9.03.2021

Deetjen's. Big Sur. California. 8.22.2021-8.25.2021.

After wrapping a 2 year contract, I decided to take some time off to reset before my next project. Since I had to postpone my Big Sur trip due to getting incredibly sick for a month from the COVID-19 Delta variant (I am fully vaccinate and I still got it from just one indoor event unmasked, so please be extra careful everyone), I headed off the grid and into the woods.







I have actually never hung out at Big Sur, just drove through with my ex-boyfriend when we were doing our road trip for the holidays to get to his family in Santa Barbara. I knew I wanted to stay at rustic Deetjen's, so I booked myself a room at one of their cabins. Please note that there is no reception, wifi or TV in any rooms and that Deetjen's is extremely rustic. So if you are looking for a luxury stay, this is definitely not for you. But if you are into a more simple rustic getaway in the woods, you will appreciate the essence that is Deetjen's. I also did not know that Big Sur is rather foggy, which is great for all the redwoods.

Deetjen's Big Sur Inn
831.667.2377

I learned that the Deetjen's were the first settlers in Big Sur and that Mr. Deetjen hand built all these cabins!







I ended up with Stokes, which is one of their newly redone buildings with insulation. It also only shares 1 wall with Faraway, unlike the main building that shares walls with others. If noise is of concern to you, you will want to consider one of the buildings with less neighbors. I also had that dreamy view of the redwoods out my window.






I ate at the restaurant for breakfast and dinner for all my stay and I ate my way around that menu. As you can see, the restaurant is just as charming as the cabins and I ate in a different room each time. Even if you were not staying at Deetjen's, I would highly recommend dining there for either breakfast or dinner (reservation required for dinner).













I hiked, read, enjoyed the glorious smell of the redwoods and forest bathed. Which turned out to be exactly what I needed. Perhaps you will enjoy the magic that is Big Sur for yourself some day too!

5.24.2021

Sequoia National Park. Three Rivers. California. 5.7.2021-5.9.2021.

Sequoia National Park came onto my radar recently due to their spring blooms. I realized I have not been there since likely elementary school for a field trip, so I texted my friend. She, too, have not been there in quite a wile herself. Sequoia National Park is not as crowded as Yosemite, although near that way. Therefore my friend and I decided we needed a long weekend in the woods together. Naturally, I found the most charming house available to us that weekend inside the park. We invited another friend and made a girl's weekend out of it. Since all 3 of us were vaccinated, we were able to carpool together without wearing masks and stay in a house together and be near each other and goof off all weekend. It turned out to be the most "normal" thing we have all done since March 2020. Hilariously, while all 3 of us thought we had gone there in our adolescent years, only 1 of us has actually been to Sequoia.

The house is a charming cabin with plenty of indoor and outdoor space. There are 2 bedrooms and a loft with 3 beds and 3 bathrooms, one with a tub. There is a porch that wraps around for your morning breakfast enjoyment in addition to night time star gazing (my personal favorite). The kitchen was well stocked with everything you would need to cook and bake in addition to spices. Food options were very limited and you are best off bringing your own groceries. But always a good idea to support local businesses in addition and we picked up more produce and condiments along the drive to the cabin.














































































































You can get a drink at one of the restaurants with a river view. 1 of the 3 rivers here. Or you can bring your own beverage and have a picnic at one of the many great outdoor possibilities. 



Sequoia National Park is up to 1400 feet in elevation. We went on a nice drive all the way up to 7000 feet. Along the way we saw so many blooms and my favorite was the dogwood forest along the way. Oh the fashion shoots I envisioned in that... We went to meet General Sherman, the largest tree in the world and hiked around there.








When we drove back down to our cabin in the evening we stopped over to enjoy this gorgeous gradient sunset. 



Be sure to explore the charming stores and cafes and other offerings in Three Rivers en route or for fun. We stopped by Three Rivers Village Antiques and there were some great finds. I bought myself a set of antique blush glasses with gold engravings. There were also some great home goods stores next to it where I got some more bath salts.





En route I saw an investment opportunity, so on the way home we stopped by to check it out. You can Venmo me and I also take BTC.



Along the way home we stopped by more antique stores.



Some of you may know that I have an unhealthy obsession with llamas. It started with Monty Python. I have not met a llama until Larry the llama. I was very excited. Him not so much. Le sigh.



Therefore, for solace I hid in a treehouse.

3.09.2021

Point Reyes. California. 3.4.2021-3.7.2021.

We are very lucky in California in that we have many options for local travel. I love going to Point Reyes because it has minimal reception, which is such a luxury nowadays and amazing nature. I am rarely on a schedule when I unplug in nature and I just drive around and stop and take pictures randomly and hike. 

Obligatory Cypress Tree Tunnel.





Hiking around Point Reyes.





Everything was in bloom!



There were lots of wildlife roaming free. I even saw elephant seals up close. They were massive at 3000-4000 pounds and made very funny noises!









When in Point Reyes Station be sure to grab pastries from Bovine Bakery. Also, pop into Monk Estate to see if anything is to your liking. Hilariously, Lazuli and I have a mutual friend in Claire Ptak!





Around the corner is also Captain Okō for more retail therapy.



Olema House. Point Reyes. California. 3.4.2021-3.7.2021.

I had booked myself the Drake Suite at Olema House for the week of Christmas last year. Sadly, due to the surging COVID cases, I decided to do the responsible thing and postpone my travels. This was the soonest I was able to make a run for it. It was perfect timing as I had just delivered a big commercial, so this mental break was much needed.

There is little reception this part of Marin County and no TV in the rooms. Which was exactly what I needed. I brought a few books and finished 2. The only thing missing was a tub. But I sat outside on the swing by the brook and enjoyed the sunsets and nature.

Olema House
10021 Coastal Highway 1
Olema, CA 94950
415.663.9000