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43 Things to Do in Lake Tahoe: The Ultimate Bucket List

Things to do in lake Tahoe

From the South to the North, these are the best things to do in Lake Tahoe, no matter what season you decide to visit.

Even though I grew up in California, only a few hours southwest of Tahoe, I didn’t visit Tahoe for the first time until I was 27. I had heard anecdotes about Tahoe trips throughout my childhood, but I somehow missed out on this California native rite of passage.

When I finally visited for the first time last year, I realized what all the hype was about. The lake was even more beautiful than the pictures made it seem, and the hushed natural scenery was an interesting juxtaposition with the casinos and busy streets of downtown South Lake Tahoe.

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The Perfect Day Trip from Portland

The Perfect Day Trip from Portland

If you’re looking for the perfect Columbia River Gorge day trip from Portland that includes stops at Hood River and Timberline Lodge, put the ‘Fruit Loop Tour’ on your list now.

I didn’t hear the words “Fruit Loop Tour” until a good few months into my time in Portland. My boyfriend heard a few locals at his work talking about it and he suggested it would be a great day away from the city – I mean who doesn’t love a good ol’ Columbia River Gorge day trip?

When he told me all that it involved – Portland to Hood River and Mt Hood, in addition to the Columbia River Gorge, I was so in. It sounded like the most quintessential day trip from Portland I could think of.

Fruit Loop challenge accepted!

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101 Things to Do in California | The Ultimate Bucket List (From a Local)

101 Things to do in California

There are countless options for things to do in California. It’s a state that offers so much in terms of varied landscapes – from the desert to the beach, mountains, and redwood forests.

Having lived in California for 23 of my 28 years, there’s a lot I love about this place I most recently moved back to and now call home.

And I’m not alone. In the US, California has been the place to move to, a state of transfers and outsiders who come here for the high standard of living, the beautiful coastline, or maybe to make it big, either in Hollywood or the tech industry in Silicon Valley.

California is a place for laid back vibes, dreamers, and outdoorsy folk. Although there are a lot of stereotypes when it comes to California (and Californians), you can’t put the people or the landscape in a box, it’s much too varied.

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Experiencing the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland

Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland

Experiencing the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is one of the best things to do in Ashland. This is everything you should know before you go!

All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.” – William Shakespeare

Shakespeare is a writer I’ve always loved and quoted. People may say his plays are antiquated and irrelevant, but I find the opposite to be true.

I find his plays to be some of the few that translate well to modern times, especially when you have productions like the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, updating and revamping Shakespeare and his contemporaries constantly.

From the moment I was first introduced to my local Shakespeare Santa Cruz production of King Lear when I was a little girl, I’ve dreamed of going to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland.

I already knew that Ashland was the best Shakespeare town in Oregon, and I imagined it to be this beautiful place with constant fall foliage. The perfect backdrop to watch Shakespeare come to life.

When I made it to Ashland for the first time at the age of 25, I was not disappointed by my childhood dreams of attending an Oregon Shakespeare Festival production (or two!).

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Things to Do in Florence, Oregon

Things to do in Florence, Oregon

Explore the small, coastal town of Florence. Discover things to do in Florence, Oregon and the best ways to immerse yourself in the local culture & natural beauty.

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The Oregon coast has its own kind of magic. I don’t recall ever coming across a coastal region that is as versatile, rugged, and serene. There are many hideaways waiting to be discovered in this underrated part of the world. Just last week I went to Pacific City to enjoy the silhouetted rocks, the dunes, and the craft beer that is uniquely Oregon. But that story is for another day. This blog is about my experience in Florence, and some of the things to do in Florence, Oregon.

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San Diego Hiking Guide: Torrey Pines Hike

Torrey Pines Hike | San Diego, California

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If you’re looking for an easy hike in San Diego that offers drop dead gorgeous views of the glistening coastline, look no further than the Torrey Pines Hike.

I lived in San Diego for 5 years and luckily had a chance to tackle quite a few hikes around and just outside the city.

The thing is, San Diego is full of beautiful hikes and opportunities to get outside. It has fantastic weather year-round, and the city itself is full of outdoorsy people who love to get outside and tackle a new challenge on the trail.

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The 30 Best California Breweries to Visit

Figueroa Mountain Brewing - Santa Barbara, California - 30 California Breweries to Visit

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A craft beer journey and road trip through the Golden State – your guide to the best California breweries to visit, from San Diego to Eureka.

With 570 California breweries up and down the state, the Golden State has more craft breweries than any other state in the USA. Born and raised in California, it is also the place where I had my first experience with craft beer – Arrogant Bastard from Stone Brewery to be exact.

California is known for its craft beer culture, specifically in San Diego and San Francisco, but there are so many other breweries within the state that are worth a stop.

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A Guide to Getting a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa as an American

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Learn everything there is know about getting a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa as an American. It’s as simple as filling out an online form in 15 minutes.

My second installment on how to secure a work visa down under, this is my New Zealand edition where I’ll show you how easy it is to get a New Zealand working holiday visa as a US citizen!

Last time, I talked about how easy it can be to get a work visa for Australia, but if you also want to work and travel to that place from The Lord of the Rings, keep reading to see how it’s even easier (and much cheaper!) to gain a New Zealand holiday work visa.

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Wrap Up: January 2019

Wrap Up: January 2019 | San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts

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2019 started off at a full sprint. From ringing in my brother’s wedding on NYE, to my first trip of the year to Colorado, and leaning more into my love for all things San Francisco (even with the recent frigid Bay Area temperatures). I already have a good feeling about 2019.

This year has already thrown me a handful of challenges, reminding me to not get too comfortable in my new fixed life because there is still a whole lot of work to do in my business, my relationships, and my personal development. There is always room to grow, which I look forward to continuing to do throughout 2019.

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A Guide to the Best Missoula Breweries

A Guide to the best Missoula breweries

A Guide to the Best Missoula Breweries so you know where to drink (and what to drink) while you’re in town.

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I had no idea about the craft beer scene that would welcome me when I arrived in Missoula, Montana.

I had heard from a friend living there that craft beer was getting bigger around town, with quite a few recent Missoula breweries opening up, but every person and their mom says their city has the best craft beer scene in America these days.

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