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The Ultimate Guide to Visiting Sequioa National Park {local getaway}

Luke and I just spent a recent weekend at Sequioa National Park for our 4 year anniversary… and it was awesome. If you haven’t been yet, or it’s just been awhile, I definitely recommend it. We were looking into Zion and Yosemite for our anniversary, but both were a little too last minute to plan (and a bit further distance), so we opted for Sequioa — which is just a 4 hour (mostly beautiful) drive from home! img_9205img_9205 Sequioa National Park …
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3 Must Do’s When Hosting Visitors in the 805

Living in Southern California, you get a LOT of visitors. And living in Southern California, there’s a LOT to see and do. When you have visitors in town, it can be difficult to narrow it all down to just a few “must see” spots. We recently had Luke’s mom and sister in town from Wisconsin, and of course, high on their list of to-do’s was beach, wine tasting and shop.

So difficult to do in the 805, right?! HAHA not at all 🙂

Here’s a look at a few of our fave “go-to/must-see” local spots for out-of-towner guests:

First on the to-do list, beach.Point …
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Five Friday Faves: Luck yeah.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Before you go indulge in all-you-can-drink green beer, check out our Five Friday Faves for a little luck o’ the Irish!

1. Guinness Cake with Bailey’s Frosting :: I made this for Brett’s birthday one year, and it. was. UNREAL. Plus, it’s pretty much the most deliciously Irish dessert ever.  Add green food coloring to the frosting to really add that extra St. Patty’s Day feel.

2. Sing-a-Long with Princess Beauty :: The Lakes in Thousand Oaks are …

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Hello, Hidden Gem: Casa Dumetz Wines {Los Alamos}

As a local 805-er, we find ourselves cruising up the PCH/101 quite often. I mean, it is the best road trip route, right? And, it’s right at our fingertips. My family has some favorite pit stops along the way — to name a few, Anderson’s Pea Soup in Buellton, Solvang for some ableskivers, and McLintocks Saloon for dinner in Shell Beach on the way back. Los Olivos and Paso Robles are also favorite stops of ours, but be warned: you will want need more than a “quick stop” — there’s just that much to see …

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This Hidden Gem of a Small Town Has it ALL {Los Alamos}

One of my favorite road trip pit stop discoveries is the little town of Los Alamos. It’s a true hidden gem. Nestled 50 miles north of Santa Barbara just off the 101, it offers history, charm and beauty. It’s located in the heart of Santa Barbara Wine Country amidst the agricultural farmland and hills of oak trees. And as you drive down the main street you immediately get a sense of the laid-back lifestyle and small town feel.

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3 Reasons Why We Love Refugio Ranch… And You Will Too

Looking for your next adventure? So were we and boy, do we have you covered:)

On our recent “sister weekend” trip to Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang, we had the pleasure of visiting Refugio Ranch‘s vineyard and tasting room in Los Olivos. We didn’t know what to expect when driving down the dirt road, but we were quickly blown away by the beauty of the vineyard, the hospitality of Max (the son of Kevin Gleason the owner) and his beautiful wife Vanessa, and the delightful wines we tasted.

3 Reasons why we love Refugio Ranch:

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Five Friday Faves {This Week’s Edition}

1. Searching for places to take out of town guests? Well look no further than Hayley’s post on must see local spots for visitors.  She has some great ideas and now even we can’t wait to hit up some of those wine tasting places in Santa Barbara!

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2. Not only are we planning out next trip to Santa Barbara, but after seeing Nicole’s pics from her quick local getaway to Avila Beach, we can’t wait to head …

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5 Simple Ways to Incorporate Exercise into your Vacay {DIY Fitness}

I love to be active and explore while on vacation, as I think most people do — unless you’re more the lounging, reading a book type, which is also fine (I guess;). Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about laying poolside and enjoying a few Pina Coladas (which the waiter so kindly brought over to me) … BUT, that kind of vacay only happens every so often, and after a day or two of lounging, I’m usually ready for some activity anyway.

I was recently camping at Refugio Beach (one of our family’s fave local campgrounds) and realized how many simply ways there are to incorporate exercise and/or …

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Are You a Camper or a Glamper? Or both? {local getaway}

We have the perfect getaway for you — so perfect, in fact, that I almost want to keep it secret. But we wouldn’t do that! Just keep it on the DL so all of LA doesn’t catch on to how awesome the 805 is 😉 JK!!! kinda…

Anyway, here’s the scoop –

You’ve heard us talk about our LOVE for Santa Barbara and camping a few times before, so here’s a little more.

Ocean Mesa Campground and El Capitan Canyon, both located north of Santa Barbara, offer something for everyone — the glamper and the camper! El …

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A Classic Day-cation Escape {Santa Barbara}

Our family is heading up to Santa Barbara this weekend for brunch at the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore and I could not be more excited to enjoy the amazing view and eat some (ok a lot!) delicious food! Read below for Hayley’s recent post about her day-cation escape in SB.

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Always the one to snag a great deal {especially in support of the 805!}, Luke and I bought the Travelzoo deal for Unlimited Breakfast for Two at Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara  — and let me tell you, it was so worth …

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