Andrea Minarcek

Recent Posts By Andrea Minarcek

Your New Favorite Wine-Country Town: Saratoga, CA

When you think of Northern California wine country, Napa and Sonoma likely spring to mind—but Silicon Valley? Probably not. The tech industry there gets plenty of attention, but its wineries deserve just as much buzz (not to mention the Michelin-starred dining, gorgeous hiking trails, and tranquil Japanese gardens).

San Diego’s Coolest New Addition

It’s tiny in size—just 225 square feet—but San Diego’s first parklet made a big impact when it opened in 2013. The mixed-use space, designed by local architect Christopher Bittner, helped to center the city’s focus on North Park, an eclectic neighborhood that’s now a hotbed of independently owned boutiques, restaurants, and breweries. The parklet sits at North Park’s heart, near […]

The Perfect Autumn Getaway: Ashland, Oregon

Early autumn in Ashland may be the best time of year to visit the southern Oregon town: The leaves are turning, and this year, its legendary Shakespeare fest is as lively as ever. We sent writer Christopher Hall to check it out. Here are his picks for the five perfect components to an autumn Ashland visit. Play time During the first season of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival 80 years ago, […]

Three New L.A. Openings That Make Us Want to Visit—Right Now!

There are so many great pockets of the West that I’ve yet to see (Glacier National Park, Boise, and Bend are currently topping my to-go list) that it seems silly to spend precious vacation days visiting anywhere I’ve been before. And yet… Lately, all of the cool openings in Los Angeles are making me want to return.