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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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