Road Trip – Denver

October 12, 2016

We had never been to Denver before but had heard so many good things about it from so many people that we knew we had to go on this trip. Once we left Iowa we headed for Denver. It was a new drive for us, but most of it was through Nebraska which is just super boring lol. Once we arrived in Denver we were immediately impressed with its downtown area. There was a baseball game happening when we arrived so there was a bunch of traffic but we navigated through the streets and to the Spring Hill Suites to unload our crap. Then we immediately headed for pizza, of course. They were having an Octoberfest downtown too, so that was kinda fun. But mostly we just walked around a bit and checked out the downtown buildings.

Denver has a bunch of different neighborhoods, and you’ll need a car when you are there, but everything is pretty close and easy to get to by car. The second day we were there we first went to the Red Rocks Ampitheater to see the iconic music venue. Wow. It was awesome. I can only imagine how great it must be to play a show there or see one. We had lunch at City o City, which is a great vegetarian/vegan restaurant, then checked out Queen City General Store next door.

After getting coffee at Black Eye Coffee, which is one of the coolest looking coffee spots I’ve been to, we headed to Bellwether to grab a whiskey and a coffee for my wife. And ice cream for dinner, why not?

Here is a map of some of the places we visited…

This post is in association with Spring Hill Suites.

Road Trip – Chicago

October 11, 2016

We stayed in Iowa for a few days with some friends and I had a fashion shoot while we were there. But the day after the shoot I left my wife and baby and drove in to Chicago for an event with Spring Hill Suites. It was the kick off to their Art of Local event series and it featured a bunch of local artisans and a concert by Misterwives. It was a really fun event and Misterwives is always really good live.

Chicago itself was awesome. I have been to Chicago about 5 or 6 times, but I’ve never really been able to explore like I did this time. The hotel was so central to everything that I was able to walk everywhere. It felt like I was back in New York. I clocked 9 miles one day. It was a bit rainy, though, which was kind of a bummer, but it let up enough to not ruin anything.

I was still on we-have-a-baby time, so I was awake pretty early. But it was nice because after I grabbed some coffee from Intelligentsia I headed over to the bean and there was almost no one there! This sweet old lady was there taking selfies, though, which made for a great photo for me.

Saved by the Bell is one of my favorite TV shows of all time, and I am known amongst my friends as the trivia master. So when I heard there was a pop-up version of The Max I had to visit it. I popped on the train and headed to Wicker Park to see it. Unfortunately they were kind of jerks and wouldn’t let me take any photos other than the one I snapped before they saw me. But it did look cool. The reviews of the food are mixed, and you need to make reservations weeks in advance, but if you are a die hard fan it may be worth it.

Here is a map of some of the places I recommend in Chicago…

This post is in association with Spring Hill Suites.

Road Trip – Mystic Hot Springs

September 29, 2016

We love hot springs. They are amazing. I have them bookmarked all over the country because I never know when I may be near them. I have had my eye on Mystic Hot Springs for a while, and they were part of our failed attempt to go to Bryce Canyon last year. So this time around I really wanted to visit them. They were every bit as amazing as I had hoped. The owners of the place filter the natural hot spring water into various bathtubs and pools to allow for more private soaking and at varying temperatures. We got to the hot springs around 7am and no one else was there. It was like our own private little natural oasis. Though it was a bit annoying and less-than-relaxing to have to deal with a baby while soaking, we made it work by putting him in his stroller and giving him something to snack on.

I was wearing these swim trunks, this t-shirt, these jeans, and these boots.

Road Trip – Utah to Wyoming

September 28, 2016

One the third day of our trip we headed into Wyoming from Utah. The leaves were changing so the drive through the mountains of Utah was amazing. On the fourth day when we left our hotel in Wyoming in the early morning it was raining. As we came around a curve in the freeway we saw a semi-truck smash into the center divider, flip on its side, and jackknifed across our side of the freeway. Luckily we were far enough away to be able to stop and warn other oncoming traffic. But we ended up having to sit on the freeway for a little over an hour waiting for it to be cleared enough to pass.

After that we headed into Laramie, WY, which was a pretty cool old little town. We ate a a delicious all-vegetarian restaurant called Sweet Melissa’s. It was attached to a bar and the prices for cocktails was amazing. I got an old fashioned for $4.75! We visited a couple thrift stores and old motels then headed into the ultra-boring drive through Nebraska.

Denim Jacket: Vintage Levi’s Trucker – Buffalo Exchange – $40
Jeans: Skinny Active Flex – American Eagle – $20
Boots: High Fidelity in tan – Eastland – 6pm – $79
Watch: NATO Watch Strap & Minimalist Leather Watch 36mm Face – Shop Stay Classic
Hat: Luke Fedora in EJ Gray – Yellow 108 – $70
Sunglasses: Bilko – AJ Morgan – Amazon – $13
Pins: 3 Pin Pack – Dazey LA – $25

Road Trip – Bryce Canyon

September 27, 2016

This was our THIRD attempt at going to Bryce Canyon. The other 2 times we attempted to go we were thwarted by the weather. But this time we were determined! However, though the weather through Zion was perfect, once we bean nearing Bryce it turned cloudy and rainy. But we were going to see that f-ing canyon even if we had to take a boat there! And we made it! And it was only slightly rainy when we were there. And the weather even made for some epic photos, both in foggy clouds and clear sun.

I wore some new boots from Frank Wright to the canyon. I love the wingtip and detailing on the boots because it allows for both dressy and casual wear. Check them out on the Frank Wright site. They are the Cypress Lace Up Boot.