David & I have covered a ton of ground this summer for both personal & work trips. We're laughing now, because at the beginning of summer we kept saying "we just need to get through June" but it turns out, the entire summer was a complete marathon for us! We've decided next summer we're going to mark one weekend a month on our calendars to stay put in Chicago so we don't feel like the summer passed us by again! A quick round-up of where I've been the past 3 and 1/2 months: Memphis TN, 100mi biked ride to New Buffalo MI, Northern California, our hometown for the 4th, Buffalo NY, South Haven MI, Dalton GA, Lake Geneva WI, Denver CO, & the Catskills NY. In the next 10 days I'll be back-to-back Buffalo NY - Ozark MO - Asheville NC. I absolutely love to travel and am loving this season of jetting off, but I'd be lying if I said I had no problem keeping up!
Travel photography--especially with my family (built in models!)--is my absolute favorite, but often I want to stay in the moment and not be hidden behind my camera. This time I was feeling the photo bug so I'm pretty pleased that I actually captured most of our trip. It's been nice to look back on these photos since it was a whirlwind of a week!
So, here's the write-up of this trip. At the end of June my family (minus my dad & brother Steven--we missed you two!) attended a family friend's wedding in Russian River, CA. None of us had been to northern California before so we jumped at the opportunity to take a week and explore! My mom always wants tries to see as much of the world as possible so naturally, we hit all the stops in our time there. I split up this into a three part series --1. Wine Country, 2. Carmel & Highway 1, 3. San Francisco. Because we were covering so much ground in just a week, I was expecting to only love one or two places that I'd want to come back to. I was pleasantly surprised that everywhere we went was absolutely fantastic and I would jump at the opportunity to travel back to any of these spots again!! Locations of the places shown below:
Armstrong Redwoods State Park > Went on a quick hike here to see the Redwoods since it was just down the street from the wedding.
Dawn Ranch > Location of the wedding. We stayed in those cute cabins!
Moran Manor in Knights Valley/Calistoga > My sister Jacquie's friend's family owns & runs this vineyard. They live in the stunning Victorian Home they restored on the vineyard and gave us a tour of it! Hands down our favorite thing we did in wine country. It is a private vineyard with only ~3 tastings/month.
Chateau Montelena > Wine tasting complete with a castle and gardens!
Las Alcobas Luxury Collection Hotel in St. Helena > A hotel by design firm I admire, Yabu Pushelberg, just opened so of course I had to check it out. Absolutely stunning property. Would definitely come back to stay here for a special occasion! All the lavender lined sidewalks around the property are just the prettiest at the golden hour, too!
Parent Trap House > The actual house from the 1998 film, The Parent Trap. The entire week my sisters and I were quoting lines from The Parent Trap (everything reminded us of the movie) so naturally, we had to make a stop to see it from the road!
Brix Restaurant & Gardens in Yountville > Farm to table restaurant. The patio overlooks the garden where the herbs & vegetables for your meal come from. We loved this!
White House Inn Napa > a boutique hotel/B&B my firm designed a few years ago. So nice to see the thriving property in person!