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About Us

The outdoor leisure brand Happier Place offers inspiration, tips and products to enhance your fun times in nature.

Get happier by having more fun outside! We provide practical accessories for your outdoor “good times” (e.g., drinking, eating, socializing) and inspiring articles, photos and videos to encourage you to go exploring more often, enjoy nature responsibly, have fun, feel connected and create lasting memories. Our aim is to help make this world a happier place.


Who wants to help you create your Happier Place:

Scott Solary - Luci Westphal - Whiskey Dog - Happier Place
Scott Solary, Whiskey Dog and Luci Westphal in their Happier Place on Horsetooth Reservoir, outside Ft. Collins, Colorado.

Luci Westphal and Scott Solary do. We’re a married couple who has lived in Florida, Brooklyn, Berlin and Colorado. We have traveled on four continents and love exploring new places as much as relaxing in familiar Happy Places close to home with our dog Whiskey.

No matter where we live or travel, we always find a place in nature where we can “take a break from it all” and just enjoy the scenery, the company and some refreshments. This may be Brooklyn’s Prospect Park with a gaggle of friends, a deserted Cuban beach for just the two of us, or taking a visiting BFF to a hidden meadow on Arthur’s Rock for a Colorado picnic.

What’s for sure is that no matter where we go, we like to keep our beverages cold, sit comfortably, have everything we need and don’t leave any garbage behind. So we became experts on bringing the necessary accessories and packing practically to transform any Happy Place into a Happier Place.

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For the record: we’re neither extreme survivalists, hippies nor athletes. Happier Place is not about challenging nature adventures or doing yoga on a paddle board. But if you’re into that, that’s very cool – and we think our products and tips can also enhance your nature experiences. Personally, we’re just more about sipping a mojito while watching the summer sunset over Horsetooth Reservoir.


Definition of “Happy Place”:
noun (with possessive adjective)

  1. A place which a person associates with happiness, visualized as a means of reducing stress, calming down, etc.; (hence) a happy state of mind.
  2. A geographic place where a person experiences happiness (alone or with others). Most often found in nature: like city parks, mountains, beaches or on the water.

Definition of “Happier Place”:
Noun (with possessive adjective)
A Happy Place enhanced by enjoying food, beverages or whatever floats your boat. Reducing stress even more by bringing everything you want efficiently and leaving nature unspoiled.
Side effect: creates happy memories and the desire to go outside more, revisit your happy place often and enjoy life fully!


We really hope we can help you make your life a bit happier by reducing stress, having fun and staying connected with nature. If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please write to us via the contact form.

xx Luci and Scott

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6 thoughts on “About Us

  1. “we’re neither extreme survivalists, hippies nor athletes” – I love that! I think it’s great that you point that out! It’s for anyone!

    1. Thank you for writing that, Lin! I’m glad it comes across as I intended, inclusive of anyone and not exclusive of certain groups. 🙂

  2. I bought two of the Insulated Stainless Steel Bottles – one for me and one for my far-more-trendy daughter. We both love them. They maintain the temperature of the drink of choice, carry well, and are large enough that I never run out of water! And they’re attractive. Glad you introduced me to the line, Luci.

    1. Oh, Bev, that makes me so happy to read! I’ve been so curious if the other bottle was for your husband or daughter (preserving their anonymity here) – and if you like them. But I didn’t want to be too pushy with follow-up emails. Thank you so much for your comment and also for the review! Now you’re the first person in Canada to have a Happier Place product AND the first person in the world to write a review of a Happier Place product. You truly are making my day!!! Thank you, Bev!
      xx Luci

      1. I’d written a whole lot of reviews / e-mails in my head….. as with so many things that’s where they remained…. in my head! Wld love to set up a time to talk and get caught up at some point.

        1. Oh, I know that all too well. As a matter of fact I was in the middle of writing my response to your earlier comment when my mom called… and I asked her to hold on so I could finish it. And she said: yes, those kinds of things are best done right away or else something else keeps getting in the way. I’ll email you about a time to talk… right away 😉

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