One of the best parts of summer is planning a trip–whether it’s a three week trip across multiple countries or just a weekend getaway–there is something to be said for the R&R that an escape can provide. Matt and I love taking the planning out of the mix and deciding on a Thursday night that we are heading on a mini weekend getaway the next day–it’s so freeing to forget the planning (especially since we have a major trip we are planning coming up). And best of all, we’re earning 3% cash back at US Supermarkets, and 2% cash back at Gas and Department Stores with my Amex Blue Cash Everyday Card. This means more money in the bank for the next trip! Win win.
STAYING AT TIMBERCOVE
Living in the San Francisco Bay Area, there are so many places to escape to for the weekend and on of our favorite places to go to is Timber Cove Resort in Jenner, CA. It’s about a 2.5-3 hour drive from San Francisco but we love coming up here for a night or weekend to take in all of the views and enjoy the property. We first came here for my birthday weekend a couple years back and took a weekend trip earlier this year (we made a travel vlog of the trip here and Matt shared his own post on the trip here) and popped back over once again.
I highly recommend you book one of the suites for an incredible experience. Jenner is a small Sonoma Coast town so when you’re at the resort, you’re at the resort. It’s the destination. And with the sunset and evening fog rolling in, sometimes the best thing to do is hole up in your room, turn on the fireplace, and watch the Pacific Ocean tide roll in.
TAKING IT SLOW
One of the reasons Matt and I opt for these mini getaways during the summer (any time of year actually) is because we can get very caught up in “catching up” over the weekend and are workaholics. Give me a weekend and I can fill it to the brim with emails I need to follow up on, projects to shoot, blog posts to write, trips to the grocery store, the basement that needs to be organized, laundry to fold–you get it. Since we have the tendency to work instead of relax, taking these weekend getaway trips helps us relax and leave the to-do list for another day. Don’t worry, it will still be there tomorrow! Nothing like spotty cell service to help unwind too!
PUTTING IN QUALITY TIME
On the topic of Matt and I being workaholics, we need to remember to slow down and savor the moments. Staying at Timber Cove was exactly what we needed. We made good use of the vintage record player in our suite and stocked up on some records from the lobby record library, opened a bottle of local Fort Ross wine to do a mini-wine tasting, and danced around the room listening to amazing music. I cannot describe how amazing this feeling was to be transported away with Matt to a place where all worry about anything else disappeared and it was all about the feeling in the moment. I’m convinced that evening with our 1970s vintage fireplace, record player, and dancing through the sunset made me fall more in love with him. And I ended up ordering the same record player on Amazon the next day (with my Amex Blue Cash Everyday Card of course)!
DISCOVER A NEW PATH
Taking a trip will always lead to adventure and even if you’ve traveled to your favorite weekend getaway spot before you’ll always find something new to discover. This particular weekend we decided to drive into a local town to see what we could find and stumbled onto an art gallery featuring tons of Ansel Adams original photography prints and my mind was blown. Ansel Adams has created some amazing images, especially of my local California, and its incredible to think that this was all done before digital cameras where you had one shot to adjust your camera settings and get the shot. The woman who owned the shop is named Mary Alinder (with her husband) and was actually Ansel Adams’ assistant and she had amazing stories to tell about him and some of his most iconic works. She even wrote his biography! Check out my vlog from our trip to hear her story. Never would we have stumbled upon this without leading with a sense of adventure!
Our weekend getaways have been unforgettable experiences in my life–and in building my life with Matt–I wouldn’t trade them for the world. I’m glad we are able to fuel our memories and fun with my to take the road less traveled all while living this crazy journey called life together! And I LOVE having my vintage record player at home–it brings me back to our amazing weekend at Timber Cove Resort.
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