Cabo San Lucas

I got to go to Cabo this past week to celebrate one of my very dear friends' bachelorette parties! I've known Stef for many years now and I am happy to be a part of her wedding party as well as have such an amazing excuse to travel with a group of amazing women ;)

We stayed at the Pueblo Bonito Rose and it was pretty magical! I definitely recommend staying at one of the local resorts if you are traveling to Cabo San Lucas because it is so much easier to be right upstairs from the beach than having to drive/shuttle to it! if you prefer quiet relaxation over a rowdier stay, the Montecristo Estates is where we spent the first two nights, the infinity pools and huge villas were perfect for some r&r. The Pueblo Resorts all have some pretty yummy restaurants and buffets as well as pool service and bars! I ate ceviche and fresh tortilla chips to my hearts content, danced until I literally couldn't anymore, swam, boated to an island, laughed until my stomach hurt, and had so much fun! Definitely one for the books. I have linked below a few of the places we ate at that were definitely delicious as well as the hotel we stayed at! :) 

That last picture made us all laugh as hard as we possibly could and I couldn't post about Cabo without including it! :) 

Stay: (click for site) Montecristo Estates (more of a laid-back, quiet relaxing vibe) 

Pueblo Bonito Rose (more of a resort, beach, and pool party vibe)

A few of the restaurants: The Montecristo Estates and Pueblo Bonito Rose have many restaurants on the property, we had lunch and a breakfast buffet on the property during our stay! Edith's (a little more upscale, great for dinner, and amazing flan!) Common Table: more of a relaxed vibe, definitely would recommend for dinner, didn't try lunch but the menu looked delicious! In the marina & Puerto Paraiso there are quite a few restaurants, definitely recommend Los Deseos Restaurant & Cantina

 

 

Sequoia, Kings Canyon, and Yosemite National Parks

This past weekend G and I got to enjoy a little road trip to Sequoia National Park and decided to go to Yosemite as well, since we've never been there together! 

It was a short drive there (but if you're like me and cannot wait to reach your destination even 2 hours feels like forrrreeverrrrr) and we enjoyed quite a few day hikes during our time there!

If you have a few days, I definitely suggest going to Yosemite first, because there is SO much to do there, and even though there is a lot to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon, Yosemite can be a 5, 6 day trip depending on what you want to do. 

If you have limited time in the park I suggest you definitely do a smaller hike. Perhaps one in Glacier Point, or one of the other smaller ones (there are a TON!) I personally used this list to find a few that could work for us and the amount of time we are

there. https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/hiking.htm

As with all things, plan ahead! I promise you that during Spring/Summer it is almost impossible to get a camping permit or book a hotel! You also need permits to hike a lot of the most stunning trails, so keep that in mind. :) 

before my hair turned a mess and my legs were jelly

before my hair turned a mess and my legs were jelly

G is great at making me laugh, even when I am soooo sleepy!

G is great at making me laugh, even when I am soooo sleepy!

Portland, Oregon

We drove from Seattle to Oregon during this week since G and I have never been. It was pretty cool! Portland most certainly is a unique little city :)

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You could literally have coffee every hour of the day here!

You could literally have coffee every hour of the day here!

Tried Voodoo Donuts because duh. I have to say that I wasn't that into them :( but it's definitely a must-stop spot if you're visiting!

Tried Voodoo Donuts because duh. I have to say that I wasn't that into them :( but it's definitely a must-stop spot if you're visiting!

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Stopped by the Portland Art Museum. Awesome!

Stopped by the Portland Art Museum. Awesome!

Their modern art collection is amazing!

Their modern art collection is amazing!

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Ate at this cute little spot called Pizza Jerk! 

Ate at this cute little spot called Pizza Jerk! 

We only spent 3 days in Portland and I can safely say it was not enough time! I look forward to exploring more of Oregon soon!

 

Seattle, Washington

Recently, my husband and I had the chance to visit one of our favorite places, Seattle! Here are a few of my recommendations for Seattle:

We stayed in Capitol Hill this time around, at this Airbnb. It was pretty modern and in a great, quiet part of town. For our last trip we stayed in Downtown at the Via6, which was much busier although just as great. 

Capitol Hill has so many awesome things to do and since we were traveling with Seattle natives, we knew where to pop in and where to eat :)

Elliot Bay Bookstore is a MUST if you are in the city and like reading, coffee, and just an all around relaxing time. The bookstore itself has an Little Oddfellows Cafe inside of it. 

Try their lemon polenta cake!

Try their lemon polenta cake!

While in Capitol Hill we also did karaoke at Rockbox. If you are nervous karaoke-goer like most of us, they have private rooms and during their happy hour it's less than 5 dollars a person! Definitely a fun birthday activity! There are a ton of great food options but we ate at the same Udon place twice. It was called U:Don Fresh Japanese Noodle Station. We also ate bagels from Etlana, and had dinner at Oddfellows Restaurant. 

Of course Pike Place Market should be on your to-do list if you haven't been. There are ton of delicious bakeries and coffee shops, as well as a ton of vendors. You could literally spend an entire day here eating, relaxing, and people-watching.

Home of the original Starbucks!

Home of the original Starbucks!

Seattle Sculpture Garden!

Seattle Sculpture Garden!

The famous gum wall. Careful not to lean in too close! 

The famous gum wall. Careful not to lean in too close! 

The Botanical Gardens were beautiful. Cherry blossoms for miles! I suggest wearing water-proof shoes here :)

The Botanical Gardens were beautiful. Cherry blossoms for miles! I suggest wearing water-proof shoes here :)

Fremont of course is the home of Theo Chocolate Factory where you can tour their chocolate factory and sample like a million different flavors!

Fremont of course is the home of Theo Chocolate Factory where you can tour their chocolate factory and sample like a million different flavors!

Pioneer Square. Eureka coffee, Tat's famous deli and many other delicious eats and shops!

Pioneer Square. Eureka coffee, Tat's famous deli and many other delicious eats and shops!

We rented a car for the day and drove out to Snoqualmie! It was absolutely breathtaking and the weather was perfect for hiking. We lucked out on no rain and got to see the famous Twin Peaks falls up close! It was a short hike down to the base of the falls, and a short (yet inclined) hike back up. 

Gotta love camera self-timers!

Gotta love camera self-timers!

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