All posts by Gowri Chandra

Gowri Chandra grew up in the Colorado Rockies and has lived and worked in New England, Paris, Seattle, and Mali -- and has also solo backpacked through India. A couple of her favorite travel memories include: soaking in the Himalayan hot springs of Himachal Pradesh during the dead of winter; gazing upon Stockholm from a hilltop at dusk; and watching the early morning fog roll off the bay in Seattle’s Pike Place market. She blogs at TheDreamColony.com. Say hi to her on Twitter (@gowri_chandra) or follow her travel/lifestyle photos on Instagram (@gowri.chandra). She is based in Los Angeles and holds a degree from Brown University.
The exterior of Starbucks Reserve and Roastery in Seattle
Starbucks Reserve and Roastery

Less than two miles away from Starbucks’ original Pike Place Market store sits its latest Seattle location: a 15,000-square-foot-plus café, roastery, and packaging facility perched on Capitol Hill. And despite a fanatical following and cookie cutter product model, Starbucks manages to give its Reserve and Roastery a refreshing, artisanal aesthetic.... Read More

Yosemite National Park
Gowri Chandra

It’s true that a day in Yosemite National Park only gives you enough time to make a mere dent in the 750,000 acres of trails and waterfalls that propelled John Muir’s love affair with the park. But you might be surprised to find that time has a way of... Read More

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The Charles Hotel

If you’re craving a weekend escape that’s as cultured as it is cozy, Cambridge, Massachusetts just might be the New England getaway for you. Home to Harvard University and known as Boston’s Left Bank (sitting on the Charles River), the city holds a premium on all things intellectual, cobblestoned... Read More

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Gowri Chandra

There are few moments more quintessentially Seattle than watching the fog peel off the bay in Seattle’s Pike Place Market, while sipping a freshly pulled espresso. The city offers up intimate moments everywhere, if you know where to look. And if you’re lucky enough to find yourself in the... Read More

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Quiet Leo Carrillo State Beach in Malibu, Southern California
Flickr/Mark Muller

Southern California has no shortage of umbrella-studded white sand beaches and bustling boardwalks. But if you’re looking for something a little more rugged and secluded, these beaches strung along Pacific Coast Highway make great picnic spots — and you could argue that the oceanside drive along the California Highway 1... Read More