Travel to West Marin

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Travel to West Marin

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that last month, I had a runaway weekend in West Marin County. When I say runaway, I mean run.away. Despite the fact that I tend to present myself as a living out loud kind of person, I am an introvert at heart. I love love love alone time.  I polled some of my friends – kindred spirits – and was guided to the magic of West Marin.  Located about an hour and a half north of San Francisco – accessed by a beaaaaaautiful drive along the California coastline on Highway 1! – Marin was the perfect place to rest and restore my weary heart and mind.
I stayed at Manka’s Iverness Lodge. It couldn’t have been better. The rustic, quiet, and peaceful environment was exactly what I needed!  Each morning, breakfast was delivered – with a New York Times! – in a little box, complete with a vegan and gluten free muffin and granola with fruit. It was yummalicioius. Oh and the best part: the pitter-patter to my door didn’t happen until the ungodly (or perhaps completely godly!) hour of 9:00 am.
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The weekend was spent eating, hiking, reading and sleeping, all of which = Silver Linings all around! Here are a few of my favorite things that I did when I was there:
Dinner at Sir & Star, opened by the Mankas people.olema-exterior-1200
Oysters at Hog Island Oyster. The BBQ oysters are IN.SANE. Oh, if you’re not a singleton (like I was), be sure to make a reservation!
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 Saturday afternoon grilled cheese at the Pt Reyes farmers’ market is delish and super charming.

Picnic lunch from Cowgirl Creamery + hike out to the Elk Point (or any hike, really). Buy a bottle of Sean Thackrey wine from the little nook, or a Navarro. I actually didn’t do this because I was by myself. And driving. And healthy this weekend.


Waking up with a morning walk in the National Forest was the Silver Lining of each morning!

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Shopping for sheets upstairs at the Coyuchi Linens outlet. Always a key stop.

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I went to a Writer’s Workshop at my all-time favorite Bookstore called Book Passage where my all-time favorite writer, Anne Lamott gave a talk. It was A.MA.ZING.  She is everything I hoped she would be: smart, witty, funny, irreverent and vulnerable.  And yes, I was the geeky girl who whipped out my phone and took a photo of her.  Screen Shot 2015-06-09 at 10.31.48 AM

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This weekend, I reminded myself that down-time is the most uplifting thing that we can give to and do for ourselves, whether it is traveling and getting out of our environment altogether or just a good old fashioned pajama day. I hope that you will do the same for yourself.


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