access and education to real food. Enjoyed a delicious and healthy lunch outside surrounded by beautiful flower pots.
1530 16th St, Denver, CO 80202 | 303 623 3127
www.thekitchen.com

Urban Farmer – Downtown
Bustling bar scene located in The Oxford Hotel. Menu focuses on sustainability.
1659 Wazee St, Denver, CO 80202 | 303 262 6070
www.urbanfarmerrestaurant.com

True Food Kitchen – Cherry Creek
Delicious eco-chic chain  serving seasonal  healthy fare. My go to lunch spot in Cherry Creek.
2800 E 2nd Ave #101, Denver, CO 80206 | 720 509 7661
www.truefoodkitchen.com

Drink

Poka Lola Social Club – Located in the  chic Maven Hotel lobby  (known as LoDo’s Dairy Block complex)
The soda parlor looking cocktail lounge is  located in the Maven Hotel Lobby. Bartenders pour highly original creations.  Be sure to take advantage of the complimentary cocktail for hotel guests.
www.pokaloladenver.com

Coffee

Aviano – Cherry Creek
Coffee shop of my dreams please someone open something similar in Aspen. Great spot to work or hang. Delicious coffee and I love they use local organic milk.
244 Detroit St, Denver, CO 80206
303.399.8347
Huckleberry Roasters – located in Maven Hotel Lobby (downtown Denver)
When I thought this hotel could not get any cooler they bring Huckleberry Roasters into the open concept lobby. Love the oat milk (dairy alternative) Great room for people-watching.

New York

Marlton Hotel NYC
Marlton Hotel
Claudette - New York
Claudette
Claudette
Claudette
Butchers Daughter
Butchers Daughter
Stumptown Coffee
Stumptown Coffee
Marlton Hotel
Marlton

Stay

The Marlton Hotel– West Village
Love this charming European styled boutique hotel.  Located 2 blocks from Washington Square Park and a few blocks to multiple subway lines. The rooms are small yet beautifully appointed, the staff is friendly, the lobby is trendy hang out. The Espresso bar, roof top terrace (for hotel guests only) and fun old world bar are great hangout spots.   Breakfast is included and served in the lobby restaurant Margaux.
5W 8th Street (Between 5th & 6th Aves.) NYC – 10011
212 321 0100
www.marltonhotel.com

Eat

The Butchers Daughter – West Village
Plant based, healthy and delicious cafe. Rustic chic indoor and outdoor dining. Earthy feel with white interior and greens every where. Best for lunch.
581 Hudson Street NYC — 10014
917 388-2132
www.thebutchersdaughter.com

Claudette – West Village
Elegant cozy cottage decor. Farm to table menu with influences from Provence and the Mediterranean. Brought you you by the creators of Bobo and Rosemary’s. Best for mid week lunch.
24 5th Ave, New York, NY 10011
212 868-2424
www.claudettenyc.com

Palma – West Village
Italian classics made from organic seasonal ingredients. There is an intimate indoor area and a full garden seating in back filled with cut garden roses and other fresh flowers. Best for dinner.
28 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014 b/t 4th St & Bleecker St
212 691 2223
www.palmanyc.com

Coffee

Stumptown – West Village
Delicious coffee, ideal for on the go. They have both indoor and outdoor sitting but gets very crowded with people on their computers.
Open daily 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
30 W 8th Street, New York, NY 10011
www.stumptowncoffee.com

Marlton Espresso Bar – West Village
Cozy wood-paneled setting in the lobby of boutique Marlton Hotel. Great spot for coffee and to sit and fun hip vibe.
5 W 8th St, New York, NY 10011

Raleigh

Jubla Coffee Raleigh

Jubla Coffee Roasters Raleigh NCJubla Coffee Roasters –
Delicious coffee, studious NC State University crowd, love the yellow and dark wood color scheme. Had a fried egg and cheese on a biscuit that was slightly sweet and delicious! Great spot if you are on NC State campus,  they have an additional location in North Raleigh.
2100 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC
www.jubalacoffee.com

Las Vegas (Off the Strip)

I always love a friends birthday as an excuse to a head to warmer climate for a few days. Vegas can be tons of fun, for me it was about exploring  O F F The Strip! Both the new Arts District and Freemont East are short Uber rides from the strip and full of eclectic stores, restaurants, galleries and coffee shops.

Las Vegas Off the Strip Guide

Art District

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Vesta Coffee Roaters Art District Las Vegas
Vesta Coffee Roasters
Vesta Coffee Roaters Art District Las Vegas
Vesta Coffee Roasters

Art District

A 10 minute Uber ride off the strip. The downtown Las Vegas Arts District is an up-and coming area that is full of art galleries, boutique coffee shops and retro/thrift stores.

Makers & Finders – coffee shop and cafe
Bright and stylish spot with amazing coffee and yummy latin fare. Great spot for breakfast.
1120 S Main St, Las Vegas NV
www.makerslv.com

Buffalo Exchange –
High-end thrift store. Products displayed beautifully. I scored here!
1209 S Main St, Las Vegas, NV 89101
www.buffaloexchange.com

Vesta Coffee Roasters –
Urban contmeporay feel, they roast the coffee in the back
1114 S. Casino Center Blvd. #1 Las Vegas, NV 89104
www.vestacoffee.com

Fremont East

Public Us Las Vegas
Public Us
Public Us Las Vegas
Public Us
Public Us Las Vegas
Public Us
Turmeric Flavors of India East Fremont
Turmeric Flavors of India

Fremont East

A 15 minute Uber drive from the strip, covered in street art, and full of cool bars and restaurants. Just up the road from here is Fremont Street which is a less crazy version of the Strip.

Public Us – start here and make your way towards Fremont
Strong neighborhood vibe,  farm to table fare and great coffee.
1126 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101
www.publicuslv.com

Turmeric Flavors of India
Delicious Indian food, so many yummy options. Great prices
700 E. Fremont Street, Su #A

Places Worth Going

Lotus of Siam – take an uber, in a strip mall, not a nice area.
The best thai food I have E V E R had. We went for lunch. They have an impressive wine cellar.
953 E. Sahara Ave. Ste A5,  Las Vegas, Nevada 89104
www.lotusofsiamlv.com

Herringbone
Great for a leisurely brunch. Lounge outside on the chic patio. Feels more like Santa Monica then the middle of the strip!
3730 Las Vegas Blvd. – located in the Aria Hotel
www.herringboneeats.com

East Freemont Las Vegas

 

Puglia – Bike Tour

Alberebello - Trulli

Alberebello - Trulli

Alberebello - Trulli

Puglia Bike Tour Cicolposse

Alberobello – 23.6 miles & 18.2 miles

Today was the first real day of riding.  We broke the ride into 2 segments with a break for a cappuccino, lunch and tour of  the town of Alberobello.   Our charismatic guide Nemo shared his knowledge of his beloved city, the first known Trulli city dating back to the 14th century.  All  Trullis were constructed with white limestone and without mortar so that they could quickly be dismantled in order to evade taxes.

Day one we did a short 12 mile ride to get used to our bikes. We road to the coolest little local coffee/bar shop. They had the most amazing ceramics made from local artists.


 

Puglia bike to Matera

Puglia bike to Matera

Bike Trip Ostuni Puglia

Bike Trip Puglia

Matera via Palagianello – 40.2 miles

After breakfast at the Maseria we rode through the trulli filled coutryside to the town of Palagianello. The town was founded in 1102. We enjoyed a yummy lunch at a funny cafe in town (my Moms Italian was very helpful).  After lunch we had a 45 minute drive to the ancient cave town of  Matera. We met our fabulous guide for sweats and cappuccinos before entering the historical center know as Sassi.  In the 3rd Century BC the city was allegedly founded by the Romans. The city was dug into the rocks. In 1993 was declared “World Heritage” by UNESCO. The best way to see Matera is to wonder around the winding streets, we laughed that this never would be allowed in the US, too many obstacles!

It was a 2 hour drive back to the Masseria. For dinner we went into the old town of Ostuni (10 minute drive), which is known as the white city. We ate at the charming family restaurant Taverna della Gelosia.  It is a popular local spot that was chalk-a-block full of the owners collection of shadow box framed religious relics.  As with all of Puglia they are known for their appetizers. Try the pasta nera, it is a medieval recipe.

Ristorante Taverna della Gelosia
Vicolo Tommaso Andriola, 26, 72017 Ostuni BR, Italy
+39 0831 334736
www.tavernadellagelosia.it


 

Luigino - Puglia

Luigino - Mesagne - Puglia

Li Veli - Salento - Puglia

Li Veli - Salento - Puglia

Li Veli - Salento - Puglia

Li Veli - Salento - Puglia

Bike Tour Puglia

Bike Tour Puglia

Bike Trip Puglia

Cellino San Marco (Le Veli)  – 39.9 Miles

Today we rode to the Li Veli winery with a stop at Luigino D’Errico in Mesagne for cappucino made by Luigino himself. From there we rode to the beautiful winnery Li Veli in the Salento area. We enjoyed a beautiful private lunch with wine tasting followed by a tour of the winery.

For dinner we went to Al Solito Posto. This is unlike any pizza place I have ever been to. Loved the contempory fun interior. Again it was hard not to fill up on the unbelievable appetizers.

Masseria Li Veli – private wine lunch
72020 Cellino S. Marco (BR) Puglia – Italia
Tel. +39 0831 618259 | info@liveli.it
http://www.liveli.it/en

Al Solito Posto – gourmet pizza
Via Cesare Braico 37, 72017, Ostuni, Italy
Tel. +39 0831 305850
www.alsolitoposto.it


 

Biking to Martina Franca

Puglia Martina Franca Bike Trip

Biking to Martina Franca

Biking to Martina Franca

Biking to Martina Franca

oil oil tasting Puglia

Olive Oil Tasting Puglia

Olive Oil Tasting Puglia

Olive Oil Tasting Puglia

Cooking Class Ostuni Puglia

Cooking Class Ostuni Puglia

Puglia Bike Tour

Martina Franco & Olive Oil Tasting at Trisole – 38 miles

Today we stopped for cappuccinos in the beautiful historic town of Martina Franca.  The Gran Café, is located directly outside of the city gates. We had time for a very quick walk around of the city and then back in the saddle to ride to the Family Owned Trisole Olive farm.

We were so lucky to be at the olive farm during harvest. Outside the farm there was an olive tree that is over 1000 years old. Walking into the harvest area the smell was overwhelmingly delicious. We saw two processes of making olive oil. The traditional process with old stone that grind the pit and the olive which produces a more bitter and strong olive oil.  And the new way which the pit is removed from the olive and produces a more delicate taste.

For dinner we went into Ostuni for cooking class. We dined at the same delicious restaurant Osteria del Tempo Perso.

Gran Café – cappuccino break
Piazza Venti Settembre 7/A, 74015 Martina Franca
Tel +39 329 375 9082
http://grancaffemartina.it

Osteria del Tempo Perso – for dinner
Via G Tanzarella Vitale, 47 – 72017 OSTUNI
Tel. +39 0831 304819
www.osteriadeltempoperso.com


 

Puglia Bike Tour

Bike Trip Puglia

Bike Trip Puglia

Puglia Bike Tour Cicolposse

Puglia Bike Tour

Bike Trip Puglia

Puglia Bike Tour

Puglia Biking

Cycling Along the Coast – 37 miles

Today we skirted the ocean with its numerous beach clubs and miles of undeveloped beaches. We stopped at another local coffee shop overlooking the Adriatic before doing a climb up to the mountains. We ended the biking portion of the trip at a beachside restaurant.

We enjoyed a fun and information wine tasting at the Masseria and followed by yet another wonderful dinner.


Cicolposse

I can not say enough wonderful things about our biking tour with Cicloposse.  For me it is very important to experience the local culuture. The places Marco chose were as local as it gets. Some of the coffee shops, cafes and bars I could not even find online. I felt like we got a true Italian experience. The bikes were top of the line. Marco and Tomaso were wonderful and always kept us laughing. Julianna was behind the scenes and did everything to make our trip seamless and customized to our groups desires and abilities.  We are already looking forward to our next adventure.

Masseria Cerverolo, Puglia

Masseria Cerverolo

Masseria Cerverolo

Masseria Cerverolo

Masseria Cerverolo

Masseria Cerverolo

Masseria Cerverolo

Masseria Cerverolo

Masseria Cerverolo

Masseria Cerverolo

 

Stay

Masseria Cerverolo
S.P.14 Ostuni – Martina Franca
+39.0831.303729 | info@masseriacervarolo.it
www.masseriaververolo.it
The masseria Cervarolo is a farm with trulli houses. It was built in the XVI century, and has been restored over the past 5 years. It is located just 6 km from Ostuni village.

We called the Masseria home for 6 nights, while we explored Puglia by bike during the day.  The owner Tio and the staff made us feel so welcome from the moment we arrived and they were waiting at the entrance. The most beautiful breakfast is served in the dining area.  The library area in the main masseria serves as an evening cocktail area, where it is fun to meet other guests. In the comfort of the library area we had an educational wine tasting evening from a lovely, passionate young sommelier.  Late afternoon simple cooking classes are organized to show how to make the local specialties (orcchiette, focaccia, taralli, and  biscotti).

I dream (most comfortable bed with ironed sheets) of  returning to this beautiful retreat.