Chicago: Our Kind of Town

We’ve visited the Windy City several times over the past few years and returned this weekend, coincidentally during the Cubs run at the World Series.  While the Cubs run isn’t quite on the track Chicagoans and this Red Sox fan rooting for the National League for the first time since the Yankees weren’t in the World Series, our trip provided returns to some of our favorite spots. One of our favorite traditions when we come is a lunch stop at The Gage on South Michigan Avenue across from Millenium Park.  The web site calls the food “rustic American” and they…

Western Maui: North to South

For our final day on Maui, we visited the parks along the western side of the island.  We started in Iao Valley State Park.  This park is nestled in the West Maui mountains and is just west of Wailuku.  We had hoped for some real hiking, but the trails are actually very short (the web site says about .6 mile).  The walk up the steps to the overlook of the “Needle” was well populated.  We actually liked the trails down to the river and through the rain forest better.  While we didn’t get the exercise we had hoped for, it…

The Road to Hana

If yesterday was about being off the beaten trail, today was  the beaten trail.  Fortunately, post-Labor Day and timed pretty well, we avoided the massive crowds relatively successfully on the famous Highway to Hana.  We found our map only moderately accurate and learned from some fellow Bostonians at their picnic table that their CD was also similarly unreliable… so…. our advice, just pull over if it looks cool and march around a little. At the recommendation of our previously un-named, now named (Brittany) unofficial tour guide, we skipped the Twin Falls turnout near the beginning of where Highway 36 turns to Highway…

Maui upcountry day trip

For a good day trip, without as many crowds, in Maui we took the Kula Highway and the Piilani Highway to check out the sights of the Lualailua Hills and the base of the Kahikinui Forest.  These roads are on the south and west sides of Haleakala (the dormant volcano) and its much traveled Halekala Highway up to the crater.  The road eventually turns to dirt at Kaupo Ranch, but – in theory – does go through to Hana though traversing it all the way there is discouraged by rental car companies (whose advice it is probably best to take). We didn’t…

Springtime in New York

Last weekend, we were lucky enough to catch the much celebrated Broadway musical “Hamilton“. How, might you ask, did we accomplish this with tickets so hard to come by?  Good question. Last fall, before the world outside NYC was a-buzz with Hamilton we saw something on “60 Minutes” about it and, inspired by a little Sunday evening wine, bought both show and plane tickets on the spot. Well, it was worth it. The hype is not misplaced, the show is great (Melissa is in-process of a review specifically of the show, which you’ll be able to read about here when…

Mile High Meals

After an unfortunate (and stupid) lower back strain prematurely terminated my ski season this year, we’ve been spending our weekends checking out some new (and not so new, but mostly new to us) restaurants in Denver, Colorado.  We tend to hunker down in wintertime, but with the ready availability, convenience and low cost of UberX, we have been better at getting out of the house and going further than a 15-20 minute walk. Over the course of the past several Saturdays we’ve tried some great spots and wanted to share them – should you have reason to make it to Denver…

We love L.A.

By David Last week, we had the chance to spend some extended time in Los Angeles.  While we’ve certainly spent a considerable amount of time in southern California (mostly in San Clemente visiting family) and had both been to L.A. on multiple occasions, I don’t think either of us ever really got L.A.  LAX is a nightmare, the traffic is brutal and we never really got the vibe or feel for the place. This time, we stayed on Wilshire Blvd near the Grove and West 3rd St.  Our hotel, the Hotel Wilshire (a Kimpton Hotel) was fine but really well…