I met Perspectives Travel owner, Amina Dearmon at my last Networking event.
She explained her vision and I told her mine; we immediately connected. I told her I was in the process of working on my travel bucket list. She mentioned that she was working on a Girls Trip list at her company, so this was very timely. I have girlfriends that live in NOLA but I also have a few that live in Austin, Houston, Dallas, ATL. Some friends live in NOLA but are always away traveling, so they are always looking for a staycation. To sum it all up, we are always looking for destinations to get away and get together.
I love to travel, however, I do not have the time to research every attraction and plan every detail of a trip.
In my opinion, this is an excellent resource for travelers to refer to. She raised my awareness to places I wouldn't normally visit. Her recommendations are below:
Petaluma, California- California wine country is easier to get to from New Orleans than most people think. Flying direct on Southwest to Oakland puts you just over an hour away from Petaluma, which is in Sonoma County. A bit quieter than Napa, Petaluma still has dozens of great wineries to choose from, and the farm to table food that California is known for. Be sure to check out Gloria Ferrer for bubbles, Lagunitas Brewing Company for beer, and make a reservation at Wild Goat Bistro for dinner. If you venture into Napa, just 40 minutes away, tour the Culinary Institute of America campus, make a wine tasting at Brown Downtown, and sample local bites at Oxbow Public Market.
Sedona, Arizona- Recalibrate with a mix of exercise and relaxation in Sedona. Known for its rolling red hills, mild climate, and art community, this desert town can be a spa sanctuary or a sports lovers dream. A guided hike of Red Rock State Park will work up an appetite for dinner at Elote Cafe, a restaurant inspired by the markets in Mexico. Holistic health is easily accessible in Sedona, after meditating have a rain dance massage, and go vegan for a day as you recenter and relax. Browse art galleries, and the Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village before settling in near a fire pit with a glass of local wine at Mariposa. The Grand Canyon is just 2 hours away, and you can easily drive or join a tour for a day trip to the park.
Washington, DC- There are so many reasons to visit Washington, DC right now. Make sure you explore the National Museum of African American History and Culture, head over to The DC Wharf for a meal at Kith/Kin the newly minted James Beard award winning restaurant from chef Kwame Onwuachi whose New Orleans roots are prominently featured in the BBQ shrimp inspired Mom Duke's Shrimp. Marvin, a local cocktail bar with live music and a rooftop is a great way to wind down before heading next door to The Gibson speakeasy for a nightcap. Make sure you visit the National Portrait Gallery to see the Obama portraits, and then dine at Jose Andres' Zaytina, the Mediterranean inspired restaurant from the founder of World Central Kitchen.
Amina Dearmon, Owner
Let the Good times roll!