Dillon Beach Weekend

I've decided to plan our vacations around places I want to stay when I can. I was looking through VRBO and found a cute pink cottage and really wanted to stay there. It was kind of pricey though, so we decided to hold off on it. Little did I know that Grant would later surprise me for our 6 year anniversary with a weekend at this pink cottage. Our anniversary is in August and it was all booked, but we got to stay there last weekend and it was great!

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I had never heard of Dillon Beach before, but it's a cute little beach town near Tomales Bay. The cottage was a short walk to the beach. It wasn't quite beach weather but we still walked down to the beach. We tried to get Boba to swim, but she wasn't feeling the ocean water. Hopefully one day we can teach her to swim with a life vest of course.

The house was very comfortable and had everything we needed, including a hot tub and an endless pool. It was a nice relaxing weekend to get away from the city and just live the beach town life. 

We also found a little food joint called K&A Take Away that was run by a husband and wife team serving great sausage sandwiches. We found it on the way back from getting some groceries to go cook, but we still wanted to try them out and shared one of their sausage sandwiches and sweet potato salad and they were both delicious. 

We also weren't too far from a great bakery called Wild Flour Bread. It's about a 20-25 minute drive. If you're trying to avoid carbs, this is not the place to do it. If you're not, you'll love this place. We loved the sticky bun and cheese fougasse. 

We couldn't end a trip near Tomales Bay without going to get some BBQ oysters at the Marshall Store! So on the way back we grabbed some oysters and sat outside soaking in the sun. 

Mini-Vacation in Mendocino

This past weekend we packed our bags, left our laptops behind, and headed to Mendocino, and it was beautiful!

We drove up Saturday and planned on finding a site to camp. We were told that it shouldn't be full, but of course it was! We eventually found a place to camp. It was so cold! I was so excited for Sunday and some sun. We packed up our gear and started to explore Mendocino the next morning. We hiked around Russian Gulch State Park. 

Russian Gulch State Park

Russian Gulch State Park

The blues of the ocean are just so beautiful.

Russian Gulch State Park

Russian Gulch State Park

We had brunch at Egghead's Restaurant where we had some delicious pumpkin waffles and an eggs benedict. Luckily there was no wait and we were seated right away. 

Brunch at Egghead's Restaurant

Brunch at Egghead's Restaurant

After that we walked around that area and checked out some of the stores before we headed over to Glass Beach! I had seen beautiful pictures of Glass Beach and didn't realize that there wasn't really any glass there anymore. I thought I would see so much glass, but I was sad to find none in sight. Grant was determined though and it paid off. He found a small part of the beach that had some glass left! I was so excited!

Glass Beach

Glass Beach

I didn't take any of the glass. I hope that the glass will remain and continue to enchant others. 

Glass Beach

Glass Beach

Sea Pal Cove Restaurant

Sea Pal Cove Restaurant

I love how the glass looks with the rest of the rocks, and it just wouldn't be the same without any glass. Fingers crossed that it'll still be there when I go back.

Our next stop was getting delicious fish and chips from Sea Pal Cove Restaurant. They have an outside patio where you can eat and soak up the sun. It was also pet-friendly. Pretty much everywhere we went was pet-friendly.

From there we went to Point Cabrillo Lighthouse. There we visited the little aquarium and museum. The fresnel lens of the lighthouse is so pretty. It was hard to capture it's beauty. 

Point Cabrillo Lighthouse

Point Cabrillo Lighthouse

It was finally time to check-in to our hotel. We decided to stay at Heritage House Resort. My friend recommended it to us, and it was great! We had a beautiful view of ocean and a nice patio for us to relax and enjoy the sunset. I really wanted to see some whales, but didn't see any. Next time!

Heritage House Resort View

Heritage House Resort View

Wild Fish Restaurant

Wild Fish Restaurant

We eventually wanted to find dinner, but it was harder than expected. Places closed earlier than noted. We went to three different places before we found one that would serve us.

Wild Fish was right next to a gas station and we weren't sure what to expect, but it was delicious! We had a great mushroom crab soup, focaccia bread, lavender lemonade, sword fish, halibut, sticky pudding, and lemon basil creme brulee. Everything was excellent. It was definitely on the pricer side, but we thought it was well worth the splurge.  

The next morning we checked out of our hotel and went to explore Mendocino Headlands State Park before hitting the road. 

Mendocino Headlands State Park

Mendocino Headlands State Park

We then headed back on the 1 to the 128. We stopped at Toulouse Vineyards for some wine tasting. I loved their Muscat. It tasted yummy and smelled of lychee. 

Toulouse Vineyards

Toulouse Vineyards

Farmhouse Mercantile

Farmhouse Mercantile

We continued on the 128 and drove down to Boonville. I grabbed a milkshake at a cute little shop named Paysanne and looked at the pretty things in Farmhouse Mercantile

We then went down the road to Anderson Valley Brewing Company. We were lucky to catch the last tour of the day. It was cool to see how it all comes together and how they stress being green.

Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Anderson Valley Brewing Company

At the end of the tour we did a tasting. I loved their Blood Orange Gose, and took some home.  I highly recommend it if you like sours like me. We then decided to try out disc golf! I've never played disc golf, but they have an 18-hole course so we tried it out. I was horrible at it. Nonetheless it was fun and we now have frisbees to try it in Golden Gate Park. 

Anderson Valley Brewing Company Disc Golf

Anderson Valley Brewing Company Disc Golf

As we were about to leave the brewing company I saw this baby goat wandering outside of the fence, and it was a great end to our trip. 

Baby goat at Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Baby goat at Anderson Valley Brewing Company

We then headed home with a dinner stop at The Counter, to remind me of Santa Monica. Our mini vacation was a success, and I can't wait for our next adventure. Until then, back to work. Kisses!

Adventure Time: Mendocino Here We Come!

I can't wait for this weekend! We're going to Mendocino for the weekend. I've lived in the Bay Area for almost 9 years now, but I feel like there is still so much more of the Bay Area that I have not yet explored.

As part of my new year's resolution of going on more adventures, we're going to make that happen this weekend! I've been wanting to go to Mendocino for a while now. I've seen many beautiful pictures, and it's suppose to be whale migrating season still. The weather's suppose to be nice too.

Of course when I'm going to go on a little vacation I have a lot of work on my plate, but I'm going to try my best to forget about that for 3 days and enjoy myself on a much needed mini vacation. I don't know what we're going to do there quite yet, but I found some things on Pinterest that I think are worth checking out:

Bowling Ball Beach

Bowling Ball Beach

Chandelier Tree

Chandelier Tree

Russian Gulch State Park

Russian Gulch State Park

Glass Beach

Glass Beach

Tunnel of Trees

Tunnel of Trees

Jug Handle Beach

Jug Handle Beach

Mendocino Headlands Arch

Mendocino Headlands Arch

I also found this NYT article, but I don't know how relevant it still is. We won't have time to do everything, but I'm excited by all the possibilities! Either way, I'll be sure to document my adventure next week. If you have any recommendations of places to visit and other things to do in Mendocino County, please let me know. I hope to find some cute shops and restaurants too. Hope everyone has a fun and relaxing weekend! Happy Friday!

Russian River

I've lived in northern California now for 8 years,  yet I still feel like there is still a lot left to explore. When my friend had extra tickets to the sold out Russian River Beer Revival and BBQ Cookoff in Guerneville, I couldn't wait to explore a new city. We drove up there and stayed the weekend. The weekend was not really enough, but definitely a good taste.

We stayed at this lovely AirBnB:

The event itself was great. The weather was beautiful, the bbq was delicious, and the beer wasn't bad either. Good times were had.

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The festival was right next to the river, and people could go swimming. It was beautiful. I forgot to bring a swimsuit, but I definitely want to come back here and camp along the water next summer. 

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend! Get outside!

Anniversary

This weekend I celebrated 4 years with this guy:

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Grant and I ventured to Healdsburg to celebrate. I've never been to Healdsburg, but heard that it was a cute place to visit. We didn't have any agenda, and was just gonna walk around and see what there was to explore. We probably should have looked for wineries or something, but we just drove straight there and just walked around.

We parked next to what I was most excited about in Healdsburg, which has to be the SHED. It's a beautiful store, cafe, and restaurant in one. It has everything I love and more. They even have workshops! I hope to one day own a place that is similar. If you know of any sweet abandon warehouses, let me know. Oh also if you find loads of money you want to give me. :)

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I matched the home goodies.

I matched the home goodies.

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I could spend all day in the SHED, but decided we should explore the more of Healdsburg. We walked around and dropped by some vintage stores, but didn't find anything that we wanted. We grabbed ice cream from Noble Folk. A cute ice cream shop, but I thought the ice cream was a little too rich and sweet for me. We sat in the little square and then walked around some more,  but didn't find anything that really struck our fancy. I think when you start with The Shed, everything else just doesn't seem as cool, so we headed back to the SHED. We grabbed a few goodies, and then we decided to head back and possibly stop at another city in between Healdsburg and San Francisco. 

As we drove down the freeway, I saw a mini golf place and screamed "mini golf!" Grant quickly exited the freeway, and then next thing you know we were at the Scandia Family Fun Center! There was not only mini golf, but a batting cage, arcade, bumper cars, and waterbugs. Apparently at their other location there is a race track and laser tag! Also as I was looking at the map again, I saw we were actually next to a laser tag and indoor paintballing place as well. So many fun things to do!

I don't think I have ever been mini golfing. I really can't remember, but I think it's so fun! It was not crowded at all, so we could go back and redo some holes. 

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We then went to the batting cage. I've also never been in a batting cage. That was also really fun, but also painful. Every time the ball would hit the bat, my hand would hurt. I was definitely sore the next day. 

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After playing a few arcade games we headed back to San Francisco for dinner. We went to dinner at Toyose, an excellent Korean restaurant in what looks like a garage. It's all the way out in the Outer Sunset, but if you get a chance to eat over there I highly recommend it. I loved their chicken wings, kimchi fried rice, and their pancakes. I can't wait to go there again.

Although we didn't really plan what we were going to do, it ended up being a fun day. Happy anniversary Grant! Love ya!