Before the holidays, I made myself a promise that I would take some time off to be with my family after Christmas and I kept it! I wrote up a few posts, set them to publish over the course of last week, then off we went with some friends to escape to one of our most favorite destinations, gorgeous Lake Tahoe.
Have you ever been? It’s just about my favorite vacation spot in all of California (although it shares part of the geography with Nevada). I love being in the mountains. I love vast forests covered with snow as far as the eye can see. And I love a tranquil lake sitting in the middle of it all.
Whenever we caught a break in the weather, we went exploring. Snowy woods always remind me of this Robert Frost poem.
We found this guy along the path and named him “Wilson”, look familiar?
Our kids never complained when we told them to “Go outside and play!”
On our way to Lake Tahoe, we always stop in charming downtown Truckee to stretch our legs and grab a bite. If you’re ever passing through, we recommend either the Bar of America and Jax’s Diner (seen on the Food Network)
Downtown Truckee has the most charming row of shops, worth an afternoon stroll.
I love the classic Victorians with their gingerbread trim nestled next to the mountain style homes.
Speaking of rustic homes, have you seen the HGTV Dream Home in Vermont? Hop on over to Julia’s place for the full tour. My favorite feature are those interior barn doors!
Finally, in the true spirit of thankfulness and all around blog love, I’m extending the most heartfelt appreciation to these incredible and inspirational sites:
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And another gigantic THANK YOU to all of you who visited here this past year. Sending out a virtual hug and raising my glass to toast “To 2011 and all the good things it brings!”