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I sprinted to the window the second I stepped into my room at the new Stanford Court. The view! My oh my! It was so beautiful that I made sure I was there to catch every sunset the two days I was there! Having grown up in Hong Kong with high rises, being up high is a bit nostalgic for me and I love it. Besides the view, our room also had great tech amenities, super cute bathroom and comfiest bed. We also love how the hotel is centrally located, right by Grace Cathedral and just up the hill from Union Square and Chinatown. And the breakfast buffet was amazing too! Omelettes, scrambles, bacons, sausages, pancakes, fruits, and all sorts of pastries! You name it, they had it! Getting a substantial breakfast each morning was crucial for heading out for action-packed days. Thank you Stanford Court for having us!
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Stanford Court, San Francisco

January 12, 2019

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I sprinted to the window the second I stepped into my room at the new Stanford Court. The view! My oh my! It was so beautiful that I made sure I was there to catch every sunset the two days I was there! Having grown up in Hong Kong with high rises, being up high is a bit nostalgic for me and I love it. Besides the view, our room also had great tech amenities, super cute bathroom and comfiest bed. We also love how the hotel is centrally located, right by Grace Cathedral and just up the hill from Union Square and Chinatown. And the breakfast buffet was amazing too! Omelettes, scrambles, bacons, sausages, pancakes, fruits, and all sorts of pastries! You name it, they had it! Getting a substantial breakfast each morning was crucial for heading out for action-packed days. Thank you Stanford Court for having us!
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We drove through Big Sur in the rain and arrived in Carmel on Christmas' Eve. My first impression of Hotel Carmel when we pulled up was how incredibly charming it was with its black and white aesthetic and greenery everywhere. Yes, it was cold and rainy (we were also starving) but Hotel Carmel kept things cozy by greeting us with a beautiful cheese plate and wine which we enjoyed on our balcony. In the morning, we sipped coffee and juices and loved the bagel bar (the pesto and bacon cream cheese were sooo delicious) in the lobby which was absolutely adorable. After spending a long day exploring Monterey and Carmel, we had dinner at the hotel's restaurant Brophy's Tavern on Christmas. For drinks, I had the Smoky Rita while Mark had the Hotty Scotty which I couldn't stop stealing sips of! Orange spice tea, honey, lemon, fireball whisky and bitters... Yum! We also had the steak salad and fish and chips. We had such a lovely stay at Hotel Carmel, will definitely be back soon! Oh did I also mention it is walking distance to downtown (the main street of Carmel) and the beach? So convenient!
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Hotel Carmel, Carmel-by-the-Sea

January 11, 2019

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We drove through Big Sur in the rain and arrived in Carmel on Christmas' Eve. My first impression of Hotel Carmel when we pulled up was how incredibly charming it was with its black and white aesthetic and greenery everywhere. Yes, it was cold and rainy (we were also starving) but Hotel Carmel kept things cozy by greeting us with a beautiful cheese plate and wine which we enjoyed on our balcony. In the morning, we sipped coffee and juices and loved the bagel bar (the pesto and bacon cream cheese were sooo delicious) in the lobby which was absolutely adorable. After spending a long day exploring Monterey and Carmel, we had dinner at the hotel's restaurant Brophy's Tavern on Christmas. For drinks, I had the Smoky Rita while Mark had the Hotty Scotty which I couldn't stop stealing sips of! Orange spice tea, honey, lemon, fireball whisky and bitters... Yum! We also had the steak salad and fish and chips. We had such a lovely stay at Hotel Carmel, will definitely be back soon! Oh did I also mention it is walking distance to downtown (the main street of Carmel) and the beach? So convenient!
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 The Goodland Hotel is simply... what's the word I am looking for? Thoughtful! There are records, a record player and books in the room for our enjoyment (they make great props for photos too). I also love all the rustic touches and wood elements in the room and throughout the property. The bed is fluffy, even Zeus and Tommy agree! This was my first time going on a road trip with dogs and The Goodland is such a dog-friendly hotel that everything seemed so easy breezy. Thank you Goodland for making our first stop so simple and wonderful! We shall be back again!
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The Goodland, Santa Barbara

January 7, 2019

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 The Goodland Hotel is simply... what's the word I am looking for? Thoughtful! There are records, a record player and books in the room for our enjoyment (they make great props for photos too). I also love all the rustic touches and wood elements in the room and throughout the property. The bed is fluffy, even Zeus and Tommy agree! This was my first time going on a road trip with dogs and The Goodland is such a dog-friendly hotel that everything seemed so easy breezy. Thank you Goodland for making our first stop so simple and wonderful! We shall be back again!
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"It was midnight and no one was around. The Urban Cowboy lobby was empty, we were listening to music and sipping wine, Mark was playing all the instruments hanging on the wall (we were told we can play them). I looked to my right and saw the porch light shining through the door. I went and grabbed my camera and these photos were born..."

Those are some of the last moments I remember from Urban Cowboy.

Staying at Urban Cowboy was such a fun experience. Upon checking in, we were greeted by a couple glasses of whiskey. Our room The Midnight Rider was absolutely beautiful, the clawfoot bathroom was especially fabulous. I can keep talking and talking about it but you should see it for yourself. Thank you Urban Cowboy for hosting us, I would come back in a heartbeat!

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Urban Cowboy, Nashville

December 22, 2018

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"It was midnight and no one was around. The Urban Cowboy lobby was empty, we were listening to music and sipping wine, Mark was playing all the instruments hanging on the wall (we were told we can play them). I looked to my right and saw the porch light shining through the door. I went and grabbed my camera and these photos were born..."

Those are some of the last moments I remember from Urban Cowboy.

Staying at Urban Cowboy was such a fun experience. Upon checking in, we were greeted by a couple glasses of whiskey. Our room The Midnight Rider was absolutely beautiful, the clawfoot bathroom was especially fabulous. I can keep talking and talking about it but you should see it for yourself. Thank you Urban Cowboy for hosting us, I would come back in a heartbeat!

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A lot of people asked me, "Why Nashville?" or "What's in Nashville?"

Honestly, why not? I have never been to the South and Nashville seems cool. The fact that I was a huge fan of the show Nashville might have a little something to do with it. Also, Mark was working on a Google Search project and one of the ads features hotels in Nashville and he was like, "Didn't you say you want to go to Nashville?" So, that's why.

Our trip couldn't have been better! Prior to leaving, I looked at weather there and it was rainy and in the 40s, however, it was in the 60s the entire weekend we were there and it only rained on the first night! We lucked out! After checking into our hotel, we headed straight to Martin's for some BBQs. We had the combo plate with ribs, brisket and pulled pork and my oh my it was sooo good. The brisket (so buttery and melts in your mouth) was definitely my favorite! After dinner, we walked up to Broadway to check out all the Honky Tonks and then we spent the rest of the night catching up with Mark's friends who live in Nashville.

We woke up the next morning and went to Biscuit Love for brunch (but really it was all for the BONUTS)! Donut holes made of biscuit dough, with lemon mascarpone and blueberry compote... After eating bonuts along with benny and fried chicken, we walked and shopped a little before exploring Centennial Park. Later that evening, we had dinner while listening to some local musicians at the Commodore Grill. I really wanted to go to the Bluebird Cafe but both nights' shows were sold out.

Sunday morning we had brunch at Le Sel (cutest spot ever), coffee at Barista Parlor, and walked by the infamous RCA Studio before checking out of Aertson Kimpton because we were spending our last night at Urban Cowboy (I will have an entire blog post next about this awesome place). We spent the afternoon at Frist Museum and coincidentally there was a "Paris 1900" exhibit (you know me, I love all things Parisian). We ended the night eating more hot fried chicken and drank more beer.

Nashville was so wonderful. Food were amazing, people were friendly, and it was so refreshing to actually get a sense of fall (we don't have that here in LA).

PS. I didn't want to post too many photos in this post, you can see everything on Instagram in my Nashville story highlight.

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Nashville Travel Diary

December 15, 2018

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A lot of people asked me, "Why Nashville?" or "What's in Nashville?"

Honestly, why not? I have never been to the South and Nashville seems cool. The fact that I was a huge fan of the show Nashville might have a little something to do with it. Also, Mark was working on a Google Search project and one of the ads features hotels in Nashville and he was like, "Didn't you say you want to go to Nashville?" So, that's why.

Our trip couldn't have been better! Prior to leaving, I looked at weather there and it was rainy and in the 40s, however, it was in the 60s the entire weekend we were there and it only rained on the first night! We lucked out! After checking into our hotel, we headed straight to Martin's for some BBQs. We had the combo plate with ribs, brisket and pulled pork and my oh my it was sooo good. The brisket (so buttery and melts in your mouth) was definitely my favorite! After dinner, we walked up to Broadway to check out all the Honky Tonks and then we spent the rest of the night catching up with Mark's friends who live in Nashville.

We woke up the next morning and went to Biscuit Love for brunch (but really it was all for the BONUTS)! Donut holes made of biscuit dough, with lemon mascarpone and blueberry compote... After eating bonuts along with benny and fried chicken, we walked and shopped a little before exploring Centennial Park. Later that evening, we had dinner while listening to some local musicians at the Commodore Grill. I really wanted to go to the Bluebird Cafe but both nights' shows were sold out.

Sunday morning we had brunch at Le Sel (cutest spot ever), coffee at Barista Parlor, and walked by the infamous RCA Studio before checking out of Aertson Kimpton because we were spending our last night at Urban Cowboy (I will have an entire blog post next about this awesome place). We spent the afternoon at Frist Museum and coincidentally there was a "Paris 1900" exhibit (you know me, I love all things Parisian). We ended the night eating more hot fried chicken and drank more beer.

Nashville was so wonderful. Food were amazing, people were friendly, and it was so refreshing to actually get a sense of fall (we don't have that here in LA).

PS. I didn't want to post too many photos in this post, you can see everything on Instagram in my Nashville story highlight.

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