CATEGORY: Reporters on the Road

The Picnic Project
Forget Happy Hour, Picnics are the Family-Friendly Adult Gathering
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Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, Channel Drive, Santa Barbara, CA, United States

For the mother that loves to entertain but finds herself attracted more and more to an easy going plan that includes her little ones, Alicia Lund has the answer: picnics. The blogger behind Cheetah is the New Black planned an intimate picnic during a trip with her husband at the Four Seasons The Biltmore Santa Barbara. This casual soirée was filled with dreamy Southern California neutrals, wine and cheese. The best part? Her baby boy Rex enjoyed the on-the-floor fun with his toys and picnic treats. 

Alicia Lund spills all the effortless details that made her family picnic a parent's happy hour heaven. From the appetizers to the vintage glassware to the lounge ware, it's time to embrace picnic season. 

Photography + Words by Alicia Lund of Cheetah is the New Black


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Venue Spotlight
This Small-Town Hotel is Giving You the Big City Experience
Jené Shaw
by Jené Shaw
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21c Museum Hotel Bentonville

200 Northwest A Street, Bentonville, AR, United States

Tucked in the Northwest corner of Arkansas, 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville may seem like an unexpected place for a gallery-slash-boutique-hotel. But given its walking proximity to the massive Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, this 104-room property is right at home in the charming and artsy Southern town. For culture fanatics looking for an experience outside the norm, this Bentonville hotel offers it. 

Expect to see quirky touches and elaborate site-specific installations, like A Sudden Gust of Wind, which will make you second-guess if papers are actually flying around your head. And while the lobby and massive exhibition space may be filled with eccentric, in-your-face pieces of art, the spacious rooms are purposely homey with subtle modern touches. Don’t miss the hotel’s restaurant The Hive to try the sophisticated country fare from award-winning executive chef Matthew McClure.

We talked to fashion and lifestyle blogger Ally Noriega about her experience at 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville, which was a short trip from her hometown of Oklahoma City. Take Noriega’s advice for what to do within walking distance from the hotel!


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Guide to Napa Valley
This is the Napa Vacation You've Been Dreaming of
The Venue Report
by The Venue Report


Maybe it was Hallie Parker (played by Lindsay Lohan) running through her father’s Napa vineyards in the movie, The Parent Trap, that sparked your desire to visit Napa Valley in your early years. Maybe you read The Venue Report’s recent roundup on rad Train Tours that solidified your longing. Whatever the reason, we’ve partnered with travel photographer, Lisa Diederich, to share all the best places and spaces to visit when venturing to the land flowing with wine.

In addition to top-notch wineries, Napa Valley boasts farm-to-table restaurants, quaint coffee shops and iconic tours (including hot air balloon adventures) that you need to add to your list of to-dos. Keep reading for Lisa’s day-by-day recommendations.

Photography by Lisa Diederich


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The Gentlemen Journal
The Gentlemen Journal: Learn How To Travel The World Like An Influencer On A Dime
The Venue Report
by The Venue Report


It's one thing to daydream about life on the road and traveling to foreign lands, but Nash Finley of The Nomadic People made his dream of doing so a reality. After sweeping his better half off her feet, the two explorers set off for their first trip together and the rest was history. 

We recently tracked this nomad down to get his side of the story! Along with tips, bucket-list inspiration and trips gone wrong, Nash paints us a picture of what life on the road is like from an insiders perspective. 

Photography by The Nomadic People


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Real Women Report
Real Women Report: This Adventurer Has Been Living On The Road For The Last 3 Years
The Venue Report
by The Venue Report


The skill of true minimalism is actually quite rare to come by. As humans we naturally collect and spend colossal amounts of money on home decor, plants, art, clothing and things of all types to provide visual presentation to our lifestyle. What if one day you ditched 90% everything you owned and swapped your home decor for real life desert landscape, roads untraveled and sights unseen? For Kim Finley the trade was surprisingly simple. 

This adventure seeking, story telling traveler has been living life on the road with her husband and VW van for the past three years. Kim believes traveling is the only expense that makes you richer and value the experiences and memories of an adventure more than any possessions. We couldn't agree more. Keep reading for more on Kim's outlook on exploring, travel advice and more. 

Photography by: The Nomadic People


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