Summer is by far my favorite time of year because I absolutely love warm sunny days. Being outdoors under a bright blue sky is my idea of the perfect day. I feel like every year summer flies by and I wish I had made more of an effort to be adventurous. This summer bucket list was created to keep myself on track and to get outdoors as much as possible. My winter self will thank me!
1. Kayaking - We got a head start on this one and went kayaking last month at Lake Natoma in Folsom, Ca. It was Beto's (my boyfriend) first time kayaking and now he's hooked! We have plans to go again soon because once you start, you can never get enough.
2. Berry Picking - Last weekend we headed out to Swanton Berry Farm in Davenport, Ca. During the summer months you can pick fresh strawberries straight from the farm and pay by the pound. It is so much fun to be out in the country and the strawberries are so sweet (way better than store bought). Now that's what you call farm to table!
3. Capitola - This little beach town in Santa Cruz county boasts beautiful scenic views of the Pacific Ocean. With colorful beach abodes that line the shore, it's the perfect little retreat about two hours outside San Francisco. You can either pack a beach blanket and a picnic lunch or try out one of the many delicious restaurants downtown.
4. Wine Country - A couple weekends ago we headed out to the Lavender Barn in Sonoma and toured the Chateau Montelena Winery. But there is still so much more to see and do out in Napa Valley, we hope to make it back out there again this summer.
5. Hiking - In San Francisco we are very lucky that we have so many hiking trails with great views. When it comes to my fitness routine, I can get into a rut with only going to the gym. But I always feel motivated to get fit when I'm out in the sunshine climbing mountains.
6. Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge - I am slightly ashamed to admit this but even though I grew up in the SF Bay Area I have only walked across the Golden Gate Bridge once when I was very little. I was so young that I hardly remember it so I almost feel like it doesn't even count. We live so close to the bride that it would be a shame to not to enjoy San Francisco's most iconic monument.
7. Beach Days - I often take for granted how close I live to the ocean and there may be a time in my life when I can't just hop in the car and head to the beach. After berry picking on Saturday we decided to relax after our hard work on the quiet seashores of Año Nuevo State Park. Keep scrolling for some beautiful beach views.
8. Filoli House and Gardens – If you love sprawling gardens and old world charm then you should put Filoli on your list of bay area places to visit. Originally built by a wealthy San Francisco family in 1915, this historic mansion sits on 125 acres with the most beautiful gardens and orchards. Filoli is now open for the public to enjoy.
9. Travel to Exotics Lands – In exactly 18 days we will be hoping on a plane and jetting off to far away islands. Stay tuned, it’s a surprise!
10. Grow a Garden – I started on this one early in the springtime after being inspired by a gardening DIY reuse K-Cups project. I am proud to say that I have made great progress and I hope to have some ripe tomatoes soon. Before I began I was worried that I wouldn’t have much of a green thumb. Sadly I have killed some potted plants in my past (may they rest in peace), but as it turns out I am not (always) a plant killer.
Strawberry Fields Forever
Last weekend we headed out to the small coastal town of Davenport, Ca to visit the Swanton Berry Farm. This is one of the few places where you can pick your own berries to take home. My family used to go berry picking when I was a kid and this was my first time back at it. We came home with a basket full of strawberries, many of which we ate on the drive home.
My country inspired overall dress was another great thrift find from Schoola. Armed with my Hunter wellies, I was ready to brave a little mud and get dirty on the farm. Working out in the sun you need to remember to stay hydrated and wear your sunscreen. I slathered on my Supergoop sunscreen and packed my favorite Romeo bkr water bottle. And oh man was I glad I brought it because we were thirsty after all that work!
Año Nuevo State Park
On the drive home from the berry farm we decided to detour to the Año Nuevo State Park on Highway 1. This very private beach is known for beautiful bluff views and a large population of elephant seals. While we didn't find any seals that day (breeding season is in the winter), we enjoyed the very quiet and peaceful scene away from all the beach crowds.
Half Moon Bay Barn Burgers
The last stop on our weekend adventure was to one of my favorite Half Moon Bay eateries The Barn. This quaint little barn turned burger joint opened fairly recently and has quickly become very popular with both locals and tourists alike. The outdoor patio's decor is just too cute and the weather is perfect on a sunny day. Dogs are welcome on the patio so feel free to bring Fido along. With locally sourced ingredients the food is gourmet quality and oh so delicious. We ended our perfect summer day with a Mexican chocolate milkshake and hit the road back home to San Francisco.
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