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Kristina’s American travels

Monday, 16 September 2013

Summer's almost over. But if you're anything like me, you're already thinking about your next vacation! Here are a few of my favourite, quick-visit destinations south of the Canadian border.

Palm Springs, California

Palm Springs is becoming my go-to haven for some R & R. The weather is reliable, it’s a relatively quick jaunt from Vancouver, and it’s got the whole mid-century modern vibe that I love. Read: Three more reasons to love Palm Springs and Parker stole my heart in Palm Springs

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Photo: Dave Delaney/flickr

Los Angeles, California

I lived in Los Angeles for a couple of years in the 90s while going to school at USC. I loved it then and love it still. I love LA best when my trip is all about play and no work in sight. Read: LA Woman

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San Francisco, California

San Francisco is a beautiful and picturesque city; definitely one of my favourites in the United States. Not only is the architecture straight out of a story book, the restaurants, shops and sights are enough to satisfy even the most jaded traveller. Read: San Francisco Days, San Francisco Nights

Crissey Field, Golden Gate Bridge

 

Portland, Oregon

For my mom’s 70th birthday, we did a girls’ trip to Portland, Oregon for the weekend. I hadn’t been in about 20 years and we were pleasantly surprised by vibrancy of the city. There’s much to see, do, and most importantly, to eat! Read: A girls’ weekend in Portland

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Photo: Mr. Thomas/flickr 

Scottsdale, Arizona

I usually like to head to tropical climates for some post-Christmas sun and relaxation, but recently I had less time at my disposal, so I decided to stick a little closer to home instead. We had a great time exploring Scottsdale. Read: Scottsdale, Arizona: Fun without a lot of sun

Checking out the view at the top of Pinnacle Peak

 

Chicago, Illinois

For an episode of Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag, we spent two cooking-filled and shopping-packed days in the windy city. And we also squeezed in some delicious meals at two of Chicago’s world-reknowned establishments: Alinea and Rick Bayless’ Frontera Grill. Note: If you plan to visit Chicago, you’ll definitely need more than two days! Read: Chicago and the science of cooking.

In Chicago at Cloud Gate

 

Savannah, Georgia

Like thousands of others, my interest in Savannah flourished after reading the book “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” by John Berendt, a non-fiction novel about a murder and subsequent trial that made headlines in the 1980s. But more than that, it’s an ode Savannah’s charm, characters and history, with a bit of Gothic voodoo thrown in. After I saw those oak-lined streets in Clint Eastwood’s film version, it’s been on my list of must-visit places. How excited was I when we got visit Savannah to film an episode of Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag? Very! Read: Hello, Y’all!

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New York

I have been to New York many times, for work and for pleasure, but it’s a city that never grows old. The food, the shopping, and the energy makes for one invigorating trip. On my last visit, I returned to a few old haunts, but made some new discoveries as well. Read: More bites from the Big Apple

Brooklyn Bridge view, New York

 

Boca Grande, Florida

I had a wonderful, restful vacation in Boca Grande, Florida. Sleepy and sunny, I’ve found my retirement home! It’s a quiet, extremely quaint little town on Gasparilla Island, in southwest Florida. Read: A grand time in Boca Grande

Watching the sunset on the beach, Boca Grande, Florida

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