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Where to Eat in Monterey County: The Choke Coach in Castroville, California

Famed Castroville Artichokes

No Central California road trip would be complete without stopping at a local joint for some of it’s famed produce. Head to Gilroy for all things garlic (garlic wine, anyone?), but if it’s artichokes you’re after be sure to stop in Castroville, aka “the Artichoke Capital of the World.”

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A Stay at the Andaz Maui at Wailea

The adults-only pool at the Andaz Maui lit up at night

I recently visited the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort in Hawaii for the first time. The Andaz definitely caters to a younger/hipper crowd than some of the other high end hotels in the area. If you’re looking for in-your-face Hawaiiana, look elsewhere. The Andaz Maui has warm, zen minimalist vibe.
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Where to Eat on Maui: Mama’s Fish House

Mama’s Fish House Exterior

If you’re looking for a place to eat on Maui for a special meal and want to go for Hawaiian cuisine, don’t miss Mama’s Fish House in the surfer town of Paia. Located on the North Shore of Maui, Mama’s Fish House snagged the #2 spot on Opentable Diners Choice Awards list of the Best Restaurants in America in 2013. Mama’s was also named a  TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice™ 2013 Winner.

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Is it Worth It To Go Watch the Sunrise at Haleakala on Maui?

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First glimpse of the sun at Haleakala

If you’re visiting Maui for the first or 15th time and looking for things to do, someone is going to suggest going to see the sun rise at Haleakala. The concierge at the Andaz Maui suggested I leave at 2:30 am and “bundle up” because temperatures (and wind) up at the 10.000 foot crater summit can be very chilly before dawn.

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