On the road and afterwards, many people asked the question: “What is your favorite place you visited?” Each time we were asked, we fumbled for an answer. With 3 months, 40 stops and all the roads in between, how could we possibly pick a favorite?
The truth is, there are so many unique places in this country and each place we visited is special in some way. We made a recap of our tour event stops, and one of the things we loved most about each stop, so you too can get a sense of how diverse and magic this country is.
It goes without saying that we we LOVED meeting every single one of the people who joined along the way….But we promise to share more from each event soon.
1. Portland, Oregon
Events: Book launch party at Schoolhouse Electric + workshop at Modern Macramé studio
Highlight: Being home. Enjoying home-cooked meals, the company of loved ones and animal snuggles make us feel grounded before we hit the road.
2. Sacramento, California
Events: Book signing and workshop at Old Gold
Highlight: The beautiful Moroccan rugs at Kechmara Designs. The owner, Ali, let us pick some of our favorites to decorate our book signing and workshop space.
3. Inverness, California
Events: Workshop at the beautiful Inverness A-frame
Highlight: Fresh oyster dinner in town and hiking a nearby Point Reyes trail.
4. San Francisco, California
Events: Book signing and workshops at The Assembly
Highlight: Brunch at Tartine Manufactory, a short walk from our Sonder rental in the Mission.
5. Oakland, California
Events: Book signing + workshop at A Verb for Keeping Warm
Highlight: Teaching macramé to my book editor, who spent many hours editing macramé content. It felt like a full circle moment for her to join the workshop.
6. Petaluma, California
Event: a private workshop for the staff of Ooh la Luxe
Highlight: Getting to see how this team of sisters runs their business in a way that supports each other and their sweet staff.
7. Santa Barbara, California
Events: book signing and workshop at Potek Winery
Highlight: Our beautiful campsite at el Capitan State Park, all set up by our friend Rachel Mae Furman
8. Ojai, California
Events: Book signing and workshop at Cattywampus Craft
Highlight: We love the walking/bike trail that parallels the main road in town. It’s so nice to have this pedestrian-friendly route, amidst the trees and away from all the cars.
9. Los Angeles, California
Events: Workshops at Poketo and Merchant Modern, book signing at Room & Board, brunch at Light Lab
Highlight: Catching up with friends! From hanging on the beach in Venice, to garden picnics in Montecito Heights, to tea with Erin of EMK ceramics, to late night bowling and karaoke, we really enjoyed having time to fit in these special connections. Chairs shown here by Amsterdam Modern.
10. San Diego, California
Events: Book signing and workshop at Botanica
Highlight: The proximity to the beach! We swung by La Jolla for a quick dip and got to say hi to the sea lions before driving to Palm Springs.
11. Palm Springs, California
Events: Book signing at Soukie Modern and workshop at Soukie Kasbah
Highlight: The fresh dates, the mountains, and staying at Soukie Kasbah. Adam showing up with Donut to our book signing.
12. Phoenix, Arizona
Events: Book signing and workshop at Local Nomad
Highlight: The heat. It was a dry 113 degrees Fahrenheit while we were there, and although it was intense, it felt nice to feel warmth of the sun in the summertime.
13. Santa Fe, New Mexico
Events: Book signing at El Rey and workshop at Tanu’s Casa
Highlight: Horseback riding at Ghost Ranch! We spent a day taking a trail ride through some of the landscapes Georgia O’Keeffe painted, followed by a visit to her home + studio in Abiquiu, NM, just outside of Santa Fe. This was a major trip highlight and we recommend both experiences for anyone visiting Santa Fe!
14. Tulsa, Oklahoma
Events: Book signing and workshop at Retro Den Tulsa
Highlight: Being reminded of important U.S. history. The area around Tulsa flourished economically during the oil boom, so there are a ton of art deco buildings downtown. Oklahoma is also where Native Americans were forcibly moved to during the Trail of Tears, one of the areas affected by the Dust Bowl in the 30s, and is one of the cities along Route 66. A lot of history lives here, and we think it’s important to remember the country’s past (even the negative parts), in order to have a more bright future.
15. Dallas, Texas
Events: Book signing and workshop at Place at Tyler
Highlight: The beautiful crepe myrtle trees that were in bloom all over.
16. Austin, Texas
Events: Book signing and workshop at CRAFT
Highlight: There were many highlights in Austin, but a definite favorite was our day swimming in Barton Springs, a fresh spring right in the heart of the city! Also, dancing the Texas two-step.
17. New Orleans, Louisiana
Events: book signing and workshop at The Space
Highlight: fresh oysters served up by longtime oyster-shucker at Pascal’s Manale
18. Atlanta, Georgia
Events: Book signing and workshop at Citizen Supply
Highlight: A sweet morning tea ceremony with Nathalie Kelley. Also, the best Whole Foods during the tour.
19. Asheville, North Carolina
Events: Book signing and workshop at Echoview Fiber Mill, workshop at Eastfork Pottery
Highlight: A lovely pizza and cider dinner in a garden by the river. Also, the fireflies!
20. Raleigh, North Carolina
Events: Book signing and workshop at Edge of Urge
Highlight: Brewery Bhavana - This restaurant and brewery has both an amazing food and beer menu, made even better by the tasteful decor. This was the perfect place to refuel between workshops. *Stay tuned for a future blog post about our favorite places we ate during the tour!
21. Alexandria, Virginia
Events: Book signing and workshop at Common Room Studio
Highlight: The incredible food suggestions and staying hyper alert driving on the highway through DC.
22. Baltimore, Maryland
Events: Book signing and workshop at Jungle by the Falls
Highlight: 4th of July celebrations reminding us how special family and friends are.
23. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Events: Book signing and workshop at Moon and Arrow
Highlight: Walking through the warm streets after the workshop to a local bar with friends.
24. Boston, Massachusetts
Events: Book signing and workshop at Queen of Swords and Forest Bound
Highlight: The sweet women who drove all the way from Providence to bring me a gift.
25. Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Events: Book signing and workshop at Salt Yarn Studio
Highlight: Laying out on one of the more quiet beaches, relaxing in the sun and admiring various sea life while sharing stories with Julia from Salt Yarn Studios. Also, oysters and lobster rolls!
26. New York, New York
Events: Workshop at Textile Art Center, book signing and hat band party at Teressa Foglia
Highlight: Staying with close friend Gretchen Jones at her chic new NY apartment, walking distance to both Red Hook and Carroll Gardens.
27. Cleveland, Ohio
Event: Book signing and workshop at Gris Studio
Highlight: The hospitality! The folks at Gris Studio not only hosted our workshop on very last-minute notice, they also provided an amazing food spread and took photos. Thank you!
28. Columbus, Ohio
Event: Book signing and workshop at Small Talk
Highlight: A necessary visit to Urgent Care to get my health in check for the road trip. While not the most fun activity, it was important to get medical attention quickly and affordably, relieving pain and stress for the rest of the tour.
29. Detroit, Michigan
Event: Book signing and workshop at Pot & Box
Highlight: Checking out funky art deco buildings, amazing food and a truly lovely host. Thank you Lisa!
30. Chicago, Illinois
Event: Book signing and workshop at Land & Sea
Highlight: Tattoo talks with friend Esther Garcia
31. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Event: Book signing and workshop at Ursa
Highlight: Late night dinner at Goodkind
32. Madison, Wisconsin
Event: Book signing and workshop at One One Thousand
Highlight: Shopping for antique turquoise jewelry at a recommended pawn shop.
33. Minneapolis, Minnesota
Event: Book signing and workshop at LAB and Hewing Hotel
Highlight: Staying at the Hewing Hotel. A beautiful respite and SUPER comfy bed after so much insane travel.
34. Kansas City, Missouri
Event: Book signing and workshop at Object Enthusiast
Highlight: A few new ceramic pieces we took home, made by Emily and her team at Object Enthusiast
. Denver, Colorado
Event: Workshop at Sacred Thistle and book signing at Fancy Tiger Craft
Highlight: The Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks concert at Red Rocks, getting on the guest list to see The Donkeys at Larimer Lounge, and a night in at the new Ramble hotel.
36. Salt Lake City, Utah
Event: Book signing and workshop at Fellow Shop
Highlight: A last-minute sunrise jaunt to Moab and Arches National Park! Another major highlight of the trip, the landscape’s beauty is unparalleled, and we we are happy it was feasible to squeeze this into our tour route.
37. Seattle, Washington
Event: Book signing and workshop at Drygoods Design
Highlight: Staying with my dear friend Rachel, lunch at London Plane