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guest post: sunshine coast

30 Mar

Some of the most beautiful forest and coastline is along the coast of British Columbia. Sunshine Coast is a great place to take it in for a few days. There are nice shallows that warm up significantly in the summer, so you can enjoy the dramatic scenery of the Pacific Northwest and still find a little sand and some saltwater that isn’t too cold to swim in. There are also some lovely family owned businesses in the area that offer cozy hotels and rentals, spa treatments, and access to amazing scuba diving, kayaking and hiking. The service I have experienced here is simultaneously warm, low-key, laid back, attentive and friendly. It manages to hit this incredible balance, making guests feel relaxed and comfortable while taking a backseat to natural beauty of the area. The best places to stay here are nestled into rocky hills and wooded nooks and they open out to breathtaking views and experiences of the surrounding landscapes.

For a family or couple looking for a wood cabin, a wood stove and a full kitchen, try Creekside Cottage:
For those who want some extra pampering try the Tuwanek Hotel (technically a bed and breakfast):

northern lights

7 Jan

I’m not a fan of the cold but even I would brave the temperatures of Scandinavia to see the Northern Lights. These glass igloos are practical and super trendy.

Hotel Igloo Village Kakslauttanen, Finland

This definitely goes on the bucket list.

the pink door

6 Dec

Seattle has so many cute restaurants and so much good food (sometimes even in the same place!) that sometimes the classics get lost. Revisiting the Pink Door this weekend I was reminded that repeats (and threepeats?) are good between the tests of new places. Everything about it, from the actually pink lit door to the creatively named desserts (try the Bongo Bongo) is fun and quietly classy.

The warm lighting makes the food, and your date, look delicious.

A view of the water will always get me. sitting outside in the summer is fantastic.

guest post: la baie de sirènes

22 Nov

La Baie des Sirènes

Hidden 235 miles southeast of Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, near a small town called Grand Bereby, is La Baie de Sirènes (Mermaid Bay). The beautiful beach is tucked away, without a single sign pointing to its existence. Once operated by an elderly Dutchman during a more affluent period, the resort is now owned by the government, and impeccably maintained by a tiny staff. Approaching its high wall and opposing gate, a sign will inform you that the beach is closed to the public. But ask the guard if you might be able to have a peek inside, and he will tell you it’s alright, but that he wouldn’t mind a little something. Soon after giving him a tip and entering, you will find the most beautiful beach you have ever seen in your life. Likely you will spot a few wooden fishing boats, colorful flags flying, on the horizon. Your next impulse will be to get into your swimsuit, and it this point you will likely see the caretaker coming out to meet you. A few friendly words and he will break out the beach chairs, grateful for the company and the work. This man’s contact information is the key to the perfect vacation. The government allows the staff to fill ten rooms a night, but the resort does not advertise.

No one should visit West Africa without making a trip to this beautiful little corner of the world.

a link to her blog: