The 5-star Excellence rating for Juneau Food Tours says it all. What a day! What a feast! Just a few small, delicious bites and my tummy was doing a crazy, happy dance. Yikes...food coma! Chowing my way through Juneau's burgeoning food scene. Local crab, local brews, local salmon, local food artisans! Yep, I was a gleeful locavore. Crab bisque from those king crab legs had me weeping tears of joy.
Tracy's King Crab Shack, Panhandle Provisions, Alaska Knifeworks, V's Cellar Door and Alaskan Hotel and Bar - some of Travel Juneau's best. Wow! Did someone really tell me there's no good food here? Insanity! Great history and background of the city. I won't soon forget. A truly authentic experience. Midgi is energetic and enthusiastic. And why not? Beautiful scenery, delicious food, and Alaska!
Midgi's an outstanding storyteller and shared an insider tip about the local Commercial Fisherman's Memorial. Shhh, the secret's safe with me. Rain or shine, you'll be smiling!
Two hours from Yosemite Valley, Lee Vining provides seasonal alternatives for Yosemite lodging by Barbara L. Steinberg
I love, love, love El Mono Motel & Latte Da Coffee Cafe in Lee Vining, California. Last year after meeting the owner, Kelly, I was determined to stay at this quintessential California motel. On a recent visit, I did just that!
The cafe is fabulous--cheerful, welcoming, and great place to hang out. Clearly, the garden courtyard, front porch with willow chairs and views of the Eastern Sierra sky keep guests coming back and happy! Wish they'd spend less time online and more time taking in the ambiance. Some of the best coffee on the "East Side". Made with love, homemade baked goods ATDF!
The motel is another on of those places I adore. If you want the Ritz....don't stay here. For me, this is as good as it gets when it comes to customer service, prices, location, and the garden is enough of a reason to stay. Just ask all the birds. I opted for a room with shared bath. The rates are great. The room with queen bed and sink was just perfect and included that spectacular garden view. Yes, there is some Hwy 395 noise, but I was content. This place is hugely popular with Europeans...especially Germans and most people heading to or from Yosemite and hikes in nearby high country wilderness.
For me, this is as good as it gets. The Mono Lake Committee bookstore and visitor center is literally across the street. The right turn up Highway 120/Tioga Pass to Yosemite (closed in the winter) is a mile south on Hwy 395. El Mono -- close to all of the splendor and great outdoors that is the Eastern Sierra -- just miles away from the Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve and the Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area Visitor Center.