CATEGORY: Correspondents on Location

Reporter on the Road
The Non-Skiers Guide to the Eastern Sierras
Candida Wohlgemuth
by Candida Wohlgemuth

With iconic Californian routes such as the 101 and PCH, there’s another hwy worthy of a road trip: Highway 395 to the Eastern Sierras. I grew up taking HWY 395 from LA to June Mountain (Mammoth’s sister mountain), but as a high schooler focused on friends and snowboarding, I guess I never even bothered to look out the window to see just how majestic everything else other than skiing is in this part of California.

I’ve dreamed of hopping on the #vanlife movement, and found an amazing rental company out of Costa Mesa that has a massive selection of VW vans in just about every color. Vintage Surfari Wagons is run by Southern California natives Bill and Diane Staggs who have a deep love for adventure and the VW bus. We were lucky enough to have the Hale Pua, a 1982 Vanagan Westfalia dream as our home away from home for our road trip up the 395.

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Wedding Inspiration
Why You Should Travel for Your Engagement Photos
Bailey Davis
by Bailey Davis

You've heard of destination weddings, but have you ever considered a destination engagement shoot? For many this may sound daunting in addition to an already lengthy planning to-do list – the verdict is in, it doesn’t have to be! And what better way to kick-start your engagement celebration than to share a bucket list trip with your fiancé and have it professionally captured by your favorite photographer? Two birds, one stone.

Read on to see how Brooklyn based couple, Joni and Brian, jumped on a spontaneous flight to Iceland to have the engagement shoot of a lifetime with destination photographer Anni Graham. Who knows, maybe it'll even inspire you to do the same.

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Correspondents on Location
Meet the Seriously Cool Couple Behind This Coffee Brand with a Cult Following
The Venue Report
by The Venue Report

Canyon Coffee, founded by coffee-loving couple, Ally Walsh & Casey Wojtalewicz, is gaining major visibility across the SoCal coffee scene. Launched in 2016, the venture emerged from the couple’s love for the ritual of coffee wherever they traveled around the world. And with a focus on organic, fair trade beans and roasts that are made to be savored sans-creamer, it’s no surprise they are receiving a warm welcome in the community (their gorgeous Instagram doesn’t hurt either!).

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Coastal Hotel
This Coastal Hotel is the Ultimate Santa Monica Experience
Alyssa Brown
by Alyssa Brown
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Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

101 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA, United States


Perched along the bluffs of Santa Monica and overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows  takes your idea of a dream California vacation to a whole new level. With gorgeous, luxurious rooms and bungalows, various event spaces and a sweet location in central Santa Monica, this spot is at the top of our summer crush list right now.

Already known amongst locals as the see-and-be-seen spot of Santa Monica, this spot has the makings for a bachelorette party weekender, and R&R filled group getaway & is a definite must-see for any plant and ocean lover.


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Styled Shoot
You Won’t Believe How Modern This 17th Century French Convent Is
Alyssa Brown
by Alyssa Brown
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Le Couvent des Minimes

04300 Mane, France


It’s not every day that we hear about an old French convent being turned into a luxury boutique hotel, so imagine our delight when we spotted this Relais & Chateaux stunner in The Luberon. Perched at the top of town, this 17th century stone structure is surrounded by hundreds of years old gardens, originally planted by monks who specialized in botany. Fast forward a few centuries and Couvent des Minimes is a family-run hotel that operates under the Relais & Chateaux brand. As all the hotels this group touches turn to gorgeous, Couvent des Minimes is modern and luxurious, with awesome amenities and even more awesome views.

Our friends over at Nomad Republic recently set up a gorgeous photoshoot in the South of France and showed off Couvent des Minimes in all its natural beauty. This team of wedding industry pros specialize in both European and US markets, so you can bet they chose this destination out of a bevvy of stunning venues. Here to give us the scoop on all things minimal, French, and modern, they’ve given us all the deets below.

Words by Stephanie of Nomad Republic | Photography by Greg Finck


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