The long Thanksgiving weekend felt like it was officially the kickoff of the holiday season. It was a busy weekend but full of so much fun! This last week also marked the official kickoff of the running season for me. I know that may sound weird, but I’m not a summer runner, so when cooler weather rolls around I start running. This time of year I just do some casual running to get into the swing of things for spring. Here’s an overview of the Thanksgiving Day Race, a half marathon that I signed up for and The Grinch at the Aronoff.
Our trip along the Oregon coast and through the redwoods had been nothing short of amazing so far, but I was really looking forward to our night in Mendocino. This was the one night of our trip that we planned to really splurge on our lodging. I had found some really cute cabins at a location called Agate Cove Inn and decided to take the plunge and book one. I’ve never stayed at a B&B, and I’m not sure it’s really my thing, but these cabins were the best of both worlds when compared to a traditional hotel. We had our own private space, with a cute deck, fireplace and jacuzzi, and a great homemade breakfast in the main house in the morning. Isn’t it cute? Continue reading →
As we continued our road trip we we packed up the car in Fortuna, CA and were perfectly situated to head to the Avenue of the Giants. We had driven the Newton B Drury scenic route the day before but didn’t want to miss this famous drive. The Avenue of the Giants is 31 miles long and at the start of the drive we picked up a guide which highlighted stops and hikes along the way. Continue reading →
As we continued on our road trip I was sad to be leaving the amazing Oregon coast but excited for the new experiences that were still ahead. Remaining stops on our trip included California redwoods, Mendocino and Sonoma County. I had heard of the Avenue of the Giants, but while I was planning our trip somebody recommended that we also take the Newtob B Drury Scenic route to see redwoods.
After spending a great afternoon in Bandon, OR we continued south on OR-101 to Gold Beach where we were staying for the night. This was one of our stops where I really did a lot of research on which town and hotel to stay at. I picked the Pacific Reef Resort and have to say that it was one of our favorite nights of the trip. Our room had a nice balcony and a great view of the beach in the distance. We ended up just grabbing a pizza and some beer for dinner and had a great time sitting on our balcony watching the sun set. There were two rocking chairs on our balcony which I absolutely loved.
After spending some time in Florence we headed down OR-101 just a bit to the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. I have been to Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan so I wasn’t sure that the dunes would seem all that novel, but I have to say that I was impressed. I also have to say that I’m very thankful our trip fell just before the federal government shutdown which would have prevented us from visiting amazing spots like the dunes.
So you must forgive me that this post is a bit of an afterthought and won’t have the best photos. Last weekend I went down Lexington to visit friends and go to Keeneland. I wanted to have some pre-race cocktails and picked up a few things that I thought sounded good and seasonally appropriate. What I created was so simple but so delicious!