SOURCED. summer wrap up // PART 2

I took as many chances as I could to get some decent travel in this summer. Biggest highlight had to be planning a surprise trip for my boyfriend and I to a secret location. I put together 7 days worth of clues (had so much fun hearing everyone's guesses on Instagram) and we jetted off to Japan - I think he was pretty surprised! 

Before that we took a weekend getaway to San Francisco. My favorite part had to be bike riding across the bridge to Sausalito.

Santa Monica - Weekend Getaway to escape Laguna craziness. Stayed at the Viceroy on Ocean Ave like we were tourists.

Oregon - International Pinot Noir Conference with Dad in Mcminnville OR. Yearly activity for us as a father/daughter wino trip!

Then there was that SURPRISE GETAWAY TO JAPAN! - Spent half our time in Kyoto and the other half in crazy Tokyo.

This summer I had the opportunity to travel to Bernal Heights in San Fransisco for a 2 day flower workshop with Natasha Lisita’s Waterlily Pond Studio, with guest instructor Francoise Weeks, and a relaxing trip to Yountville, CA. 

Summer Highlights - Learning new techniques in floral design with the amazing Natasha Lisita, whom I have admired for her large installations for some time now, was so inspiring! And Francoise taught me a whole new appreciation for woodland/botanical style design. The tours of the beautiful Far Niente Winery and Schramsberg Winery on our trip to Yountville were educational, and tasty. Both have cool (literally!) mazes of wine caves, and a traditional style of wine making that I just love! AND I’m still thinking about the perfect chef’s tasting menu we had at REDD… If you find yourself in that area, do yourself a favor, and GO! 

One spot that’s one your radar for next summer- Seattle, and the Pacific Northwest… But, I doubt I’ll wait till next summer! I just love that area, gorgeous flowers, produce, and landscape. 

Natasha Lisita demonstrating a large centerpiece

Natasha Lisita demonstrating a large centerpiece

My free form cascade from the workshop

My free form cascade from the workshop

My woodland botanical bouquet from the workshop

My woodland botanical bouquet from the workshop

Wine tasting at Far Niente

Wine tasting at Far Niente

 Schramesberg Wine Cave- All those bottles are full of sparkling wine!

 Schramesberg Wine Cave- All those bottles are full of sparkling wine!

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It was definitely a summer to remember! I got married & we headed off to Spain! 

Where we visited: Madrid, Soria, Abejar, Pamplona, San Sebastian, and Siguenza.

Favorite spot: Abejar, Spain! Small, spanish town- we went for a wedding and were treated to 17 Course lunch that started at 1pm and finished at 8pm! Also, the rooftop bars in a Spanish Art Gallery was Muy Bueno! 

On the radar for next summer… South America! (Esp. Chile and Peru!)