The year’s soon coming to a close, and I find myself with way more freelance travel writing work than time for creating blog posts. Happily, my present work is fun, but I’ve been feeling itchy for these electronic pages…and I want to assure you that I’m still here!
Here’s what’s coming soon to Travels With Two:
Chilean Wine Valleys. Of the 14 different wine valleys in Chile, I’ve so far made it to two — the San Antonio and the Casablanca. Not far south of Valparaíso, both areas specialize in bright, complex wines with mineral finishes, the result of soil that seems to be composed largely of ocean fossils. I was shown around these gorgeous wine valleys by a kind, professional and extremely knowledgeable guide from Santiago Adventures, and I’m looking forward to sharing my photos, wine and food finds.
Santa Barbara. For a couple of months, I’ve been collecting research for an article pitch on the history of Santa Barbara, California, a hilly seaside town full of culture and beauty set about two hours north of Los Angeles. My inspiration has been the recent renovation of El Encanto, a hilltop hotel that was built in 1920, has now been both preserved and spruced up by Orient-Express, and where I recently had the pleasure of staying. Just wait ’til you see this place.
New Orleans. In mid-January, my boyfriend and I are off to NOLA, each for the first time, for a belated holiday vacation. We’ll be staying at The Hotel Modern in the relatively new Arts District, and have enough restaurant recommendations to last four months…instead of the four days that we’ll actually be there. We’re looking forward to wandering on foot and streetcar, seeking out jazz and brass bands, ducking into second lines, drinking things made with bourbon, and eating as though these might be our last days on Earth.
Canyon Ranch. At the end of January, my travel writer pal Kara and I are heading to Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Arizona, one of the most popular spa resorts in America, to experience their twice-yearly Primitive Outdoor Skills Program. In-between surviving, we’ll take long hikes in the desert and fit in some self-care at the spa, and I’ll probably take an art class or two. Our shared goals are to boost our collective confidence level and find balance…but there may also be some gossip and laughing.
In the meantime, I’ll be here at my laptop, working away on Los Angeles guides for international lifestyle site Gayot.com; global festival write-ups for Fest300, a new travel site owned by Joie de Vivre Hotels founder and author Chip Conley; and a story on the town of Ojai, California for an Australian culinary magazine called Flavour.
I hope you all have fun adventures planned for the holidays, with trips long, short local or otherwise, or longed-for visits with/from friends and relatives. I’d love to hear what you’re planning and where you’re going!