Maui!

Abe and I spent a lot of our holiday season working on “I Will Make You Mine,” and then entertaining out-of-town guests. So we decided to take an impromptu vacation to Hawaii. We went to Kauai last year and decided to try a different island this time.

We stayed at Lumeria Maui, which was pretty magical. Honestly, we chose it because it was much cheaper than other hotels in the same area and loved how removed it was from everything. Plus, there were free yoga classes (and a sound bath!) and a pretty solid breakfast buffet.

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I followed pretty much the exact itinerary that my friends (and Maui locals) Lily Diamond and Alana Kysar had on their blogs (Molly Yeh had a great guide too). It’s really fun to read Susan Orlean’s Maui Surfer Girl article (that the movie “Blue Crush” was based on) too.

Highlights included The Road to Hana, Ululani’s Shave Ice, Coconut Glen’s and our favorite tiny little town, Makawao. We also ate pretty much exclusively from the Mana Foods Grocery Store in Paia.

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Alaska Adventures

Oh, Alaska. You've been on my bucket list for a loooong time.

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And for good reason.

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Even though I had work to do the whole time.

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We had a large family reunion trip to celebrate my uncle's 75th birthday. Instead of a huge cruise, we sailed via small ship line Uncruise Adventures, which allowed us to stop whenever we spotted animals. In Glacier Bay National Park alone, we saw a whole bunch  (including the very rare Glacier Bear).

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Being on a boat all week was surprisingly un-claustrophobic, considering I rarely spent time on land. The activities usually involved getting on another boat - like a kayak or a skiff. Three sit-down meals  a day took up a lot of time too. They were incredible customizing meals for my group's dietary needs, including my celiac restrictions. I even got to make special requests, like gluten-free pancakes for dinner one night and an off-the-menu Cobb Salad for lunch (because we were obsessed with their bacon at breakfast).

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Day 6 we did get to plant our feet on some solid ground in Haines, Alaska - though I was swaying with sea legs the whole time!

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This town is adorable, and this bakery (which also sells gluten-free goodies AND Thai food) is for sale (half a million dollars) in case anyone is interested!

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I was particularly smitten with their Hammer Museum, which is very different from the one in LA.

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We flew out of Juneau, Alaska and explored the town first. I dig these little towns and all their quirks - though this one was a lot more modern than the other ones we visited. (I will say that in Sitka - where we started our cruise - I was very surprised to see my movie Saving Face at the local thrift shop!)

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J. Patrick House

Our last leg of this past 4th of July weekend road trip found us in Cambria. After all that driving, we were ready for some R&R at this perfect B&B - J. Patrick House.

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