Soquel is calling…will you answer?

Among my favorite things in the world are hiking and drinking beer.

Today was a particularly awesome day as it was my friends birthday and we went to one of my FAV places to get beer.

Initially we attempted to hike at the medicine buddha – but alas, the public can not hike there on Saturdays. So spur of the moment we decided to head to Nisene State Park. It is not the best place to go with a pup and there is an entrance fee but despite these setbacks we had a great time explorin’.lightthroughtreestraillodgingforthenightstick-homeriver crossingovertheriver

Now for the piece de resistance… Beer Thirty! If a could marry a bottle shop this would be my first choice. The key is getting to go food at Carpos ( next door). For my veg friends your options are more limited ( salad bar, grilled cheese, veg burger) but if you eat meat get the tri tip sando ( YES!). So… you get your food to go, head next door to Beer Thirty grab some brews and hang out… Once you are done eating, get a refill and play some corn hole or ping pong! This place is dog and kid friendly so no excuses!

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A love letter to the state of Vermont

This title really should be a love letter to Vermont, Beer, Fall and Cider Donuts.

I am so full… full of happiness and beer.  The foliage here really gets to me. It is so beautiful and in California we have leaves change but maybe not at this magnitude… it is different.img_0676img_0678img_0691

Loved seeing all the spooky/halloween/fall decor in from of peoples houses.img_0693img_0694

Have you ever been to a diner in the back of a hardware store? Well I hadn’t until we ran across Sarah’s Country Diner. If you are in Cabot and hungry you should definitely stop in. What a fun experience! They even had locally made Kombucha – excellent!img_0695

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So this is where Sunflower Seeds come from?!img_0700img_0703img_0706img_0708

FINALLY, we made it to Hill Farmstead Brewery. I have been wanting to come here for a few years now and it was everything I dreamed of. Decadent beers, organized growler fills and pours made for an enjoyable experience.img_0714img_0718

Stumbled upon an Apple Pie Festival at a local high school! What Luck! Sharp Cheddar Cheese – yes please! Wishing I was having this again. img_0692

Rock Art Brewery was a great stop! I am so glad we made it a priority. Great Beers, super knowledgable staff that described every beer and the order we should drink it. The downstairs bar area was filled so we went upstairs where there were two large rooms. My friends and I had a great time sampling and spending time with one another.img_0721

Lost Nation Brewing  is an awesome brewery. Having been before on a Sunday when it was way less crowded I was completely taken off guard by the line out the door. It was popping on a Saturday. My suggestion is that if you want a flight and food (which trust me you do!! ) you should go on a Sunday or be prepared and okay to wait. I love their beers and the flight is a fun experience. Their kitchen turns out some amazing grub so its a must do!img_0727

Will be dreaming of this little airbnb view forever. What a dream.img_0736img_0740

Cider Donuts and Hot Cider, not too much just enough!img_0744

After gorging ourselves we wanted a little hike, but let me tell you this hike was anything but little. It was pretty intense with a little rock climbing but the views along the way were well worth it! Seemed to be dog friendly as we saw many pups along the route.img_0750img_0767img_0769img_0785img_0786img_0789img_0790

Burger and Beer for lunch… doesn’t get much better after an intense hike. Prohibition Pig is another must do for me – great service, beer, and food.img_0799img_0796img_0797

On our way home, we made it to one last brewery, Long Trail. I have had their beer before but this is my first time at the brewery. I LOVE the outdoorsy vibes – so up my alley and their beer was delicious. img_0801img_0802img_0803

I have probably used, delicious, amazing, must do way too many times in this post but thats honestly how I feel. My jeans may be a bit tighter but what a magical weekend. Now…when can I get back??!

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Halloween Hangover

I love all Holidays and I am a little sad to see Halloween come and gone. This year was fun filled with trips to pumpkin patches, mulled wine, carving, pumpkin flavored treats, many Halloween movies and of course costumes!

Hocus Pocus is a classic and I can watch it every year and not grow tired of it!

Mulled wine! Delish …

Mario Kart with my team at work!

Meet Debbie, Eliza and Darwin from the Wild Thornberrys! 

Spooky Decor!

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A Week in Photos

Lucky for me Firebrand bakery is right next to my office. I am OBSESSED. It is so delicious.

This was a ginger cookie with REAL chunks of ginger! I also purchased a golden raisin and fennel baguette which we paired with Pumpkin goat cheese… and let me tell you it was a real dream.img_0814

Dinner party thrown by my amazingly talented friend. The cheese board started it all!

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Finally tried Brown Sugar Kitchen last weekend. Everyone that worked there was super friendly but I have to say that I wasn’t overly impressed with the food! Maybe it was too hyped up – I still think you should try it, but have realistic expectations.

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Went to a Pumpkin Patch, it is definitely easier to get Pumpkins at the grocery store but much more fun to go to the patch!

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I have been working out at my company’s baby gym and loving it. It is nice not fighting for equipment!

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Loved this Stone Collab.  It is from last year…so if you haven’t tried it yet I highly reccomend you do! img_0867

Links I Love

no-working-link-has-been-provided-so-the-dispute-cannot-be-investigated-please-make-sure-to-include-a-working-link-in-your-report-sLove this article from Outside about building your perfect home gym! They correlate each item with activities in the outdoors where you will use the same muscles.

Don’t have time for breakfast? Think again. Here are a few quick and protein heavy breakfast ideas. I love to do hummus on Dave’s Killer Bread with chili flakes or Tapatio or Cholula on top. Yum and filling!

Remember our Girl Scout Cookie and Beer Pairing earlier this year? Well I will have to do it again with Halloween Candy!

Can’t wait to get my hands on this six pack of Patagonia Beer.  This beer is different in that it uses a type of wheat that can grow back season after season. Making it more sustainable.

Can’t wait to try this DIY for more luscious brows and lashes! Need to get on it asap.

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A Spooky Stroll in Salem

It isn’t actually too spooky… but we did encounter some awesome decorations and a halloween parade so it fits!

Many flock to Salem around Halloween as it is not only the home of the Salem Witch Trails from the 1600’s but also where the movie Hocus Pocus was filmed.

Two of my best friends just bought a house in Salem, so we went to hang out from the evening and just happened to witness a cute hometown Halloween parade.img_0261img_0262img_0264

What outing would be complete without a little beer tasting! Notch Taproom and Brewery is conveniently located with an amazing outdoor patio that allows you to sit riverside. img_0269img_0270img_0272img_0274

The beer is great and the pretzels aren’t bad either.img_0276img_0280

People lined up for the parade!img_0282img_0283

The cemetery in town. Spooky.img_0289img_0292

We hit Opus for dinner. The menu here has everything a diverse party could want. Sushi, burgers and fries…oh my!img_0294

These fries were delish.img_0297

The sushi was great too!img_0298img_0300

Can’t wait to visit my friends in Salem again and experience more what this cute, historical town has to offer.

What exactly are the Cloisters?!

A totally hipster morning in Williamsburg. I am not sure if hipster is still a thing or even what I mean by it but I was surely not cool enough to get coffee here! img_0563img_0564

I heart big cans.. hahaimg_0565img_0566

Must brunch at Pies -N- Thighs – you WILL feel 10 pounds heavier after this meal but it is dang good. img_0567img_0568img_0569

Lots of awesome street art in Williamsburg – loved it.img_0573

Heading out of the city for some Medieval European art, architecture and gardens at The Cloisters. I highly reccomend visiting this museum and the beautiful grounds.  If you have extra time I suggest bringing a blanket and picnic to enjoy the grounds.

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I guess the Flamingo has been trendy for awhile…img_0610img_0611img_0613

Hops for medieval brewing!!!img_0619img_0624

As we were headed back to Mass from NYC we made a few stops… mainly involving beer. Are you surprised? North River Hops and Brewing was busy on a Monday and felt very family oriented. I loved the small batch vibe and particularly enjoyed.. the PB & J stout and the Maple and Whiskey Aged IPA.. to be honest I liked all I tried. Their IPA’s were hoppy and smooth. I would love to live close to this gem and visit on the regular. img_0630img_0631img_0632

OH and can we talk about their planters and mailbox??? I died… too cute.img_0639img_0640

Upstate New York is pretty magical. Those Fall leaves give me all the feels.img_0643img_0647

Chatham Brewing was another pleasant surprise. When I saw that they had a Raspberry Wheat I knew we had to stop. I have been really fond of Raspberry wheats this summer and was intrigued. They did not disappoint. On top of delicious brews they also sell bowls of popcorn for a dollar… what a dream.img_0652img_0653img_0654img_0656img_0657

What a wrap to an amazing weekend. The sites, the booze, the miles walked… it all added up to an unforgettable road trip.