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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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Road Trip up Hwy 395 [local getaways]

Having married a man whom was born and raised in Lake Tahoe, it goes without saying that I have made many road trips from LA to Stateline, NV.

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Growing up, I was not a fan of long car rides.  I was the kid that kept asking, “How many more minutes until we get there?” and groaning at whatever answer I received.  Of course, I wasn’t completely miserable the whole time — …

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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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Five Friday Faves {This Week’s Edition}

1. Every Fall, without fail, I get an intense urge to go to Paris.  Yup — just sell my worldly possessions, buy a one-way ticket, and live in the City of Light.

Since I don’t plan on doing that (yet), I should probably just head to Chocolatine French Café in Thousand Oaks for a crêpe and café au lait, take a chill pill, and pretend I’m sitting at a sidewalk cafe.

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Five Friday Faves {Memorial Day Weekend Edition}

Helloooo, long weekend! (we’ve been waiting for you!)

1. I (Nicole) will be heading up to visit my in-laws in Lake Tahoe, and will be hitting up some of my favorite stops along Hwy 395.  Can’t wait to sink my teeth into some Dutch Crunch Pullaway bread from Schat’s Bakkerÿ!IMG_3868IMG_3868 tahoe2tahoe2Don’t miss this post if you plan on heading up to Mammoth, June, or Tahoe this weekend …

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