We spent Dale’s last vacation week of the summer with a quick trip to Chicago to visit family and explore the city. My favorite parts were visiting The Art Institute of Chicago, making clover crowns and bagel breakfasts. I hope you get a chance for a quick summer getaway, too!
My cousin Liesel got married June 1 in Lawrence and I’ve had the best time reliving the weekend through all her photos by the talented Moriah Ruth Photography! It was so special to get to celebrate someone I grew up with (and I was also there the moment she met Sean!). Congrats Mr. & Mrs. Callahan!
Hello, friends! My family spent Memorial Day weekend out at the lake and I was thrilled to discover the peony bushes still in bloom. Grace and I had fun taking a few photos, it was the perfect relaxing weekend away.
This time of year is my absolute favorite because my peony bushes are in full bloom! I also got the chance to participate in a very special #My5Days workshop arranging flowers so my house is filled with bouquets. I can’t wait to share more about that workshop at a later date, but for now I will be enjoying all the blooms.
After a long drive through Big Sur we finally arrived in Santa Barbara. That evening we had dinner with family and then were off to bed. The next morning we stopped by the rose gardens near the Old Mission Santa Barbara before breakfast at Summerland Beach Cafe. Then we were on the road again!
Our last stop was LA! We spent two nights with friends in West Hollywood. Immediately after arriving we headed to grab ramen and then went on a quick hike up to the Griffith Observatory. That night we visited with friends and were up and going early Friday for a visit to the Getty Villa! The beautiful villa and grounds really did remind me of Italy and all the Greek and Roman artifacts inside are amazing. Our last evening was also spent visiting with friends during dinner in Santa Monica. I am so grateful we were able to fit in seeing so many people throughout the week and can’t wait for the next time we can head back!
Driving through Big Sur was by far my favorite day of our trip! We got on the road pretty early and headed from Carmel towards Santa Barbara. Our first major stop was the Bixby Bridge before a quick hike through Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. It was hard not to stop every few minutes to take pictures and enjoy the stunning scenery.
I was really happy we were able to see McWay Falls from the road! Julia Pfeiffer State Park is currently closed but next time I would love to hike through that park as well. I would even love to spend a few nights in Big Sur camping, sometimes one week just isn’t enough! Next stop, Santa Barbara!
After a morning in Muir Woods Dale and I headed south towards Carmel Valley! After checking into our Airbnb we headed to Folktale Winery before an evening spent exploring Carmel. While we really only had an afternoon and evening to look around this is definitely an area I would love to come back to! Next time I would also love to spend some time in Monterey, I definitely underestimated how beautiful this area would be.
P.S. The 2017 Folktale Estate Chardonnay was my favorite!