Seven for Saturday

Seven for Saturday

Happy Saturday!

For my first Seven for Saturday post since the end of March, I thought I’d share 7 noteworthy things that happened during my blog break.

1 ~ Kayla and Forest Got Married!

Kayla, Bill’s oldest daughter, and her longtime boyfriend, Forest, tied the knot in early June in Cloverdale. What a wonderful, unique and fun-filled wedding! What was unique about it was its location on top of a mountain at a gorgeous, secluded and hard to reach 600+ acre ranch. The drive to get to the wedding was straight up on a one lane, very curvy road and it took 30 to 35 minutes to get to the site. Such a special place.

Photo by Jessie Holman Photography

Bill and I arrived Wednesday to settle into our hotel room at Geyserville Inn and relax a little bit before we went up to the ranch to help set up the following day.

Kayla and Forest invited 180 people to the wedding so there was much to do in preparation. I won’t bore you with all of that stuff but I will say we all got quite the workout and the suntans in the days leading up to the main event. Who knew assembling chairs in rows could be so complicated and sweaty?

The ceremony itself was just so lovely and touching. They wrote their own vows and chose such a scenic setting to exchange them.

After they were declared husband and wife, the big party began. We had so much fun! It was a blast of a wedding – dancing, mingling, laughing and just having the time of our lives. I wish we could do the wedding day all over again.

Photo by Jessie Holman Photography

Photo by Jessie Holman Photography

I couldn’t help but tear up during the father-daughter dance. Kayla picked out the song she wanted played for this very moment many, many years ago when she was a teen of about 16. It’s called Cinderella. Whenever she heard it on the radio as a kid, she would always say, “This is the song I am going to dance with Dad to at my wedding.”

As mothers and stepmothers often do when their kids marry, I really fretted over what to wear to the wedding. I knew it would be hot but I wanted to wear a maxi dress even though a tea length would have been a cooler option. I must have ordered 25 dresses before I settled on this one.

Until Kayla and Forest get all their photos back from the photographer, I only have this one picture showing my dress. The photo is pretty blurry but I love seeing all these Shubin gals together.

As you can see, it’s sleeveless, and floral print. It was very light and not hot at all. I love the empire waist and little ruffles at the shoulder.

From L to R: Haley (Ryan’s wife), me, Tori, Jennifer (niece), Hayley (niece), Debbie (sister-in-law), Danielle (nephew’s fiancee)

Hopefully we’ll get more photos from the wedding that I can share with you. It truly was such a wonderful wedding. Bill and I are so thrilled to have Forest as a son-in-law and couldn’t be happier for the newlyweds!

2 ~ Camping in Bodega Bay

Back in May we had the opportunity to borrow Bill’s younger brother’s fifth wheel trailer while he and his wife were out of town. As I mentioned in my last post, Bill and I are thinking about getting an RV and were curious about fifth wheels. Borrowing Rob and Debbie’s was a way to testdrive one, so to speak, and see if it’s something we want for ourselves.

It was a great to get away but ten days is a long time to be in one spot. I admit to being a bit restless on more than a few occasions. Foggy days that brought strong winds and chilly temps didn’t help much. But I will tell you, when the sun shines in Bodega Bay, it’s gorgeous! We hiked whenever the sun the came out and a couple times when it didn’t.

One day during our camping trip, Bill went ocean fishing with a friend who owns a couple charter fishing boats that are docked in Bodega Bay. They had a successful outing and Bill brought back a LOT of fish and crab. It was awesome! I still have some fish in our freezer.

We are still up in the air about getting a fifth wheel. Cramming us and four dogs into a pickup truck and driving for long periods does not sound appealing to me. But once you’re all set up in your spot, fifth wheels are fantastic and so roomy. So we’ll see!

3 ~ Pismo Beach Trip

Haley and Ryan, Bill’s son, were married in early April in Cambria on California’s Central Coast. We decided in early June to head down the coast to visit them and tour the area a bit.

We stayed at the most wonderful hotel in Shell Beach, right next to Pismo. Inn at the Cove is our new favorite place to stay when visiting the Central Coast. And it’s dog friendly so we were able to bring our two little dogs with us for small fee.

The view from our balcony at Inn at the Cove

We took lots of walks, visited Pismo and nearby Oceano Dunes, looked at RVs, spent time with Haley’s family and ate lots of good food.

We also logged in quite a bit of time on our ocean view balcony, watching the pelicans – there are tens of thousands of them in that area – seagulls, seals, and even bunnies!

I always say that I could live on the Central Coast when I visit that area and I am not kidding! It’s just so laid back and beautiful. I doubt we will actually ever move there but taking an RV to the Central Coast for an extended period might be a possibility someday.

4 ~ New Fences

We are beyond grateful we didn’t lose our house in last fall’s wine country fires. The only things that were destroyed were our fences in the backyard. The fierce winds we had the night the fires began took them down. After seven months, we finally had new fences built and they look so great!

They are taller than the old ones by over a foot and they’re made of beautiful redwood. We love them! It’s motivated us to start thinking about other ways to improve the appearance of our backyard.

5 ~ TIPS Roadside in Kenwood is Open for Business

In my last Seven for Saturday, I shared some photos from our fun experience being menu taste testers for our friends Susie and Andrew who own Tri Tip Trolley and now their new restaurant, TIPS Roadside.

When we attended the test dinner, the dry wall wasn’t up yet. Fast forward three months and they are open for business and we are thrilled! It’s so close to our house, we could walk there in about 5 to 10 minutes.

They have been open for a few weeks – since the beginning of June – and we have already been for dinner 6 times!

We love the atmosphere, décor and the food! We are always welcomed by the staff with big smiles and fantastic service. My favorite dishes lately are the tater tots and tri tip cubes with 3 dipping sauces.

If you’re local or planning a visit to Sonoma County, be sure to follow TIPS Roadside on Instagram to stay up to date with their latest news.

6 ~ Medlock Ames Bell Mountain Ranch Tour

Bill and I were invited to Medlock Ames to take their Bell Mountain Ranch Tour. Located in Alexander Valley, near the charming town of Healdsburg, Medlock Ames has a tasting room on the outskirts of Healdsburg and a 338-acre ranch several miles from there.

We visited the former which is known as Bell Mountain Ranch. We took a group tour which was led by Chelsea, our friendly, knowledgeable, interesting and effervescent guide.

Chelsea first gave us a small glass of their 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, which is estate grown like all their wines. Then we were off to explore the ranch with her. We visited the olive grove, the huge one acre vegetable garden, and the original Merlot vineyard that was on the property when Chris James and Ames Morison purchased the ranch in 1998.

Chelsea told us the ranch is solar powered and that all wine grapes, fruits and vegetables – including olives – are certified organic. That’s my kind of winery!

Once our walking tour around the property concluded, we were taken to the fermentation room. I have been on many, many wine tours and I must say, Chelsea explained the grape fermentation process better than anyone!

Our tour concluded with a lovely seated tasting where we were treated to a wine tasting of four other wines that were each paired with local cheeses and wonderful jams made with fruit from the ranch.

Bill and I decided to buy a few bottles to take home, along with a bottle of their estate olive oil.

I highly recommend the Bell Mountain Ranch Tour at Medlock Ames. It was one of the most informative and interesting wine tours I have taken. The property is gorgeous and the wine is delicious and the tour is only $40 per person.

Visit the Medlock Ames website for more info and to schedule your tour.

7 ~ Bill’s Birthday

Bill celebrated a birthday last week and while he said he just wanted to go out to dinner, I had other ideas. I convinced him to take a birthday trip to Lake Tahoe and booked three nights at Hyatt Lake Tahoe at Incline Village.

It has a beach, a fabulous restaurant called Lone Eagle Grille that is has gorgeous views of the lake, and nice big rooms. We upgraded to a family suite and invited Bill’s brother, Rob and his wife, Debbie to join us. We had a total blast! I splurged and got us all a lakeside beach cabana for Bill’s actual birthday.

He and his brother also rented paddleboards for an hour while my sister-in-law and I floated in the water in pool floaties. It was one of the best trips and non-stop fun. Bill was sure happy we turned his birthday into a three day celebration!

Enjoy your weekend!

 

Disclosure: Our two tickets for the Bell Mountain Ranch Tour were complimentary. All opinions expressed here are my own, as always. 

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25 Comments

  1. Mary Ann
    June 30, 2018 / 1:59 pm

    Hi Adrienne, I am so glad that you decided to return to blogging after a long, but much-needed, break. We don’t live too far (90 minutes or so) from the Napa-Sonoma area and it is always so much fun to read about things to do and places to visit like the restaurant and ranch that you featured today. Also, my husband and I are native Central Californians and have been up and down the coast many times. Your pictures were stunning and make me want to go get in the car and head out on a road trip! I will look forward to hopefully many more fun blogs from you.

    • Adrienne Shubin
      Author
      July 1, 2018 / 9:06 am

      Hi Mary Ann,

      Thank you for stopping by! My husband is a native Californian too. He lived in LA until he was about 9, then their family moved to Marin County where he lived until he moved to Santa Rosa for his fire career in the late 1980s.
      The coast of California is just so pretty – we love it. Southern California coast is so different from Northern. We like both the wide and sandy beaches and the rugged, rocky areas equally.
      We live in such a phenomenal part of the world, here in California. There are limitless things to do and see. I often go long periods of time never leaving the state – like years!
      Hope you’re having a great weekend and are not affected by these fires. We were in Napa (city of and the valley too) yesterday and the sky was filled with smoke. Not something any of us here in North Bay Area want to see again. Hopefully they will get some containment now that the temps aren’t so high and the wind gusts have lessened.
      Adrienne

  2. June 30, 2018 / 2:08 pm

    You’ve been so busy, Adrienne! But I loved reading all about it…my husband would be so jealous of the fishing!

    • Adrienne Shubin
      Author
      July 1, 2018 / 8:40 am

      Hi Pam! So lovely to hear from you!
      Prior to retirement, Bill never liked fishing and usually turned down offers from friends to fish. Then this happened at Bodega – our friend insisted Bill join their fishing group for a day – and now he loves it! I may have to buy him some nice fishing gear if he continues to enjoy it.
      I hope all is well and your summer is going well. I will pop over to your blog and say hi soon! Adrienne

  3. Rosemary
    June 30, 2018 / 3:20 pm

    I meant to add that I love the dress you chose to wear st Kayla and Forrest’s wedding … it’s so pretty
    Have a great weekend!
    Rosemary
    I hope my last comment posted, I seem to be having some problems …

    • Adrienne Shubin
      Author
      July 1, 2018 / 8:53 am

      I love the dress too, Rosemary. I rarely wear sleeveless dresses as my arms are not so toned and slim anymore. But the little ruffles at the shoulder helped me get over that insecurity.
      Looks like your prior comment did not come through – but a new one just did! Off to reply! A

  4. Jenny
    June 30, 2018 / 4:03 pm

    The bridesmaids with cowboy boots are adorable! What a lovely and unique wedding. It’s so nice to see your blog posts in my inbox
    Jenny

    • Adrienne Shubin
      Author
      July 1, 2018 / 8:51 am

      I agree – the boots were such a great idea. I love the coral color dresses they wore too.
      Thank you so much for the comment – hope you’re having a great Sunday! Adrienne

  5. Kathy
    June 30, 2018 / 4:53 pm

    I love your blogs! You always have such wonderful recommendations for dining and wine tasting. Nice to have you back.
    Also, I saw you and Tori on an episode of Scraps. My friend, Dina, was there as well.
    Keep blogging! Love it!

    • Adrienne Shubin
      Author
      July 1, 2018 / 8:49 am

      Hi Kathy,

      Oh, being on that SCRAPS show was so fun!! I think I remember your friend…she was sitting close to me, I believe. We had a great group of people – everyone was so outgoing and we all had a blast. Plus the food was phenomenal.
      Thank you for stopping by! It’s so good to be back to blogging. I didn’t realize how much I missed having it as part of my daily life.
      Have a great rest of your weekend! Adrienne

  6. June 30, 2018 / 5:58 pm

    Hi A,

    WoooHooo you are back!

    Missed reading your blog posts. I absolutely love this post-what great photos! Retirement looks wonderful on you both! Those photos from the wedding make me miss you more than I already do! Joe and I are SO excited for you and Dad to come and visit us this summer! I love you!

    XOXOXOXO
    T <3

    • Adrienne Shubin
      Author
      July 1, 2018 / 8:50 am

      Hi Sweetie! We miss you so much – hope to come up for a visit in late July or mid-august.
      I wish we could restart our Healthy Lifestyles series but I know you have so much going on right now…maybe when things settle down for you.
      Love you TONS and miss you every single day.
      xoxoxo, A

  7. June 30, 2018 / 11:56 pm

    What a fabulous wedding! And what a great time you and Bill have had in beautiful places! Enjoy the Summer!

    • Adrienne Shubin
      Author
      July 1, 2018 / 8:34 am

      We have been so fortunate to be able to have freedom to travel now that Bill is retired. It’s also fun to have adult kids who live in beautiful places so we can have an excuse to visit them! Hope all is well with you and your summer is fun and relaxing! A

  8. July 1, 2018 / 3:30 am

    I’ll have to Google 5th wheeler. What a fantastic post- so many exciting events, and your enthusiasm shows. The fences really do look great. The wedding looked really magical, and now I’m so anxious to go to that hotel on the Central Coast, as well as coming up to visit and eat at Tips Roadside! xo

    • Adrienne Shubin
      Author
      July 1, 2018 / 8:33 am

      Hi K,
      I probably should have explained with fifth wheels are. They are nice and tall, which is great for us, but I really don’t like not being able to get up and walk around (bathroom breaks!) and have space with the dogs like we do in a class A motorhome (the big ones, like buses). Fifth wheels, however, are much less expensive, and not as much maintenance since there is no engine.
      I guess we will decide at some point…in the meantime, we keep looking and discussing.
      I love that hotel where we stayed in Shell Beach. We took a 4+ mile walk one morning and went to the beach, walked through the charming neighborhoods, and around the cliffs where we could see thousands of pelicans out on the rocks.
      Yes, when you come up next time, we will go to TIPS! It’s so cute and later this summer or early fall I think they will have their patio open.
      xoxo, A

  9. Sharon Carlson
    July 1, 2018 / 6:29 am

    Welcome back! I so enjoy your posts- Sharon

    • Adrienne Shubin
      Author
      July 1, 2018 / 8:25 am

      Thank you, Sharon! And thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. Hope you’re having a great weekend! A

  10. Rosemary
    July 1, 2018 / 8:32 am

    Hi Adrienne, I’ve realised my first comment didn’t publish…
    As always beautiful pics, love the wedding ones, such an amazing venue! and such a well written post… full of fun, sun, sea, family, food, wine and vineyards! Thought I’d see if I could come up with seven. Definitely some of my favourite things. I often dream about what it would be like to live in the mountains in Switzerland (my happy place!) or by the sea/vineyards, California! Loving North Carolina at the moment as well … that’s the thing about a vivid imagination, we can be anywhere we want to be! As you know, we visited Sonoma because of you and your blog and had a wonderful time. I’m so glad you’ve decided to continue blogging as you’re a great writer, who writes from the heart and has so much to share.
    Rosemary xxx

    • Adrienne Shubin
      Author
      July 1, 2018 / 9:00 am

      Thank you so much, Rosemary. What a kind comment and it’s comments like this one that keep me motivated to blog. I am glad I took a long break from it because I appreciate blogging more than ever. It is important to me to stay current with technology, be creative, use the old gray matter and the imagination! I dream about living elsewhere too – beach, mountains, wherever it’s scenic and there’s good food 🙂
      I hope you continue to have a great time in NC…what do you think of what southerners call “Barbecue”? I love Carolina pulled pork – vinegar based rather than a thick sauce. Have you tried it? xo, A

      • Rosemary
        July 1, 2018 / 11:33 am

        Hi A, I haven’t had the vinegar based pulled pork I’ll definitely look out for it, if we’re ever lucky enough to come back. Heading back towards Atlanta now and flying home tomorrow. Always mixed feelings at this time … sad to leave but happy to be seeing the rest of our family and be home for a while. I’ve got to be able to pull my jet lagged self together and do a quick turnaround as I’m off to Barcelona with my daughter for a few days! So excited as I love our “girls”time but slightly concerned I’ll be shattered! We always have a chilled and fun time though…:) and I realise how lucky I am that we get to do things together.
        Hope your weekends going well … and that the fires are soon extinguished… thinking about all concerned.
        Rosemary xxx

        • Adrienne Shubin
          Author
          July 2, 2018 / 7:50 am

          Hi Rosemary – have a great flight home. Sounds like you have some very fun travel plans when you get home! I have never been to Spain but would love to visit.
          We are hoping to go to Oregon to see Tori before the summer is over. We sure miss her!
          The fires are pretty far from here but still worrisome. I think the cooler weather and higher humidity today will help the firefighters get a handle on the fires. It’s going to be a long, long fire season this year, I fear.
          ox, A

  11. Robyn
    July 4, 2018 / 8:55 am

    Welcome back! So happy you decided to return to blogging. I really enjoy your posts and I checked in regularly and was disappointed when there was nothing new. I did see some updates on your Instagram so knew you were ok. You have such good and interesting content and deliver in a very pleasant manner. Thank you

  12. July 18, 2018 / 7:58 am

    Welcome Back! What fun to take a blogging break and enjoy so many fun experiences along the way.

  13. July 30, 2018 / 7:39 am

    Wow, what a busy and wonderful time you had off! Hope you keep blogging and thanks for the dog friendly hotel rec in Pismo Beach as we are finding the drive from Camarillo to Berkeley in one day with the dog a hard trip on our bodies.

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