Family Weekend in Santa Cruz

Are you guys busy getting ready for Halloween this weekend? I feel like it really snuck up on me this year, I’m just spending the night with my roommates and friends for some board games in costumes (we’re all dressing up as different Rick’s and Morty’s from “Rick and Morty”). I didn’t go to any Halloween parties this year, because my parents flew out from Colorado to visit.

We drove down to Santa Cruz, CA and spent a fun and relaxing 3-day weekend in the surf and sand. I think we got really lucky with the weather, because it was in the upper 60’s and 70’s with sun while we were there. We spent our time eating good food, walking around a few towns, and sitting in the sand. It was the best! Here are some pictures from our weekend:

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We stayed in an Airbnb about a mile from Capitola Village, which is one of my favorite Santa Cruz beaches. There’s always a lot to do and see in the village; you can walk along the beach, watch the surfers ride the waves, stroll around the town, and grab a bite to eat. The crowd seems to be very family friendly, too, so it’d be a good place to take kiddos.

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My favorite little beach-side shop to eat is Beach Break by Mariannes in Capitola – they have amazing fries. I got the fried chicken sandwich with sriracha-mayo, but the burgers are great, too. I always take pictures of my food, my parents think I’m ridiculous. But how else will I remember the great meals? Duh.

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My parents are seriously the best. I’m so grateful that we have such a close family and good relationship, I know a lot of people don’t have that with their families. Anyway. I’m just glad to have them in my life.

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The first day, we drove down to Pajaro Dunes area, exploring. The beach ended up being too cold and windy that day, but we stopped at a farm stand and picked up these INCREDIBLE berries. I am not kidding, these strawberries were the BEST I’ve ever had. I’m not sure I can even eat a normal strawberry again. Kidding, but they really were that good.

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On our second morning, we walked around the Santa Cruz beach harbor in the fog. The guy who took this picture at the lighthouse for us said “do something exciting,” and apparently I thought that meant sticking my arm out. Haha.

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We loved spending time at Main Beach and the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz. My favorite part is the wharf, because they have all these little cut-outs where you can peek down under the pier and see sea lions! We must have seen 100’s of them over the weekend. We kept going back for more, haha. My family really loves animals. Sea lions are so fun to watch, they keep climbing on top of each other to get the best napping spot.

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We grabbed street tacos at a little dive just up the street from the wharf. You just can’t go to the beach without getting tacos, am I right? The shredded chicken taco was SO GOOD, you guys. I wish I remembered what the little restaurant was called…I do remember it was green! Anybody know?

Anyway, I loved spending the weekend at the beach with my parents. I’m so glad they were able to fly out and visit me, especially because it’s pretty rare I get to see them these days! Such a good time.

xo

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Weekend Getaway: Vail, CO

*this post is not sponsored, and all opinions are my own*

When I graduated with my Masters degree in June, my sweet parents gave me an unexpected and amazing gift: a long weekend trip to Vail, CO and tickets to the opening night of the Vail International Dance Festival. I have always wanted to go to the festival, and I’m so happy I was able to see the performance this year. My mom found us a great little condo on Airbnb (an awesome service that I’d highly recommend if you’re traveling…so much better than staying in a hotel) within a mile of the little downtown area, and my parents and I really enjoyed exploring Vail. Here are some pictures of the trip and a little recap of what we did on our little getaway:

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Weekend Getaway to Vail, CO via Imperfect Chevron

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Weekend Getaway to Vail, CO via Imperfect Chevron

Weekend Getaway to Vail, CO via Imperfect Chevron

Weekend Getaway to Vail, CO via Imperfect Chevron

What we did:

  1. Hiked at this little hidden trail near Copper Mountain up to a gorgeous mountain lake, I didn’t get any photos because I was too busy trying not to cry hiking 6 miles with shin splints *sigh, dance injuries*.
  2. Fished and got skunked at the ponds off the highway by Copper Mountain.
  3. Biked through Lionshead Village and Vail Village, and through one of the ritzy neighborhoods to explore.
  4. Found the Rimini Gelato shop and splurged 3 days in a row (so. much. sorbet!). They had the best sorbet I’ve ever had, which is amazing for a dairy-free girl like myself.
  5. Admired the performers of the Vail International Dance Festival on the lawn at the Gerald Ford Amphitheater.
  6. Walked through the Betty Ford garden. Very dreamy.
  7. Spent the day just walking through Lionshead and Vail Village, listening to live music, people-watching…so good.

Anyway, this trip was so refreshing and fun. Vail is definitely a great vacation spot for people of all ages and activity levels (your trip can be really active/adventurous/leisurely, there’s so many different ways to go). It is a pretty expensive town, but we managed to save on costs by renting an affordable condo outside of the downtown area and cooking at home rather than eating out. Bring your bikes and walking shoes and you can have unlimited free entertainment!

xo

*this post is not sponsored, and all opinions are my own*

 

NC Mountain Getaway

It’s no secret that my time here in NC has been a bit stressful. New city, a challenging FW rotation, spending every free moment studying…it all builds up over the course of 12 weeks. Luckily, I have some amazing cousins close by that I’ve spent a lot of time with and have grown really close to this year (you guys, I’m going to cry so hard when I leave soon!). My amazing cousins took me up to the NC mountains for Memorial Day weekend to get some much needed R&R in the fresh mountain air. I want to share some of the photos from our little weekend getaway near the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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Now, I’m a Colorado girl raised loving the Rocky Mountains, so let me start by saying that these mountains were very different than what I’m used to. But the lush trees and gorgeous views won me over. North Carolina, you are something special, and I’m so glad I got to live here for a little while.

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The back porch; I’m a sucker for an A-frame

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My favorite seat in the house

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From the top of Mt. Craig. The highest peak east of the Mississippi is Mt. Mitchell (right next to Mt. Craig) and is 6683′

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I mean, how can you not fall in love with that view? Major heart-eyes. The weekend was so relaxing and fun. We walked to the summit at Mt. Mitchell, and then took a short hike to Mt. Craig and Mt. Tom. We spent lots of time in the Eno hammocks (have you seen these? I had never heard of them but I am in love with them now! I’m going to have to get me one of these for sure) and just watching the clouds roll by on the back deck. It was such a wonderful weekend with my cousins, they mean so much to me and I’m so thankful to have them. This little weekend getaway is one I certainly won’t forget.

xo