Kristina’s American travels
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 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
Photo: Dave Delaney/flickr
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
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
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
Photo: Mr. Thomas/flickr
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
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.
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!
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
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