California

Point Lobos State Reserve Carmel, CA

Another beautiful spot we visited on our 2010 honeymoon was Point Lobos State Reserve in Carmel,CA. The day was a bit dreary, but the weather did nothing to diminish the incredible, wild beauty of this place. Meadows were filled with so many new-to-me colorful coastal scrub plants and seals slept lazily in rocky coves. From December to […] Read more…

Friday Flowers: Studio Choo

Studio Choo is a Bay Area based floral studio owned by two best friends, Althea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo.  They use locally-grown flowers as often as possible, and their arrangements are always fresh and seasonally-inspired. In addition to designing flowers for weddings, the team wrote an adventurous floral and gardening column for the blog, Design*Sponge, titled, “We Like […] Read more…

Balboa Park Botanical Building, San Diego, CA

Balboa Park is 1,200 acres of museums, gardens, and open space overlooking downtown San Diego. The Botanical Building and its famous Lily Pond were built for the 1915-1916 World’s Fair Panama-California Exposition and it still stands as one of the  largest wood lath structures in the world. While Jeff and I were visiting family in San […] Read more…

A most magical place

I believe Big Sur to be more a “state of mind” than a destination.  There is no a central downtown,  more like a stretch of coastline dotted with small cafes, bakeries, camping grounds, restaurants, and inns that range from rustic to luxurious.  Driving along the slightly treacherous highway 1, many of these places are hidden […] Read more…