How has a year passed so quickly? I admit my blogging this year was definitely not as frequent as the years prior. I am planning to rectify that in 2020. This year started with a flood for us (eeek!) Our kitchen flooded on Christmas Eve and so the first three months of the year we spent renovating our house. You can see how our new IKEA and Semihandmade kitchen turned out in this post. But after that, our travels and fun resumed. Here are some of my favorite things from 2019.
Ojai, California — Sleeping in an Airstream
In January, midway through our house renovation we escaped for a few days to Caravan Outpost — a really unique spot in the little southern California town (near Santa Barbara), called Ojai. The Outpost has several Airstreams that you can rent. We really enjoyed the weekend – you can read about it in this post.
Solvang Girls Weekend
One of my favorite things is getting away with my bestie every year. This year we went to Solvang, a small Danish-style town outside of Santa Barbara in the region’s wine country. We had so much fun staying in a small Airbnb. We rode our bikes to the town of Santa Ynez which was so cute and enjoyed great food and amazing wine. I love the area and highly recommend it!
I feel like the luckiest girl in the world sometimes. My job takes me to some great cities, but London is by far my favorite. This year, I was able to visit London twice! Outside the working hours I was able to see some amazing museums, parks, art and food. I wrote up a guide recently that is updated with some of my favorite things to do. Read the post here.
By far the most amazing thing we did this year was visit Spain. We spent five and a half weeks traveling from one end of the country to the other, eating, drinking, soaking up history, hiking, surfing, beach-ing and loving every single place we went. I need to do a few posts this year on that trip.
My first trip to this little Arizona town nestled among the red rocks was not disappointing. We went in October over fall break and got some incredible weather, took in several amazing hikes and enjoyed a little time share resort with mini-golf and a pool. So fun!
This National Park is one of the most popular for a reason. It is so incredible. I could have spent many more days exploring this amazing place. We loved the October weather, cold in the morning and evening, warm in the afternoons. The trees were changing colors and it was so beautiful. The hikes were spectacular. The only drawbacks I would say are the crowds and we went in the off season. I will definitely be back again.
This is one place that you really have to see in your lifetime. Photos do not, and can not do it justice. The vastness of this canyon, the changing colors throughout the day, its just beyond comprehension. We spent three days exploring and hiking in October. It was a great time of year to go. The crowds were really mellow and the hikes were also less crowded. We really challenged ourselves with a few long hikes and I’m so glad we did. The further you go, the less tourists there are, leaving you virtually alone looking out over the canyon.
Well, those were our favorites. What’s up next for 2020? Its truly a mystery. I usually have a pretty good plan by now, but I am flummoxed about what to do this summer. I think we want to stay stateside – and now I am working full time, so I don’t have quite the flexibility. We’ll see. Stay tuned!