Mini-Vaca

Sometimes a two-day getaway is all you need to recharge! My thoughtful husband recently swept me away to a picturesque eco-friendly cabin in California's majestic Redwoods.

Much of my time was spent in pajamas and slippers, happily curled up in a cozy chair by the wood-burning fireplace, with coffee (or wine!) in one hand and a good publication in the other. It was heaven. 

California is in the midst of another drought year, so to our surprise, the adventure happened to fall during a few days of precious rain. This caused our surroundings to appear just a little more misty and magical than I could have ever imagined.

On our final evening, Mother Nature treated us to an epic sunset, which was preceded by a truly delicious locally-cooked dinner. With the Pacific Ocean as our backdrop...pretty hard to beat.

Photo by Matt Morris

Photo by Matt Morris

I think a slow clap for my lumberjack is in order...I'm one lucky lady!

Yeah. So, I was going to end the post here. But there's so much beauty to share — which made it a bit difficult to choose which photos to post. Just a few more... ;)

Photo by Matt Morris

Photo by Matt Morris

Big Sur

My husband knows me well. Case in point: he gifted me a weekend getaway to Big Sur last Christmas. We finally got around to going in February, and here it is nearly June and I've just made time to edit my photos and am now ready to share! We stayed in a teeny tiny (and absolutely perfect) cabin at Deetjen's Big Sur Inn, where we enjoyed hikes through the Redwood forest, mouth-watering cuisine at their on-site restaurant, and wandered the grounds with resident cat Fabio. Deetjen's was a joy to experience — it's almost as if time stands still in this unfamiliar land of zero cell signal or internet connection and unlocked cabin doors (really, there were no locks anywhere and I still felt safe). Also notable was the coffee, pastries (homemade doughnuts, seriously?!), and delicious lunch options at nearby Big Sur Bakery, where we grabbed cappuccinos and checked into the digital world once a day.

Rain or shine, Big Sur was one of the most breathtaking and peaceful places I've ever had the pleasure of visiting. The thing that resonated with me the most was the smell. Every time I stepped outside, the air lingered of eucalyptus and ocean brine, and I'm pretty sure I've never breathed deeper in my life! Here's a photo journey of our travels.

→  Does this remind anyone else of LOST?

→ Does this remind anyone else of LOST?

→  Some of the most magical and vibrant succulents and ground cover exist on this Big Sur beach.

→ Some of the most magical and vibrant succulents and ground cover exist on this Big Sur beach.

→  Stairway to heaven? A drizzly day in Big Sur.

→ Stairway to heaven? A drizzly day in Big Sur.

→  Calla Lilies lined the path down to the beach.

→ Calla Lilies lined the path down to the beach.

→  Iconic. Absolutely serene. Hope this landscape never changes!

→ Iconic. Absolutely serene. Hope this landscape never changes!

→  The Bixby Creek Bridge.

→ The Bixby Creek Bridge.

→  Our view from the deck of our tiny + perfect private cabin, Castro Canyon.

→ Our view from the deck of our tiny + perfect private cabin, Castro Canyon.

→  I had a half-dozen layers on in this shot because it was so chilly in the mornings (I of course forgot my jacket!). But lets talk about how this bench actually exists in the midst of the Redwood forest...

→ I had a half-dozen layers on in this shot because it was so chilly in the mornings (I of course forgot my jacket!). But lets talk about how this bench actually exists in the midst of the Redwood forest...

→  We hiked up a mountain and this is what we found at the top…

→ We hiked up a mountain and this is what we found at the top…

→  Epic view from Nepenthe Restaurant.

→ Epic view from Nepenthe Restaurant.

Thanks for blowing my mind, Big Sur. Until next time, I'll be dreaming of that sweet smell.