Here at AdVision, we work hard and we play hard. During the week, our days in the office are spent optimizing, creating, designing, and strategizing for all of our awesome clients. But outside of the office, we are camping, skiing, and exploring. If there is one love that we all share (besides marketing, of course), it’s travel.
Besides creating some fantastic memories, getting out and seeing the world has incredible benefits for our minds. Adam Galinsky, a Columbia Business School professor and author of several studies on creativity and travel, says that experiences abroad “increase both cognitive flexibility and depth and integrativeness of thought, the ability to make deep connections between disparate forms.” Essentially, engaging with other cultures gives us a creative boost. Plus, the challenges and opportunities we experience when we travel help us discover more about who we are, give us a sense of perspective, and develop our love for adventure. What’s better than seeing the world for yourself? We don’t think there’s much that can beat that. So without further ado, let’s look at some of the wild and wonderful places we’ve been!
Lindsey, Account Manager
The least commercially developed Hawaiian island, Kauai, is lush and breathtaking, largely blanketed with tropical rainforests and dramatic vistas. Nicknamed “The Garden Isle,” Kauai is home to tranquil former plantation villages and many laid-back resorts. From the turquoise water of the North Shore’s Hanalei Bay, the quintessential slice of paradise, to the deep, colorful gorge of Waimea Canyon, the wide range of scenery on the island makes it a truly unique destination to visit.
The velvety green cliffs of the Na Pali Coast are jaw-dropping, and Lindsey, one of our account managers, got to see them in all their beauty from the air during a helicopter ride!
Other adventurous activities on her trip in March included hiking to a waterfall and a secret beach, kayaking in the pristine waters, and spending plenty of time lounging on some of the 60 beaches that dot the landscape. To fuel up for all the adventure, Lindsey indulged in the local cuisine, like ahi poke, local fish served sashimi-style, and lilikoi pie, a lemon meringue delicacy traditional to the island.
Napa Valley, California
Matt, Founder & President, and Lindsey
Lindsey got another travel opportunity later in the month, but this time she traveled for business with our trusted captain, Matt. The two traveled up to Oakville, CA, to visit one of our clients, Far Niente, a Napa Valley wine estate that’s known for their critically acclaimed Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon wines. The winery was founded in 1885, making it one of the oldest vineyards in California. When Prohibition swept the nation in 1919, Far Niente ceased operations, leaving it abandoned for sixty years until Gil and Beth Nickel purchased and restored the building and estate. During restoration, the name “Far Niente,” which loosely translates to “without a care,” was found carved in stone on the front of the building. The estate is now on the National Register of Historic Places.
During their visit, Matt and Lindsey toured the grounds and all three floors of the historic stone building, which is built into the hillside that surrounds the vineyard. The hospitable and kind people at Far Niente also took them through the 40,000 square-foot wine aging caves, the first modern wine caves in North America. And of course, they tasted the vineyard’s delicious wines, which the tour guides paired with seasonal cheeses.
Kelly, Account Manager
Just 30 minutes south of Matt and Lindsey’s destination, Sonoma is a gorgeous wine country town full of old-fashioned charm as well as modern architecture. The plaza in the center of the city is a National Historic Monument and is the largest plaza in California. There, you’ll find the city hall, a peaceful park with tall trees, and top-notch restaurants and tasting rooms featuring wines from the surrounding vineyards.
Last fall, our account manager Kelly visited the relaxed and friendly community. She spent the week practicing yoga, indulging at delicious restaurants and biking to different wineries around Sonoma County. She loved taking in the Northern California scenery everywhere she looked.
Although she toured and enjoyed tastings at several wineries in the area, her favorite was Gundlach Bundschu, a 320-acre, family-owned estate vineyard located at the base of the Mayacamas Mountain range. The views were spectacular (as seen in the photo), and the wine was superb, especially the flagship Vintage Reserve.
San Diego, California
Alex, Account Manager
Sunny San Diego, with its world-famous attractions yet laid-back vibe, makes for a perfect California getaway. Dubbed “America’s Finest City,” San Diego is the nation’s eighth largest, and it’s bursting with activities and attractions, from the well-renowned zoo to world-class eateries and breweries to the museums of Balboa Park.
Alex traveled to the sunny spot last summer where he enjoyed lounging on the beach, dining on enormous California burritos, and sampling some of the best craft beer in the country at two flagship San Diego breweries, Ballast Point and Stone. He came back to Colorado with a healthy farmer's tan.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
As exciting as it is to travel far away, we are fortunate to live in Colorado and have some of the coolest destinations in the American Southwest right in our backyard. The oldest state capital in the U.S. and the highest at 7,000 feet above sea level, Santa Fe has all the tradition of old Spanish adobe buildings but all the contemporary glamour of a thriving art scene, high-end spas, and outstanding restaurants. Everywhere you look is turquoise, silver, and green chile, and the city plaza is bustling with shops and music.
Living in Durango, Colorado, I’m nestled in the southwest corner of the state—so Santa Fe is just a quick 3.5-hour drive. I took a long weekend trip there last summer with family visiting from the East Coast. We dined on blue corn enchiladas, drank jalapeño margaritas, browsed the shops for precious gem jewelry, and wandered around in the plaza only to happen upon a live show featuring authentic New Mexican salsa music. Another unforgettable experience was our walk down Canyon Road, the heart of Santa Fe’s art community that’s dotted with numerous galleries featuring fine paintings, sculptures, contemporary art, and gourmet restaurants.
In the words of Pico Iyer:
“Travel is like love, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.”
We can’t agree more. Keep exploring! We’ll share more fun getaways from our team of travelers periodically.