Category Archive: travel
Where do you go when you want to find a house that can accommodate 11 adults and 6 children ages 3 and under? Why Guerneville of course! We recently took a weekend getaway with friends to this lovely area located in the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County. We had zero agenda and it was so nice to hang with everyone and not have any plans or try to be anywhere. We cooked up great dinners at night and hung out at the house during the days. And of course no weekend getaway in Northern California is complete without hitting up at least one winery. Our friends just happened to stumble across the Porter-Bass Winery on their way to the house so we made a reservation and brought the whole gang. Porter-Bass is a family run vineyard practicing organic and biodynamic practices in wine making. You definitely need to check them out if you are ever in the area.
Our trip back east was short but so very sweet. Summers in Rhode Island are incomparable. If you have been here, you know. If you haven’t, you must visit NOW! You will not be disappointed. If you can’t make it, don’t worry! I am happy to bring Rhode Island to you. Check out these select prints on sale right now!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I LOVE wine country. It is one of my absolute favorite places to visit and we are so lucky to have this in our backyard. Over memorial day weekend we decided to head to Anderson Valley and rent a house with some friends. What’s great about this area is that it’s not super touristy or overcrowded like Napa or Sonoma or even Healdsburg. It’s super laid back with no lines or hefty tasting fees. Just what we were looking for. One of my favorite wineries that we visited on this trip was Goldeneye. This place was ABSOLUTELY gorgeous! We sat out back by a picnic table and roamed through the vineyard sipping on the 2011 Goldeneye Vin Gris of Pinot Noir. So delicious! The whole entire weekend was pure bliss. I can’t wait to go back.
Ahhh vacation. It’s the best. It’s been years since I have been back to White Sands and the thing I love most about it is that it’s just as beautiful as I remember it and absolutely nothing has changed there. This past March was our first vacation with the twins that did not include family members and it could not have been more perfect. There were a total of 6 families all vacationing together and we all just had the best time. The weather was perfect, the food was delicious and the company was stellar. I feel so lucky to have such great friends in my life even though we live all over the country. We still manage to make time for each other. Thank you to each and every person, (big and small! ) for helping to make this such a wonderful trip for us!
I love exploring California. They are so many great places to see in this state. We recently spent a long weekend up here at Mt. Shasta and had such a great time. We rented this house which was not only super cozy and comfortable, but it had so much great space. Something we are severely lacking here in San Francisco. The weather was cool and beautiful. If you have not been up here, I highly recommend it. And if you have recommendations of great places to visit in CA, please send them my way!
Over the 4th of July weekend, me and my hubs drove north to the Lost Coast and stayed in a little town called Ferndale, a Victorian village in Humboldt County. We took the long way driving through the Avenue of the Giants, a narrow road that winds through some of the largest redwoods I have seen yet since moving to the west coast. Absolutely enormous and incredibly stunning. Soon thereafter we rolled into Ferndale, a super quaint town with B+B’s that love to decorate their rooms pink, perfectly manicured colorful houses, and a full on Main street that was gearing up for their annual 4th of July parade. It was quintessential Americana. A perfect way to celebrate the 4th.
Recently I was on a farm just outside of Chicago for my friend Esther’s baby shower. I’ve known Esther for many many years. Since elementary school. As kids, we used to spend hours perfecting our dance and gymnastic routines and dressing up in ridiculous costumes. And just because we are now in our 30′s doesn’t mean that ANY of that has changed. Well, maybe not so many gymnastic routines these days but CERTAINLY plenty of dancing and most definitely costume wearing with whatever we can get our hands on. And we did this the ENTIRE weekend. I hadn’t laughed so hard (or eaten so much) as I did when I was there. What a great way to celebrate life. Congratulations Esther and Dan! I can’t wait to meet baby Crazy Horse!
On a recent trip back east for some portrait work (posts coming shortly) I walked by this wall in the meat packing district and had to photograph it. New York is full of colorful art everywhere that gets passed by daily. I like taking moments like this to stop, look, document, and admire beautiful gems such as these not just in New York but wherever I am. As we get older, life seems to move even faster. Don’t be afraid to slow down every once and a while.