We did a previous post on what to pack for “Glamping” a few weeks ago. We stayed at Costonoa Lodge in Pescadero, CA and here are a few images of our tent bungalows. Steph and I both reserved tent bungalows right next to each other which came with 2 beds. We made our bungalows feel a little more homie and cozy with our own quilts and candles. We had fire pits in front of our bungalows and for the first time learned how to start our own campfires, sounds like a little feat, but a big victory coming from some “city girls.” The first morning we got wonderful massages from the spa. After we visited the small town of Pescadero and picked up a few groceries from the local market, Arcangeli, which had fresh baked bread and their own line of jams and sauces. Next we headed to tour Harley Goat Farms (recent post) and sampled different types of goat cheese. When we got back, we laid out a picnic in front of our bungalows and just had a chance to sit out and relax. On the drive back, the next day we stopped at one of the many beaches along the way and let the girls splash around a bit and collect some cool rocks. We all had a great experience glamping and will try to make it a yearly ritual.
Kriselle, Steph & the girls
A treasure of a place truly dear to our hearts is Pescadero, California. About an hour away from San Francisco, a beach and farm town so unique and warm, it is worth the trip. It is a place to be enjoyed by every one, there is something to do for kids, families, couples, well, even if you’re going there solo, we’re sure you will go home refreshed and peaceful.
One place we love to go to is Harley Farms Goat Dairy. Our kids love watching the alpine goats, from the newly born to the tough looking billy goats. At the store you get to sample what the farm has to offer – goat cheeses of all forms (even those who dislike the taste of goat cheese will love it, they’re nothing like what you get from the supermarket), sweet fruit extracts, olive oils, honey, eggs, and they even have beauty products made from goat’s milk, flowers and essential oils.
Every month or so they host a farm dinner, where you get to sit down and enjoy a family style meal. A dinner that can’t be missed, not only is it special for you and your sweetheart, it is also the perfect venue to have conversations with people you have not met before. A chance to experience sharing a meal with a community of like-minded folks – food lovers who like to enjoy fresh, in-season, gourmet meals. Perhaps we will see you there this year? Although we need to call in advance since they get booked fast.
Stephanie and Kriselle
       
Kids Essentials to add to the Summer Kit. Folded up they pack neatly and take little room.
Rash guards [1 & 6] from J. Crew will protect the kids from the sun and keep them warm for playing in the ocean. Swimsuits [3 & 7] from Target will work for all water occasions. We find baseball caps [4 & 8] are easier to wear for kids than floppy straw hats or fedoras and we like to show love to our home teams. Our go to for water shoes are cute, stylish, comfy and come in a variety of colors, Saltwater Sandals  and Native Shoes .
Kriselle & Stephanie
          
We’ve been MIA for a few weeks while wrapping up the end of the school year, tying up work projects, revamping the blog with a new look and getting ready for summer, but we’re back!
With that in mind, we realized during our “Glamping Trip” (pics to come soon) that 1) we need to do that more often and 2) that we need a Summer Essential Kit always packed in the trunk of the car to make these little trips easier to do and can be more impromptu. One of the biggest roadblocks in taking these trips is the daunting idea of having to pack and unpack, so if we had a kit ready to go in the car, we’ll always be prepared. We’re pretty spoiled living in the Bay Area having access to some of the best outdoor scenery from beaches, lakes, rivers, parks and swimming pools so being prepared will make it all the easier to go and explore.
Having a straw tote  that is foldable will work to carry things out of the car. The picnic basket  by Martha Stewart is complete with plates, glasses, utensils and napkins for four. Each member in the family can have a different color striped towel  from Dwell Studio. The tassel blanket  from West Elm is lightweight and will work for the beach or a picnic. This water bottle  by OKO is great because it has a built in filtration system. Badger Sunscreen  is natural and organic. Powder is great for dusting the sand off bare feet and Burt Bees  makes a natural one that smells so fresh. Love the Honest Company for their non toxic products and  wipes always come in handy. Aveeno  hydrocortisone cream in case of any skin allergic reactions. Having a first aid kit is essential and this kit by  Medibag covers the whole family with 117 pieces. This  trunk organizer will keep it all organized and has a removable insulated cooler.
Kriselle & Stephanie
Suzy Lee [ 1, 2, 3, 4 ]
Amy Krouse Rosenthal [ 5, 6 ]
Jon Klassen [ 7, 8 ]
Dan Vaccarino [ 9 ]