Thursday, June 21, 2018

Travel Guide: Glamping in Mendocino

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You might be thinking this is the most nature-filled post you've ever seen on Allergic to Vanilla, and you would be right. Almost nine years blogging and if you've followed along from the beginning you know I'm a city girl through and through. Fun fact about me, I've never been camping, let alone glamping, so when Mendocino Grove invited me to join their press weekend at their one-year-old property, I jumped at the chance to get my first camping experience. Today I'm sharing my highlight reel from the trip as well as my recommendations for Mendocino if you find yourself planning a trip to this beautiful coastal town.

Where to stay: Mendocino Grove, obviously. It might come as a shock to you if you've never been camping before, but sleeping under the stars, unplugging from the world and being one with nature has never been more luxe and good for your psyche. The property was the perfect amount of indoor meets outdoor, where spacious family-sized tents housed Queen sized beds layered with the most comfortable heated mattresses and Pendelton-esque blankets. No more freezing under a sleeping bag, amirite? Each site had its own campfire complete with logs and a smores kit (extra charge) to really get that camp feel down. Imagine being surrounded by a forest of Redwoods, under a canopy of vivid stars and roasting your own marshmallows? It's quite the experience!

Another gripe I've heard from those who go camping is that going to the bathroom is less than glamorous. Well at Mendocino Grove they have that all taken care of for you. There are hot showers with changing stalls, private restrooms and products you can use like soap and shampoo (last I heard they were going to get conditioner too) so you don't need to lug around your own toiletries.

They also have a sweet deck where you can congregate with your neighbor campers for breakfast (which is included), a game of bocce, a morning yoga session, or a nightcap around the roaring fire. If it sounds too idyllic to be true, trust me when I say it's better. It really was such a lovely experience. Maybe I am cut out for this camp life, after all. ;)

Where to eat: Downtown Mendocino is only a short 5-minute drive from the campgrounds, and it's definitely worth checking if you are looking for some action-- from bars, boutique shops, and everything sprinkled in between, with the most breathtaking backdrop of the Pacific Ocean. If you only go to one restaurant make it Tote FĂȘte Deli and Burger Grill and order the burger with fries, extra crispy. This is a super casual spot but honestly one of the best burgers I've ever had in my life. It's unpretentious, cheap, and the owners are really lovely. I also recommend heading to Frankie's, down the street, to try the mushroom ice cream. When else can you have mushroom ice cream? If you are looking for a more upscale dining experience, I recommend Trillium Cafe, it's beautiful and cozy with a fireplace and ocean views. If you only try one thing make it the Lemon Napolean!

What to see: Kayaking down Big River Beach was the coolest experience, bring lots of layers and be prepared to break a sweat unless you opt for a motorized kayak at Catch a Canoe. We saw so many otters and interesting river birds.

Navarro Winery is a 45 min drive from Mendocino, but it's in the direction back to San Francisco so you might as well stop for some wine tasting to ease the two and a half hour drive back into the
Bay. Navarro is a well known local winery in the area with the most beautiful Wisteria overhung gazebo and a not-too-shabby property with dozens of lambs grazing the fields. I've also heard popping into Pennyroyal is a must, they are a sister property to Navarro and specialize in cheese!

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

what to wear when blueberry picking

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blueberry picking, Ott farms, Central valley agriculture, what to wear when fruit picking, green summer dress, straw fedora, zara
blueberry picking, Ott farms, Central valley agriculture, what to wear when fruit picking, green summer dress, straw fedora, zara
blueberry picking, Ott farms, Central valley agriculture, what to wear when fruit picking, green summer dress, straw fedora, zara
blueberry picking, Ott farms, Central valley agriculture, what to wear when fruit picking, green summer dress, straw fedora, zara
blueberry picking, Ott farms, Central valley agriculture, what to wear when fruit picking, green summer dress, straw fedora, zara


If you watch my Stories on IG you know, it's more than just pretty clothes. A few of the notables in my life are my husband, lots of travel, working out, food and cooking -- the things that inspire me and make life that much sweeter. The later has an exceptional place in my heart (and my stomach, if we are being honest). I love the idea of growing my own food for consumption but since we don't have the weather here in San Francisco to grow agriculture in abundance, and my green thumb is nonexistent -- seriously, I killed a baby Christmas tree once-- I love getting out of the city to pick my own food and in this instance blueberries! I did it two years ago and stopped back at the same grove on opening day while on the way to visit my in-laws last month.  

We spent a little under an hour at Ott Farms picking four pounds of delicious blueberries this day. On the other side of the orchard, Ott has cherries, but they weren't fully ripe, so I'll just have to come back to pick those one day before the Summer is over. I'm in search of a nectarine or peach orchard if any of my Bay Area readers have any suggestions would love to hear 'em in the comments below! 

Some tips for what to wear when fruit picking:
  • Wear SPF. It gets hot when you are mid-day in an orchard, so lather up.
  • Bring a hat.
  • Wear something you are comfortable in, whether it's a full dress or jeans and a tee.
  • Wear closed toed shoes. While these sandals were the better choice to compliment this dress, closed toe shoes would have been more comfortable to navigate the orchard in since you are walking lots and in dirt fields sometimes.
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