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South of France

Saint Tropez

A few weeks back Kate Holstein asked me to join her on a a travel adventure in the South of France. Obviously I said YES.

Our adventure started in the French Riviera area. We arrived at our first stop just outside of Nice in the medieval mountain town of Saint Paul de Vence.  Followed by 2 nights in the the chic beach town of St Tropez, where our day trips consisted of visiting nearby villages of La Garde Freinet and Grimaud. From the French Riviera we moved north to the Luberaon in Provence. And we finished the trip with one night in Paris.

We had a unique reason and way to see this area.  Kate and her young family are in search of a home to spend a year in France.

It was a perfect and unique way to explore these charming towns and to get a glimpse at life in this area. This French Riviera guide covers some of my favorite stops along the way.


Nashville City Guide


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 | 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 Map

Cafe Roze - East Nashville
All-day cafe specializing in fresh and simple breakfast, lunch and dinner options, as well as top-notch cocktails at night. Great weekend breakfast/brunch spot.
1115 Porter Rd, Nashville, TN 37206 | 615-645-9100

Tailor - Germantown -  dinner
Unique dining experience. 10 courses dinner and cocktail/wine pairing. The chef/ owner gives an explanation of what we are eating between each course. The food is an Indian/ American Fusion. Very fun experience.
1300B 3rd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208

Liberty Common - Downtown - lunch
Beautiful decor! Fun mix of French and Southern cuisine. Great sanctuary right off the craziness of Broadway.
207 1st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201

Th Lou - East Nashville
Charmin and cozy brunch spot. Located in a converted craftsman bungalow.
1304 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN 37216 | 615 730 6273

Pelican & Pig - East Nashville
Cozy and casual atmosphere. Menu has an empahsis of seasonal and creative fare cooked in a completely open kitchen and wood-burning hearth.
Have a pre dinner cocktail next door at Pearl Diver (see below)
1010 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206

Cafe Roze Nashville
Henrietta Red - Nashville City Guide
Pinewood Social Club - Nashville City Guide


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 | 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 | Map

Dose. Coffee - East Nashville
Great spot to bring your computer and work while enjoying a yummy coffee, fun food and a hip vibe.
1400 McGavock Pike, Nashville, Tn 37216 | 615.730.8625

Drug Store - Downtown
Located in the lobby of the Boutique Noelle hotel. Great coffee (from the same group as Barista Parlor), a few delicisious pastries. Mid Centry bright decor with lots of sunlight. Great spot to get a little work in or just enjoy a coffee.
200 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219

Drug Store Coffee
Drug Store Coffee
Barista Parlor - Nashville City Guide


Ryman Auditorium - Downtown
Intimate 2,362-seat live-performance venue, best known as the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974. I saw both Jamestown Revival (HUGE fan) and Ryan Bingham perform here. You can also go for a tour of the venue in the morning and sometimes you will here the bands that are performing that night doing sound checks.
116 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219


Attaboy - East Nashville
This place is COOL, its a MUST! Located in an unassuming building with no sign or door handle. You knock and a few minutes later are greeted and taken into a candle lit speak easy. There are no menus, the bartender comes over and has a conversation with you about your drink order. Great spot after dinner as they stay open till 3:00 am regardless.
8 Mcferrin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206 | 5:00pm - 3:00am everyday

Patteron House - Midtown
Located in a house on the corner, you will think you are dropped off at the wrong place ( a common theme in the speak easy Nashville scene). Upscale speak easy, serving craft cocktails mixed with care in a cozy, mellow setting.
1711 Division St, Nashville, TN 37203 | open daily from 5pm - 1am/3am

Pearl Diver - East Nashville (next door to Pelican & Pig)
Tiki bar, combines kitsch decor with a more minimalist vibe. Fun frozen drinks! We were here in freezing weather but apparently the outside is a pretty hot spot.
1008 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206

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 | Map


The Bobby - Downtown
Boutique hotel in a central location, you can walk to most places. Active fun vibe in the lobby bar and a more casual bar located downstairs. The roof top was closed but normally this is supposed to be a hot spot. In the winter they set up a winter wonderland with heated igloos. Rooms a very spacious and clean. In the past I have always stayed with my cousin in East Nashville, this is a great option if you want to be in the center of everything!
230 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219 | (615) 782-7100

Nashville City Guide
Cousin and Nashville tour guide extraordinaire

St Louis


Bar Les Frères - Clayton
MUST GO! One of the best restaurant ambiences! French fair in a romantic candle & chandelier lit setting.
7637 Wydown Blvd, Clayton, MO 63105 | Open for dinner at 5, closed Sunday & Monday

Billie  | Jean - Clayton
Casual & chic vibe, with black and white decor. The food is Mediterranean-inspired with Asian flourishes, It is not surprising that they are a semi-finalist for the James Beard award for 2019.
7610 Wydown Blvd. Clayton, Missouri, 63105 | 314 797 8484
Open for dinner at 5, closed Sunday & Monday

I Fratellini - Clayton
Sophisticated Italian in a charming European bistro.
314 727 7901 | 7624 Wydown Blvd. Clayton, Missouri, 63105
Open for dinner at 5, closed Sunday & Monday

* The above 3 are sister restaurants by Zoe Robinson. They are located on the same block. For a fun festive night out do the Tours de Frères. Start with a martini and some starters at Bar Les Frères, then move on to I Fratellini for a pasta. And wrap up your evening at Billie | Jean bar for dessert.

Yellowbelly - great for lunch
Fun island inspired (mostly fish menu). The udon noodle bowl was delicious and perfect for a chilly fall day!
4659 Lindell Boulevard St. Louis, MO 63108

Cafe Osage - Part of Bowood Farms
Garden-store cafe featuring patio seating & breakfast/lunch fare made with veggies grown on-site.
4605 Olive Street St. Louis, Missouri 63108

The Last Hotel - Downtown
1501 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103
Rooftop bar known for its pool deck and killer views. Has a fun cozy vibe inside on a chilly evening. Great spot to watch sports and a casual bite.


Kalida's Coffee - Clayton & Coffee (and sprinkled throughout the city)
Each one is different and uniquely decorated. Great coffee, good food and local crowd.
The downtown cafe is located among the beautiful sculptures in the Citygarden, It's the perfect spot to grab a coffee while enjoying the beautiful downtown scenery.


Three Sixty Rooftop - downtown
This swanky spot is located on the roof of the Hilton Hotel. It was a 360 degree view of the city. Over looks both the ballpark and the arch.
1 S Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63102

Broadway Oyster Bar - downtown
Fun dive bar with Cajun feel featuring daily live music and a happening patio.
736 S Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63102


Portland and Westmoreland Places - Central West End
Drive though the historic district in the central west end. There are 94 houses built circa 1890 to 1960.

The Loading Dock - located an hour north of city in Grafton
Beautiful drive along the Mississippi. This is the coolest bar/ music venue/ restaurant located on the river. In the winter it converts to an ice skating rink. This place is pretty epic. Drive through Alton on the way, there are some insane homes on the bluffs.


Bowood Garden Supply
Spectacular garden supply shop that doesn't feel like you are in an urban setting. This is part of Cafe Osage (see above).
4605 Olive Street St. Louis, Missouri 63108

Civil Alchemy - located just outside of St Louis
Lifestyle company offering housewares, apparel, specialty foods, include wine, unique liqueurs, tools, and personal accessories such as leather and jewelry. Along with goods sourced from premier local, national, and international vendors, they have their own brand of products designed in-house and created with high-quality materials.
8154 Big Bend Boulevard Webster Groves, MO 63119

Buena Vista, Colorado

Located just an hour and a half from Aspen (in the summer), Buena Vista is perfect for a quick get away. The drive over independence pass is always breathtaking. The town is known for river rafting but there is also great hiking, biking and a hip restaurant scene.


Surf Hotel & Chateau
This oasis is tucked away at the outskirts of town, right on the Arkansas River and a short walk into town. The hotel looks like it is staight out of a Restoration Hardware catalog. I recommend splurging for a river view in the Chateau. Bring a bottle of rosé and take it down to the river rocks for an afternoon treat. Check out their concerts in the Ivy Ballroom, sound system done by the same people as Red Rocks. They have free summer music series outside if front of the hotel.  Great hikes just across the river.
1012 Front Loop
Buena Vista, CO 81211 | 719.966.7048


Cottonwood Hotsprings
Located 5 miles outside of Buena Vista, these man made pools are a relaxing stop. This is a no frills, more rustic destination. The geothermal, gravity-fed mineral waters springs were used for centuries by the Ute Indians as a spiritual gathering place. Bring a book and your own towel ($20).
18999 Co Rd 306, Buena Vista, CO 81211 | 719 395-6434

Cottonwood HotSprings

Salida Colorado

Less then two hours from Aspen via Independence Pass, Salida is nestled along the Arkansas River. Home to Monarch Mountain and with a charming downtown corridor.


Amigos Motor Lodge
A renovated a 50’s motel. It is simple, clean, comfortable and eclectic. The property has a hot tub and fun loungig areas both inside and outside.
Downtown Salida is about a mile away from the motel. Obviously reach it by car, but it’s an easy bike ride down the Monarch Spur trail too (bring your cruiser). Or we used Mountain Taxi  (there is no uber).

Amigos Motor Lodge Salida Colorado
Amigos Motor Lodge Salida Colorado
Amigos Motor Lodge Lobby
Amigos Motor Lodge Salida Colorado


Mount Princeton Hot Springs
Located between Buena VIsta and Salida these hot springs are a must! They have pools with a water slide but the best part are the creak side hot springs. You will do need to do a little moving around to find a little pool that is the right temperature for you. Bring your own towel and rates are between $15 and $20 depending on day of week

Mount Princeton Hot Springs

Santa Fe


Santa Fe has aneclectic dining scene with an emphasize on organic local meats and produce, featuring southwestern classics with international influences.

Pasquale's - Downtown (right off square)
Great breakfast spot. All organic and locally sourced food. Small intimate interior with a few community tables. There is always a line outside,for good reason. Breakfast lunch and dinner daily.
121 Don Gaspar Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501 | 505 983 9340

The Compound - Downtown (up the hill above the galleries)
Great for lunch. Make a reservation, request a patio table and enjoy the amazing Santa Fe weather. Located in a cozy adobe home. The tuna Niçoise salad was incredible.
653 Canyon Rd A, Santa Fe, NM 87501 | 505 982 4353

Geronimo - Downtown (up on hill above the galleries)
Sit in the cozy bar for dinner, or make a reservation in the dining room or outside on the front porch. In an old house on canyon road; browse the galleries on your way to dinner. Shared a bison entree which was one of the best meals I have had. The tuna tartare and beef carpaccio appetizers are not to be missed. Lots of vegetarian options.
724 Canyon Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87501 | 505 982 1500 | Map

Radish and Rye
If you like whiskey go here! Hip industrial interior. Known for their extensive bourbon list and local farm inspired menu. Dinner spot, loved the trout.
505 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87501 | 505 930 5325 | Map


Inn of the Anasazi
Perfect location, just off the square. Boutique Rosewood Hotel with extremely friendly staff. Great bar scene, pull up a chair and drink the delicious Silver Coin margaritas with George and Charlie.
113 Washington Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501 | 505 988 3030


Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse
Enjoy your coffee while browsing the great book selection. Best coffee with best atmoshphere in Santa Fe.
202 Galisteo St, Santa Fe, NM 87501 | Open Daily 8am - 6pm | Map


Bell Tower Rooftop at Le Fonda
360 degree views of Santa Fe.  Located right off the Plaza
100 E. San Francisco St. Santa Fe NM | Open M-F 3:00pm to twilight, Weekends noon to twilight

La Choza
Go here for a margarita and guac after the farmers market. Casual.
905 Alarid St, Santa Fe, NM 87505

La Reina at El Rey Hotel
Known for mezcal and signature cocktails. Located in the hip (hipster), simply decorated converted motor lodge. Take an Uber if staying downtown
1862 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505 | bar opens at 5


Farmers Market
Loved this market. Tons of vendors with a variety of goodies (veggies, fruits, jams, baked goods, crafts, and the list goes on).
1607 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501 | Open Wed 3:00 to 6:00 & Saturday 7:00 to 1:00

Ghost Ranch Horse Back Riding - about an hour outside of Santa Fe
Education and Retreat Center, that was the home and studio of Georgia O'Keeffe, as well as the subject of many of her paintings. Sign up in advance for the horse back riding tour.
280 Private Drive 1708 Highway, US-84, Abiquiu, NM 87510

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Intimate museum, download the app before hand for the audio.
217 Johnson St, Santa Fe, NM 87501 | Open daily 10am - 5pm

International Folk Art Festival (in July)
Incredible selection of folk arts from around the world. There are no bargains here -- these are the finest craftspeople in their fields who travel from far and wide to come to IFAM to showcase their art. Purchase the early bird passes!!!!! Take the free bus.
620 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505

Ojo Caliente - about an hour outside of Santa Fe
Deemed sacred by Native Americans, Ojo's legendary waters have been soothing body, mind and spirit naturally for thousands of years. The only hot springs in the world with four different sulfur-free, healing mineral waters. Eclectic charm, be sure to have a meal there. Everything is from their garden and you can purchase their excess produce in the gift shop.
50 Los Banos Rd, Highway 414, Ojo Caliente, NM 87549


The Restoration Boutique Hotel Charleston



The Restoration Boutique Hotel Charleston


The Restoration  - on King St
75 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401
843 518 5100 |
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).


Best Restaurants Charleston SC FIG


Le Farfalle Charleston

Husk Restaurant Charleston

Husk Restaurant Charleston


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

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

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

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).

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


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.

Santa Barbara

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.


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

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


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 |

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

Sunday Arts & Crafts Show – The Marina

New Orleans

New Orleans City Guide


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 | 504 899 7397


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 | 504 523 6000


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 | 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 | 504 569 0405


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 | 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.


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 | 855 711 3385


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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


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

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

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


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.


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
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.