Venice, California 

         A unique and funky stretch of California Coastline that encompasses art, hip eateries, one of a kind shops, beachfront property and several blocks of water canals of which Venice locals enjoy walking, jogging, or paddling through. 

        If you visit California, or are a native Californian, you should certainly make a stop in Venice to enjoy the interesting and eclectic culture that has arisen in the area. 

        Bordered by Santa Monica to the north and Marina Del Rey to the south, Venice has a style all its own.  Venice offers a fresh take on the traditional California vibe, and a much more libertarian and free thinking lifestyle. Looking to start an funky and interesting new bussiness, or resturant or simply get a break from your normal routine try Venice. 

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Venetian Dreams 

           When I recall one of the most beautifully perfect cities I have ever visited Venice, Italy always comes to mind. From the peaceful canals, to the pastel buildings, and the cherry oak gondolas Venice is simplistally magnificent. If I could go anywhere for the day, I would return to Venice for the incredible view and the world class Sicilian cannoli. Hearing the sound street musicians playing volins and eating some of the best Italian cuisine makes for an excellent trip. St. Piazza San Marco is one the towns largest squares and so incredibly beautiful. 


2 places you shouldn’t miss in Maui 

If you are anything like myself, you can appreciate a delicious island cocktail. The drink of the Hawaian islands, for locals and tourists alike often tends to be a Mai Tai.  How can you go wrong? 

Chilled dark rum, a splash of fresh juice and often garnished with a refreshing pinnaple. I have had too much experience testing a variety of Mai Tai’s throughout all of the Hawaiian islands. However, I recently discovered the ultimate Mai tai. 

Merriman’s located in Kapalua just north of Lahina, has an astoundingly beautiful panoramic ocean view. Peerched atop a grassy hill, with Napaili Bay to the North and The Ritz Carlton Kapalua to the south, this optimal location is unremarkably private and serene.

 The absolute best part is without a doubt, the handmade Mai Tai’s muddled and curated to perfection using a specific recipe. This is a refreshing Mai tai is unlike any-other you may have tried. Do yourself a favor grab a drink at Meriman’s. 

Your next stop, The Grand Waliea. If you are wise enough you will either book your resort stay at this property or at the very least, visit for lunch, drinks, or a spa treatment. 

An expansive property stretching several acres on the southwest side of the island, The Grand Wailea is about as luxury as one can achieve while staying on Maui. 

From countless pools, water slides, gyms, chapels, and it’s own private beach it doesn’t get much better. Did I mention, the underwater elevator?  I would definitely recommend considering staying at this property due to the flexibility of amenities, outstanding service, and proximity to other landmarks/ points of interest. 

Hotel Del Coronado 

A beautifully maintained property nestled in the quaint community of Coronado, the Hotel Del Coroando is luxurious, and classic, yet understated.

 I throughly love staying at this property. Upon arrival one gets an old world feel. This perception is fitting as the popular movie Some Like It Hot was filmed here. One of Marilyn Monroe’s first great bodies of work, and a true Hollywood classic. 

The hotel has some excellent unqiue touches paired with world-class service. From swimming, relaxing, work events, shopping, and even a large skating rink on the sand seasonally, this establishment has so much to offer. A plethora of bars and eateries all overlooking the Pacific, it is tough to beat a weekend spent here. 

But don’t take my word for it, only 3 hours from Los Angeles or 25 minutes from the heart of San Diego, this is the perfect staycation or destination to visit next. 

Waikiki Beach, HI

The energy that surrounds Waikiki Beach Hawaii consists of a laid back beachside vibe, and the insatiable desire of locals and tourists alike, in search of the endless Mai Tai.

 While visiting recently, I did partake in my fair share of Mai Tai’s. However, In addition to this perfect tropical cocktail, the island has so much to offer. Waikiki beach alone boasts endless white sandy beaches, one of the longest waves in the world, and some excellent beachside dinning and accommodations. I highly recommend that one visit Waikiki.

Breakfast at the Plantation House, Maui

Looking for an elegant and relaxing breakfast far the tourism that is often found near Lahaina? 

Head to the Plantation House just north of Napili Bay. The juxtaposition of the incredible views paired with the excellent service and delicious menu options make this the optimal choice for a relaxing breakfast. It is exceptionally interesting to watch hopeful golfers make it in that 18th hole.