1 BRAG-WORTHY OHIO PRODUCT
2 SPLURGE-WORTHY FINDS
3 READ-WORTHY BLOGS
4 CHEERS-WORTHY COCKTAILS
5 SHOP-WORTHY SMALL BUSINESSES
6 YUM-WORTHY CBUS EATS + DRINKS
7 USE-WORTHY FREE FONTS
8 GIFT-WORTHY DIYS
9 SWOON-WORTHY WRAP JOBS
10 PONDER-WORTHY TIDBITS
11 VISIT-WORTHY DESTINATIONS
Nestled amongst the curiosities and crazy of 6th Street in downtown ATX, you'll find this unsuspecting door. Don't be fooled by the shady exterior. Behind that door you'll discover an oasis in the chaos, and what I would consider one of the best speakeasy bars in the country. Be forewarned, house rules are strictly enforced and reservations are a must. There is a two drink per person minimum and a two-hour maximum. All of which, combined with the building's seedy past and stellar cocktails, makes The Midnight Cowboy an absolute must-visit.
If you're looking for live honkey tonk, real Texas musicians and a more local crowd than you'll find on 6th Street, head over The Broken Spoke on Lamar The drinks are cheap, the enchiladas are amazing and the people are fun, friendly and anything but shy. Come prepared to practice your two-step. This place can make a country music lover out of just about anyone.
Once in awhile you stumble across a place that feels so perfectly perfect you'd swear you stepped into a movie set. Shirley's Tippy Canoe is one of those places. We stumbled across this gem along the Columbia River Gorge scenic route, and I couldn't have dreamed up a more picturesque mountain town roadside stop. If quaint charm isn't your thing, then let's talk about the food. Because...this club sandwich. Ask for a seat on the patio (it's amazing!) and enjoy.
A few years ago, we took a trip to northern California. By chance, we stumbled across the Robledo Winery -- and decided to check out their October harvest festival. I could write for pages about what a rare and wonderfully special experience it was, but instead I will simply say this: go there. Eat, drink and be merry in the company of people you love. Raise a glass with people you are meeting for the first time. Let the wine and the moment reconnect you to history and the land and the story of all of us. Skip the big name wineries. Head down the rural road to Robledo. You'll be glad you did.
12 STOCKING-WORTHY STUFFERS (under $20)
Fireside Candle (This closely replicates the scent of my much more expensive Henri Bendel Firewood candle)