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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.  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.

TimberCove resort


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.  I 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 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.

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One of the reasons I opt for these mini getaways during the summer (any time of year actually) is because Ican 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 I have the tendency to work instead of relax, taking these weekend getaway trips helps me 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!

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On the topic of me being a workaholic, we need to remember to slow down and savor the moments.  Staying at Timber Cove was exactly what I needed.  I 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 to a place where all worry about anything else disappeared and it was all about the feeling in the moment.  And I ended up ordering the same record player on Amazon the next day (with my Amex Blue Cash Everyday Card of course)!

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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 I 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 my trip to hear her story.  Never would I have stumbled upon this without leading with a sense of adventure!

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Our weekend getaways have been unforgettable experiences in my life–I wouldn’t trade them for the world.  I’m glad I am able to fuel my memories and fun 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.


In partnership with American Express, all thoughts are my own.



  1. August 21, 2017 / 6:49 pm

    You guys are too cute!! This place looks incredible. Will definitely need to book a stay!!!

  2. August 22, 2017 / 8:53 am

    This post makes me want to go on a weekend getaway like asap. I love these cozy photos! There is truly nothing better than a weekend with your significant other exploring a new place!

    xo, Shelby

  3. Amy M Loochtan
    August 22, 2017 / 9:51 am

    this place looks like a DREAM!

  4. August 22, 2017 / 11:05 am

    We’re headed on a cross-country road trip and these cozy, cabin photos have me inspired to pack and prepare. Also, I’ve been wanting a good record player and have had my eye on a Crosby. Do you find yourself using yours often?

    xxo TR // @StyleSouffle

  5. August 22, 2017 / 7:38 pm

    This spells romance all over! I need this exact getaway with my husband! Thank you for reminding me of the importance of an escape!

  6. August 23, 2017 / 10:04 am

    I have been thinking about doing something special for my birthday but your weekend looked so perfect. Old vinyl records, Ansel Adams and a nice wine is the way to go.

  7. August 23, 2017 / 10:07 am

    OMG, you two are adorable! I nice quick getaway can really help improve your health, mood, and outlook on life. My husband and I try to do it whenever we can.

  8. Catherine Sargent
    August 23, 2017 / 11:15 am

    This looks like a great weekend getaway destination. I need to plan a weekend trip and surprise my husband.

  9. August 23, 2017 / 3:50 pm

    A weekend getaway is truly important. It can help reconnect and maintain the bond in a relationship. I am glad that you got away, looks like a comfy place to relax!

  10. August 23, 2017 / 6:08 pm

    Such beautiful scenery! Cannot agree with you more on the importance of weekend gateway. Great for the soul!

  11. August 23, 2017 / 7:19 pm

    I’d love to take a weekend getaway. It looks like you had a lovely view, that along with good company, food and music makes for a great time.

  12. Brianne
    August 24, 2017 / 4:18 am

    This place looks so dreamy! And yes I couldn’t agree more, a weekend getaway is always a must!

  13. Kristi
    August 24, 2017 / 8:42 am

    That looks like the perfect place for a weekend away, actually even a week long stay would be nice there.

  14. August 24, 2017 / 11:37 am

    Getting that cash back makes it nice! Sounds like a really relaxing place to stay.

  15. August 24, 2017 / 12:47 pm

    I love doing road trips and do a lot of staycations for the weekends here and there. Or, in the middle of the week depending on who I am going with. I tend to go any time of the year.

  16. Dogvills
    August 24, 2017 / 1:35 pm

    Looks like a really awesome place to stay. My husband and I really need to go on a vacation, sans the kids. This seems to be the perfect getaway destination.

  17. August 25, 2017 / 7:28 am

    With a place like this, it’s tough not to have a great time relaxing. It’s the perfect escape especially after a stressful week at work. I love the peace and quiet and the view definitely doesn’t disappoint. It’s really lovely out there!

  18. August 25, 2017 / 9:46 am

    This is what my husband and I currently need. Some time off together in a place where it’s quiet and it’s easy to rest! I just love how this place has everything you need for a getaway. I’m definitely going to check it out.

  19. Ashley DTKAustin
    August 25, 2017 / 11:20 am

    What a beautiful place!! I love a good staycation and y’alls looked absolutely amazing!!

  20. August 26, 2017 / 8:50 am

    It’s so awesome that you guys intentionally take time to get away from all the distractions and all the work that you can “catch up” and really savor time together! We all need to do that! It looks like you found a great place to go to. Your photos are GORGEOUS!!!

  21. August 26, 2017 / 5:44 pm

    Looks like a fun getaway! Those are the best 🙂

  22. August 27, 2017 / 10:45 am

    My husband and I just did a little staycation at a gorg hotel in the downtown are of our city and it was so great to getaway and change it up for a bit! This places looks beautiful and I’m so glad you two had a great time!

    xo, Sara

  23. August 27, 2017 / 1:19 pm

    Love little getaways like this! Definitely important to unplug and get away from it all every once in a while.


  24. August 27, 2017 / 4:44 pm

    Getting away, even for the weekend is so important! I totally agree with you! Looks like you guys had a great time!

  25. Sarah K Tripp
    August 27, 2017 / 6:24 pm

    R&R is SO important! Looks like a fun trip!

  26. August 27, 2017 / 8:25 pm

    Weekend getaways are so important! This looked like such an amazing trip.


  27. August 27, 2017 / 8:41 pm

    sounds so amazing! we definitely need a little trip away!

  28. Stephanie Z
    May 11, 2018 / 12:10 pm

    I love Ansel Adams photography. The images are stunning!

  29. Joshua West
    May 30, 2018 / 7:45 pm

    I love the look of the dress you’re wearing the one where you’re hold the binoculars… it’s it vintage?

  30. Joshua West
    May 31, 2018 / 3:29 am

    Is that a real #NativeAmerican totem pole?

  31. Joshua West
    June 2, 2018 / 2:28 am

    I love that record player…

  32. Joshua West
    June 2, 2018 / 2:28 am

    I love that fire place too…

  33. Joshua West
    June 3, 2018 / 9:09 am

    And remember #frankiesaysrelax #528hz #tuned #music #heals the #DNA Relaxing is a life lesson, it’s a discipline it’s the time you need to work on you & the key to working better …. you need to look into #earthing

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