On the road again

Road-to-Mendocino

Another consulting assignment has wrapped up.  I’m overjoyed to have some time to do whatever thrills and delights me.  I’m off to Mendocino for a week and then to destinations yet unknown.

You may not see me here for a few weeks as I’m going to listen to the call of the open road and go wherever it leads.  I’ll have plenty of photos to share when I’m back.  In the meantime, have a lovely summer and stay cool.

Moon Pies and Magic

Grandpa

Last week in Mendocino, I kept blabbing on to B about my grandpa. There’s just something about that beautiful little town that makes me feel his presence.  The picture above is my grandpa and that’s me with my grandma below.  Even back then, I had my nose in a book.

Granny

My grandpa was the best man I have ever known.  Loving, smart, quietly confident, playful, loyal and incredibly kind.  I’m going to marry a man like my grandpa.  Men of San Francisco: the standards are high!

Anyway, B and I sat on the balcony under the stars drinking wine and eating chocolate pot de crème our last night in Mendocino.  The couple in the room next door were celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary.  They were super sweet and clearly very happy.  It felt like such a magical evening and even more so when the couple walked over from their adjoining balcony to give us moon pies.  I nearly fell out of my chair b/c it’s the same treat I used to have with my grandpa over 30 years ago.  I didn’t even realize they made moon pies outside of the South!

It was just a beautiful reminder that if your eyes are open, there’s love and magic all around you.  Don & Mary…wishing you another happy 35 years together!

You Can Take the Girl Out of the Country…

Anderson-Valley

But you can’t take the country out of the girl.  As cliché as it is, this statement is so true for me.  My time in Mendocino the past couple of months has proven it like never before.

I want to drive down winding country roads.  I want to smell fresh cut grass.  I want to hear the crunch of gravel under my feet as I walk down the drive way.  I want to hear the cicadas singing in the summer heat.  I want to sit on the front porch with a glass of lemonade (okay let’s be real…a glass of pinot noir) and wave to the neighbors as they stroll by.

I’m so grateful that I had the opportunity to do just that all last week.  It was the best week of 2013.  And while I’m a tad sad to say goodbye to my holiday, I’m excited because something tells me the rest of this year is only going to get better and better.  Bring it on!

Country

Country-Barn

Happy Thursday + Magical Mendocino Moments

Another Thursday is upon us, but I’m still reminiscing about last weekend in Mendocino. Here are a few of my favorite moments from the trip.  Enjoy the weekend!

Pattersons-Pub{Patterson’s Pub: Best burger and fries in Mendocino}

Water-Tower{Old-fashioned water towers around town}

Cliffs{Walks along the cliffs}

Fences{White picket fences and wild flowers}

Macullum-House{Sunlight on MacCullum House and pond}

Gas-Station{Totally reminds me of visiting my grandparents in Cloutierville}

Albion-River-Inn{Watching sunset over dinner at Albion River Inn}

Morning-Walk

Mendocino{Morning walks along the cliffs}

Malika

Me-Malika{Me and my horse for the day, Malika, riding along the beach}

Cliffs

Me{More exploring along the cliffs and a blissfully happy/dorky self-portrait}

Mendo-Real-Estate{Hmm…maybe I’ll move to Mendocino}

Hmmmm{…and open a shop}

Ahhhh{Ahh, sunset.  Another happy day in Mendocino.}

Nothing Blue About This Inn

Blue-Door-Inn

When I finally made my way to Mendocino on Friday afternoon, I checked into my new favorite bed and breakfast, the Blue Door Inn.  Steven, the innkeeper, was super friendly and welcoming.  The breakfasts were out of this world! Picture french toast stuffed with nutella and bananas with a side of crispy applewood smoked bacon.

From the modern decor to the perfect downtown location to the lovely gardens, it was everything the website promised and more. It’s my new happy place.  And I can’t wait to go back!

Inn

Room

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Living-Room

Dining-Room

Mendocino

Cottage

Water-Tower

Winding Country Roads

Highway-128

My long weekend in Mendocino was absolutely blissful.  Driving up along Highway 128 through Anderson Valley was one of the best parts of the trip.  Wild flowers and apple trees in bloom kept me company along the winding roads.  And I couldn’t help but smile as I sang along to my favorite Bob Marley tunes.

I was a little bummed when I realized 60 miles out of San Francisco that I forgot my camera at home.  Thank goodness for my iPhone.  Frankly, not having a big camera made me focus more on the moment and soak up every beautiful view so I could remember it later.

I made two stops along the way…first in Boonville for a very tasty ham and cheese sandwich at the Boonville General Store.  And then at Goldeneye Winery.  If you love Pinot Noir, this is the place to go.  And don’t even get me started on the duck pate.  Every Friday should be like this!

Country-Road-2

Country-Fence

Country

Bliss

Road

Lunch

Vineyard

Goldeneye-GardenPinot-Noir

Pate