Sometimes, spontaneous trips are the best ones! 4:30 pm on a Thursday, want go to Santa Barbara? After throwing sweaters, boots, an umbrella and long pants (an unusual packing list for a trip south) we jumped in the car and hit the road. Five and half hours later, through a huge storm and dark skies we arrived in not so sunny Santa Barbara. I didn't mind, in fact, the weather made the trip even more adventurous. From huge waves almost hitting Boathouse (a gorgeous restaurant at Hendry's Beach), to nights sitting around a fire pit with my man, to reuniting with old friends, it was an all around great trip. Although I wasn't focused too much on capturing scenic Santa Barbara through a lens this time around, here are some snapshots taken all around town. You won't be seein' beach photos though...I'll save that for next month when I catch the sun rays and waves for spring break! Check back for my own photo diary created to capture the historic Mission Santa Barbara we visited the last day of our short trip in a few days!
In the heart of the Mission district of San Francisco holds (quite possibly) the cutest chocolate factory there ever was! Once you walk through the doors into Dandelion Chocolate, scents of fresh cocoa and sugar cane fill the air. And that's just the beginning. During a tour of the small batch chocolate making process, be prepared to get handed spoonfuls of warm chocolate as you learn about the heart and soul that this small company encompasses. After the tour, enjoy a soft, nutella stuffed chocolate chip cookie (that I am still dreaming about) and a gourmet latte. But that's not all they offer! The cafe has everything from frozen hot chocolate to homemade s'mores. What a lovely space with the nicest employees, it was a treat!
It's around this time of year I yearn for toes in the sand and sun on my face. And believe me, I'm not the only one who is ready for February to be over and June to arrive. As I was thinking about all the amazing places I've traveled to thus far in my life, Hawaii is one place that will always be close to my heart. I have been the Big Island, Maui, O'ahu, Kuaui and Lanai and have to say they are all magical. This particular set of images were taken on Maui and Kauai this time last year. The extraordinary valleys and secluded lush forests, the majestic colors of Waimea Canyon, slick, black sand beaches, kayaking and paddle boarding through the warm waters of Maui, the sparkling beaches with incredible sand...Ahhh the list goes on!