CALISTOGA RANCH

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Otto and I took a trip up north to Calistoga over the holiday weekend. We stayed at the picturesque Calistoga Ranch. It was dreamy, as one would expect from such a lovely property.

Here are some photos, if you’d like to see them!

The Cave: Before we dropped our luggages at our cottage, our valet took us on a tour of the property. We, of course, stopped by to see the famous Cave. Wouldn’t this be an amazing place to hold a party?

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Hotel Room: I loved how nature was so effortlessly integrated into the cottage experience. They had an outdoor living area and an outdoor shower. It was a little too chilly to enjoy the outside sitting area and the outdoor shower but something to look forward to on our next stay!

Property: The best part about the hotel was how much walking we got in! And yes, I mean this in a good way. Instead of using the hotel purely as a place to sleep and recharge, you could make a day out of just exploring this hotel.

I wish we had more time to enjoy all the amenities the hotel has to offer like the morning yoga / meditation classes. It’s definitely one of our favorite places and something we hope to do every January!

 

ONE LINE A DAY

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I have set a new routine! Before Otto and I go to bed, we write in our One Line A Day journal. My co-worker told me about this and I am so in love. You write down a couple things to note that happened that day for five years. So next year, I can see exactly what we were doing, what we were thinking and also see some fun patterns.

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We started this journal right before Otto and I flew out to Charleston for the wedding we attended. I can’t wait for next year to roll around, so we can relive the week again. I think this makes an AMAZING gift for anyone embarking on a new life journey, such as graduating from school, getting married, having a baby or even moving into a new house.

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How about you? Do you keep a journal?

(Photos via UO)

 

 

EXPLORING CHARLESTON + WEDDING!

boone_plantations_charlestonOtto and I just got back from our trip out to Charleston for a wedding! It was the wedding of my previous boss (now a great mentor / friend) and his partner. They had their civil ceremony last Christmas Eve and decided to have the official ceremony this weekend. We have been counting down to this weekend since beginning of the year. We felt so grateful and honored to be a part of this special ceremony. We enjoyed the gorgeous city and the amazing food they had to offer.

A full post is coming, but I could not wait to share some highlights of our trip.

boone_plantations_charleston_mansionWe started out our trip with a visit to Boone Hall Plantation. Boone Hall Plantation is the oldest working plantation, full of history and stories. The weekend we visited, Boone Hall was preparing for the Civil War re-enactment! So we got to see some cannons and folks pitching their tent. I felt like I jumped back in time.

We also took FULL advantage of all the amazing food the city had to offer. We dined at The Ordinary and Husk while we were there.
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husk_charlestonWe also walked through the Charleston City Market. Located across four blocks, this National Historic Landmark used to be  where plantations sold their meat and produce. We got to walk through the whole market and check out the products vendors were selling.

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charleston_city_market_2Now let’s get to some wedding details! The wedding took place at The Cottages on Charleston Harbor, which is also where we stayed. The two grooms outdid themselves and showered us with only the finest. Just look what an amazing job they did with their welcome amenities!!

the_cottages_on_charleston_harborThe Cottages were so peaceful. We loved sitting on the rocking chairs in the patio and watching the sunset. We even caught a glimpse of the perfect couple taking some photos during the sunset.

the_cottages_on_charleston_harbor_sunsetIt’s hard to believe the week already flew by and we made our way back home. I’ll forever treasure the memories of the city and the wedding of one of the greatest people I know! It truly was a perfect week full of love, tears of joy and laughter. Congrats again on your wedding R+T!!

the_cottages_on_charleston_harbor_patioHave you been to Charleston? What are some of your favorite spots?

THE SHED – HEALDSBURG

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On our way up to Mendocino, we stopped by Healdsburg as Otto wanted to show me this place called Shed. It’s located in downtown Healdsburg and one of the BEST stores I’ve ever been to. Imagine Dean & Delucca meets William Sonoma. They sell everything from dishes, spices to wine, charcuterie and even gardening tools. If you are ever in the area, it’s DEFINITELY worth a visit!

Here are some photos of this amazing store.

What’s your favorite store where you live?

WHAT A LOVELY VIDEO!

If you could change ONE thing about your body, what would it be? This heart-warming video asks adults and kids the same question. All the adults had something negative to say about their body but when kids were asked the question, they had something different to say.  The kids replied with “I like my body the way it is” and “I want a mermaid tail.” Isn’t it charming?

I haven’t been feeling oh-so-fabulous recently and this video helped me focus on what matters. Who knew, kids are a lot smarter than we give them credit for.

What do you think?

PHILO APPLE FARM

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Fall is not complete without a trip to an apple farm! While we did not pick any apples this year, we did stop by to pick up some delicious apples.

On our drive back to the city from Mendocino, we stopped by the famous Philo Apple Farm. We almost missed the farm as we expected to see a sign that called out Philo Apple Farm. Instead it is lovingly called, “The Apple Farm.” They had so many different types of apples that I had never heard of before. It was fun to taste all of the apples and learn a little bit about the apple’s history.

The cool thing I didn’t know about Philo Apple Farm (or The Apple Farm) was that you could actually stay on their property. You can rent a little cottage and enjoy the quiet life that’s available on the farm. Can you imagine waking up to this gorgeous view?!

My brother and I are thinking about taking our parents up north for the holiday and think this might be a cool spot for us to spend the holidays together.

Oh, did I mention they also have two adorable dogs on the farm who LOVE a good rub?

Hop on over to Phil Apple Farm’s website to learn a little more about their vision, farming philosophy and the cottages!

WHAT TO DO IN MENDOCINO

A couple of weeks ago, Otto and I took a trip up to Mendocino (stayed at the amazing Glendeven Inn) to celebrate our anniversary. It was our first time heading up there so thought I’d share some photos of what we did during our weekend getaway.

After enjoying our breakfast from Glendeven, we headed out to see the Mendocino Headlands. It was a stormy day which made the waves much more dramatic. Can you see how strong the waves were as they crash onto the rocks?

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The Headlands is located right next to Downtown Mendocino, so we spent some time down there as well. Unlike other beach town’s Main Streets, this felt much more homier and cozier.

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After walking around Main Street, we continued on our trip to Fort Bragg. Our B&B concierge recommended visiting the Botanical Garden, but due to time constraints we ended up heading straight to Glass Beach. The story behind Glass Beach is pretty interesting. Years ago, people were dumping their garbage (glasses amongst other things) over the cliffs. This was put to an end in 1967 and clean up started. With years of ocean waves crashing, the glasses were broken down and smoothed out covering the beach. And yes, that’s how the beach gets it’s name!

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It was pretty incredible that trash could be transformed into something so beautiful. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure! The view from the beach was quiet spectacular as well.

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Have you been up to Mendocino? If so, what are some of your favorite spots?