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Melanie Wynne

Los Angeles


About Me

A freelance travel writer by trade, I've been published in USA Today, The San Francisco Chronicle, AOL Travel and more. I also write and edit two blogs: Travels With Two​, designed to inspire workaholic couples (and other pairs) to use their vacation time to travel; and Have Snark Will Travel​, which features funny travel photos (and snarky captions) from around the world. Whether at home or traveling, I'm a huge fan of wine, local food, gardens, animals, art, architecture and picking the fastest-moving line. I'm into road trips, empty beaches, big mountains, rolling farmland and historic downtowns, and am happiest if I can see a sky full of stars.  

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ALong Beach: Is Long Beach worth stopping by during an action-packed LA trip?

Bianca, having spent a lot of time in Long Beach in the last year, I'm not 100% sure you need to make it a stop on your trip. Here's what you'll find there: The Queen Mary ​ is docked there, once one of the great Art... See More

ALos Angeles: What are the top 3 beaches in Los Angeles?

Bianca, you're in luck -- some of the nicest beaches in L.A. are right in Santa Monica! The beachfront in front of  Hotel Casa Del Mar ​ and  Shutters On the Beach ​ is especially pretty, with a view of the  Santa... See More

ALos Angeles: Cheap beach hotel in LA ?

L.A. beach cities like Venice and Santa Monica tend to be the collective lands of the $300+ room per night -- even the area's DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Santa Monica ​and the Holiday Inn ​... See More

QWashington, DC: Is it possible to take public transportation from downtown D.C. to BWI Airport?

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ALos Angeles: Best Hiking in Los Angeles

I'd agree with all of Courtney's suggestions, but point out that Runyon Canyon Park ​ and Griffith Park ​ are the closest on the list (by far) to West Hollywood. Avoid Saturday and Sunday mid-mornings if exercising hordes... See More

ANew York City: Want to explore New York need good, non touristy ideas

I'd echo Gramercy Park ​ as a location, and suggest a breakfast or lunch break at Friend of a Farmer ​. I used to live nearby as a film student at NYU, and was always drawn like a magnet to the... See More

QNapa: Any suggestions for restaurants in Napa...that aren't run by Thomas Keller? ;)

I'm headed to Napa for a girls' weekend in early August, and would love to try some less-discovered spots for one breakfast and a couple of dinners. (Chef Thomas Keller has brought his Bouchon empire to L.A., where I live, so I now feel less inclined to seek out... See More

ASpain: Beach towns in Spain

Spain has three coasts: north, south and east -- which are you thinking of driving along? If it's the south, consider Axarquía ​, a quieter Costa del Sol alternative to Nerja ​, which is lovely...but... See More

ASan Luis Obispo: Things to do and must-try restaurants in the area

I love SLO! Here's a few things to do: -Have a friendly, casual meal at the healthy/organic-focused  Big Sky Cafe ​​  -Take a seat on the pretty creekside deck at  Novo Restaurant & Lounge ​ and try some unique Brazilian/Asian... See More

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