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We have no idea how to provide tips on the US. It is both massive and where we are from.


After Dark @ The Exploratorium!

25/03/2016 - Leave a Comment - San FranciscoUnited States

Last night Brett & I went to dinner at Coqueta & the Exploratorium courtesy of Lauren & Kevin (thank you SO much) and it was amazing. The Exploratorium is a hands-on museum of science, art, and human perception in San Francisco. Every Thursday night they host the After Dark series, here’s the description: Reinvent your Thursday nights at After Dark. Experience a fascinating… Read more →


Dolphin Discovery Swim

05/09/2015 - 1 Comment - Kailua-KonaUnited States

This morning we left at 6:30 am for our dolphin discovery swim. We were really excited for the opportunity to swim with dolphins, but a little conflicted because we learned yesterday that when dolphins enter sandy bay areas it is because they are trying to sleep. We were happy when our tour guides told us not to… Read more →

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Final Dive on the Big Island

04/09/2015 - Leave a Comment - Kailua-KonaUnited States

During our surface interval we travelled to our final site and got to see some dolphins along the way! Then off into the water we went for our final dive of the trip Dive Stats: Dive Site: Eel Cove, Kona, HI Dive Time: 45 min (we were tired!) Dive Depth: 81 ft

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Morning Dive!

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The reschedule of our initial dive (did I remember to mention that? Our night dives were rescheduled from the beginning of the week) resulted in our morning dives being… immediately after our night dives! Suffice it to say we were tired but we were still excited to dive. Less narrative for this one, here’s a… Read more →

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Manta Ray Night Dive

03/09/2015 - 1 Comment - Kailua-KonaUnited States

On board the boat we ate dinner and learned about the Kona manta rays and some other rare ocean life from Emily. Her background in marine science and great personality made our trip beyond incredible – she was hilarious and knew so much about the ocean. The boat crew got everything ready for us as we… Read more →


Mauna Kea Observatory & Stargazing

02/09/2015 - Leave a Comment - HiloUnited States

After stopping to get lunch in Hilo we drove (in the rain) to the meeting spot for our summit stargazing tour on Mauna Kea with Hawaii Forest & Trail. As home to the 13 of the world’s largest and most powerful telescopes operated by astronomers from 11 countries, the summit of Mauna Kea is the world’s largest observatory for… Read more →

Chain of Craters Road

Chain of Craters Road

1 Comment - PāhoaUnited States

I again woke up early and ran – this time 4 miles at “race pace” which was tough to achieve in the humidity (and heat!) of the Volcano rainforest. I made it back at 8:24/mi and Brett had already prepared breakfast in my absence – hooray! Our first stop of the day was Chain of… Read more →

Entrance to our house - the Bamboo Guest House

Arrival at Volcano, HI!

31/08/2015 - Leave a Comment - VolcanoUnited States

After a long day on the road (Place of Refuge, coffee farm, Two Step) we arrived at the Volcano Rainforest Retreat – our home base for the next few days at Volcano National Park. Yep, the inside of the house was as amazing as the outside. We relaxed until dinner time, which we spent at… Read more →


Greenwell Coffee Farms

1 Comment - KealakekuaUnited States

 It was a little overcast when we pulled up to Greenwell Farms – a famous Kona coffee farm where they provide free tours of the farm that end with a coffee tasting. We were given umbrellas to protect us from the sun/potential rain and ushered over to a group of people who were beginning the tour…. Read more →

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Road trip to Volcano, HI

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This morning we checked out of the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel and headed along the Kona Coast for a 1st anniversary road trip to Volcano, HI! 1st stop – The Place of Refuge This place was insanely hot. Really beautiful, but nearly unbearable in the heat. We spent about 15 minutes exploring the grounds before… Read more →

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Surfing at Kahaluu Bay

30/08/2015 - 2 Comments - Kailua-KonaUnited States

No run for me this morning as today is a cross training day – and we couldn’t have picked a more perfect activity: learning to surf at Kahaluu Beach Park – one of the best spots for snorkeling and surfing in Kona, HI. We pulled up to the Kahaluu Bay Surf and Sea office right on… Read more →

Hawaiian waves

Hawaii, the Big Island!

29/08/2015 - Leave a Comment - WaimeaUnited States

Brett and I went to the Big Island of Hawaii for a little over a week to celebrate our first anniversary! First stop: Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel on the Kona side of the island. On our first day I woke up at 6 am and faithfully went on my long run – 6 miles in the… Read more →


A resolution to get healthy: 8 5ks!

14/02/2015 - Leave a Comment - Mountain ViewUnited States

The end of 2014 was rather activity intensive – after spending a month in Southeast Asia without gaining any weight, we spent early December falling completely off the healthy train – with me interviewing and Brett working really hard to catch up at work, we couldn’t manage to get ourselves to the gym. The Keating (+Keating Ponsler) family… Read more →


Apple Picking!

05/10/2014 - Leave a Comment - BoltonUnited States

On our way home from helping the parents close up the pool for the season we stopped to do one of my all time favorite fall activities – apple picking!  A spur of the moment decision while driving on 495, we got off an exit early for Bolton Spring Farm. The farm was more crowded… Read more →

They have a brewery, distillery, AND winery!

Nantucket for a day!

05/09/2014 - Leave a Comment - NantucketUnited States

Per our friend Christina’s recommendation we took a day trip from Harwichport to Nantucket :). We left in the morning by ferry, explored the main town a little before renting a bike and biking out to Cisco Beach.  From there we went to Cisco Brewery and then back to town to have a snack with… Read more →

Married hands on the beach

We’re married!!

04/09/2014 - Leave a Comment - ChathamUnited States

We went to The Cape to sleep off all of the excitement form the wedding, so rather than share a daily post, here are some nice pics we took on our trip That takes care of the majority of the week – but we did do one day trip to Nantucket which we’ll put in… Read more →


Colorado Day 1: Denver!

03/07/2014 - 1 Comment - DenverUnited States

This year we decided to spend the 4th of July out in Colorado with our friend Ali & her fam… and once we started planning that we turned it into a week long road trip around Colorado.  Our first stop was Denver, we got in in the morning on July 3, and headed straight to… Read more →

A shot of the four of us

Mother’s Day @ The Beehive!

12/05/2014 - 1 Comment - BostonUnited States

Mom and Dad got Kim tickets to the Bruins game 5 so she was home from NYC for yet another weekend just a mere week after her 24th birthday! Hooray! Kim & I arranged a family brunch at The Beehive on Tremont Street. It was a first for our family and I think we’d all (maybe… Read more →

The whole fam!

The best little surprise

19/04/2014 - 1 Comment - BostonUnited States

Kim came home to surprise the parents for Easter! She came up with the idea in April and asked me if I would be down for helping to surprise them. I said yes, of course, but was pretty panicked about the whole thing since it was to happen the weekend before my MS Thesis was… Read more →


Happy 2014!

13/04/2014 - 1 Comment - ChattanoogaUnited States

Things have been a little insane around here – I have less than a month until I have to submit my thesis. I’ve been staying up way too late and pulling 13 hour shifts on the weekends. After an emotionally tumultuous few days with my modeling results, I’m feeling a little more like… That being… Read more →

Nutella puffs!  Just pillsbury crescent roll dipped in cinnamon and sugar, and filled with nutella.

Cooking catchup!

13/02/2014 - Leave a Comment - WorcesterUnited States

With all that’s been going on around here we’ve been struggling to keep up with the blog. The old entries will come, and so will new ones! There are several people who frequently ask about what food we’ve been making. In general you can always find things that we’ve made and liked here:  http://www.pinterest.com/jkeating86/consumed-loved/ But… Read more →


Perhaps an apology is in order

07/12/2013 - Leave a Comment - ChattanoogaUnited States

It has come to our attention that a certain individual may have had his or her feelings hurt by some statements that were made in a previous post. We hope that this small token of appreciation might sway the events of the upcoming Christmas season back in our favor.   We love you.

Another view on the Harbor

South Shore Beauty in the Winter

01/12/2013 - Leave a Comment - QuincyUnited States

Winter isn’t so evident in these pictures, but believe me, it was FREEZING when we took them. We had to go to Cohasset and the surrounding area this November & December to check out ceremony sites (mishap with the current one not allowing microphones/music caused the need for a new spot).  So, we drove around… Read more →

Dessert table!

Thanksgiving 2013!

28/11/2013 - Leave a Comment - WorcesterUnited States

This year was our first time hosting Thanksgiving! We had it at our apartment to accomodate the fact that I had to work on my thesis during the weekend.  The preparation was actually rather hectic because we tried to make everything the Keatings normally make, but naturally forgot key items such as dinner rolls. We… Read more →

The Feng Special roll

A new favorite: Feng! (Sushi)

16/11/2013 - Leave a Comment - HudsonUnited States

Since moving to Worcester we haven’t been too adventurous with new restaurants. We’ve basically got our favorites for sushi (Baba Sushi), thai (Thai Place & Thai Time), healthy (Evo) and pub food (The Boynton)… and we don’t venture too far outside of them.  Which is kind of weird considering how adventurous we are outside of… Read more →

Pad thai and yellow curry!

Thai Time

26/10/2013 - Leave a Comment - WorcesterUnited States

This schoolyear a Thai restaurant (Thai Time) opened up on Highland St. (walking distance!) in place of a mexican place (Tortilla Sam’s).  We were pretty excited because aside from sweet potato fries, TSams was mostly known for causing massive stomach aches.  As lovers of Thai food we were very hopeful that the restaurant would be… Read more →

...another father & son pair!

Final TN visit day!

13/10/2013 - Leave a Comment - ChattanoogaUnited States

Sunday morning we woke up to a delicious breakfast of eggs-in-the-hole which we used to eat all the time as kids and haven’t had in years! Mothers joined us for breakfast for a bit and we got some great shots of her playing with Grayson. After breakfast we all got ready to head to the… Read more →


Babies, puppies, and family!

11/10/2013 - Leave a Comment - ChattanoogaUnited States

We just got back from a visit to TN where we hung out with Brett’s parents, Lauren & Jason, and met the family’s newest superstar – Grayson! We flew out last Thursday night and arrived at Lauren and Jason’s at around midnight.  They toughed it out and waited up for us – we were impressed… Read more →

Team Grove @ the ADA StepOut Walk 2013

StepOut 2013!

03/10/2013 - 1 Comment - WorcesterUnited States

Normally I wouldn’t post about something like this, but I got some pretty goofy pictures from the event so I figured I’d share. Last weekend was homecoming weekend at WPI, and was also coincidentally the morning of the Step Out walk for the ADA.  This year was Grove’s 3rd year participating in the walk, and… Read more →

Our JCrew magazine cover

We’re famous!

30/09/2013 - Leave a Comment - WinthropUnited States

Check it out – we’re featured on this lovely photographer’s homepage, and here’s her blog from our shoot! We had a ton of fun with Katie and encourage anyone to get their pictures taken with her!


Meet the Bridesmaids

29/09/2013 - 2 Comments - WorcesterUnited States

This all happened quite some time ago, but I just now got to writing it up! Kim, Maid of Honor is my sister! She’s the Maid of Honor, and just moved to NYC :(. Boston will always be her home though. She’s a recent grad of RIT with a degree in Systems and Industrial Engineering,… Read more →


Portland: Lazy Saturday

10/08/2013 - Leave a Comment - PortlandUnited States

Since Brie & Kevin were heading off to Fairfield for Brie’s brother’s birthday, we grabbed breakfast in the morning before Brett and I went off to explore Portland. We picked Blintiff’s in advance because its menu is amazing and it has some nice outdoor seating.  We had a little bit of a wait… But once… Read more →

Shot of Brett & I with Luke's friends from home

Portland: Friday night out!

09/08/2013 - Leave a Comment - PortlandUnited States

Brett and I arrived in Portland just a few minutes before we were to meet Brie & Kevin at Fuji in downtown Portland. They are on a search for their go-to sushi place (like Baba in Worcester), so this one was new for them too.  The sushi was pretty delicious! But I’m not sure if… Read more →

Long Pond in The Fells

Sunday Morning

04/08/2013 - Leave a Comment - BostonUnited States

We visited Winchester last night to see my  parents for Brett’s birthday dinner. An entry shall come with some nice pictures form our time, but this is a more pressing matter. We awoke relatively early and after failing to find anything desirable on TV we decided to make breakfast and go for a morning walk… Read more →

The 4 of us at Imari (It Rains Fishes)

Brett’s 26th Birthday Dinner!

03/08/2013 - Leave a Comment - BostonUnited States

On Saturday night Mom & Dad took us out to dinner for Brett’s birthday. We decided Imari was easiest ’cause we could walk from home.  We had a nice walk to our 7:30 PM reservation. We ordered the Hollywood Maki, Alaska Maki, Brett & I split the yellow curry with beef, while mom & dad… Read more →

Brett in a fallen tree

Muir Woods

23/07/2013 - 1 Comment - Mill ValleyUnited States

This update is just for Sara since Sara & Nick might stop by Muir woods! We’ll update this with the actual event some other time!  We had an awesome time – we actually went twice. The first time we were kind of bummed because there were so many people and we didn’t venture off on… Read more →

Great family shot!

Paul McCartney at Fenway

09/07/2013 - Leave a Comment - BostonUnited States

I’m posting this months after it happened… so forgive me for the missing details. Somehow this draft got lost and never finished. So here we go! Tonight was the Paul McCartney concert. As usual I was having a school-related meltdown of not being able to do my homework and had a toddler-style temper tantrum in… Read more →


Engagement Party

30/06/2013 - 2 Comments - WorcesterUnited States

After some encouragement from eager friends we decided to have an egagement party to celebrate .. well.. our engagement! While we’ve been engaged for quite some time, due to Jen being in school there really aren’t too many weekends where we can afford to relax.  With summer school in session we decided we would try… Read more →

Dad opening the card (and dropping all the tickets on the ground)

Dad’s Birthday Surprise

29/06/2013 - Leave a Comment - BostonUnited States

For Dad’s birthday this year Kim, Brett, and I got the whole family tickets to see Sir Paul at Fenway Park.  The way this wound up working out was actually pretty crazy – I saw a post on Facebook that Paul would be on Colbert, and since my dad loves both Paul and Colbert I… Read more →

Then why am I cleaning?!?!

14/06/2013 - 1 Comment - WorcesterUnited States

Just a funny tidbit from last night… So it’s been a bit of a crazy past few weeks for me (and Brie too) – a lot of late nights staying at the office to do homework. Last night I had my midterm for ECE504 and finished at 10.  Brett picked me up and when we… Read more →


Cooking from Pinterest

05/05/2013 - Leave a Comment - WorcesterUnited States

I (Jen) went a little nuts with a Pinterest board of healthy meals to make, and after getting home from a weekend at ImagineRIT we decided to try a few out. We went with a creamy avocado pasta – where a sauce made out of avocado acts as a replacement for alfredo sauce, and two… Read more →


Stay in Saturday

06/04/2013 - Leave a Comment - WorcesterUnited States

All this studying and work has left us utterly exhausted so we declared a stay-in night.  We’re in desperate need of reinstating our gym-in-the-mornings policy and we decided there was no better time to try than tonight. After a pretty awesome workout we left for the grocery store to pick up what was needed for… Read more →



31/03/2013 - Leave a Comment - WinchesterUnited States

Some time last week I got this text from Mom. So obviously Mom is adorable.. and with grad school and work we almost never see them any more. So we decided we’d spend Saturday night at Mom & Dad (Keating)’s, and woke up extra early to get enough studying in before we left. It was… Read more →

We are bad.

27/03/2013 - Leave a Comment - WorcesterUnited States

I’m posting this because we desperately need to get back on track. We were doing a phenomenal job with making food at home and going to the gym in the morning… until we went to Portugal. For some reason we thought it made sense to empty our fridge of food before leaving for a single… Read more →

About the authors

24/03/2013 - 2 Comments - BostonUnited States

Hi! We’re Jen & Brett – two engineers with not very much time on our hands, trying to maintain a blog as a way to make sure we have a life (is this backwards?).  Here’s what we look like on any given day (photocred to the amazing AMW Studios): We got engaged in February of… Read more →


Nanana come on

16/03/2013 - Leave a Comment - WorcesterUnited States

So! Our friend Brie had the lovely idea of trying somewhere NEW (gasp) in Worcester – 7 Nana on Shrewsbury street – A habachi and sushi restaurant with a bar.  Brie, Kevin, Brett & I went out for some sushi and drinks, and the atmosphere was great, just like our favorite Kozara.  I was feeling… Read more →


Valentine’s Day 2013!

15/02/2013 - Leave a Comment - WorcesterUnited States

As usual Jen had a whole lot of work to do on this day, so we made our dinner reservations for very late in the night at one of our favorites – Bocado.  We started our dinner at around 10:00 PM and ordered the Bocado Experience for 2.  In all honesty this should be the… Read more →


Jambalaya and udon!

11/02/2013 - Leave a Comment - WorcesterUnited States

As promised, we made udon  with beef and jambalaya with shrimp and ham for this week’s prepared food, as well as a whole lotta smoothie. All three are fab… we had to try all of them :). First, the udon with beef: Then came the jambalaya… To put it lightly Brett ate some and proclaimed that he wanted… Read more →


Tapas & Friends

27/01/2013 - Leave a Comment - WorcesterUnited States

After a full day of studying, Raquel, Radu, Brett & I decided to head off to dinner at a local tapas bar, Bocado.  We got in at about 9 PM and hung out in the (very cold) doorway until our table was ready. We all got deliiiicious drinks (watermelon sangria – must have) and the food was… Read more →


Louis CK!

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Well, we (and millions? hundreds of thousands? of other people) are obsessed with Louis CK.  Brie and I purchased 4 tickets to Louis CK in May 2012 and the day finally arrived today!  We took the train to Boston & met up with Kevin & Brett at Boston Symphony Hall for the show. Our seats… Read more →


New Year’s Eve!

01/01/2013 - Leave a Comment - CambridgeUnited States

Since we were in Boston for New Year’s and were both pretty tired with the wrap up of 2012, we decided to do two of our favorite local things to bring in the new year: Dinner @ Cuchi Cuchi in Cambridge, MA, and snowboarding @ Wachusett Mountain. We made reservations for 7:30 PM and headed… Read more →


Insanity: Jen’s Take

01/07/2012 - Leave a Comment - BostonUnited States

I mostly agree with Brett about insanity, but thought it would be funny/interesting to hear it from my perspective. I was frigging exhausted. Me and two hours of driving per day do not get along well – when you add getting up at 5 am into the mix… I’m not the happiest camper. I was pretty… Read more →


Dinner by the sea

Leave a Comment - ManteoUnited States

We stopped into a seaside restaurant for dinner where we had drinks, some calamari, and dessert, before heading off to play minigolf and go go-carting. Brett was extremely reluctant to play mini golf: he was afraid he would be too aggressively angry about losing. I assured him that my family has a long history of… Read more →


Out in Manteo

26/05/2012 - Leave a Comment - ManteoUnited States

After our trip to the site of the Lost Colony, we checked into our adorable B&B, the Booth Guest House in Manteo, NC. We went up to our room for some brief relaxation, before heading back out in search of somewhere for dinner.   In downtown Manteo we walked along a nice (windy) boardwalk.. And soon… Read more →


Cape Hatteras and Rodanthe

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When we decided to take a weekend trip to the Outer Banks, in NC, we picked it using my 1000 Places to See Before You Die app, which stems from the wonderful book.  We used the map feature to select somewhere close enough for a three day weekend and decided that a two our flight wasn’t too… Read more →

Off to the Outer Banks!

25/05/2012 - Leave a Comment - HatterasUnited States

We decided we needed to do something spontaneous for this glorious 3 day weekend (Memorial Day).  It was my first vacation day off since starting my Master’s in ECE @ WPI, so off we flew to NC for the weekend. As usual, it took Brett all of 3 minutes to fall asleep on the plane…. Read more →


We went to a bar! (St Pattys)

17/03/2012 - Leave a Comment - BostonUnited States

SAINT PATTY’S DAY 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 This night was epic, and Jen and my best St. Patrick’s day since we saved that guy dressed as a leprechaun in 2006. But that’s another story. Anyway, we decided to go crazy this year and do our first ever bar crawl! We started at the Black Rose (pictured above) where… Read more →

Examining the box - just thinking it is some random gift.

Will you be my Maid of Honor?

06/03/2012 - 1 Comment - BostonUnited States

When I casually referred to Kim as my Maid of Honor, she said Emily said I needed to woo her, so I did. I started by making her a keepsake box of our life, with a wordcloud asking her if she’d be my maid of honor. As with every project I do, this became a… Read more →


Bravin’ the Storm

10/02/2012 - Leave a Comment - WorcesterUnited States

As most of the world seems to know (my wonderful friend’s from Germany & France have checked in) – New England was hit by Nemo this weekend. Brett & I ate in on Friday and took a while to peak outside at our cars, here’s what we saw:   Not motivated to shovel, we stayed… Read more →

Blogging fame

09/02/2012 - Leave a Comment - WorcesterUnited States

“I think what is more likely is that one of us will get chosen, the other will become extremely jealous, we will break up, and our relationship will be over all because of this blog.”–Brett, on how we might be chosen to be a paid blogger ‘cause I keep linking things to external websites.


The Proposal

02/02/2012 - Leave a Comment - WalthamUnited States

The proposal needs a bit of a back story… Jen and I were living in Waltham in a tiny apartment. Jen was working in Worcester and driving an hour both ways. From October 2011 (when I bought the ring) until the end of the year, Jen was working 100+ hours a week at work and… Read more →

The Quest for the Ring

20/10/2011 - Leave a Comment - BostonUnited States

My sister and her husband, who (for anonymity’s sake) I will refer to as Lauren and Jason respectively, came to visit Jen and I during October of 2011. Lauren brought with her a family diamond which she was going to see if I wanted to use for Jen’s engagement ring. Click here to read the… Read more →

Emerald bay waters

Lake Tahoe

11/09/2011 - Leave a Comment - South Lake TahoeUnited States

This is one of those posts that deserves a lot of large pictures and not a ton of words.  We spent a peaceful few days at Lake Tahoe aboard boats and meandering around on foot and by car checking out the sites before heading back to Boston.   After a fantastic 11 day trip from… Read more →

We realized we didn't take the typical vineyard pic so we stopped in at a random one to get a shot

Our visit to Napa Valley

09/09/2011 - Leave a Comment - NapaUnited States

Since this trip was intended to be a California coast trip we didn’t plan to have too much time for wine tasting in Napa.  We read a bit about it and we weren’t sure we had enough time to do extensive touring. Instead, we decided that we would drive through the area and stop at… Read more →

This is how ridiculous we looked

The GoCar Fiasco of 2011

07/09/2011 - Leave a Comment - San FranciscoUnited States

While Jen was thoroughly planning our vacation, she stumbled on an activity in San Francisco called Go-Car. What is Go-Car you might be wondering? Go-Car is essentially a mo-ped converted into a go-cart which gives the two drivers a GPS guided tour of a city. “That is amazing,” you exclaim. That’s the exact same excitement… Read more →

Amazing colors of the plant life along the shore

Off to San Fran!

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I hate to say it here, but for a trip up the coast, staying at Ragged Point was not a good choice for seeing Big Sur.  It was too far back and killed the timing of our trip a little bit… and definitely insanely overpriced for the stay we got. The room didn’t have AC,… Read more →

One of our favorite shots of the California coast off of HWY1

On our way to Big Sur!

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After our short visit to downtown SLO we headed off on our trip to Big Sur! We grabbed lunch in Morro Bay, famous for its dramatic shores and only about 17 minutes away. We tried to check the beach out but it was pretty foggy there so we got on the road right away.  Cayucos… Read more →

The inside of the restaurant at the inn


04/09/2011 - Leave a Comment - San Luis ObispoUnited States

Immediately following our wild adventure @ the Channel Islands National Park, we hit the road heading for The Madonna Inn – a funky place where each guest room is individually (and rather ornately) decorated – in San Luis Obispo (SLO). One of the main reasons for stopping in SLO was the fact that iRobot (supposedly)… Read more →