"Twin Peaks" • North Bend, WA

Whenever an opportunity presents itself to me to visit filming locations, I always jump on it. I couldn't pass up exploring North Bend, the town where most of one of my favorite TV shows, Twin Peaks, was filmed.

Snoqualmie Falls aka "the Great Northern"
Audrey Horne's stomping grounds, and home of the incredible picturesque waterfall which serves as the exterior for the opening shot during the show intro credits. You can walk the nearby trail which brings you to the foot of the falls for a different perspective.

Twede's Cafe aka the "Double R Diner"
It wouldn't be a fully authentic visit to Twin Peaks without stopping by the place pies go when they die. Though Twede's suffered a fire and no longer has the same interior look as it did during the show filming, it's still worth it to sit down for a damn fine cup of coffee.

Teddy Bear Cove • Bellingham, WA

I hesitantly followed my friend Lindsay down a steep, desolate trail for about three quarters of a mile in the middle of the night with minimal knowledge of what was to come, other than that we were going to a unique place. After the trail, we walked along train tracks in the dark until we got to a clearing that led us out onto a beach filled with kids swimming and sitting around fire pits.

Lindsay said I had to go into the water even though it was freezing. I went in this freezing water up to my knees and saw that there was bio-luminescence in the water! Every time I moved, glow in the dark trails of light would follow my movements.

This really is such a special place. There aren't many bodies of water in the United States with bio-luminescence, which makes me hold this experience with one of my best friends even more close to my heart.

After drying off, we climbed some of the cliffs surrounding the water and looked out along the coastline to see the freight trains passing in the night. This is my favorite place and memory from Bellingham.

El Matador Beach • Malibu, CA

El Matador is my favorite beach in the LA area. Whenever I'm here, I always see photographers having shoots. Maybe all of us as photographers are drawn to it for similar reasons. I love the landscape and feel it sets itself apart from the other beaches in and around Los Angeles.

Good Times At Davey Wayne's • Los Angeles, CA

GTADW is a bar disguised as a 1970s house party. You walk into a garage, and then open a refrigerator door (top left) which brings you into the house. This is the most unique bar I've gone to in LA so far. I'm a huge sucker for the retro interior decorating!

Revelator Coffee • New Orleans, LA

I was really pressed for time in New Orleans - constantly on the go for a day and a half trying to do and see as much as I could during a road trip stopover. NOLA is such a visually stimulating city, so I was glad to find an incredible coffee stop along my travels to keep me goin'. Make sure you stop in for a cup before you set out to explore.

Revelator has seven other locations across the U.S.

Outdoor Day Trips via Austin, TX

Though Austin has plenty of spots to cool off, we wanted to get out of the city for a day and go to a couple of beautiful places we'd read about prior to our trip.

Hamilton Pool Preserve
This place is such a unique experience. The slightly underground grotto was formed after thousands of years of water erosion. There's an easy, 10-15 minute long walking trail to get to the natural pool that is pretty scenic as well. Sometimes, the pool is open and sometimes it isn't. For us, it wasn't, due to high bacteria levels, but it's still beautiful to look at regardless and worth the visit!

Pace Bend Park
After our visit to Hamilton Pool, we wanted to find a cool place to cliff jump. The workers at Hamilton told us to go to Pace Bend. It did not disappoint! We pulled our car off the road alongside the shoreline of Lake Travis, walked about a quarter of a mile down to the edge of the cliffs, laid our things down, and swam all day.

Favorites in: Austin, TX

I came to Austin with no expectations, and left eager to return. This city has an abundance of creativity, great food, and outdoor activities to offer. Here's a rundown of my favorite places I hit during my short stay...

Barton Creek Greenbelt
The best place in Austin to chill out, literally. Many locals were here with their dogs taking a refreshing summer dip in the creek. There are also cliff jumping spots, and tons of hiking trails.

Torchy's Tacos
An amazing Tex-Mex food stand.

Wright Bros. Brew & Brew
Coffee or a beer? Up to you!

Uncommon Objects
A huge antique shop with a wide variety of items. I could have spent all day in there.

A food truck that serves extravagant, huge donuts with a large variety of topping choices. This is a meal in itself.

Hi, How Are You Frog
Daniel Johnston mural. If you get it, you get it!

Top Notch
Burger spot that was also a filming location from Dazed and Confused.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

Clingmans Dome offers some of the best views of GSM National Park at almost 7,000 feet. It's a fairly short paved hiking trail up to the top from the parking lot, with an incredible payoff.

Loveless Cafe • Nashville, TN

I have never experienced true "southern comfort" until I ate a meal at Loveless. We stopped here for dinner on our drive out of Nashville, and it did not disappoint. It was incredibly inexpensive especially for the amount of food we received. The south was so generous to our appetites!

Grab Grub: Donut Friend in Los Angeles, CA

Vegan friendly/DIY donut shop Donut Friend offers a unique experience to go along with with your mouth-watering confectionery creation. What makes this donut shop DIY? The staff will custom-make your donut right in front of you as you tell them your chosen ingredients! 

Owned and operated by Drive Like Jehu band member and renowned record producer Mark Trombino, Donut Friend brings tons of wittiness to the table with very pun-ny donut names! Some of my favorite item names include Jimmy Eat Swirl, Bacon 182, Jets to Basil, the Gorilla Biscuit, Fudgegazi, Dag Nutty, S'Morrissey, and Rites of Sprinkles. 

Video: Big Sur, CA

“Taste of a Place" is a Roadie video series which focuses on encompassing the feel of specific locations in under a minute.

Cruising along California’s Highway 1, or Pacific Coast Highway, is known as one of the most essential road trip routes in America. This was my third time taking the scenic route between Los Angeles and San Francisco, and Big Sur is repeatedly my favorite stretch of land to break up the drive through Los Padres National Forest. Big Sur is a must-see destination, offering 75+ miles of some of the most picturesque coastal environments in the country. It is also home to the world-renowned Bixby Creek Bridge, which has inspired artists to feature it in various artworks, writings, and music throughout history since its creation in 1931.

Big Sur offers a plethora of natural beauty. Explore the parks, hike to incredible waterfalls, bask in the wonderful feeling of isolation on a rugged beach, or simply enjoy the sights on the winding drive along the cliffs. There is something for everyone in this wonderland. Get a taste of this place in this short video, and explore my past Big Sur travels here

Music: "Dreaming" by Seapony

Blue Sky Lodge • Carmel Valley, CA

Typically, lodging in Big Sur and the surrounding areas is quite expensive, and a room for two can run upwards of $200/night. I scoured the internet for days until I found this hidden gem in Carmel Valley. The Blue Sky Lodge was absolutely perfect.

The overall decor and look of the place is very original and has a ton of character. It felt like I had been transported back to California in the 1970s! A couple of online reviews I had read prior to visiting said the lodge needs to be “updated,” but I disagree. Everything was completely clean and functional, and that’s what matters - it's just an older place. For me, it was perfect, but everyone has different preferences. In addition to giving off a totally nostalgic feel, the room also included a balcony, two queen beds, and a kitchen - for just $80/night! Split between three of us, this was more than doable. 

The main lobby of the lodge is connected to a library (pictured below), complete with a piano and many old-fashioned furnishings. I could have spent a full day in this one room. Much of the library is lined with windows floor-to-ceiling, which has a poolside lounge on the outside, overlooking the pool and mountains. I loved seeing the abundance of plants lining the windows and grounds - it shows how much this place has a heart and is cared for.

Upon check-out, the staff was kind enough to gift each of us room key tags as souvenirs. This place was a little taste of heaven, and I can’t wait to return someday.

Mobile Diary: California Part II

California • January 2015 • Mobile Diary Part II

  • Top left: A ruby beauty spotted in the Cole Valley neighborhood of San Francisco. Here, we stayed in a beautiful Victorian home, which is something I can now cross off my bucket list. 

  • Top right: If you’re an Elliott Smith fan, head to his Figure 8 memorial mural in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. I was lucky enough to catch it on a day when it was recently touched up with fresh paint, as most of the left side of the wall has notes written by fans in remembrance of ES. So glad to meet you, Angeles… 

  • Bottom left: Records and music stuff galore. This place is huge! You could easily spend hours aimlessly browsing. I almost always end up shipping myself something home from here. This particular Amoeba is in Los Angeles, but there is also one located in San Francisco

  • Bottom right: Cafe Lizzi in Oakland was a great morning pit-stop on our first drive north. The staff here is extremely friendly. It’s always great to start a day of driving off with a positive attitude, and the dynamic duo who served us at Lizzi was chock full of sunshine. 

Mobile Diary: California Part I

California • January 2015 • Mobile Diary Part I

California has an abundance of many things that I love: flea markets, retro cars, and coffee. I spent a week driving down the coast with two friends earlier this month, as I have done similarly in the past. However, this time, we started further north - in the college town of Chico. California is the one state that I am obsessed with revisiting, because it seems like there are always new and exciting things to do and see each time I return. It feels close to impossible to truly do it all, but I certainly have many pins in my map thus far! 

  • Top left: In Los Angeles, we discovered Melrose Trading Post, which is a weekly open-air market consisting of vendors selling mostly antiques and vintage goods. I highly suggest giving yourself at least a few hours to browse. There are dozens upon dozens of vendors containing an abundance of hidden treasures at very reasonable prices. I couldn’t pass up that vintage Super 8 camera! Later than night, we made our way to the Darkroom, a gastropub in West Hollywood. As a photographer, I felt right at home, given the name. Here, we made some new friends from Montana and took full advantage of the old fashioned photo booth! 

  • Top right: In Oakland, and numerous other times throughout our trip, I fell in love with a bright red ruby beauty.

  • Bottom left: In the Silver Lake neighborhood within Los Angeles, there is an amplitude of fantastic coffee shops. We returned to Intelligentsia, a coffee spot we had uncovered our love for on a previous trip. They make a rockin’ soy latte. This spot remains my favorite!

  • Bottom right: In downtown Chico, a few hours north of San Francisco, our friend Andrew brought us to his personal favorite coffee shop: The Naked Lounge. The decor in here is warm and welcoming, and so are the baristas! Not to mention, the brew is top-notch.

Grab Grub: Chile Pies & Ice Cream in San Francisco, CA

If you’re in San Francisco looking for a cold, delicious treat this summer, this place is my #1 recommendation. The pie-infused milkshake was nothing short of incredible. Choose your milkshake flavor, then pick out a slice of pie - watch them blend it together - and enjoy! 

Video: White Sands, NM

“Taste of a Place" is a Roadie video series which focuses on encompassing the feel of specific locations in under a minute.

White Sands National Monument in New Mexico is one of my favorite memories of my second drive across the country, during an indian summer. Road tripping cross country felt like a right of passage for me the first time. Both times I’ve set out for the west in tiny cars have been nothing but extraordinary journeys. However, there are times when long stretches of barren land seem never-ending. White Sands gave us an otherworldly, unexpected experience in the midst of an eight hour drive through the desert.

Arrive before the park office closes, and you can rent a sled for the day and slide down the massive sand dunes - or be a little creative, and bring your own makeshift sled (we saw garbage can lids, cardboard from boxes, and scraps of metal).

Music: "Something Good" by Alt J

Tiny Midwest • Ohama, NE

I had the opportunity to spend a night in a tiny house on wheels during a drive cross country. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to sleep in something this adorable.

Apart from being so tastefully decorated outside and in, it is conveniently located only a short drive from downtown Omaha. This house has most amenities you can think of, including a shower powered by the backyard hose, and a functioning kitchen. There’s also a little farm in the backyard with a chicken coop. This can be seen as a pro or a con, depending on how early you wake up. I personally love anything that transports me out of the typical NYC environment I'm used to!

Make sure to stop by Tiny Midwest for a unique, cozy little place to cuddle up in for a night in Nebraska. You can book your stay on AirBNB here.