We had such grand plans for our 25th wedding anniversary. We had talked about some epic trip we would actually fly to, maybe stay a week. Oh the dreams the talks we had about it even years before it arrived. But then. It arrived. Much sooner than we thought. Somehow those 25 years just flew by. Things happened last year that were out of our control and the savings we had went to a big huge gigantic block wall that had fallen January of 2017. Sigh. Life you know. Then taxes. sigh. Life you know.
But you know what? Life is pretty awesome and we are really fortunate to live in this gorgeous golden state of California and since our 20th we have gone away some place in California each year at least for a weekend. Before 20, it was out to dinner because we were in the midst of raising children and we just didn't get away very much without them. That was a choice. We dig those kids.
We almost didn't do anything this year but Rich was like, come on, it's our 25th, lets find something local and reasonable and just have a weekend away. I heard about airbnb so I jumped on that site and thought "mountains" I want to smell the pines. That cabin up there popped up and the price was right and so I booked it on the spot. Rich was like, wait...we need a place for Abbie to say, I was like, that will figure itself out, I'm booking this!
That's motorcycle man up there relaxing in the cabin we rented from our hosts Dave and Ben. The pictures on airbnb didn't lie. This place was quaint and special, very special. It felt like home, it had a very welcoming feel and I'm so glad we decided to be a little adventurous and try out this new way of vacationing. The coolest part, it was Dave and Ben's very first time renting their home and our first time using airbnb and let's just say, it was an amazing experience. Both ways. They thought of everything. I love details and I can tell there was a labor of love put into this cabin, very thoughtfully decorated, furnished and well equipped.
I brought a few things from home, my light board, Pippi, lots of cameras even colored pencils, I practically filled that little desk full of my comforts from home. Rich loved the upstair carpet. It was like a cozy treat for his feet. The bed was so comfortable and at first plop down on the living room chair my words were "I want to live here" Rich thought that was pretty funny but he also felt very at home here.
See what I mean about the details. I really loved the unique and fun bits of decor in this darling A frame style cabin. The artwork was special, I even found a drawing Dave did nicely framed in the living room, the bee!
The outside of the cabin was just as thoughtful as the inside, nicely raked and kept so tidy. I'm not a kid but I still have my childlike spirit so I could appreciate the fort on the property and had to climb up in there a couple times. I did yoga on the deck by the pines it was amazing. We enjoyed dinner outdoors one night by the fire and under the ambient lights.
I'm such a sucker for light. Their lights were really awesome too, dimmers, gorgeous light bulbs, pretty lamps and hanging unique shall I say chandeliers, the big wagon wheel and stunning antler lantern above the master bed! I got lucky and we got back from the village wine and music festival at blue hour so I got a couple nice shots of that time of day. It sure made me happy.
The morning light just awed me as well. I took this picture below because the morning light on the wood floor called to me.
And you know. I'm not sure if there is proper etiquette for this type of thing. I just know that when I go to someones home for dinner or a stay, I like to bring a gift for them. So we left them a gift before we were on our way. We noticed they were low on vodka:)
This is the short story of our weekend stay in Twin Peaks. I have a feeling if Sunset Magazine catches wind of this hidden gem this cabin may be booked solid in no time. I had a special angel sitting next to me when this cabin popped up at just the exact right time and each of us experienced our firsts together. This is a place I would for sure return to. I have a small video below under 4 minutes long of our time this past weekend. I often don't seem to link it right but if you can see it, the password for this video is LOVE. all caps.