When television audiences met Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett, she was presented as one of Hugh Hefner's girlfriends on "Girls Next Door." Now married to wide receiver Hank Baskett, the 27-year-old California native is a mom, author ("Sliding into Home," "Being Kendra") and star of her own reality series, WE tv's "Kendra On Top." An avid traveler who enjoys active vacations, the TV personality says one city stands out: Seattle. "Hank proposed to me there," she says."Seattle will always be special to me." Fans may follow Wilkinson-Baskett on Twitter (at)KendraWilkinson.
Q. What is your favorite vacation destination?
Q. To someone who was going there for the first time, what would you recommend that they do during their visit?
A. Hang ten! Anything outdoors really, like whale watching, hiking, going to the beach. There is so much beauty in Hawaii that you should just get outside and see it all.
Q. What untapped destination should people know about?
A. Whistler, Canada. I'm not sure if it really counts as untapped, but it was somewhere I had never been and it was absolutely breathtaking. It was also so romantic! My husband and I will definitely be going back there.
Q. What was the first trip you took as a child?
A. We went to Yosemite, Calif. I had a great time, because it is everything I like: the outdoors, nature, hiking; it was a lot of fun.
Q. Where are your favorite weekend getaways?
A. Rancho Palos Verdes outside of Los Angeles is one of my favorites. It is so close to where we live, but when you're there you feel like you're a world away. San Diego is another one that is great for us for a weekend. Again, it is somewhat close to where we live but it's a totally different place. Las Vegas is, of course, an all-time favorite. It's a 45-minute flight for me and my friends. It's a quick and easy getaway where we always have a blast.
Q. How do your travels differ depending on whether you're working or taking a vacation?
A. When I'm traveling, I like to really do all the local things and experience where I am. I was just in Nashville for work, but when I had time off I made it fun and toured the city. I went to famous local restaurants and even line danced. When I'm on vacation I just want to relax. I will totally get out and try to experience the culture as well. But my main focus is just to get away and relax. Who I'm traveling with also changes everything.
Q. What are your favorite hotels?
A. Loews Coronado Bay (http://www.loewshotels.com/Coronado-Bay-Resort) in Coronado, Calif., is gorgeous. We stay there all the time. Le Blanc Spa Resort (http://www.leblancsparesort.com/) in Cancun is another favorite of ours. The Edgewater Hotel (http://www.edgewaterhotel.com/) in Seattle is where Hank and I went back to celebrate our anniversary. Montage Beverly Hills (http://www.montagebeverlyhills.com/) is my favorite local spot.
Q. What are your five favorite cities?
A. San Diego definitely, because it's where I'm from and it will always be home. Los Angeles, because that is where I call home now and where my family and I live. I was just in Nashville recently and it quickly became one of my favorite cities. The people there were awesome and I loved the country vibe. Indianapolis will always have a special place in my heart, because it is where I was pregnant and where I had my son. I met so many amazing people there and even though it had some cold winters, it was absolutely beautiful. Miami is another one of my favorites because it is the perfect place for a getaway with your friends. If you want to just go to the beach and relax, it is perfect. But it's also perfect to party and let loose. There really is no place like Miami.
Q. Where have you traveled to that most reminded you of home?
A. Hawaii actually reminded me a lot of home. The people were laidback and outdoorsy -- a bunch of surfers! It's a total breath of fresh air that reminded me of San Diego a lot.