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Founders Brewing Co. + Grand Rapids, MI

Founders Brewing Co. + Grand Rapids, MI

Founders Brewing Co. was on the brink of failure. Mike Stevens and Dave Engbers had gone all in on a brewery business. By their own account they made many well balanced but unremarkable beers. Then something life changing happened. Mike and Dave began making the beer that got them excited,...
Manifesto Wines + Napa, CA

Manifesto Wines + Napa, CA

Jamey Whetstone launched Manifesto Wines in 2006. Simple wine for a complex world. The idea of Manifesto was born, when he saw an ad for an inexpensive wine, flying behind a Cessna. There is no shortage of great wines that are expensive, but great wines at a really good value?...
Smuttynose Brewing Company + Portsmouth, NH

Smuttynose Brewing Company + Portsmouth, NH

The doors to Smuttynose Brewing Company opened officially in 1994. What has happened since is nothing short of amazing. With a strong offering of craft brews, Smuttynose goes above and beyond with their Seasonal brews, Big Beer and Short Batch series. After a recent brewery tour, I learned their Short...
Inn at Discovery Coast + Long Beach, WA

Inn at Discovery Coast + Long Beach, WA

The Inn at Discovery Coast is a lovely boutique oceanfront hotel in Long Beach, WA.  Their 12 rooms are each designed with a combination of rustic and modern décor elements, giving a feeling of both comfort and luxury.  Organic linens, comfortable beds, eco friendly bath products, and a daily breakfast...
Boscarelli + Montepulciano, Italy

Boscarelli + Montepulciano, Italy

Montepulciano is an amazing area in Italy for many reasons. First of all, it is absolutely beautiful. Second, some of the most delicious wines come from this area. Boscarelli is one that stands out for sure. Once you maneuver through the town and down a farm road, you have arrived...
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Wind River Brewing Co. + Pinedale WY

Wind River Brewing Co. + Pinedale WY

Wind River Brewing Company has a pretty interesting story. Richie Strom, Brew Master, started brewing back when he was 19 and in college. Too young at the time to buy beer, not too young to buy the ingredients to brew. The college brewing “project” led to attending The American Brewers Guild and Richie turned his...
The Four Graces + Dundee, OR

The Four Graces + Dundee, OR

Wine tasting in Oregon is something I love to do. Pinot Noir is one of my favorites and to me no one does it better than the Willamette Valley. In 2003 the Black family purchased an existing vineyard and turned the estate into a sustainably farmed vineyard. The Four Graces, name after the Black family’s...
Alaskan Brewing Company + Juneau, AK

Alaskan Brewing Company + Juneau, AK

Thinking about the history of great craft breweries always brightens my day. I think a great craft brewery has to know a little about history, beer culture and all the better if you help that brew history to come alive all over again. The Alaskan Brewing Company honors beer history, spices up the craft beer...
Sage + Las Vegas, NV

Sage + Las Vegas, NV

Dining in Las Vegas can be an experience all in itself. What hotel are you in? Which restaurants can you actually get into? What type of cuisine do you want? Sin City certainly does not have a restaurant shortage, but I have found most of them are not all they are cracked up to be....
The Pullman Kitchen + New York, NY

The Pullman Kitchen + New York, NY

Calling The Pullman Kitchen a nice place would be an epic understatement. They might be the best place to enjoy a gourmet grilled cheese, tomato soup and your favorite New York area beer. In fact they offer all local dairy and meats as well as fresh seasonal produce. Just try the local bacon. I was...
Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream + Seattle, WA

Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream + Seattle, WA

If a business consistently has a line out the door, it’s generally safe to assume they are doing something right. Especially when it’s a cold and rainy night and it’s an ice cream shop that has a line out the door. Such was the case during my visit to Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream in...
Mother's Bistro & Bar + Portland, OR

Mother’s Bistro & Bar + Portland, OR

When a restaurant wins you over, naturally you want to go there again and again. This is how I feel about Mother’s Bistro & Bar in Portland, Oregon. I have been there so many times, I can’t even begin to count (unless I want to go through all those receipts). Chef and Owner, Lisa Schroeder...
Summit Brewing Company + St. Paul, MN

Summit Brewing Company + St. Paul, MN

Summit Brewing Company claims to craft a more meaningful brew. Now that is a big deal to those of us who love beer. To me it means a few very important things. First of all, you have to have great tasting beer. Everyone wants to drink your brews because you use the best ingredients, the...
Fork + Boise, ID

Fork + Boise, ID

Cameron and Amanda Lumsden take the words “local”, “sustainable”, and “hand-crafted” very seriously. They expect people who use the words to actually practice it so after 15 years of running restaurants they decided to open up their own place, Fork. Sitting in a historic bank building in downtown Boise, Fork brings their “Loyal to Local”...
Secreto Lounge + Santa Fe, NM

Secreto Lounge + Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe, New Mexico is famous for many things, the art, style, cuisine and of course, craft cocktails. Chris “The Santa Fe Barman” Milligan, is the Bar Manager and Mixologist at the Secreto Lounge. Located inside the historic St. Francis hotel, this lounge focuses on the ultimate garden-to-glass cocktail experience. Garden-to-Glass means fresh, local produce,...