Lollapalooza 2013

Every once in a while my travels take me somewhere I have already been. I am a fan of trying not to repeat going to places because there is so much to see, but going to Chicago and going to Lollapalooza break all my rules!

Lolla is a August 2-4 this year and in gorgeous Grant Park. The three day festival takes your senses through a playful delight of music new and old. I went a few years ago to see Eminem and Atmosphere but found myself enjoying the entertainment of Flogging Molly and the Pretty Reckless.  This year the lineup offers a variety of music from Ellie Goulding to Nine Inch Nails.

This adventure is coming shortly after the Portland Brewfest so stay tuned for some interesting adventures!

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The Perfect Wine Bar…and it’s in Long Beach.

As you know, I love to find my awesome local places when I travel. When I found myself in Long Beach for a month long work assignment, I didn’t think I would have anything to write about. Turns out, that is not the case. District Wine Bar is an amazing find for anyone who finds they are in Long Beach for one reason or another. Growing up in Glen Ellen I acquired an appreciation for wine from constantly being surrounded by it but my palette was far from developed. I am sure my parents gave me a sip of wine that would blow my mind away these days!

Angela and Mark Dunton are a fantastic couple that found a little niche in Long Beach and opened District Wine. You are guaranteed to find one of them there when you go, and if you aren’t sure about what you like, you will be lead down a path of happiness. The wines are hand picked by Angela or Mark and you are guaranteed to find something amazing. They both prefer different wines so your idea of what is “good” will not be skewed. And for all  you non wine drinkers out there, the bar offers a great selection of beers to tantalize your taste buds. Don’t forget to pair your beer or wine with something from the delicious menu. Go for happy hour or go for a date. This is a place that is a “must see” in Long Beach.

A few fun facts about Long Beach:

–         Considered the most bicycle friendly city in the US

–         One of the most walkable cities in the US: rated 94% by walkscore.com

–         Among the Top 10 Best Social Media Cities in America

–         In January 2012, Long Beach Airport was listed as having the lowest airfares in the state of CA and the 2nd lowest airfares in the country by the US Department of Transportation

–         There are over 100 restaurants within a 1 mile radius

As a little additional fun fact, Angela went to school for architecture and design and actually designed the wine display cases in the restaurant in her dad’s garage. 

Oregon Brewers Festival

Not all of my travel is me gallivanting around the world even as much as I would like it to be. Next up I have a three week blitz hitting up home, Portland, Vegas and Chicago. If you are asking yourself “what is taking Jenna to Portland?” the answer is the 2013 Oregon Brewers Festival.

The Oregon Brewers Festival is one of the nation’s longest running and best-loved craft beer festivals. Situated on the west bank of the Willamette River, with towering Mt. Hood as a backdrop, it is the ideal venue for anyone who loves craft beer. With a laid back attitude and scores of award-winning beers, the festival reflects the essence of the city of Portland, aka Brewvana.

The festival’s focus is craft beer, but there’s more than sampling involved. The event features live music, beer-related vendors, beer memorabilia displays, beer writers and publishers, homebrewing demonstrations, and an assortment of foods from a variety of regions. The Crater Lake Root Beer Garden offers complimentary handcrafted root beer for minors and designated drivers. Minors are always welcome at the festival when accompanied by a parent.

I get to spend the weekend with my good friend Kathy and her husband and may even be able to throw in some wine tasting while I am there. For those of you who have not been to Portland, you are missing out. The no sales tax makes it a shopping mecca but there is a lot to do and if you are a beer or wine person you are set. But don’t take my word for it. Here are a few fun facts about Portland:

– Portland is the birth place of Wiki.
– The city of Portland won its name from a coin toss between Francis Pettygrove, from Portland, ME; and Asa Lovejoy, from Boston, MA. Portland could have been named Boston, Oregon!
– There is a long and vibrant underground hip-hop, techno and house music scene in Portland

Pictures from the festival will be on their way as soon as I go. I’m looking forward to an exciting end of July and early August.