Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Wine Tasting in Carmel Valley

I'm not sure how or why, but I've never really spent much time in Carmel Valley. I've always stayed close to Carmel-by-the-Sea instead. Carmel Valley has so much offer from wineries and wedding venues to shopping and art galleries - it's such a great place to spend a weekend. As part of my getaway to Carmel for Mother's Day last month, we spent Sunday in the Valley for a bit of wine tasting & lunch. Our first stop was Cowgirl Winery - the cutest country tasting room located in a barn. It honestly made me want to put some cowboy boots on! The tasting room is nestled back from the street near a few other tasting rooms, with beautiful lush gardens. After your flights, you can pop down to Corkscrew Cafe for a thin crust pizza lunch in casual surroundings. It's got a great backyard feel with quirky touches like that cool wine bottle sculpture. Definitely worth a visit. 

Monday, 2 June 2014

Escape to Cabo

It seems like months ago we were lounging in the sun in beautiful Cabo. It was such an easy, relaxing vacation - just three hours away to absolute paradise. We stayed in our family's condo right in the heart of town, which ended up being such a convenient location, close to the beach, restaurants and the harbor. Our itinerary was very loose, but I tried to hit up all the spots Jetsetter recommended in their "Your Keys to Cabo" guide. Here are just a few of the highlights...
We kicked off our vacation with an easy dinner of fresh seafood and massive margaritas at The Office right on the beach. The Baja style shrimp were pricey but so succulent.
After dinner, we strolled back towards our condo to Bar Esquina where I spotted these amazing light fixtures. These would be amazing on a patio or in a Mexican-themed dining room. Although we only got drinks, the menu looked pretty good - California/Mediterranean style. 
We ate most breakfasts on our patio…I wish I could start every morning like this! On the menu: breakfast tacos with tomato basil corn tortillas, eggs, cheddar, avocado and turkey bacon with fresh coffee.
Jim had told me about the fresh spiced mangos you can buy on the beach, so as soon as I spotted the man with the stand I made a beeline over there. They flay the mangos right in front of you and sprinkle sweet chili right over.
Somewhere in the middle of our trip, we made our way over to Lover's Beach which is just a 5-minute boat ride (about $15). The rock formations are beautiful and sand is the perfect color tan. It's a nice escape from the sometimes-hectic Medano Beach. Next time we'll bring a picnic lunch so we can spend more than a few hours over there. 
On our last night we decided to take a sunset cruise on a sailboat and it turned out to be one of the highlights of the trip. We went with Cabo Sails and the service was great including an open bar and a cheese plate. Afterwards, we popped over to Mi Casa for a delicious Mexican meal complete with tres leeches cake for dessert (handmade by our waiter's grandmother!). Another restaurant we loved was Edith's for an upscale dining experience. I had the chicken enchiladas and they were the best I've ever had. 
We'll be back sometime soon…I can't stay away from that gorgeous sunset!

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