I’m one of these weird people who visits Las Vegas and doesn’t really spend much time near the Strip.
I know, I know — what’s the point right?
Well…I prefer to lose my money in different ways than gambling (see: shopping), I have family in the city, and I’ve left my clubbing days where they belong…back in my twenties. And honestly? The locals’ Las Vegas is cool AF (except when it is literally scorching hot outside), there’s so much to offer visitors and natives alike.
And there’s so many big events in Vegas all year round, like this weekend’s Life is Beautiful Music & Arts Festival. And really, in Sin City, there is no lack of feeling that life is grand. It’s a city of hopes and possibilities. After the tragedy last year at Route 91, Las Vegans showed they are truly a strong community, and that they’re resilient and proud.
Obviously, if you’ve never been to Vegas before or if you’re there for some sort of celebratory shenanigans, by all means, strip ’til you drip. See: the Hangover. But as a warning, don’t sleep on the other parts of the city because you’ll be missing out on delicious ethnic eats from all corners of the world, arts and design rivaling any coastal cities, and architectural and natural delights all around.
Viva Las Vegas!
My favorite weekend of the year to visit Napa Valley is Memorial Day. Why you ask? Well, it’s the annual Bottlerock music festival weekend. Alas, this year is the first year I am not attending of the past few years, as I’ve moved away from Northern California. That means I’ll be missing out on the Killers, Bruno Mars and tomorrow’s headliner, Muse (all of whom I’ve seen before, but still). This is the most civilized of all the festivals, with culinary stages and wineries to boot.
While you’re enjoying the festivities, don’t forget to head out from the festival grounds and explore the valley, one of the best weekender locations in the country!
Wine or wine not?
In two weeks is a weekend that is one of my favorite of the year, first weekend of Coachella, the granddaddy of all music festivals. Sure, Lolla is great, Governor’s Island is hip and Outside Lands is chill, but Coachella is the one they all aspire to be, for the star power and cool factor alone. I mean, watching hundreds of musical acts in sunny California is ideal.
In my twenties, I looked forward to actually attending the festival, but now that I’m a little (read: a lot) older, I look forward to the mass exodus of festival goers from LA/OC (less traffic, reservations!). But, I do have fond memories of attending the festival, so here are some tips to aid in your weekend of revelry.
Hopefully with no Beyonce biting…
In honor of SXSW (and because I’ve been traveling this week and not writing) here’s 3 days in Austin. Second verse, same as the first…
So I have to confess something here. I’m not much of a drinker. I know, I know. Is it too late now to say sorry? Just kidding, I’m not sorry. You’re wondering: how could a light imbiber possibly have anything to say about the most famous wine producing region in the US?
Turns out, there’s a ton of things to do here that don’t necessarily involve spirits, and don’t worry, I will feature some absolutely fantastic wineries on our journey through the beautiful Northern California countryside. There’s just one question you have to ask yourself:
Wine or wine not?
San Francisco is one of the world’s great cities. Sitting up high on the tip of a Northern California peninsula, it’s natural beauty and cooler climate is as unique as the citizens that inhabit it. For being such a small area in terms of acreage, SF packs so many things to see and do in every square mile. There’s no way you can see everything, or afford everything, as it is one of the most expensive places in the world. But, there’s also many free or affordable things to do as well, which we’re all about.
One visit, one dozen visits are not enough to experience the entirety of “the city,” but this what I like to do on a weekend visiting the city by the Bay.
save me, san francisco
They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and they’re right. You will have a hugely gratifying experience when you visit Austin. The capital city is a mix of college town, music hub, antique treasure trove, yuppie wonderland; there are so many facets to it, all enjoyable. Austin is famous for many things, but SXSW and Austin City Limits festivals are held here and are awesome. I’ve yet to attend SXSW, but ACL is one of the most well run festivals. Since it’s ACL time soon, this guide takes that into consideration for your plans, from Friday to Sunday.
Austin will always hold a special place in my heart, as I once saw Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers walking around and he gave me a head nod there. I haven’t washed my eyes since.
the stars at night are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas…