Travel Diaries // Honeymoon in Puerto Rico

At a recent meeting for creative entrepreneurs (Tuesday’s Together) we went around the circle and introduced ourselves and said our favorite vacation. Mine was my honeymoon in Puerto Rico. Why? Because it was my honeymoon. It’s hard to top the first vacation you take as husband and wife and a week on a tropical island was the perfect start to our married life. We tossed around many locations for our honeymoon and considered waiting a few months after our wedding to leave, but I am so happy with our final decision. We left the morning after our wedding and spent a week in beautiful Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico is a US territory so it was easy to travel to, communicate, get around, and travel around, but it felt like an exotic destination. The island is stunningly gorgeous and I highly recommend visiting several areas because different cities, towns, and parts of the island feel completely different. We landed in San Juan in the evening, so we spent our first night there. We stayed at the Olive Boutique Hotel, which was charming and beautiful. (I’m a huge fan of boutique hotels, which seem like the perfect marriage between airbnbs and huge chain hotels.) We grabbed drinks at their rooftop bar, which had a beautiful view of the harbor and the city, great drinks, and a friendly and helpful bartender. After drinks we crossed the street and had dinner at what seemed like a dive bar. The drinks were good and the food was mediocre. Overall, I found a lot of the food on the island to be kind of bland. Maybe it’s...

Travel Diary // A Quick Trip to San Francisco

In honor of our three year date-iversary (yep, we had our first official date on Valentine’s Day) we headed to San Francisco for a quick weekend trip. We didn’t have an plans set in stone- just relax, enjoy each other, and explore the city. Thanks to some great suggestions from @jackavenue and @alexandriamonette we visited a few new places and we have a huge list for next time (hopefully very soon!).  We stayed at The Scarlet Huntington in Nob Hill. Dave found a great deal online and it was a new spot for us. We both loved it. The service was excellent, the pool and spa were beautiful, and our room was clean and beautiful. Next time we’d just indulge in the spa services. Because it was the weekend before Valentine’s Day the spa and pool area were definitely hopping. Lucky for us we arrived during the Chinese New Year celebration. It was SO much fun walking around China Town and taking in the parade, decorations, and festivities. I loved that we were able to enjoy the celebration. For dinner on Saturday we went to Rambler. Their main restaurant was packed (again, Valentine’s Day weekend) and had a huge wait, but the hostess suggested going to their bar area instead. There was a smaller menu, but we were happy to share a few appetizers and order some drinks and enjoy the decor (we posted a video on insta stories while we were there).  We spent the rest of our evening in our hotel room with a bottle of wine from our trip to Guerneville. Every time we visit a...

Travel Diary // Alt Summit in Palm Springs

Last week I traveled to Palm Springs for the Altitude Design Summit. It was my second time in Palm Springs and my second time at Alt Summit. I had an amazing experience and learned so much. I got to hear some of my favorite entrepreneurs and bloggers speak including Meg Keene from A Practical Wedding (her book was the only one I read while engaged and I could not recommend it more!), Jordan Ferney from Oh Happy Day!, Kristen Howerton from Rage Against the Minivan (who interviewed Luvvie), Ellen Bennett of Hedley & Bennet, and several others. I left feeling inspired and ready to continue to build my business and my brand – and my life- in a way that fits my convictions, my family, and my dreams. I traveled down with two friends from Chico- Heather of Heather Selzer Photography and Lindsay of Northern Daisy. We had some down time to explore Palm Springs (last time I went for a photography conference and only left the house once). It was fun to visit a few different coffee shops, restaurants, shops, and hotels (Ace Hotel and The Parker). On the last day we went on a mid-century homes tour as a part of the conference. The style in that town definitely cannot be beat (there’s some pretty mediocre and bland food. ha! But, the design makes up for it). We stayed at the beautiful and colorful Saguaro (pronounced sa-wah-ro). It is seriously SO much fun to photograph. (I am posting more iphone photos on my instagram feed if you’re interested). I tried to pull out my real camera at least a few times...

Travel Diary // South Lake Tahoe

Last week I was in Tahoe for a fun commercial shoot. I found the cutest place to stay through hotels.com called The Coachman Hotel (I highly recommend both the hotel and hotels.com).  It looks like it may have been built in the 70s, but they are in the process of completely renovating and restoring it and have turned it into a truly beautiful place. They rooms had a modern, yet woodsy feel and even had Apple TV (which I didn’t get the chance to use) and heated toilet seats (nice!). The lobby and patio area were designed with beautiful details. It turned out that my sweet friend (and amazing wedding planner) Jodi was also in town also for a family vacation. We had the chance to grab a glass of wine together during happy hour at The Coachman and were given a tour of the future event area. It would be a great hotel for an event or for a wedding party and guests to stay. The next morning there was a breakfast bar complete with Stumptown coffee (Dave and I visited the famous Stumptown during our engagement trip to Portland). To eat there was granola, bagels, pastries, cereal, yogurt and toast. I only wish there was a few more gluten free options, but everything looked delicious. I also got the chance to have dinner with my friend Melissa. I met her and her husband in Chico, but they have since moved back to Tahoe where they both grew up. I loved chatting and catching up with her and we had a gorgeous view of the lake during dinner at The Beacon. (The Beacon...

Travel Diary // Valentine’s Day in Nevada City

I think I’m behind on these weekly posts. Whoops! This week I’m sharing a little bit of our Valentine’s adventures. The whole days was planned by my amazing man and I’m lucky to have him as my Valentine. We started the day at breakfast at Sin of Cortez (a definite Chico fave!) and then headed up the mountain to the cutest little town of Nevada City. We wandered around downtown, drank coffee at The Curly Wolf, wine tasted at Nevada City Winery, and got snacks and more coffee at Three Forks Bakery and Brewery. Our day ended with a relaxing evening in Chico and I couldn’t have asked for anything...

Travel Diary // Hot Springs

Last week I told Dave that I was taking him on an adventure. I had been wanting to visit some nearby sulphur hot springs and when I saw a friend post about them on instagram (thanks, Katie!)I thought it was about time. And, why not make it into a “surprise adventure”? So, this is the fifth week of the 52 week challenge. 47 weeks to go. I’ve been less than motivated, but I’m determined to finish. One thing that I have found surprising is how much I’m liking black and white these days. Eight or ten years ago I LOVED b&w and then got over it and now I’m really loving it again these days. So...