Archive for ‘travel’

October 31, 2012

travel: dance party in yosemite

one time…

me and tim had a dance party in  yosemite underneath the sequoia trees.  it was awesome.

(i get to marry this man in 2.5 weeks!)

October 26, 2012


vacation flashback!

i loved yosemite. and waterfalls.

nature is amazingly beautiful.

September 16, 2012

bridal shower


i spent this weekend in cincinatti hanging out with family and doing the bridal shower thing.

it was super-fun!  the trips are always too short but i’m glad i got to spend some time with family i don’t see enough… plus, i got some pretty nifty gifts  🙂  this getting-married thing really does have its perks.

August 29, 2012

travel: 36 hours in yosemite

our only full day in yosemite was quite the blur.  actually, it was such a blur and we had so much fun, we decided to stay an extra half-day!

if you only have 36 hours (or so) in yosemite, here are my recommendations:

  • stay in el portal, which is a town right outside of the park.  it’s cheaper and we stayed at a great b&b.
  • hike to a waterfall (or a few!)  we went to vernal falls and it was super crowded but beautiful.  beware, it’s a strenuous hike (lots of stairs).
  • admire the views from tunnel view & glacier point – this is a long drive, but VERY worth it.
  • see the sequoia trees in mariposa grove (this is a half day activity)
  • take TONS of pictures – you could be the next ansel adams!
August 25, 2012

travel: 24 hours in san fran

i know i attempted to give a brief recap of our trip the other day, but i want to share a bit more of what we did in our whirlwind tour of california.

starting with san francisco!

if you only have 24 hours in san francisco (we spent wednesday night and thursday day before driving to yosemite on thursday afternoon)…

  • walk around union square, chinatown (eat a late lunch!), and fisherman’s wharf.  take pictures!
  • eat a fabulous cali-style dinner on pier 3 (organic, light, healthy, WONDERFUL)
  • wake up early and take a cable car ride to lombard street
  • walk to a breakfast place (and eat!)
  • rent a bicycle-built-for-two and trek across the golden gate bridge to sausalito. eat ice cream.
  • take a ferry back to san francisco
  • check out of your hotel and head to the next destination!

yes, we managed to do all of this in 24 hours.  it was the BEST DAY EVER.

August 20, 2012

travel – california adventures

this has been a great trip so far.  we’ve taken so many pictures trying to figure out our new camera, i’m sure i will be detailing the entire trip at later dates.  you’ll probably get tired of hearing about it, but we’ll worry about that later.

to summarize:

day 1:

  • flew into SFO (san francisco)
  • checked into the clift hotel near union square
  • walked through china town (and had a quick lunch!) and little italy to fisherman’s wharf
  • met up with one of my very best friends for an OUTSTANDING dinner at the plant cafe organic.  TO DIE FOR.
  • walked back to our hotel

day 2:

  • trolley ride!
  • lombard street
  • ate clam chowder from the wharf
  • rode a ‘bicycle built for two’ across the golden gate bridge to sausalito (we took the ferry back to san fran)
  • walked back to our hotel and headed out to yosemite
  • checked into the blue butterfly inn (AMAZING b&b in el portal)

day 3:

  • had a terrific homemade breakfast
  • hiked in yosemite… we picked a ‘strenuous’ trail to the top of vernal falls.
  • drove to glacier point to take some pictures (i’m definitely not the next ansel adams!)
  • drove 30 miles away just to fill up gas… oh crazy small towns!

day 4:

  • mariposa grove (in yosemite) to see sequoia trees!  we hiked around and even had a mini-dance party
  • drove to napa (actually, calistoga) and checked into the euro spa & inn
  • ate an out-of-this-world dinner at JoLe in downtown calistoga

day 5:

  • WINE TASTING!  we got up early to have extra time to indulge.  i’ll give more details on this later… but we went to four wineries.  2 before lunch, 2 after lunch!
  • lunch was at redd and was the best food we’ve had in a LONG time.  and there were a ton of amazing restaurants on this vacation alone!  (spoiled rotten, i know)
  • dinner was at the michelin recognized restaurant solbar.  really, thinking about this day of food makes me want to cry tears of joy.

day 6:

  • drove down highway 1 (in a red camaro convertible) alllll day.  calistoga – LA is quite a journey!
  • stopped in carmel for lunch – fantastic spot called dametra.  i cannot say enough great things about this place.  everything was awesome and the server (who may have been the owner?!) was so nice.  plus we got free baklava to go!
  • we saw elephant seals, big sur, and just miles and miles of gorgeous scenery
  • arrived in LA and here we are!

the next two days we’ll be spending with tim at work and me meeting and visiting with my niece.

life is so good.

August 15, 2012

travel: california!

we’re off to california today!

we won’t be hitting santa barbara this time (that was our january mini-trip!) but we will be seeing san fran, wine country, yosemite, and los angeles.

up, up and away!

July 10, 2012

huckleberry pancakes in NYC

i had the best pancakes of my life in NYC.

huckleberry pancakes from untitled in the upper east side.

to die for.

normally i’m not a pancake person, but when i asked our waiter for a solid recommendation and he said the pancakes were the best in the world, i had to try them.  i may never eat another pancake again, since none will ever be able to compare to the greatness of these.  i cannot explain it, nor could the waiter.  he said it was ‘something in the batter.’


July 5, 2012

travel: hotel in NYC

we had the pleasure of staying at the surrey hotel in NYC.  it’s definitely the nicest hotel i’ve stayed at (in recent memory).

i highly, highly recommend this boutique hotel.  the staff was great, everything was super-clean, they have a rooftop where you can drink and be merry… i wish i could have stayed here for quite a few days.

plus, it’s on the upper east side.

i am obsessed with the upper east side.



July 1, 2012

travel: shopping in NYC

is there any better way to spend a few hours than wandering around the chelsea and soho neighborhoods?

nevermind that the only purchases i made were from anthropologie.  yes, i went to NYC and shopped at a store i go to all of the time in chicago.

the sales were better, i swear.

we even made a stop on the high line in chelsea to find some shade and read a bit (and to snap the above photo).