Monday, July 23, 2018

Why I Heart Tally and You Will Too

Photography copyrighted to Eddie Sanchez unless otherwise noted

You probably have one of two views on Tallahassee. The first is a business-only city full of government offices and legislators walking around in business attire making things happen for the State of Florida. The other is an energetic college-town full of young students Ubering around West Madison in Noles or Rattlers swag, hopping from party to party. For you, either view is too polarizing because like a good mullet (that's an oxymoron, I know) you're best described as business in the front, party in the back. You're a little bit country and a little bit rock 'n roll, and so is Tallahassee. 

I believe the reason I love Tally is because Florida's capital has something for everyone. It's relaxed and laid back as well as fun and adventurous. There's an abundance of culture and history to absorb from its museums. For the outdoor adventurer, soaring through the trees on a zip line or kayaking through the springs while spotting alligators along the shorelines is a must. If you're a foodie, there's an abundance of restaurants shaping the culinary culture of the area alongside award winning craft breweries. Tallahassee isn't just the one-sided coin some may perceive it to be. There's a lot to explore and below you'll find my recommendations for visiting Tally. 


Hotel Duval
Stay in the heart of downtown at this historic,  boutique hotel close to the State's capital, museums, and entertainment. It's centrally located so it's the perfect launching pad to your Tally adventure. The chic decor is reminiscent of the rat-pack days but updated with today's amenities. Don't miss the top floor, Level 8 Lounge for a great view of the sunset. 

415 N Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301


Canopy Road Cafe
A breakfast institution in Tallahassee, Canopy Road Cafe is your go-to for traditional breakfast and lunch fare along with fun twists on classics like the Happy Birthday Cakes - sweet delicious rainbow sprinkle filled pancakes topped with vanilla glaze, whipped cream and birthday candle! Even with four locations across the city, you'll still find a wait on weekends but the fast and friendly service and of course incredible breakfast spread is worth the wait.

2202 Capital Circle NE
Tallahassee, FL 32308

The Hideaway
Hidden away (pun intended) behind the Tiki-themed cocktail bar, Waterworks, The Hideaway is a quaint cafe with a 50's retro-chic look. Picture something out of Mad Men where Don Draper would probably be enjoying a quick breakfast with his daughter Sally while on vacation in Florida. For breakfast, order the Bananas Foster Liege Waffles or the Lox Benedict - it won't disappoint. While the food is good, the coffee program is no slouch either. Powered by Jason Card, the founder of Journeyman Coffee, true coffee aficionados will appreciate this hidden gem. 
Lox Benedict with cream cheese, tomato, and capers. 

1133 Thomasville Road
Tallahassee, FL 32303

Kool Beanz Cafe
Owner/chef Keith Baxter opened Kool Beanz Cafe in 1996 with the intention of interpreting his world travel experiences on the plate.While the menu changes on a daily basis, think of dishes like seared ahi tuna, tandoori spiced chicken, and lime mojo swordfish. This casual, eclectic, come-as-you-are local favorite serves thoughtful and creative dishes that you would find at a fine dining restaurant but without the pretentiousness. The result is amazing food with a casual vibe. 
Seared tuna with miso-mustard and edamame succotash.

921 Thomasville Road
Tallahassee, FL 32303

If you're looking for a sophisticated restaurant for dinner, look no further than Cypress. One of Tallahassee's best restaurants and winner of Florida Trend's Golden Spoon Awards, Cypress is the place you take your parents when they visit you at FSU (hoping they pay), or the anniversary dinner you have planned for a special night. The dishes can be described as art on a plate and the level of service and hospitality are first-rate. 
Smoked pork shoulder stack with cornbread and fermented coleslaw. 

320 E Tennessee Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301

The Blu Halo
The Blu Halo lets you enjoy the pleasures of a traditional steakhouse - meat, inventive martinis, and a robust wine list - but in a modern and energetic atmosphere. Located at Bannerman Crossings - North Tallahassee's Eat, Shop, and Play destination, The Blu Halo is the perfect place if you're looking to satisfy your inner carnivore. 
"Chief" -  22 oz. bone-in Angus ribeye with truffle butter.

3431 Bannerman Rd #2
Tallahassee, FL 32312

Ask anyone in Tallahassee where to go for Asian cuisine and they'll all tell you Masa. Literally, everyone told us to go visit and we're so glad we did. Masa is the brilliant creation of one of Tallahassee's most celebrated restaurateurs, Lucy Ho ( Azu). There's something for everyone with dishes like Bulgogi rice bowls, Thai coconut curry, and Singapore rice noodles. A premium sushi offering rounds out the menu. 
Flaming Paradise Roll - crab, cream cheese, shrimp, cucumber, topped with spicy tuna, jalapeño and wasabi peas. 

1650 N Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32303

Elimishia Old Fashion Sweet Shop
For a sweet treat, head over to Elimishia Old Fashion Sweet Shop located at the Railroad Square Art Park. Owner Dana Dixon Broer creates homemade sweets from her own family recipes. Try the pecan pies and praline candy. 
Pecan hand pie.

618 McDonnell Dr, B-1
Tallahassee, FL 32310

The Crum Box Gastgarden
This is one of those awesome hole-in-the-wall joints that you hope no one else discovers because you selfishly want to keep this place all to yourself. Unfortunately for you, with a perfect score on Yelp, The Crum Box Gastgarden's secret is out! Housemade sausages served in an old repurposed train caboose - this is a one-of-a-kind place that's a true foodie find. 
Spicy house made sausage with sauerkraut. 
602 Industrial Dr
Tallahassee, FL 32310

The Edison
One of the best locations in Tally for drinks and good food. The Edison serves diverse local fare in what used to be an old power plant. With views of Cascades Park and a solid cocktail program, The Edison is a bright idea for brunch, lunch, or dinner. 

Rum Fashioned - Ron Zacapa, simple syrup, Angostura bitters, & chocolate bitters. 

470 Suwanee Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301

Happy Motoring
Is it a bar, yoga studio, or food truck lot? Happy Motoring is all those things and more. Well known on Instagram for their frozen sangrias that come in the form of a large Capri Sun-like pouch, Happy Motoring is a casual hang out spot with games to play on the lawn and drinks to cool off on a hot sunny Florida day. 

1215 S Adams Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301

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Ology Brewing Company
The latest craft brewery in Tallahassee, Ology prides itself in being one of the leaders in barrel-aged sours. The team is passionate about what they do and that comes across so well in the beer that's brewed on site. With more than just sours, Ology brews everything from IPA's to Stouts and even has a "Juice Lab" division with different experimental brews that are fruit forward. For the non-drinker, Ologoy also brews an awesome Kambucha. 

118 E 6th Ave
Tallahassee, FL 32303

Wakulla Springs
Just outside of Tallahassee is the world's largest and deepest freshwater spring. Wakulla Springs offers swimming, guided boat tours, snorkeling, and nature trails. Along the boat tour, you can easily spot alligators, manatees, and local birds. 
Jeff guiding visitors on a boat tour along Wakulla Springs.

465 Wakulla Park Drive
Wakulla Springs, FL 323327

Harry Smith Outdoors
For a premier full service kayak retail shop specializing in guided eco-tours and fishing trips, check out Harry Smith Outdoors. Harry and his crew provide a level of passion and enthusiasm that is unmatched. Let his team take you to the best waters for a fun day of exploring.

694 Industrial Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32310

Tallahassee Museum
More than just a museum, Tallahassee Museum can be described as an animal sanctuary, a wildlife educational center, and one of the area's best places to zip line. It's a place where history, art, education, and wildlife intersect for an unforgettable outdoor experience. 
Courtesy of Tallahassee Museum Facebook

3945 Museum Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32310

Proof Brewing Company
Tallahassee's first craft brewery is definitely worth a visit. There are several beer styles to choose from on a customized flight - but be sure to try their flagship, award winning Pale Ale. There's no need to rush at this tap room, with food trucks and outdoor games like corn hole, the space invites you to stay and socialize. 

644 McDonnell Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32310

Railroad Square Art Park
With over 50 studios, galleries, and small shops, Railroad Square is a hub for entertainment, art, and food. Here you'll discover amazing food finds like Crumb Box Gastgarden, and specialty shops such as Athenas Garden - an herbal emporium and specialty gift shop. Entertainment like rock climbing, retro arcade gaming, and a pinball parlor are a great end to a night after walking through the unique art galleries. 

Sculpture artist Mark Dickson is hard at work creating beautiful sculpture out of metal at Dickson Studios. 
602 McDonnell Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32310

Museum of Florida History
For a deeper look into Florida's culture, check out the Museum of Florida History. Everything from prehistoric to modern is covered in this educational indoor space. 
Past Florida orange labels. 

500 S Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399

Mission San Luis
If you want to travel back in time but don't have access to a DeLorean with a proper Flux Capacitor, visit the Mission San Luis where you are "transported" back to 1703 when Apalachees and Spaniards lived together in this National Historic landmark. 
Man fashioning a nail like they did in 1703. 

2100 W Tennessee Street
Tallahassee, FL 32304

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Monday, June 25, 2018

5 Reasons the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch Should Be Your Next Outdoor Adventure Destination

Photography by Eddie Sanchez

If you live in Los Angeles, your idea of an outdoor adventure probably involves a long drive through traffic just to get to Runyon Canyon for a hike on a trail that has now been paved. Once you reach the top, you're semi-satisfied as you take a deep breath of that city air, close your eyes, and listen to the sounds of cell phones, cars, and music blasting. Not quite what you had in mind for a relaxing and rejuvenating outdoor adventure is it?

Luckily, only a few hours away from the hustle and bustle of the city, awaits a great outdoor adventure trip that includes hikes, stargazing, and s'mores around the campfire! So, before you head back to Runyon again for your nature fix, consider getting on a plane and discovering a whole new outdoor adventure in Colorado. It's a place with fresh mountain air and green hills adorned with yellow wild flowers. Here you can listen to the singing of birds and quite possibly the growling of a bear. You'll be amazed to see that you can have the most memorable experience with nature without sacrificing the resort comforts that you're used to in a city like Los Angeles. Yes, you can have it all and to convince you, I've listed
five reasons why you should highly consider The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch for your next outdoor adventure getaway.


There's nothing like enjoying a mountain adventure in the luxurious comfort of world-class Ritz-Carlton accommodations. Each room captures the beauty of Beaver Creek or Vail Valley and evokes lodge-inspired luxury with modern touches. Relax in a large soaking tub in your spacious marble bathroom after watching the sunset from your furnished balcony. You'll have no trouble falling asleep to the warm glow of the fireplace in what you may consider as the most comfortable bed you've slept in. It's easy to enjoy the great outdoors when you can retreat to the great indoors.


Dining at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch is reason enough to jump on a flight and experience elevated traditional mountain cuisine in a breathtaking setting. Locally sourced ingredients that highlight the resort's surroundings are the main star here, so even your food is fitting of the impressive outdoor mountains that surround you. Dishes like elk chops, bison tenderloin, and Colorado Striped bass are a must for the ultimate Alpine gourmand dinner experience. Garden dishes in season such as Summer succotash or salt roasted Colorado beets are the perfect way to round out your Colorado culinary experience. It's without question that the food is absolutely delicious and the spaces they are served in are a beautiful reflection of the great outdoors surrounding the resort. 

WYLD offers an eclectic menu of flavorful Alpine cuisine. 

Buffalos focuses on seasonal dishes from regional farms and features Colorado specialties.

Anderson's Cabin is a preserved century-old log cabin from one of the early founders of the area. It offers a unique private dining experience for up to 14 guests. 

Bison tenderloin with parsnip chips served on a hot salt block. 

Colorado striped bass with fennel and arugula salad. 

Elk chops with marinated blistered tomatoes. 

Burrata with braised peaches and house granola. 

Salt roasted Colorado beets with pickled strawberry, haystack chèvre, rye croutons, and strawberry balsamic reduction. 

Bison burger with bacon onion jam. 

Elk sausage prepared three ways. 

Banana caramel semifreddo pops paired with moscato. 

Paulie's Plunge - Cazadores silver, lime juice, agave nectar, Mexican lager. 


A Forbes Four-Star Spa, year-round heated pool, fitness center with amazing views, and a whiskey & cigar lounge - those are amenities you won't find at a typical outdoor cabin getaway. Add to the fact that The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch holds very high standards, and you have access to some of the finest amenities of any resort. The luxury spa is the ideal place to workout those tired muscles after a long day hiking. For the finest experience possible, The Ritz-Carlton Club lounge offers customized experiences for Club level guests and is a great space to stop in for breakfast, and small bites throughout your stay. For the whiskey connoisseur, Bachelors Lounge offers sessions to sip and savor spirits including the resort's proprietary bourbon. 

The spa's relaxation room.

Spin indoors with views of the outdoors. 

Bachelors Lounge, Vail Valley’s only cigar lounge, offers signature cocktails and a selection of sommelier-curated wines. 


There's no shortage of activities and things to do at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch. A guided hike is the perfect way to soak up the majestic views of Bachelor Gulch while learning fascinating facts of the plants and animals that thrive during the beautiful Summer season. There's also an opportunity for an adult summer camp experience with craft making like Lager and Leatherworking, Pinot and Painting, and Whiskey & Woodburning. Yes, sip on a glass of wine and paint the beautiful view in front of you, or sip on local craft brews while learning how to stamp leather - creating a one-of-a-kind souvenir to take back home. Even the kiddos have something to do through the resort's Ritz-Kids program where they go on hikes, and even pan for gold. Nearby the property, you have access to rafting, fly fishing, and horseback riding. Even your four-legged friends are welcomed to experience something at the resort. There's something for everyone in the family. 

Lager and Leather-working - sip on Colorado local beers while creating a stamped leather souvenir. 

Bachelor - the resort's canine ambassador. 


The resort is tucked away on a peaceful mountainside between Beaver creek and Arrowhead. Bachelor Gulch, named for its original settlers, is the perfect resort setting year-round. Access to hiking trails and nearby wildlife and plants will give you a glimpse of nature that Los Angeles doesn't offer. Plus at night, you'll see more stars in the sky than on Hollywood Blvd. The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch is a relaxing, luxurious lodge-style resort that offers all the comforts you need in a setting that has all the outdoor adventure you are looking for. 

Chairlifts during a summer night of stargazing.

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch
0130 Daybreak Ridge Rd
Avon, CO 81620

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