Our favorite thing to do when traveling is to explore new neighborhoods – especially by foot. Over the years, we have collected scrolls and scrolls of iPhone notes and often get asked by family and friends for a copy prior to their travels. We thought it would be fun to share the notes with you, too!
We are from New England, currently living in Beacon Hill – a neighborhood we love. Over the past decade, we have lived in several other neighborhoods together and traveled to dozens more. Although it is too hard to pick one favorite, our top five (so far) are:
• Old Port, Portland – for its farm-to-table fare offered on cobblestone streets, easy access to the Casco Bay islands, and the only place we know where you can get chocolate sea salt potato donuts
• Jordaan, Amsterdam – for feeding our bike obsession, slender rowhouses bent forward over the centuries , and charming pocket gardens you can sometimes spy from the streets
• Ubud, Bali – for its diverse artist community, stellar coffee, and motorbike packs
• Wynwood, Miami – for its bold graffiti scrawled over 12 blocks, on-point restaurant scene with every cuisine imaginable, and the faint smell of hops wafting from the countless breweries nearby
• West End, Vancouver – for the boiling pots of ramen on Denman Street, biking through Stanley Park at sunset, and watching seaplanes take off in Vancouver harbor
When traveling, we usually average eight or ten miles of walking in a day, three or four cups of coffee, and a beer or two for good measure (when we can find them). So if you like coffee shops, craft beers, design shops, and wandering without a detailed agenda, we are going to be good friends!
Cheers to adventures!