Wednesday, June 29, 2016

To Canada We Go!

In Honor of my lovely friend Marisa and fellow bride to be Krista, we ventured up to Canada to have an epic double bachelorette weekend!    
Whistler, B.C.

Howe Sound on the drive up

The Drive up to Whistler was beautiful.  From Bellingham we made the quick cross over the boarder to Canada.  The drive to Whistler is simply majestic.  We had the sunroof down and were enjoying the PNW and all it had to offer.  The drive in the spring is so much different than the drive in the winter.  Waterfalls galore and the flora and fauna are out for all to see.  

Whistler still has a sparkle from the 2010 Olympics, the ski village has great restaurants and shops.  We enjoyed dancing the night away at Moe Joes the first night.  Day two rolled around and we had one thing on our minds: ADVENTURE!

So we signed up for Zip lining!
We had a blast!  We learned that when in Canada, you drink Ceasers not Bloody Mary's.
That chatting all afternoon at the Longhorn Saloon Patio near the fire can bring some of the best memories of the trip. 
And we are ready to send these lovely ladies off into married life.

PS- not to each other... as we had to explain a few too many times while in whistler...

Monday, June 6, 2016

Celebrating Mr. & Mrs. Bell

The highlight of our weekend was celebrating Mr. & Mrs. Bell here in the Tri Cities!

Zane and Janae got married in Huntington Beach, California!  It was a whirlwind of a weekend and no matter how hard Chad and I tried we were not able to get to San Fransisco.., Let alone Huntington Beach. Long story short we had our flight cancelled Thursday night out of Pasco. Let's just say that the ordeal that happened next is why I will never fly United again. Let's just say 2 canceled flights, showing up to check in before being cancelled on.  With no flights left before the wedding, let alone the rehearsal dinner. It was so hard to call the bride and groom and tell them we couldn't make it.

But back to the lighter side of life, the reception here in Washington was adorable.
We can't wait to meet Baby Noah!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Celebrating 27

Cheers to 27 and another trip around the sun!

Making a wish over the Baked Alaska

My husband treated me to a night out at Budd's Broiler in Richland.  We wined and Dined all while watching the boats and wildlife on the Columbia River.  I had the Halibut, which was delicious and severed with a lovely lemon sauce.  Chad had the ribeye with a side of mac and cheese.  We love the Northwest flare to this steak house.  All that goodness paired with Woodward Canyon 2011 Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon.  Read about this Washington Classic here.  This wine is about half from Champoux Vineyard up in the Horse Heaven Hills and half from a vineyard I am lucky enough to manage, Bacchus vineyard.  Both sides were planted in the early '70s and the wine was just beautiful.  Just beautiful. 

To Health, Wealth and Happiness

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Vacation Memories in Kauai

Kauai. The Garden Island.
Tunnels Beach and a view of the Na Pali Coast
Hiking up Sleeping Giant
My husband and I had the best vacation this past winter on the island of Kauai and I wanted to share it with you. My husband and I have done what I will call the "resort experience" of Hawaii, spending time on Maui for our honeymoon. Let's be real, a week at the Grand Wailea was fabulous but we couldn't really afford to do that again.

Cue AirBnB and a late night surfing dream vacation spots on Kauai. Chad and I had banked quite a few Alaska Airlines miles when paying for our wedding and going about daily life. We don't use credit as a loan but instead pay it off monthly to get some rewards. I was day dreaming about 7 days away while our budget was telling us we could afford 3 nights at the Marriott. Then I found the Epic Dome. And the dome lived up to its name!

View from the top!
The Epic Dome was easy to find after our plane ride from Seattle. There was some traffic leaving the airport but with one road around the island that is to be expected. The dome had a lovely outdoor kitchen and very private outdoor bathroom. I loved feeling like I was taking a shower in the jungle.

Poke Filled massive avocado 

The dome allowed us to unplug a bit while still having all amenities. It was such a great launching point for adventures. Being up on the hill we would look around the skyline, find some sunshine and go that way for our daily adventure. We explored Limahuli Garden, Hanalei Bay, and had delicious sashimi at the Dolphin. Tip for the Dolphin- skip the restaurant and go around back to the little store, buy some poke and head to the beach. I have never had better Ahi!

We spent a day doing some fun tourist trap type adventures, boating out to the fern wedding grotto and hiking up sleeping giant. We had fun walking down into Kapaa from the Epic Dome enjoying an espresso at Small Town Coffee in Kapaa (Thanks Sunset Magazine for the tip!) , and drinks at The Olympic Cafe to enjoy looking down over the town.  Skip the food though, there are much better (and more cost effective) places to dine.  
The hosts were great and I would recommend enjoying Kauai with the Epic Dome as a base point for anyone looking for an adventure!

We are headed to Portland later this summer, anyone have any killer AirBnB places we need to stay at??? Full us in!