Day 25 – What about Breakfast at Tiffany’s?

Being back in Carmel is like having a little touch of home. We have spent a lot of time in this area, and our love for it is one of the main reasons we chose to get married here. Our day started with a lovely brunch in the Carmel Valley. It was outdoors with lots … Continue reading

Day 24 – Do you know the way to San Jose?

We moved on from Napa Valley and started heading down the coast to our favorite fairytale village (and where we were married 6 years ago), Carmel-by-the-sea. Here’s a reminder of that; First, we made a little stop in San Jose to see the Winchester house because Olivia wanted to see what a haunted house looks … Continue reading

Day 23 – You had me at Merlot.

What a difference three months can make. We were in Napa the first week of March, before everything started to get crazy. During that time, it was bustling rooms of noisy people. Hugs with friends we were excited to see, and lots of choices of where we wanted to eat and drink. This time, Napa … Continue reading

Day 22 – wine, wineries, and wine clubs, oh my.

We ate. We drank. We were mostly alone. We had a blast. It’s another atypical typical Napa day. And, we joined another wine club. Of course. I think this makes number 10, but they are so much fun!! And how cute is this new hotel in Calistoga. Each room is like a little camper. Daddy … Continue reading

Day 21 – Wine A Little

Today was a day of relaxing. Beautiful wineries for the adults. Swimming for the kid. It was a great day. LEDSON Winery Mayo Winery Relaxing and swimming at the Grandparents And, a bonus FaceTime call from Olivia (who slept at the grandparents). Daddy Brock check-in Rose: FaceTime call with Olivia kept me laughing Thorn: I … Continue reading

Day 21 – Birthday!

Yesterday was Olivia’s birthday and we did it her way; swim and play, then swim and play again. We drove to the Napa area to meet her adopted grandparents Karen and Jeff. Then, after a brief lunch at the beautiful Korbel Delicatessen, we were off to the hotel and to swim (of course). But first, … Continue reading

Day 20 – A Bad Case of the Glamp

Tomorrow is Olivia’s Birthday! As always, we made big plans for it. We started down the coast towards her surprise, and found many adventures along the way. We took the scenic route through the “Avenue of Giants,” a 30 mile road through the redwoods. They were majestic and reverential. We stopped at a gift shop … Continue reading

Day 19 – Oregon-a-go-go

Another day of travel, but we had many adventures along the way. We saw many beautiful parts of the Oregon coast today. And, beautiful gardens! Then, we crossed over to California to the beautiful redwoods. We stopped at the redwood park and saw some breathtaking sights. We had some adventures climbing up through the trees … Continue reading

Day 18 – And the Bandon played.

We were sad to have to drop Stacey off at the airport this morning, and sadder we needed to spend most of the day in the car. We needed to make it pretty far down the coast in order to make our next big adventure in a few days for Olivia’s birthday. We had a … Continue reading

Day 17 – Sashay Away

For our final day with Stacey in Oregon we took off down the coast. But first, brunch. We brunched hard and we brunched liked the real housewives of The Oregon Coast. We hit the road and our first stop was the Tillamook cheese factory, of course. From there, the spirit of coddiwomple guided us on … Continue reading

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