My girlfriends and I escaped the bustle of the city for a little piece of heaven this weekend. Emily’s co-worker rents out this little Oceanside sanctuary, about 9 miles from Tillamook, Oregon, and was gracious enough to let us borrow it for the weekend. The place was seriously stunning. In fact, I wanted to just pick it up and plop it right in the city and call it home. We immediately settled in, aka, popped open a bottle of wine.
I’ve been in a bit of a funk lately and haven’t been feeling quite like myself. A getaway to a secluded, beautiful and reception-free cabin with my best girlfriends and all the wine available at the Tillamook grocery store was just what the doctor ordered. Below are some pictures of the house itself. I’ll share more pics from the trip later this week. I went a little trigger-happy!
Seriously, this tub.
I attempted to help build the fire but you see that little piece of wood in the corner…that’s what I handed Catherine to start to fire. She had me go open the wine.
Oh, and we had these little monsters with us. I can’t even describe how happy they made me. Puppy fever – high alert. More puppy cuteness to come.
I was chatting with my friends over the weekend about how much I adore photobooths. What a fantastically simple and creative tool to capture a person’s personality. I love how silly props can turn a camera-shy person into a “model.” Or how it is totally acceptable to act like a dork or pack on the PDA inside the booth. And let’s face it, they are always the highlight of any event.
One friend had the genius idea of setting up a photobooth at the corner of her street and see what fantastic photos are captured of perfect strangers. Imagine the stories you could assemble? You can even piece together the photos into an entertaining coffee table book.
I know what you must be thinking. Amanda, might we have a drinking problem? Perhaps I should change the name of this blog to “Wine Romance” because let’s face it, vino has pretty much been the content filler for this blog all summer long. But fear not, I simply enjoy delicious wines, great company, gorgeous countryside views and road trips. Wine tasting just happens to mesh all my favorite things into one activity. So really, what else is a girl to do??
A few of my lovely girlfriends came down from Seattle to enjoy the wine country we Oregonians are always bragging about! Plus, my sissy surprised my papa for his birthday so she tagged along with us. It was one of those perfect days that made me fall in love with this state again and again.
For those of you who are actually interested in the wine (ha!) I’m going to do a post on all the wineries I’ve visited this summer with information on the tasting room, the wines, the ambiance, etc.for anyone who might be planning a trip out this fall!
My sweet and old (time not age) friend Erin May has graciously featured me on her blog as an inspiring PDXer! I have loved this feature series on her blog because all the women she has featured are also inspiring to me!
Erin, herself, serves as quite the inspiration in my own life. She has always lived so true to her values, her dreams and herself. It has been a privilege for me to grow up with her and watch her bring her aspirations to life. Not to mention I take full credit for setting her and her longtime beau, and also longtime friend of mine, up together! (Remember that letter I exchanged for you guys during track, Erin and Kyle??) She also happens to be an amazing freelance designer and I’ve used her myself more than once. So do yourself a favor and go check out her delightful blog and call her up if you are ever in need of design services! You won’t be sorry! Thanks again for the feature, Erin!