big sur, ca [pch trip part 1 of 5]

this 5 part series outlines a two-week road trip my brother, sister and i took down the pacific coast highway. on our trip, we started in napa, drove to the muir woods, spent a few days san francisco, drove from half moon bay to monterey, then big sur and finally ended in los angeles.


a little while ago, my siblings and i took a road trip from napa to los angeles, driving down the PCH. these photos are from the last leg of our trip. we stayed with our aunt and uncle, two incredible humans who were renovating an insane probably gagillion dollar “glass house” in big sur. next time i’d love to stay (and eat) at the big sur lodge, or find a campground somewhere closeby.

must see and do and eat: julia pfeiffer burns state park for 3,000-foot ridges, mcway falls for the breathtaking 80-foot water fall pictured above, big sur bakery for snacks, bixby creek bridge, and the limekiln state park for an easy hike and the tallest trees of your life.

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barrel oak winery [delaplane, va]



barrel oak winery‘s motto is “real people. real passion. real virginia wine.” there is definitely a friendly, low-key, familial feel to this winery and i’m so thankful that it’s only an hours drive from dc. we spent this past saturday in their adorable cabin-style wine area snacking, laughing and imbibing some pretty tasty wines. i was partial to the Continue reading “barrel oak winery [delaplane, va]”

las vegas, nv


last weekend we jumped on a plane for a super quick trip to vegas! we were there to redeem a trip that zach and i had won on the ellen show last spring. we won a two-night stay and tickets to see jennifer lopez perform! my siblings flew in from la and san diego to meet us…i never knew my brother was such a j.lo fan until that night 😉

we spent most of the weekend having a pretty typical vegas experience, traipsing around the town, eating, drinking and laughing until our stomachs hurt. some highlights included: seeing j.lo perform and my first vegas show ever at the axis theater at planet hollywood [that woman is an ageless, magical unicorn], indulging in delicious sweets and champagne at the wooden spoon in the cosmopolitan casino [never have i seen a more extensive array of all-you-can-eat food], walking around fremont street and feeling like we went back in time in old las vegas.

it was a quick trip, but i know it won’t be my last.


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weekend in dc


last weekend was spent hanging out with friends and trying out some new [to us] places. friday we metup with some friends for fancy cocktails at a cool little bar on 14th + u, quarter + glory. on saturday, after a failed attempt to attend an outdoor festival at yards park, we happily ended up at blue jacket for beers + bar snacks.

sunday, zach and i were on a mission in search of wood and other materials for two projects we’re working on at home. we decided to checkout community forklift in hyattesville, md. on our way, we stopped at vigilante coffee to pickup some coffee and pastries [the pretty star-shaped pastry is a kouign-amann, basically sugar, butter and heaven]. we topped off the weekend with a late-night oyster stop in our hood at eat the rich, a place we’ve been meaning to try since moving back to dc 5 months ago.

to me, there’s no better way to spend a weekend than by exploring new places in and near our city.


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