Valentine’s Weekend Adventure

“To live will be an awfully big adventure.” ~ Peter Pan

When Josh and I made the move to California and settled into a new life rhythm, we decided that monthly getaways needed to be a regular part of that rhythm. Praise the Lord that I married a man who recognizes that discovering new places and traveling keep my heart alive and should be a given in our budget. Since moving to California we have visited Yosemite National Park, Ashland, Oregon, San Francisco, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

This past weekend, we decided this month’s getaway would be to Sacramento – about a 2.5 hour drive. We have been down there a couple of times, but never for more than a quick visit to Old Sac or to fly in and out of the airport. I’m fairly certain this is the first trip we planned entirely around food. One of the restaurants we wish we had access to on a regular basis is Chick-fil-A. I worked at one in high school and it is definitely still one of my favorites. I introduced Josh to their chicken biscuits about a year ago, so now we make a point to start our adventures with them as often as possible.

After breakfast, we made our way to a local mall and a couple of outdoor shopping plazas in Roseville. We enjoyed wandering in and out of stores that we frequented while living in New York, including our favorite kitchen store. When we had our fill of window shopping, we headed to our hotel near downtown Sac, where we enjoyed a dip in the hot tub.

For dinner, we chose a new favorite – a brewhouse we were first introduced to by friends in Las Vegas. Their pizza cookies are a favorite of ours – especially the peanut butter s’mores. It’s safe to say that we consumed far more calories than necessary, but we certainly enjoyed every bite!

On Sunday we visited the hot tub one more time and enjoyed a delicious continental breakfast before starting our journey home. But of course we could not venture back to Shasta Lake without first visiting a local coffee shop. Of course we had to try out the pastries with our cappuccinos. The almond croissant was incredible!

So needless to say, our trips usually revolve around food (specifically pastries) and good coffee. I would say we’ve discovered quite a few new favorites in less than a year in the area. I can’t wait for our next adventure!


I couldn’t have said it better myself!


Valentine’s gift from my love


Almond croissant…the way to my heart


My forever coffee date


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