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Should I Take an All-Inclusive Vacation? – 5 Things to Consider

All-inclusive.  Some people swear by all-inclusive and love it for its hassle-free ease.  Others abhor it because it’s not “real travel” and allows people to vacation without really escaping their comfort zone.  What’s really up with all-inclusive vacations and when (if ever) should you take one?  Here are five things to consider in making your decision on all-inclusive vacations.

1.  What is your purpose in traveling – Culture? Relaxation? Adventure? Exploration? Escape?

The biggest factor in deciding whether or not to take an all-inclusive vacation is deciding on what kind of vacation you really want to take.  Be honest and don’t let other people’s opinions influence you.  If you want to discover new foods and culture, to really explore and get to know a place, then perhaps pass on all-inclusive this time around.

However, if you want nothing more than to escape and relax, then all-inclusive is a very good option.  How many times do people return home and say, “I need a vacation from my vacation”?  (Which really, who ever feels sorry for that person? Boo hoo, you are worn out from your awesome travel to destination x) Anyways, with all-inclusive packages, this will not be the case.  Your “stressful” decisions will likely consist of: do we go to the beach first or go to the swim-up bar first?  Very horrible indeed.

Our Morning View - Not Bad Eh?

Not having a schedule or anywhere to be was very nice.  Because you are on vacation with the goal of relaxing, you don’t feel as though you are missing out on “cultural destination A” or “museum B” when you opt to take a leisurely breakfast followed by a mid-morning nap on the beach.

For example, one day Ryan and I found ourselves at the swim up bar drinking el capitain con dieta at 9AM.  By lunch, we had polished off a bottle to ourselves.  Completely acceptable.  Would we do these things on a backpacking trip in Peru?  Likely not.

Still, you might want to do some adventuring and exploring.  On our trip, we took out kayaks that were available at our beach and took a day excursion to Tulum and Xel-ha.  At Tulum, we toured the Mayan ruins.

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For more detail on our Tulum experience, you can check out my earlier post here.  Xel-ha is like an amusement park but built into a natural lagoon and focused on the water.  You can snorkel, float down in tubes, cliff jump, zip line, bike, see the cenotes, etc.  For additional fees you can swim with dolphins or manatees, walk on the bottom of the ocean and snuba.  More on this at a later date.  Point is, you can find a way to work excursions into your all-inclusive vacation.

2. Food

All-inclusive means all of your food and beverages are included, which is nice because there is no need to carry cash.  Our mini-fridge had a constant stash – especially nice to have the water to bring about.  If you are hungry or thirsty, you can go to one of the restaurants at almost any hour of the day.  Don’t like what you ordered?  Order something else.  At the same time, it means that you are likely to take in all of your meals at the resort instead of venturing out to find restaurants or street vendors.

On the negative side, and not unsurprisingly, the food at all-inclusive resorts is usually mediocre.  Yeah, it’s good or maybe okay, but certainly not anything to rave about.  Our resort tried to liven things up with multiple restaurants:  the buffet, an American sports bar, a Japanese restaurant, an Italian restaurant, a Mexican restaurant, a coffee bar and some snack places.  Still, for the most part, it was just so-so.  The one thing I will say for our resort…breakfast was just what I wanted.  Every morning I had a made-to-order egg white omelet packed with veggies, smoked salmon, fresh baguette, fresh pineapple, a yogurt, fresh grapefruit juice and coffee.  Breakfast was by far the best meal.

Nevertheless, if you consider yourself a foodie and want nothing less than absolutely delicious, authentic local cuisine prepared by the friendly and informative unlikely chef who shares their life story with you while the two of you sit outside at the small, but charming neighborhood hole-in-the-wall, then all-inclusive will leave you sorely disappointed.

3. Becoming a Local

Many people travel with the intent of learning about another culture:  language, customs, food, daily routines, etc. and trying to “become a local”.  It’s a fantastic aspect of travel and honestly if this is truly your goal, you can work it into any type of trip – at least in some respect.  Usually people don’t think of becoming immersed in a new country when they think of all-inclusive.  Rightly so.  But, you can still make efforts.  I spoke as much Spanish as I could with the resort employees and I actually learned a lot and was getting to be decent at basic things.  When we ventured out, Ryan chatted with all of our drivers, who were all very eager to tell us about Mexico.  Still, this is obviously a far cry from the immersion you can experience during other types of travel.  Really, it’s more of a mild exposure than an immersion.

4. Kids

Let me start this by saying I do not have kids, but I hope to have them one day.  That being said, I used to think that there was nothing more annoying than a bratty child acting like a hooligan without any supervision, or worse – with a shoddy “parent” just standing idly by while their kid acts like a hellion.  Then I realized, it’s soooo much worse when you are on vacation and trying to relax.

When I took an all-inclusive trip in college I didn’t see many children.  I went to the Dominican Republic and, with it’s relative instability compared to other tropical destinations, it’s probably not a family favorite.  Or, perhaps the lack of children was because I was in college and chose the cheapest resort imaginable.  Whatever the case, I guess the downside of being able to afford a fairly nice place is that families think it will be nice too.  There were more kids than I would have liked on my last vacation.

This simple fact alone could have been okay had the parents been in control.  They were NOT.  Kids were jumping off of the swim-up bar stools into the pool, splashing the bartender and getting pool water in everyone’s drinks; wrestling and throwing each other in the pool; coughing all over the food at the buffet; a band of 9 year old heathens were running amok in the coffee bar unsupervised at 10:30PM trying to order cappuccinos.  The very astute barista made them evaporated milk with flavoring.  Again, I blame the parents more than I blame the kids; but regardless, they were annoying and I certainly could have done without seeing any of them.

Of course, I’m not the first person to think it would be nice to be on vacation without any little kids screaming or running around like banshees.  Thus the birth of adults-only resorts.  The drawback is that these types of resorts are almost always much more expensive for the luxury of being child-free.  So, if you are thinking of all-inclusive try to gauge the family-friendliness of your resort or at least keep in mind that your moments of relaxation and bliss may be dotted with interruptions from incredibly annoying, miniature holy terrors.

5. Vacation Preparation

Planning a vacation can be a big undertaking.  There are a lot of pieces to travel and so many options!  Personally, I like researching and planning on the front end of a trip and also leaving room to be spontaneous and flexible while I am traveling; but, for many people this is very overwhelming and can be a deterrent.  If this is you, all-inclusive is a fantastic option.  Once you choose your destination, find a resort and pick your travel dates, your decision-making responsibilities are over.  This takes the stress out of planning for many people and leaves them time to just be excited about their upcoming trip.  You could also use a travel agent, but they can be expensive.

Another big part of preparing to travel is saving up money.  If you don’t want to go the hostel route, all-inclusives are pretty great as far as their value.  Most packages are bundled with airfare on many travel websites.  For the Caribbean and Mexico I would recommend using Cheap Caribbean.  I booked my last vacation through them and was very, very happy with it.

Room at Ocean Coral and Turquesa

Obviously, the descriptions above may not apply to every all-inclusive resort, but I think each point is a good thing to think about if you are considering an all-inclusive vacation.  Overall, I would say the biggest difference with all-inclusive vacations is that it really is all about relaxing – an all-inclusive vacation will likely be the least stressful vacation you will ever go on. 

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Posted by on September 8, 2011 in Food and Drink, Travel


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Tour of the Battenkill

As I described in my last post, The Tour of the Battenkill is America’s toughest one day race and America’s “Queen of the Classics”.  It’s a one day road race a la the spring classics circuit in Europe, which includes the famed Paris-Roubaix.  Battenkill takes place in Cambridge, NY every year and similar to the rolling farmlands in Europe, Cambridge is, in a word, rural.

Given Cambridge’s size, we stayed in neighboring Saratoga Springs.  Although Saratoga is known for its mineral springs and baths (which we sadly did not have time for), the thing you will notice throughout the town is horses – horse statues and horse photos everywhere!  This is due to the big horse racing scene at the Saratoga Race Course.  But, we were concerned with a horse of another color…..(horrible joke? Yeah, but I just had to make it).

After a long drive, many tolls, and an unfruitful quest for the oddly allusive Whopper Jr., we made it to Saratoga Springs and checked in to our room at the Hampton Inn and Suites.  If you are wondering about the Whopper incident, don’t worry, that will be explained in a later post – an expose on rest stops.  The hotel lobby, of course decorated with horse racing memorabilia and statues, was open and nice and lead us to the incredibly friendly older lady at the concierge desk.  She gave us our keys, went through the usual spiels and then informed us of the noise policy – 4 warnings and you’re done.  FOUR!?!  Stark contrast to our ridiculous Philly encounter with the unnecessarily rude, pantless flight attendant.  In addition to their friendliness, the Hampton Inn had an awesome free breakfast and the beds were very comfortable.  I would highly recommend staying there.

A quick drive through farmland and a slightly sad mix of antique stores, empty store fronts and abandoned houses, and we were in Cambridge so that Andy and Ryan could check-in and pre-ride part of the course.  That left me free to roam and check out the town.

Almost as prevalent as antique shops are the number of churches.  Although I am not religious, I am a fan of religious architecture and art.

Lutheran Church in Cambridge

Two houses down from this church was a similar white church.  If you turned right at the next intersection and walked for just a few minutes, you would come across another set of churches practically across the street from one another.  One was not so interesting looking and of course had a giant pro-life banner out front…the other one was beautiful.

© 2011 Heather Freitag

Cambridge was really flourishing in the early 19th century as an agricultural town.  Besides having the farmland, the Rice Seed Company set up shop in Cambridge and was the second largest and profitable seed company at the time.  As such, Mr. Rice was a “seed tycoon” and built a mansion for himself and his wife, which is now the Rice Mansion Inn, a bed and breakfast.

© 2011 Heather Freitag

As a complement to the farmland and seed production, Cambridge was also home to the Cambridge Steel Plow Company, which manufactured the country’s first all steel plow.

© 2011 Heather Freitag

To be able to ship all the farm products and equipment out, the town depended upon the railroad.

Old Tracks

With the dependence on the railroad and the travelers that came to town on the trains, the town was in need of a place for the people to eat and sleep. Cue the construction of the Cambridge Hotel in 1885.  Unfortunately, during the race weekend, the hotel was shamelessly splattered with event sponsor banners.  Still, the building is exactly what you might imagine – something out of a western movie or a part of an Oklahoma! set.

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The shops and diner (yes singular) that dotted Main Street were what you would imagine from an old, small town.

The Village Store

Local Artwork

Small Diners

Lots of Patriotism

In my Friday Escape post about Cambridge, I mentioned a coffee shop called Uncommon Ground that I was hoping to stop in to.  Luckily, the shop opened for the weekend because of the race.  So, after some wandering, photo taking and a pop into the antique shop, I headed over to Uncommon Ground for a caramel latte.

Inside, as I waited for the barista to make my tasty beverage, an old man eating a banana struck up a conversation with me.  We talked for a bit, when his wife (who worked at the cafe) came by to eat some more of her banana.  She had evidently ripped a piece of the banana off, and then had pulled away for work.  In her absence, the freed portion of the banana rolled away from the rest and was at the other end of the counter.  She immediately observed, “Oh! My banana must have rolled away!”  To which her husband replied, “Do you suppose that’s how cavemen invented the wheel?  That they were eating a banana and part of it rolled away?”  His wife just shook her head and walked away, so he turned his questioning glance toward me.  I smiled and said maybe, but I really wanted to burst out laughing.

Latte in hand, I left the old man in his banana and the wheel quandary and headed outside to enjoy the sunshine on the patio.  As I sat sipping my latte, a man come out of the cafe with a plate of salad, surveyed the already full tables, and resigned himself to eat his salad standing.  I was taking up an entire table by myself, so I told him that he was welcome to join me.  The two of us got to chatting and I came to find out that he was also in town for the race.  Not surprising, lots of people were.  But, he was not there to race or to support a racer….he was there to support the cafe.  Common Ground is owned by a commune and since they knew they were going to be open for the weekend, which they normally aren’t, and that they would be very busy pumping racers with coffee, they asked some other members to come into town to help.  And here I thought Common Ground was a play on coffee grounds and a message on diplomacy and getting along with your fellow man.  Instead, it likely represents the ideals of the commune.

The man, who shall remain nameless, was very nice and I really enjoyed talking to him.  Still, the idea of a commune is a little strange to me.  Removing legal issues, the idea of pooling resources seems ok.  It’s like a large family.  But, there must be some spiritual component or something, because they all dressed and looked alike, and not in a consumer-driven, cookie-cutter jcrew way.  All of the men had long hair pulled into a low ponytail and long scraggly beards.  All of the women were very homely looking, had long hair pulled into ponytails, flowing long-sleeved blouses and either ankle-length skirts or fabric pants.  I am NOT talking about a fashionable maxi skirt for the beach or the bizarrely back MC hammeresque pants.  I am talking frumpy peasanty-looking clothes.  It all seemed a little cultish to me, but to each his own…plus, my latte was really good.

Back in Saratoga Springs for the night, Ryan, Andy and I wandered the streets in search of food!  Everywhere on the main road seemed packed, so we cut down a side street and found Gaffney’s.  Gaffney’s was a great little neighborhood pub, had decent live music, and absolutely excellent pasta.  All three of us were very impressed and surprised at how good our meal was.  I highly recommend Gaffney’s.


On the drive over to the race, there were some last minute strategy conversations going on in the car.  I’m not a racer and had nothing to add on this front, so I sat quietly and stared at the animals as we passed.  Then the talk turned to nerves.  Here was somewhere where I could jump in – I’ve seen my fair share of inspirational sports movies (probably my favorite genre of movie), and I can, and often do, easily quote Remember the Titans.  So, I offered this nugget of advice, “Turn those butterflies into attack eagles!”  Probably some of my best work – Coach Boone would be proud.

© 2011 Heather Freitag

Here’s where I would love to post all of my sick photos from the race:  large peleton shot stretching through the rolling farmland, racers both coming in and going out of a covered bridge, oblivious cow chewing his cud in the foreground as racers fly past him, up-close shot of two guys battling it out around the corner, and of course, Ryan’s awesome victory/pain face as he crosses the finish line….

Instead, I couldn’t see most of the course at all and I spent 45 minutes perfecting the magazine worthy finish shot for Ryan only to have my efforts wasted and foiled by my own idiotic move.  As I waited for Ryan, the wind was picking up and tossing dirt and debris around, so I placed my lens cap back on.  When Ryan rounded the corner and headed down the straight away toward the finish, I got excited and started cheering for him.  I had already set up my shot, so no need to worry.  He came closer and I bent over to take my perfect shot only to, you guessed it, have my LENS CAP ON!!!  What an ass.  I was pretty pissed.  But, Ryan did great!!! 16th out of 50 in his category.

Go Babe Go!

His friend Collin, who was in a different category got 4th and was super stoked!

Ryan’s other friend Andy also did well and finished in the middle of the pack in his category.  If you’ve been to a bike race as a fan or a racer, you already know the importance of food and beers after a race!  An Irish pub is an excellent choice, and our pub for the night was The Parting Glass.  Decent burger, good beers.

Next morning, and not to be confused with Common Ground in Cambridge, we went to Uncommon Grounds in Saratoga Springs.  Very good chai tea latte.  Then it was time for our long journey home.

All in all, Cambridge and Saratoga Springs were pretty cool.  Oh, and I have to add, a local dairy farm brought fresh chocolate milk to the race….I LOVE chocolate milk and this chocolate milk was stuff of legend.  So tasty.  I’m already looking forward to having more next year.  I will also NOT be bested by my lens cap again and I will get a shot of the famed covered bridge.  For now, here’s one that Ryan took of Andy with the bridge in the background during their pre-ride of the course – just to give you an idea of what I’m talking about.

See you next year Battenkill!

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Posted by on April 16, 2011 in Cycling, Travel


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Lost Pilgrims and Fake Turkeys?

Here I am happily sipping my Dunkin Donuts Pumpkin Spice coffee made through our french press and listening to some holiday music on the satellite radio.  Just put down a tasty egg sandwich for bfast and am getting excited for my first holiday EVER with Ryan.  Yes, we have been together for awhile, but he usually works the holidays, but not today!  So, we are whipping on a t-giving meal just for us – Cornish game hens, baby red garlic mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, homemade stuffing and some incredibly delicious wine.  Although Pinot Noir is not typically my favorite, this one is really, really good.  It’s the Commuter Cuvee by Grouchau Cellars based in the Willamette Valley, Oregon.  Plus,  a portion of the proceeds go to the Brett Jarolimek Memorial Fund which works on bicycle safety.

We’ve also invited Captain Morgan to join us in the form of warm apple cider and rum!  Tasty, especially since its so cold and nasty outside.

Thanksgiving is kind of a weird holiday, but I like that you just get together with friends and family, eat some good food and drink some good wine/cocktails.  Then you have the haters like the ridiculous PETA girls I saw yesterday protesting in front of the White House.  Yes, they are “naughty” pilgrims.

I have nothing against people who want to be vegetarians (in fact, my good friend at Barkless Vegetables is a vegetarian), but I think PETA is a little extreme.  Leave me alone with my baby chicken.  You can’t make me eat your weird fake meat – in this case, they are peddling tofurkey.  Also, if you are going to go the way of getting your message across or garnering attention by using sexy ladies, then perhaps actually find some sexy ladies.  They look about as good as the tofurkey.

Speaking of pilgrims, while doing a little shopping at Eastern Market we came across a man who was aimlessly wandering around, perhaps looking for where he parked the Mayflower.

"It's a tall ship with big sails. Have you seen it?"

Wherever you happen to be today and regardless of how much real or fake meat you’re eating, Happy Thanksgiving!


Posted by on November 25, 2010 in Food and Drink


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Out and About in Bend, Oregon: Part 1 – FOOD!

So, when we weren’t hiking and cliff diving at Crater Lake, what is there to do in Bend, Oregon?!  LOTS!!!  I know some of you may be thinking, “I’m not very outdoorsy,” but that will not stop you from having a good time.

Since my time there kind of blurs into one big ball of awesome, I am not even going to try to sift through it all and write chronologically.  Instead, I guess I will go by categories of deliciousness and fun!  This first part will address food and non-alcoholic beverages!

The food in Bend is not messing around.  Two of my favorite things about places to eat in Bend are that many places have outdoor seating and that most are not national chains, which makes Bend that much more unique.  To start your day, you could go to the Starbucks (one of few chains that you aren’t escaping from) or you could go to Bella Tazza, a local cafe with only 2 other locations in Oregon.  The outdoor seating area is fantastic for relaxing, catching up with friends and people watching.  I have never deviated from getting the white chocolate mocha, which is delicious.  Ryan always gets one of their teas and literally goes there every morning whenever he is home.  He recommends trying the blueberry hibiscus.

The cafe also has quite the array of patrons.  I have seen students, businesspeople, lots of dogs, a man with a parrot (he and his parrot were on a roadtrip from Arizona), people either embarking on or just finishing some sort of athletic/outdoorsy/adventure activity, and even Alec Baldwin!  Yep, Alec Baldwin.  One morning, Ryan, his friend Aaron and I were outside sipping our yummy hot beverages when Ryan’s “I see something interesting/weird/annoying/awesome” look came over his face.  He excitedly said, “There’s Jack Donaghy!” in a hushed tone.  Sure enough, Alec Baldwin walked by pushing a stroller and he and a friend went into Bella Tazza and got some drinks.  But if you are in a hurry or if the endorsement of Ryan, myself and Mr. Baldwin are not enough for you, then you could also try one of the many coffee huts – literally there is a plethora of these things.  Don’t know where any of you are from, but in my time living in Minnesota, Syracuse, Philadelphia and Washington DC I have never seen a coffee hut.  They are usually stationed in parking lots, like at a gas station for example, and you can drive up and get your coffee.

Breakfast – Oh breakfast.  The jump-start your day meal.  Most important meal of the day.  You would be hard pressed to find better options than two places across the street from one another – Big O Bagel and Westside Bakery and Cafe.  Now, I already discussed the bagels in the Crater Lake post so I will gloss over that (refresher: think salmon, or just go back and read my other post! haha).  How to describe the interior of Westside….maybe Ryan said it best when he said that it’s what places such as TGI Fridays and Applebee’s try to achieve, except that it’s real.  Covering all of the wall space and shelving are random pieces of Americana.  You can find old-school lunchboxes, cartoon action figures, mounted animals, a life-sized statue of Elvis, a running train set….you get the idea.  Is it nauseating?  Somehow it isn’t.  Maybe because it isn’t contrived and force-feeding you the idea that it’s a hometown restaurant, but instead effortlessly creates this vibe in a natural and interesting way.  And the food is awesome and filling.  If you are like me and can’t make up your mind, convince someone to order pancakes while you order a scrambler and then share!  You will not regret this.  Last time I was there, I ordered the salmon eggs benedict – yummy!

Mexican and Pizza – Two of my favorite types of food!  Pizza Mondo, Cibelli’s and Pisano’s are all good and you can buy pizza by the slice.  Mondo is a Bend one-and-only, while Cibelli’s has a few Oregon locations and one in Florida (weird, I know).  Not sure about Pisano’s…  My favorite was Mondo.  Get the after mountain special – for under $7 you get two slices and a beer of your choice.  I will also mention that Ryan had a pizza at Pisano’s after I left that he loved – the extreme hawaiian.  For Mexican, it has to be El Jimador!  Good food and really tasty Mango Margaritas!  Plus, they have a little outdoor seating area which is always enjoyable.

Afternoon treat – On one of the afternoons in Bend, Jess and I played frisbee by the Les Schwab Amphitheater and then walked downtown.  By the time we got there, we were both thirsty and wanted a fruit smoothie!  Luckily, as we rounded the corner we saw an easel with FRESH FRUIT SMOOTHIES printed in chalk.  We stopped in at the Looney Bean and got very good fresh fruit smoothies.  I really liked the vibe there and they have an awesome outdoor area that juts up to the river.  You can sit at tables, in the grass, under a gazebo or in some Adirondack chairs facing the water.  Great place to relax!


Out back at Looney Bean

 Anthony’s – One “morning” we went here for brunch and sat out on their spectacular patio.  The view is of Mt. Bachelor and the Deschutes River, or if you are like Steve and you get the bad spot at the table, then your view is of some disgusting woman who thinks that picking at her toes is proper brunch etiquette.  Despite this (which really only affected Steve…haha), Anthony’s was great!  First off, the waiter told us from the start that if we wanted something that was not on the drink menu that it was not a problem.  Great!  I ordered a bubbly mojito (a mojito with champagne) and Dre ordered a bellini.  Everyone else ordered from the menu and we were all happy with our drinks!

The food was also very yummy and even though we were annoying with our banter about sides of fruit while trying to choose a side, our waiter was fantastic and even chimed in on the discussion.  I know you are all dying to know what it was about – the make up of a fruit side.  Dre wanted fruit instead of a salad.  I initally thought, what a delicious idea!  But then I was nervous, would it be delicious or would it be an uninteresting, unappealing cup of watermelon, honeydew and canteloupe?  I hate watermelon, dislike honeydew and am indifferent toward canteloupe.  Eventually, I decided I was being too ridiculous and bothersome and just said I would stick with my salad.  Poor choice in the end because this was the best side of fruit I have ever seen!  Pineapple, grapefruit, raspberries, etc.  Ya win some, ya lose some I suppose.

Rigoberto’s – After one absurd evening (which will be described in brief in Part 2), my fellow drink swillers and I got a cab to head back to the house.  First, let me say that it was a minivan cab which was awesome because there was a lot of us.  So, we pile in and ask the driver, “Are you the trivia cab?!”  “No.”  The driver responded.  (As an aside, we weren’t just being incredibly dumb and annoying….Bend does have a trivia cab.  If you make it to your destination with a strike remaining then your cab is free.  If not, you pay your fare).  After only about a second’s worth of disappointment, one of us chimes in with, “Caaan you be the trivia cab?!”  “No.”  Hmmmm….Not to be deterred from our quest for knowledge, one final plea was made.  “Do you want us to ask youuu triviaaa?!”  “No.”  Okay sir, got it, obviously not an Alex Trebek fan.  In that case, “Can you take us through the drive thru at Rigoberto’s?!”  Finally a yes!

Despite being busted for selling meth out of one of the locations, Rigoberto’s has delicious burritos.  Or at least, I perceived them to be.  I have never actually had one while close to sober so I guess I can’t fully put a stamp on this, but if you go, I always had the Oregon Burrito and was never unhappy with my decision.  It’s a monster burrito stuffed with carne asada steak and steak fries.  So, we pull up to the window and I make the executive decision to swing open the minivan door so that we can see the menu better and so that I can shout our orders out.  Pretty sure that cab driver hated us…I apologize sir.  Nevertheless, yummy burritos were had by all!  Well, and a quesadilla for Jess.

Stay tuned for Out and About in Bend, Oregon: Part 2 – Land of Exceptional Beverages!

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Posted by on September 27, 2010 in Food and Drink, Travel


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