Beers & Beans http://beersandbeans.com Wander With Us. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 18:04:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Drop Some Travel Knowledge, Earn Up to $500 Cash from Bugglhttp://beersandbeans.com/2014/07/17/drop-travel-knowledge-earn-500-cash-buggl/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=drop-travel-knowledge-earn-500-cash-buggl http://beersandbeans.com/2014/07/17/drop-travel-knowledge-earn-500-cash-buggl/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 06:34:39 +0000 http://beersandbeans.com/?p=19900

It’s 8 a.m. on Friday. I’m in a little beach town in Santorini listening to a rooster’s crow cut through the swooshing palms overhead, and I’ve got San Diego on my mind, again. Why you ...

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It’s 8 a.m. on Friday. I’m in a little beach town in Santorini listening to a rooster’s crow cut through the swooshing palms overhead, and I’ve got San Diego on my mind, again. Why you ask? Well, partly because of the rooster, whose high pitch “Good Mornings” remind me of a Pepe, our diaper wearing cock who was part of our home in Pacific Beach. (We thought he was a chicken until one day…he spoke.)

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The other reason I’m thinking about San Diego this sunny morning is that I’m about to resume work on my newest digital guide, Travel Thru San Diego: The Best Cheap Eats and Drinks, but first I wanted to let you guys know about Buggl’s latest initiative: Create a Travel Guide: Make $50 Instantly.

We’ve been creating travel guides for Buggl since it’s launch in winter, and it’s been exciting to see the platform grow, as more travel enthusiasts share their insider knowledge about destinations all across the world. I remember when I first started talking to founder Derek Bugley about the project when it was still in Beta. Then, he told me he wanted Buggl to be a sort-of Netflix for travel guides, where people from all walks of life, not just travel writers or bloggers, but chefs, surf instructors, bird watchers…anybody really…could easily create informative and good looking guides to highlight interesting, local spots in their cities or around places or things they love.

I’ve enjoyed watching Buggl grow over the last six months. We currently have eight travel guides on the platform, and each month, as more people join (it’s free), Buggl draws closer to Derek’s vision. And with this special July incentive, where authors can make $50 a pop per guide (10 max), I suspect July may be Buggl’s biggest month yet.

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So, what are you waiting for? Go drop some travel knowledge about your favorite destination(s) and collect your Benjamins! If you have any questions about designing your first guide with Buggl, just drop me a note in the comments.

You can find all the details about the $50 July Promotion at www.buggl.com/50aguide.

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Exploring San Diego’s Best Skateparks with a Mitsubishi Outlander Sporthttp://beersandbeans.com/2014/07/15/san-diegos-best-skateparks/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=san-diegos-best-skateparks http://beersandbeans.com/2014/07/15/san-diegos-best-skateparks/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:42:43 +0000 http://beersandbeans.com/?p=19858

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Prior to visiting San Diego in May, I came up with the idea that I wanted to create a guide to my favorite San Diego Skateparks. I fell in love with skateboarding as a scrawny kid in western Pennsylvania during the Regan Administration. In those days we only had the street, church parking lots (one of the few places that we didn’t get kicked out of) and homemade ramps. We consumed Thrasher Magazine and VHS skate videos, both of which filled us with golden dreams of the California skate scene, and idolized guys like Mike McGill who can be seen above still skating his local spot at the Encinitas YMCA (Look closely and you can see me in the group of kids.)

The early 2000s marked the rebirth of concrete skateparks in San Diego, It’s a movement that continues to this day, as new parks are still popping up around the county. I was lucky enough to be living in the city when the new era came in, and I stood in awe of all the fresh concrete lines and bowls, and thought: “Man, if only we had one of these near us growing up. What could have been?”

For this project I was able to secure extended test drives for two 2014 vehicles—a Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and a Kia Soul. One of the great perks of our job is having the ability to test new products where it matters most: on the road. To help keep things organized, and to save on gas and time, I broke the project into two parts with the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport taking on the first leg, in which I focused solely on skapteparks in the city of San Diego. We test drove the SE edition with All Wheel Control (AWC) and the “premium” factory package, which includes a Rockford Fosgate sound system, auto-dimming rearview mirror and power driver seat.

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We picked up the Mitsubishi at the airport and I immediately noticed the small footprint the Outlander Sport seemed to carry. From the outside, it reminded me of my 3-door hatchback on steroids, as it feels like a happy medium between a hatchback and SUV. Once inside, the crossover felt much roomier than its silver exterior revealed. We had just flown in from a trip through southern Oregon and had accumulated a good bit of extra baggage, and the Outlander Sport swallowed up everything we threw at it, leaving the back seats free for two to three passengers.

Inside, Mitsubishi’s easy to use 6.1-inch next-gen audio system with touchscreen display took the spotlight, giving us an array of options to choose from including bluetooth, HD Radio and Sirius/XM. Honestly, the gorgeous display helped spruce up what was otherwise a fairly basic interior with cloth seats; though, it’s an interior that would be ideal for those who don’t mind getting a little dirty (or sandy) on their outdoor adventures. The model we test drove also contained power windows and locks, a Sportronic steering wheel paddles, and a nice selection of options for regulating the temperature throughout the vehicle, including adjustments for the passenger side and back seats. Another welcomed addition was the option to cool and heat your seats, which in San Diego, especially in the summer, is a real luxury.

It reminded me of my 3-door hatchback on steroids, as it feels like a happy medium between a hatchback and SUV. Once inside, the crossover felt much roomier than its silver exterior revealed.

From a driving standpoint, the car handled the freeways and city streets well, and was a breeze to park, in part because of its rear-view camera. On the road, the Mitsubishi felt beefer than it looks, making the crossover feel safe even among the large 18-wheelers and hummers that cruise the freeways. Overall, I felt well protected, especially since the Outlander Sport features seven airbags, including one around the driver’s knees.

Under the hood, you’ll find Mitsubishi’s pride and joy, a 2.0-liter aluminum engine which uses MIVEC technology to balance power with fuel efficiency that’s coupled with an All Wheel Control (AWC) drive train and a 10 year/100,000 mile powertrain limited warranty. Despite being just a 4-cylinder, the engine provided some nice extra power to the car and seemed as if it would be capable of pulling a light trailer or small boat. And while I didn’t hit the 31 mpg pinnacle that Mitsubishi claims the Outlander Sport can get, I wasn’t far off, coming in at about 28 mpg.

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Since the car sits a bit higher off the ground than my hatchback, the tailgate gave me a nice place to seat in between skate sessions and for scoping out the surf. Despite this added clearance, I still think it would be the perfect fit for my grandparents, especially my grandmother who recently had hip surgery and now has a hard time getting into higher vehicles.

For the project, I visited four skateparks with the Mitsubishi, and I have laid them out below as sort of mini-guide. If you’re going to be traveling to San Diego, though, I’d recommend downloading our free Buggl travel guide: Skate Thru San Diego: 48 Hours in America’s Finest City. In it you’ll have offline access to all the parks I visited, plus recommendations for cheap eats and good times.


A Mini-Guide to San Diego’s Best Skateparks


Memorial Skatepark

Memorial Park is like the swiss-army knife of San Diego skateparks. It’s got a bit of everything, and does almost everything well. Among its features are a 10 foot keyhole pool, a huge snake run with an 8 foot bowl, and a mini-combo bowl with a volcano in the middle that’s perfect for beginner transition skaters. The street terrain consists of an eight stair-set with a rail in the middle, hubba ledges, rails, and three to seven foot trannys.

Address: 702 S. 30th Street San Diego, CA 92113

Cost: Free

Washington Street Skatepark

Washington Street is to Southern California what Burnside is to the Pacific Northwest. Built under a San Diego underpass, this concrete park is the ongoing work of a dedicated crew of skateboarders. The park consists of four primary sections: the flow bowl section, a snake run, a center bowl, and the pool. Its considered one of the best parks in SoCal. The park is open to the public; though, opening times vary–basically when one of the crew shows up with the key.

Address: It doesn’t really have one, so here are the directions instead. Exit I5 @ Washington St. Head West on Washington about 2 blocks and you’ll see it under the next overpass.

Costs: Free

Ocean Beach Skatepark

It’s here that the rebirth of concrete skateparks in San Diego began back in 2000. At 40,000 sq. feet, the OB Skatepark has something for everyone, from beginners to pros. It features a handful of 4-5 foot banks and bowls with and without metal coping. There are two snake runs that are separated by a spine, where you’ll find more hips and bowls; though, at 14-years-old the concrete isn’t as smooth as other parks in the city.

Address: 2525 Bacon St. San Diego, CA 92107

Cost: Free

Krause Family Skate and Bike Park

The pool is worth the price of admission alone. It’s gorgeous, and considered by many to be one of the best in existence today; some even say its like “a tamer sibling of the Orange Co. Combi-pool. Gnarly but not too gnarly.” In fact, it is so nice, that local pros regularly session its smooth lines. Inside the pool, the square is roughly 7 feet up into vert and the round is about 10 feet with approximately a foot of vert. Additionally, the park features beginner and intermediate street sections, mini ramps and an X-Games Vert Ramp.

Address: 3401 Clairemont Drive San Diego, CA 92117

Cost: $10 for non-members (3-hour session)

Carmel Valley Skatepark

One exit off the I-5, you’ll find one of the county’s best legal pools, ranging from 6′ to 11′ deep. Additionally, there is also a small ditch-style run and a street area next to a street area with a banked ledge stair case, brick banks, a marble top ledge, and an inset quarter pipe inside a bank.

Address: 12220 El Camino Real, Del Mar, CA 92014

Cost: Free

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Disclosure: We were provided complimentary access to the vehicle to review it. As always, our thoughts and opinions are entirely our own.

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It Was Me Amsterdam, Not You (+3 Awesome Spots To Check Out)http://beersandbeans.com/2014/07/03/visit-amsterdam-first-48-hours/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=visit-amsterdam-first-48-hours http://beersandbeans.com/2014/07/03/visit-amsterdam-first-48-hours/#comments Thu, 03 Jul 2014 15:43:29 +0000 http://beersandbeans.com/?p=19839

It’s been over 48 hours since we arrived in Amsterdam, and I have to say my first impressions of the city were wrong.

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It’s been over 48 hours since we arrived in Amsterdam, and I have to say my first impressions of the city were wrong.

We came with lofty expectations during our first trip. They said “it was the Venice of the North,” which to us is a bit like saying Chipotle is the Roberto’s (a famous chain of taco shops in San Diego) of New England. It’s not that I disliked Amsterdam the first go around, it just didn’t (much like a Chipotle burrito) blow me away.  There a few highlights,, though, that still come to mind from that trip. We were walking through one of the city’s idyllic neighborhoods (possibly Jordaan), the sun was throwing shadows on to the muted canal, as people sat picnicking on their stoops and the air was warm and calm. I saw a different side of Amsterdam in that brief moment, enough that I wanted to give the city a second shot.

Beth and I are in Amsterdam for the PITCH Festival, an electronic music festival. We’re covering the two-day concert for Must Love Festivals. I’m excited about this assignment, not because I’m a huge electronic music fan, but because I don’t know much about it. Plus, I’m curious to attend a musical festival outside of the United States. It has been a dream of mine for a while now, and I could have never imagined my first out-of-country concert would be in Amsterdam, where things, let’s just say are a little freer. Aside from Massive Attack, who is headlining the festival I don’t know anyone else on the bill, so if you have any recommendations, definitely let us know. You can see all the artists at pitchfestival.nl/line-up/.

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At the moment, we’re in our room at the MEININGER hotel. I’m typing this up on the couch and Beth’s behind me catching up on work too. The jet lag from our red eye flight has hit us pretty hard this trip. Ironically, I just wrote a story about ways to curb jet lag for Flight Network, so I thought I’d be golden this time, but I was wrong.

We landed in Schipol International–roughly 15 minutes or so from the city center–around 6 a.m., checked-in about an hour later, and then had a decision to make: stay awake until 10 p.m. or take a nap now. After discovering sunset wouldn’t happen until 10:30 p.m., we decided to catch up on our sleep and hit the city later in the day.

Of course, we slept later than planned, so by the time we were on the train to the city (the hotel is roughly five minutes away) it was after 6:30 p.m. Our plan was to get a pair of multi-day metro passes and a sim card from Vodafone. Unfortunately, we were about 30 minutes too late. With Plan A nixed, we went to Plan B–find the Siberie Coffeshop, which I had read about in Rick Steve’s 2013 Amsterdam guide that I burrowed from the library. After getting our orientation on the map, we started off to the coffee shop, holding hands and smiling. We felt good. Amsterdam felt different this time around. We’re open to the city and everything it has to offer us.

Highlights Thus Far

Siberie Coffeshop

I’ve been to a few coffeeshops now and this is my favorite. (If you couldn’t already tell from giddy smile above.) Awesome vibe, well lit, comfortable place to chill and great staff. Rick was spot on in his recommendation. Rick’s information, however, about being able to BYOW to the coffeeshop if you just buy a coffee seems to be outdated. We tried at couple of places, and each time we were told we couldn’t stay unless we purchased our pot from them. I’m not sure if this is the rule at all coffeeshops, as we didn’t ask at Siberie, but I have a feeling it is (Brouwersgracht 11, Sun-Thur 11 am-11:30 pm and Fri-Sat 11 am-midnight, www.coffeeshopsiberie.nl/).

The Original California Burrito Company

It takes a pretty big set to use California Burrito in your name and not even offer it on the menu, especially when you tack on “The Original.” But you know what, this place was actually pretty good. It’s more Chiptolte than San Diego taco shop, but it hit the spot. Beth and I split a spicy veggie burrito (€6.75), and it was hot. When they ask if you want it spicy, just know they aren’t messing around (Oude Leliestraat 5, Mon-Thur & Sun 11:30am-9pm, Fri 11:30am-10pm, Sat 11:30am-11pm, californiaburrito.nl).

Singel 404

We found this cafe after reading about it in the Guardian: 10 of the best cafes and budget restaurants in Amsterdam. It’s now a craveable favorite. To get things started at Singel 404, we ordered two iced coffees (€3.75 each) to help wake us up, but what we got was a deliciously, sweet surprise. We learned later from one of our readers that iced coffee in Amsterdam is a thick, coffee milkshake. Four our meal, we choose two broodje (sandwiches, made with your choice of bread)– a goat cheese with honey, pine nuts and thyme on farmers brown bread (€6.75), and then an old cheese with honey mustard sauce, sun-dried tomatoes, avocado, walnuts and garden cress (€6.75). Both were fresh and tasty and nicely-sized. (Singel 404, +31 20 428 0154, Open daily 10.30am-6pm).

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If this was the first you heard about Must Love Festivals, then be sure to check out our announcement post: It’s Official We’re Festival Hopping Through Europe This Summer. We are working with a lot great partners, such as MEININGER HotelsExpedia and Eurail, who are just as passionate about the project as we are, which is really awesome.

Following The PITCH Festival, we’ll be catching a flight to Puglia on Aug. 6 to rendezvous with Victoria Watts and Steve Kennedy of Bridges and Balloons for Notte Delle Luci in Scorrano. After that, we’ll have a month break, in which we’re going to try to meet up with Beth’s family in Lacedonia, before heading to the Greek Islands for a few weeks to unwind. We’ll be finishing up our Summer Europe Tour in Finland with the Mänttä Art Festival and Mänttä Music Festival and possibly the Flow Festival in Helsinki before returning stateside.

This will be our first time in a lot of these destinations, so we would love to hear any recommendations you may have. Feel free to drop us a line in the comments!

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Win an Autographer Wearable Camera in the #CandidMoments Competitionhttp://beersandbeans.com/2014/06/29/win-autographer-wearable-camera-candidmoments-competition/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=win-autographer-wearable-camera-candidmoments-competition http://beersandbeans.com/2014/06/29/win-autographer-wearable-camera-candidmoments-competition/#comments Sun, 29 Jun 2014 13:10:04 +0000 http://beersandbeans.com/?p=19811

June has been a pretty good month for travel contests and giveaways, so we figured why not welcome the summer solstice with one more fun competition. This latest one comes from Autographer.

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June has been a pretty good month for travel contests and giveaways, so we figured why not welcome the summer solstice with one more fun competition. This latest one comes from Autographer.

I haven’t had a chance try out an Autographer yet, but from everything I’ve read about the wearable camera, it sounds like a game changer. According to press coverage, the camera gives users the freedom to capture spontaneous, hands-free photos, making it easy to document your life through a series of  ”refreshingly real” wide-angle images.

Autographer wideangle Win an Autographer Wearable Camera in the #CandidMoments Competition The Autographer features a custom 136° eye view lens, an ultra small GPS unit and five built-in sensors. The sensors are reportedly “fused by a sophisticated algorithm to tell the camera exactly the right moments to take photos.” Sounds pretty cool, right? It reminds me a little of the original iPod and its uncanny ability to shuffle to the right song at the right moment.

Want to win on? Haha! Yeah, I do too! Read on for more details.

To celebrate the launch of their new Mount Adapter, Autographer is searching for the perfect #candidmoments photograph, submitted by you. We’ve included a couple of collages below that showcase what Autographer is looking for and to hopefully inspire your own entries, which can be captured with a smart phone, point and shoot, or even a DSLR. And just for a little extra inspiration, here’s one of my favorite candid moments that Beth captured while walking through a market in Paris.

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How to enter:

Autographer is looking for images that reflect the same spontaneous, candid, naturalness that Autographer so easily captures. In other words, the perfect #candidmoments that sum up the phrase candid moments” to you.

You don’t need to head out and specially take a photo–you may already have the perfect one on your laptop or phone ready and waiting to enter. Get inspired by these beautiful Autographer shots below, and the way they capture candid, spontaneous, natural emotion. But don’t worry–the photo you enter can be taken on any device, camera phone, point and shoot or SLR!

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Want to see what other people are capturing? Autographer will be uploading its favorite entries to our Pinterest board ‘Candid Moments’ throughout the competition.

Remember, it must be a photograph you’ve taken and that you have permission to use.

You can enter via Twitter and Instagram, and the process is really simple.

  1. Ensure you’re following Autographer on the platform you’ve chosen to enter via. You can find its profiles here:

Twitter: @Autographer

Instagram: @Autographer

  1. Upload your photo, making sure you tag @autographer and use the hashtag #candidmoments
  2. That’s it!

You can enter as many times as you wish, and across both Instagram and Twitter if you like!

When will the winners be announced?

A panel of judges working at Autographer will decide on the winners and the final four will be announced on social media on Thursday 31st July.

There will be four winners chosen, with each lucky winner receiving an Autographer wearable camera (worth $399), a Mount Adapter (worth $50) and a tripod or mount of your choice, from Autographer’s recommended partners. For example, this might be a bike mount for capturing amazing journeys or a tripod for capturing amazing sunsets and time-lapse sequences. You decide!

For full T&Cs, visit the Autographer blog.  

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Got any upcoming travels the Autographer work for? Tell us about them in the comments!


Autographer is hosting the competition and not us. We thought it sounded cool, so we decided to share it with you guys too. Good luck!

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How to Feel Awesome When You Travelhttp://beersandbeans.com/2014/06/27/healthy-vacation-tips/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=healthy-vacation-tips http://beersandbeans.com/2014/06/27/healthy-vacation-tips/#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 11:44:54 +0000 http://beersandbeans.com/?p=19790

“We never failed to fail, it was just the easiest thing to do.” I love that line from Crosby, Stills and Nash, in part because it really rings true to me, especially when it comes ...

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“We never failed to fail, it was just the easiest thing to do.” I love that line from Crosby, Stills and Nash, in part because it really rings true to me, especially when it comes to exercising.

See, I have always had a hard time establishing a long-term exercise routine. Sure, I’ve had some successful weeks, but those are few and far between. For nearly 20 years, I’ve repeated this cycle, and it drives me nuts. But if I’m being honest with myself I don’t fail at working out because it’s too hard or too tough, I fail, well, because failing is the easiest thing to do.

I turned 36 in February, and while I still feel like I’m 21, a quick look in the mirror reveals I’m not—my gut is rounder and my eyes heavier. I feel like if I don’t take action now, I’m doomed, as it’s only going to get harder the older I become. Plus, I want to feel awesome now! I’m ready to succeed, but there’s one problem, I’m going to be traveling for the next six weeks in support of Must Love Festivals, our latest blogging project. In the past, I’d use the trip as an excuse to indulge, but this time I’m using it as a launching point for a healthier lifestyle.

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The Greek Islands are to me what Russia was to Rocky Balboa in Rocky IV. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Several months ago, we featured a terrific story from Beth’s cousin-in-law, Scott Provost, a personal trainer and strength and conditioning coach. Scott laid out some great advice for how not to sabotage your workout routine on vacation. One of my favorite tips his suggestion to work out first before relaxing on travel days:

“After your travel day and everything that goes along with it—the flight, renting a car, getting to the hotel, finding a place to eat—your sympathetic nervous system (think adrenaline and stress hormones) should be running wild. Now is not the time to relax, though. In fact, this is the perfect opportunity to relieve your stress. Go workout or run or do whatever it is you do.”

After brushing up on Scott’s tips, I turned to the internet and found a recent story on Yahoo Travel with lots of good advice for feeling awesome on the road. In the piece, Editor Jo Piazza shares seven healthy travel tips from super trainer Emily Cook Harris of EMPowered. Since summer vacations are now in full swing, I thought I’d pass on a few of the tips to you guys.

“Plan ahead. Know what is available to you in terms of exercise and nutrition. Is there a gym in your hotel? Do you need to pack running shoes or sign up in advance for a group class that interests you? What are some healthy restaurants to check out? Are there grocery stores nearby, a farmer’s market, do you need to pack dry snacks in your suitcase? Do your homework so you know what to pack! Preparedness is key.”

We’ve already started doing this. We’ll be packing our running shoes and snorkel gear for this trip, as we plan to spend our month in between festivals in the Greek Islands.

“Make exercise a priority and move everyday. Get creative! Go for a walk, run, hike, or rent bikes, and combine movement with sightseeing. You’ll experience the city in a whole new way. You’ll feel better being active — and actually enjoy your trip more. At the least, get in a quick 30-minute circuit in your hotel gym before or after your day. Find some outdoor space and knock out a bodyweight workout while soaking up the sunshine.”

One thing I love about European cities is all of the walking that takes place. Recently, Beth picked up a FitBit, and I’ll likely get one too before we leave, so we will be able to track our goals easier while we’re traveling. Normally, walking is the extent of my exercise in Europe, but this year I’m going to take my activity to the next level. In Amsterdam, I plan to a rent a bike, in Italy I want to run, in Greece I want to swim, and in Finland, well, I don’t know exactly what I’m going to do yet, but trust me there will be movement!

“Bring a water bottle with you everywhere. This will not only keep you hydrated and energized, but it will reduce the total number of calories you consume overall. We often eat when we are just thirsty, not hungry. Being hydrated prevents this!”

I love this tip because it actually does triple duty. In addition to keeping you hydrated, traveling with a water bottle will not only save you money, but it is also one of the easiest ways to make your travels more green.

I’m excited to make this change in my life. It has been a long time coming, but I know in my heart it is the right thing to do. I just have to take things one day at a time, knowing full well that the first days are the hardest days.

Got a dynamite healthy vacation tip? We’d love to chat with you about in the comments!

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8 Amazing…Places to Get Your Buzz On in San Diegohttp://beersandbeans.com/2014/06/20/best-bars-san-diego/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=best-bars-san-diego http://beersandbeans.com/2014/06/20/best-bars-san-diego/#comments Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:06:58 +0000 http://beersandbeans.com/?p=19761

We love bars. We love San Diego. Why we never shared our favorite watering holes with you guys is beyond me. San Diego’s bar scene is as eclectic as they come, from tiki-dives to high-rise ...

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We love bars. We love San Diego. Why we never shared our favorite watering holes with you guys is beyond me. San Diego’s bar scene is as eclectic as they come, from tiki-dives to high-rise lounges, the city has something for everyone when it comes to libations.  For years, we’ve recommended many of these places to friends and visiting cocktail lovers, so I’m excited to be sharing them with you today.

Pacific Shores Cafe

Whether you’re having a white Russian to start your day or a gin and tonic to forget your day, PAC Shores Cafe is always a good time. This is a true dive bar–cheap well drinks ($2.50) and bottle beer ($3) and locals drinking their day away as they hum along to their favorite song on the jukebox. The inside feels like a 1970s lounge in North Las Vegas, and features an underwater theme with black lights and day-glo mermaid pictures, and a pool table in the back. The place is always dark, but your eyes will adjust, trust me. Evenings can get crowded, but, for the most part, grabbing a table or stool at the bar is never a problem (4927 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA, United States; (619) 223-7549; Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Cash only).

Lahaina Beach House

When the city banned drinking on its beaches a few years back, Lahaina Beach House become the next best thing. A Pacific Beach institution, this is one of the best spots in San Diego to watch sunsets or just relax away the afternoon. Expect to pay a little more for drinks here as well as food. Rumor has it the fish tacos are fantastic, but I haven’t personally tried them. The patio can get extremely crowded around sunset and on the weekends (710 Oliver Ct, San Diego, CA, United States; (858) 270-3888; Hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Cash only).

Top of the Hyatt

When it comes to views, the Top of the Hyatt in downtown San Diego is the crème de la crème. One of the city’s best local secrets, the Top of the Hyatt is a swanky spot, perfect for a cocktail or two to get the night started. The lounges floor-to-ceiling windows offer stellar panoramic views of the city and Coronado Island (1 Market Pl, San Diego, CA, United States (619) 232-1234; Hours: 3 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.; Cash/Credit).

Ballast Point

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Ballast Point has come a long way since its humble brewhouse beginnings in the back of a homebrewing supply store. Named Best Small Brewing Company in 2010 at the World Beer Cup, Ballast Point is one of San Diego’s finest microbreweries. In addition, to its original brewhouse, Ballast Point now has two other San Diego locations–Ballast Point Old Grove Brewery and Ballast Point Tasting Room and Kitchen. All three locations have a tasting room and tours are given daily at the brewery, which also features a speakeasy-inspired spirits tasting room (10051 Old Grove Road, San Diego, CA 92131, USA (858) 695-2739; Hours vary by location: www.ballastpoint.com/locations; Cash/Credit).

The 3rd Corner Wine Shop & Bistro

Wine bars may be a dime a dozen these day in San Diego, but there are some truly great ones, and at the top of the list is the 3rd Corner in Ocean Beach. The restaurant combines a delicious California Bistro menu with a retail wine shop, giving customers the chance to pair a great bottle or two with their meal for a fraction of the cost of most restaurants, not to mention the corking fee is only $5. Whether you’re looking for a full meal, a cheese plate with friends, or a late night snack (the full menu is available until 1 a.m.) this is the spot (2265 Bacon St. San Diego, CA 92107; 619-223-2700; Hours: Closed Monday; Tuesday-Friday 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Cash/Credit).

The Star Bar

San Diego’s downtown has changed a lot over the last decade, but one thing that hasn’t is the venerable Star Bar. It’s the last dive bar in the heart of the Gas Lamp District. The drinks are cheap, the bartenders are friendly-enough and the jukebox rocks (423 E St, San Diego, CA, United States (619) 234-5575; Hours: 6 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Cash only).

The Casbah

The Casbah has been rocking San Diego since 1989. Its first location, just up the road from its current spot, hosted Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Rocket From The Crypt, among others. In 1994 the venue moved to its current location and now has a capacity of 200+. The new spot has an enclosed smoking patio, a back room with pool tables, pinball, classic video games (Galaga anyone), and a full bar. There is also a music room with a full bar and a state-of-the-art sound system. The Casbah features music at least six nights a week, so there’s usually always something happening (Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA, USA 619.232.4335; www.casbahmusic.com; Cash/Credit).

Pizza Port Ocean Beach

With four locations in San Diego, Pizza Port is like San Diego’s version of White Castle. Yes, it’s that iconic! The beer is delicious and fresh (all of it’s brewed in-house) and the pizza is delicious. On any given day, you’ll find it packed with eclectic mix of families, surf rats and craft beer enthusiasts. In 2009, Pizza Port won a staggering nine medals at the 2009 Great American Beer Festival. Tip: Solana Beach’s brewhouse (this the original) is sunk into the floor. Take a seat to the right of the taps on brew days and you’ll get to see the brewers in action (1956 Bacon Street, San Diego, CA 92107, USA (619) 224-4700; Hours: Sun-Thur. 11 a.m. to 1o p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; www.pizzaport.com; Cash/Credit).

Free travel guides and contest alert

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You can get all of the aforementioned places as well as four more in our latest free Buggl Travel Guide: The Alcoholics Guide to San Diego. And to celebrate Buggl’s latest contest–Eat, Drink, Design a Guide–we’re also making The Beer Lover’s Guide to San Diego free until July 1. Buggl guides are the easiest way to take our best recommendations with you when traveling, as they look gorgeous on smartphones and tablets, and can be viewed fully offline.

In June, Buggl is giving away stone-cold cash as part of its Eat, Drink, Design a Guide competition. They’ve got a total of $850 up for grabs! You can find all of the details at http://www.buggl.com/eat-and-drink.

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Got a favorite San Diego bar that we missed? Let us know about it in the comments!


*Photo Credit: San Diego Hiking Path in Point Loma near Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego via Shutterstock.

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Rio’s been on everyone’s mind of late, including mine. I’ve been getting my daily fix before, during and after World Cup matches, as snippets of Rio de Janeiro stream into our living room, deepening our wanderlust for Brazil and South America.

So, when LAN Airlines reached out to us about its latest giveaway, “Countdown to Rio Sweepstakes,” well, we knew we had to share it with you guys. The airline is giving away two tickets on a TAM Airlines flight from John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) in New York City or Miami International (MIA) to Rio de Janeiro.

How to enter

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Entering the sweepstakes is easy and takes less than two minutes, just click on Countdown to Rio and enter a little information and you’ll be one-step closer to winning two tickets to paradise. Want to up your chances of winning? Connect your Facebook and Twitter account to the sweepstakes for two additional entries.

Bonus: Everyone who enters the sweepstakes will automatically be entered in the airlines year-end Countdown To South America Sweepstakes Grand Prize, an all-inclusive trip for two to one of the earlier “Countdown” destinations.

The Countdown to Rio Sweepstakes ends at 11:59 p.m. (EST) on July 13, 2014, and is only open to U.S. Residents.

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O.K., ready to go to Brazil? Good!, ’cause you’r just one click away –> Countdown to Rio <– to paradise.


The sweepstakes is hosted by LAN Airlines and not us. We’re simply helping to spread the word. Good luck!

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The Ballad of Anakala Pilipo and Halawa, Moloka’ihttp://beersandbeans.com/2014/06/10/halawa-valley-falls-cultural-hike/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=halawa-valley-falls-cultural-hike http://beersandbeans.com/2014/06/10/halawa-valley-falls-cultural-hike/#comments Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:19:23 +0000 http://beersandbeans.com/?p=19675

Editor’s Note: Moloka’i is a very special place and meeting Anakala was one of the most authentic experiences we have ever had on our travels. It is a must do if you are traveling to ...

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Editor’s Note: Moloka’i is a very special place and meeting Anakala was one of the most authentic experiences we have ever had on our travels. It is a must do if you are traveling to the island. We fell head over heels in love with Moloka’i after our time with Anakala and learned so much more than we anticipated about the history and life of the island and its people. Going to a luau is a lot of fun, but if you really want to learn about true Hawaiian culture, you need to meet with Anakala. There is no substitute for spending a couple of hours with him. ** We used an apostrophe for the ‘okina, as the traditional accent doesn’t work within our font.

Follow one of Moloka’i's many colorful rainbows to the east, and you’ll find the island’s pot of gold. Inside Halawa Valley, Pilipo Solatorio shares his stories, history and knowledge of the valley. It’s here, at the end of Highway 450, where Solatorio grew up with his grandfather’s passion for Halawa and its tradition, eventually raising six children of his own on this fertile land.

We were in the valley to talk story with Solatorio, known affectionately around the island as Anakala (meaning: Uncle–that’s how I’ll refer to him from here on out), and hike out to the Mo’oula Falls. As Halawa Valley’s oldest living Hawaiian descendant, Anakala is the cultural god father to Molokai, and the person to meet in order to gain a deeper understanding of the island.

Before meeting Anakala, though, we had to announce our arrival. With Anakala’s son, Greg, as our guide, we stood at the entrance of the valley, each wearing a dark green kihei (a traditional Hawaiian shawl) and listening for a similar response to our conch shell announcement to sound through the lush valley–it came seconds later and we continued forward. The ritual comes from the ancient Hawaiians and it was instrumental for keeping tabs on boats arriving in the valley’s tooth-shaped bay. The final step involves getting within sight-distance of the king or, in this case, the landowner, to announce yourself and purpose for the visit.

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Once we had Anakala’s blessing, we moved towards him and his smiling tribe of grandchildren. After proper introductions, we took part in the giving of a ho’okupu, which is the giving of a ceremonial gift to the host, kind of like bringing a bottle of wine to your host’s house on the mainland. Then it was time for the honi, a Polynesian greeting in which we pressed our foreheads together and inhaled simultaneously. The traditional greeting represents the exchange of ha (the breath of life) and mana, the spiritual bond between two people.

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Talking Story

Following the traditional Hawaiian protocol, we moved into the family’s Hale Ike o Halawa (a house to share knowledge of Halawa) for the next part of the Halawa Valley Falls Cultural Hike. Inside the beautifully crafted structure, Anakala took us on an incredibly moving journey about his life in the valley. More than a few tears were shed both by him and Beth during his story.

At the age of five, Anakala said his grandfather chose him as the family’s cultural practitioner. The choice came after careful observation of the boy and his curiosities and interests in the land and heritage of its people. Now in his mid-70s, it’s hard (and a bit scary) to imagine a world without Anakala in it to uphold the traditions of the Hawaiian people.

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Anakala explained to us that centuries ago Halawa Valley was a different place than it is today. In those days, it was the epicenter of life for Hawaiians on Molokai with more than 5,000 residents. The valley contained no trees then and allowed for unrestricted views of the tiered Mo’oula Falls.

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Things changed in April 1946, however, when a devastating Tsunami struck Halawa in the middle of the night, ripping through the bay and driving deep into the valley, destroying homes, farmland and anything else in its path. Anakala, who was just five, remembers the gut-wrenching sounds that filled the valley as the powerful tidal wave uprooted everything in its path. In the years following the tsunami, life on the island shifted away from Halawa, and over time traditions faded like an aging Polaroid as mainland influences streamed into the Hawaiian islands.

“The valley was a melting pot,” Anakala said with soulful eyes. “The world came into Halawa and spread all over the world.”

Luckily, for all of us, Anakala never wavered in this oath to his grandfather, and that same Hawaiian spirit that courses through his veins and fills his soft words, can also be found in his son, Greg.

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Hiking to Mo’oula Falls

Armed with our new found knowledge of the valley and its importance to the Hawaiian culture, it was time to hike out to the waterfall. We bid farewell to Anakala and started the journey to the cascading falls that loomed in the heart of lushness.

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It donned on me as we made our way along the trail, that I had never hiked for any considerable length in the tropics before. We did a bit in the Galapagos, but the hike was fairly short and we didn’t encounter anything like we did on our trip to the falls. The natural growth was staggering, we encountered leaves that looked like leftover props from the set of Jurassic Park. Along some stretches of the well-maintained trail, the forest overgrew itself, creating intertwined tubes of vines and wood.

Hiking with Greg on the trails of his childhood was a lot of fun, as he was able to give us a deeper understanding of the awesome things that surrounded us. Along the way we passed gorgeous flowers, ancient rock walls, burial grounds and taro terraces and places of worship, as well as interesting plants such as the Bird’s Nest Fern, which is used to make purple dye, and the Noni, a fruit revered for its medicinal qualities.

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The trail to Mo’oula Falls is perfect for hikers of all ages and is listed as intermediate to advanced, as there are two small river crossings (we had no problem negotiating these in June, and Greg and his assistant were right there to help too). By the time we got to the gushing falls, I was ready for a dip. This was my first time swimming at a waterfall, and it was epic. The falls drop 250 feet into the pool, and the water is fresh and crisp.

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Swimming at the falls, after the hike and talking story with Anakala, was simply amazing. By the time, we’d reached the Mo’oula Falls, I had such a better understanding and respect for the Halawa Valley, Molokai and Hawaii as a whole, that having a chance to swim at the sacred spot felt like a true gift.

Beth and I both feel fortunate to have met Anakala and his family. He’s cut from a different cloth than most of us, and I for one am happy to know he’s out there.

And on that note, I guess the only thing left to say is…

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Know Before You Go


Halawa Valley Falls Cultural Hike
E Kamehameha V Hwy, Kaunakakai, HI 96748
Greg Solatorio – 808-551-5538
Pilipo Solatorio – 808-551-1055
http://halawavalleymolokai.com/index.html


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The 411
    • The cultural hike costs $60/adult and $30/children and can be booked by leaving a voice message with the at one of the two numbers listed above. Be sure to leave your name, phone number, total number in your party, and the date you would like to visit.
    • Your feet will get wet, as there are two river crossings, so it’s recommended that you wear closed toe hiking shoes or hiking sandals. Flip-flops are not allowed.
    • The hike to Mo’oula Falls is approximately 1.7 miles each way and is listed as an intermediate to advanced hike.
    • Make sure to pack water, a snack or light lunch, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, and a poncho or rain jacket

Want more Moloka’i? Here’s our other stories from our time on the island:

You Know You Can’t Hold Me Forever–Molokai, Hawaii (Somewhere in Time Photo Travel Photo)

The Great Molokai Hot Bread Run! Are You Experienced?

Kaunakakai, Molokai: The Coolest Small Town?

Molokai in 11 Snaps: An Instagram Session

Molokai: The Most Hawaiian Place?

Editor’s note:


Disclosure: Our stay on the island was hosted by the Destination Molokai Visitors Bureau; however, our thoughts and opinions are entirely our own. And, as always, we maintain complete editorial control over our content.

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It’s Official: We’re Festival Hopping Through Europe This Summerhttp://beersandbeans.com/2014/06/04/must-love-festivals/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=must-love-festivals http://beersandbeans.com/2014/06/04/must-love-festivals/#comments Wed, 04 Jun 2014 17:02:37 +0000 http://beersandbeans.com/?p=19659

Long before Coachella, Burning Man, Glastonbury, and even Lollapalooza, there were church festivals. Yes, my friends, church festivals.

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Long before Coachella, Burning Man, Glastonbury, and even Lollapalooza, there were church festivals. Yes, my friends, church festivals.

On any given summer night in my hometown of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, you could find one. With its neon glow burning up the night, the church grounds bustled to a fever pitch around midway games and food carts. I’m not a religious man by any means and, surely, God wouldn’t have approved of our teenage mischief, but night after night– especially in late summer–these week-long festivals provided us with a lot of laughs.

It was on these sacred grounds where I first experienced food trucks and sat with nuns in large circus tents playing holy bingo games. It was also here, in the shadows of the tree-lined grass parking lots, where we’d hangout, as mix-tapes from our car speakers played the evening’s soundtrack.

We were lucky to have these festivals each summer. Not because they were unique to our town–I’m sure nearly every town in America has something similar–but because they were part of our fabric, showcasing our heritage through regional delights prepared by first generation grandmas, whose smiles reached back to their homelands in Italy, Poland, Slovakia, and beyond. And I realize now, after traveling beyond our borders, that this type of quirky, low-key festival is happening throughout the world and comes in many different forms, from music to heritage and food to arts. At their core, though, each festival is tied together by one common theme: the joy of life.

Truth be told, I haven’t thought about those church festivals for a long time. It was only when our good friend Kashyap Bhattacharya of Budget Traveller reached out to us about his new project, Must Love Festivals, that I began to look back on them with a new appreciation, as something more than just a nightly fix to teenage angst.

And then there was Must Love Festivals

Europe loves its festivals, and there is certainly no shortage of them in the summer. Unfortunately, it’s only a select few that really get global recognition. Well, we want to change that, and with Must Love Festivals this summer, that is exactly what we plan to do. You won’t see us covering the Running of the Bulls or La Tomatina or Glastonbury. What you will get is more than 40 festivals that have a whole lot of culture and good bit of quirk to them.

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We’re working with an incredible group of digital storytellers on this ground-breaking blog project. This summer you’ll be able to find live updates and in-depth stories from: Michael Turtle at Time Travel Turtle, Frankie Thompson at As the Bird Flies, Peter Parkorr at Travel Unmasked, Kate McCulley of Adventurous Kate, Dylan Lowe at Travelling Editor, Sophie Collard at Sophie on Track, Abigail King at Inside The Travel Lab, Victoria Watts and Steve Kennedy at Bridges and Balloons, Sebastian Canaves-Börner of Off The Path, Mike Sowden of Fevered Mutterings and Alex Kovalenko and Ben Etco of Hejorama.

Additionally, we also have a great group of partners on board who are just as excited about the project as we are. Expedia.co.uk is our main sponsor, and we also have partnerships with Visit Finland, Rotterdam Festivals, Den Haag Marketing, German National Tourism Board, Slovenian Tourist Board, Austrian Tourism Board, Puglia Events and Malta Tourism Authority Marketing as well as Meininger Hotels and Generator Hostels.

All in all, the Must Love Festival team will be traveling to 11 European countries and experiencing more than 40 festivals. Beth and I will be attending festivals in Amsterdam, Puglia and Finland, which we’re super excited about!

We’ll have more details about the festivals we will be covering in the coming weeks, as we head to Europe on July 1. In the meantime, though, you can follow along with all the coverage with using #mustlovefestivals on your favorite social channel or by heading to the official site at http://mustlovesfestivals.com.

So, I’m curious, what’s the best festival you’ve ever been to?

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An Instagram Jaunt Through Southern Oregon + $100 Gift Card Giveawayhttp://beersandbeans.com/2014/05/30/journey-through-southern-oregon/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=journey-through-southern-oregon http://beersandbeans.com/2014/05/30/journey-through-southern-oregon/#comments Fri, 30 May 2014 19:01:05 +0000 http://beersandbeans.com/?p=19630

When I think about Southern Oregon, the first word that comes to mind is P-A-S-S-I-O-N — a passion for community, a passion for the outdoors, a passion for creation and, most importantly, a passion for ...

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When I think about Southern Oregon, the first word that comes to mind is P-A-S-S-I-O-N — a passion for community, a passion for the outdoors, a passion for creation and, most importantly, a passion for life. We met a lot of incredible people during our journey through Jackson and Klamath counties, and we’ll be introducing a lot of them, along with their passions, to you in future stories. For now, though, we thought the best way to introduce you to this gorgeous section of the Pacific Northwest is through a two-part Instagram series, in which we’ll take you along on our journey.

Beth and I traveled to Oregon for the state’s The Seven Wonders of Oregon campaign; our wonder being the mystical Crater Lake. Along the way to the national park, though, we got to know the people and towns and back roads; we saw their enthusiasm and respect for the Oregon wilderness and learned what Crater Lake meant to them. So, by the time we finally made it to the ancient lake and peered into its piercing cobalt blue waters, all was understood…Crater Lake is truly a wonder!

During our trip, we took over Travel Oregon’s Instagram account, so we thought showcasing these photos first on our blog would be the perfect introduction to our trip. Plus, it fits perfectly with our giveaway. We know you guys love travel gear as much as we do, so we’re super excited to offer one of our readers a $100 gift card to Portland, Oregon’s own, The Clymb. For those not familiar with the brand (don’t worry I wasn’t either until this trip), The Clymb is an awesome online retailer with insider pricing on outdoor gear, clothing, and adventure packages. You can find all the details below, after the photos, about how you can enter the giveaway. So, without further ado, here’s southern Oregon!


Hello Oregon! Nice to meet you! We’re @beersandbeans and we’re the next guest Instagram photographers sharing our photos of the 7 wonders in Oregon. All this week we’ll be exploring the Crater Lake region. Today we discovers the peaceful waters of The Lake Of The Woods. A stunning scene with Mt. McLoughlin standing guard in the background.


Today was an epic day and one of our favorite parts of the day was meeting the folks at Klamath Basin Brewing and Holly from the local paper. Go get their Vanilla Porter – it’s out of this world!


If you like birds you owe it to yourself to visit Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge – it’s a beautiful, peaceful place and I saw my first Bald Eagle!


Chachy is channeling Edward Hopper at the Running Y Ranch in Klamath Falls. This hotel is awesome for dogs – they’re allowed everywhere on the property and even given doggie treats! If you’re traveling with your four legged pal (or another pet) make sure you spend a night here. Bonus: Their Spinach/Kale artichoke dip is the best we’ve ever had.


A quick stop in the old gold rush town of Jacksonville led us to lunch at Bella Union where we discovered this yummy ice cream mud pie – so good! Do you have a favorite desert in Oregon? If so, please share in the comments!!


Today was the day I was hoping for – big blue skies and puffy white clouds. The perfect backdrop for beautiful Oregon.


Talk about an awesome spot for lunch! The Rouge River Lodge is set perfectly against the Rouge River and has an incredible patio. They also rent a one bedroom cottage that is literally right on the water and all done in a vintage style. Insider tip: they have a secret and intimate wine cellar and if you ask in advance you might be able to make a reservation to dine in it.


I hope this rain calls it quit soon – we’re on our way to Crater Lake and I want my big blue skies back!


The weather was very finicky today. We came all the way to Crater Lake but all we saw this awesome patch. Or did we???


We waited a couple hours for the weather to break but it never did so we decided to head back to the Prospect Historic Hotel (I’ll post more on that later because that place is awesome. Halfway through our drive home we noticed the sun peeking put the trees. We drove back up and we were rewarded with this amazing view! It only lasted a few minutes so we felt so lucky to see such a beautiful view of the lake!!! It’s no surprise that Crater Lake is one of the 7 wonders of Oregon!


Prospect Historic Hotel. It’s the closest hotel to Crater Lake and has housed some American greats from Teddy Roosevelt and John Muir to Jack London. But what really makes it stand out are the owners – Karen & Fred. Such lovely people with many stories to tell and their available to help you with anything you might need. Did I mention they also allow pets? We LOVED this place and highly recommend it!


A great shot of Oregon from above – such a beautiful landscape!


Still can’t believe we went snowshoeing in May! Gotta love Crater Lake! Better yet, every winter/spring park rangers lead free guides tours (free snowshoe rentals included) around the national park, which averages 45 feet of snow a year.


Chachy is loving his ride down the river with Marshall from Lonesome Duck Lodge. A great way to spend the day!


How about a fresh beer right off the line? One of the highlights of our time in Oregon was all of the fantastic beer and this IPA from Caldera was one of the best! They also have the best vegetarian food – seriously they have a killer menu with all sorts if inventive food. Worth the drive for the beer alone but the amazing food makes it a complete destination. Have you been to Caldera?


Thank you all so much! This is Beers And Beans signing off! We loved posting photos here and chatting with you all. We’ll be posting more Oregon images on our Instagram page, @beersandbeans so stay tuned and remember: Go get lost in Oregon #traveloregon

The Clymb $100 Gift Card Giveaway

Each completed task that you do below will earn you entries into this giveaway for the $100 gift card. The contest will end at 11:59 p.m. (EST) June. 6, 2014 and is open everyone.. You can earn an additional 10 entries each day by tweeting this post through the Rafflecopter widget below! For those of you who already like our Instagram and Twitter accounts (thank you!), make sure to still collect your entries through Rafflecopter, and then let us know that you were already a fan in your comment below.

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Disclosure: We were invited by Travel Oregon to explore Crater Lake and the surrounding region. As always, though, our thoughts and opinions are entirely our own.

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