What is your favorite feature of Blackberry Farm?
Bramble Hall is one of our newest additions, and it holds all of our concert series, from intimate songwriter rounds to a full band show in the amphitheater. It creates a special experience that you simply cannot find anywhere else in the world with Grammy Award-winning musicians performing in an intimate setting.
What is your dream travel destination and why?
Anywhere with my family! Sam and I traveled with the children all over this country and beyond, and I find that same desire to continue to explore the world with them by my side. It is the best way to connect with one another and see the world in a new light.
What is the one experience you always seek out in a vacation?
We always look for three things. First is a great place for adventure. From trying a new sport like surfing to hiking or sport fishing, having an active day is always important. I want to make sure my children and I understand the culture of a place and its people. Next, is a great place for food. Just as their father always did, I want to make sure we find a place that has authentic cuisine at exceptional quality. Lastly, we look for something that expands our horizons — so it might be an art museum, a cultural landmark or an event. I want to make sure my children and I stay grounded to where we’ve been and have a deep understanding of how we got there.
What can you not travel without?
A bottle of water, my Naturopathica tinctures and my Blackberry Farm hand lotion. I really work to stay hydrated while traveling. I also love a good novel.
What can make or break a trip for you?
Having traveled quite a bit, I’ve learned to go with the flow. You never know what might happen, so I think you just have to be ready for the joys and the disappointments that come with traveling.
What is your favorite travel memory?
I have so many; it’s very hard to pick one. Once, Sam and I were in Italy, and we had an incredible lunch at a tiny osteria in Portofino. After lunch, we discovered an artist we loved. We met his daughter, spent the afternoon with her and decided to stay an extra night. Where did we go for dinner? Back to the spot we had loved for lunch and had another incredible meal! It was one of those days that evolved so naturally.
If you could be transported to one place at any time in the past, where would it be and why?
I’ve always been fascinated by the Roaring ’20s. The energy of the arts and music and jubilant nature of that period is intriguing. My grandmother was a young woman living in Paris at that time, and I would have loved to be in Paris with her then.