Ya, Mon! Our Trip to Jamaica

Ah, this is my first post in so long! Things have been crazy busy, but I just had to share a few photos from our recent trip to Negril, Jamaica. I attempted to surprise Reese with a trip to Jamaica for his 30th birthday, but of course, I spoiled the surprise six months ago with my big mouth. After an amazing, but adventurous honeymoon, we both said that we wanted to head to an island for our next vacation, and I figured his birthday was the perfect excuse to escape for a little R & R. I was super excited and once I spilled the beans, Reese was too.

Last Sunday, we hopped on a plane and flew to Jamaica for four days. The flight was super easy and as soon as we landed, we were in total Caribbean relaxation mode. Jamaicans are so chill and friendly, and you know you're in for a good time when your shuttle driver stops at a dive bar and tells you to pick up some cold Red Stripes for the ride.

We decided to forgo the all-inclusive route and stay at a more authentic, boutique Jamaican resort called the Rockhouse. My thoughts? BOOK A VACATION HERE ASAP. I can't say enough good things.  The place itself was gorgeous, the staff was incredibly friendly and welcoming, and the views were simply breathtaking. We also experienced probably the best spa experience of our lives, ate a ton of delicious Jamaican food, and drank probably one too many dirty bananas. It was the perfect little getaway for us both to relax, recharge, and enjoy a bit of a second honeymoon.

IMG_0031_2IMG_0034_2IMG_0010_2IMG_0012_2IMG_0005_2We stayed in one of these cliffside villas, which was amazing. Waking up to this view would never get old. IMG_0032_2IMG_0028_2IMG_0036_2

IMG_0001These little hidden caves could be found all over the resort. So cool.

IMG_0008_2One day, we went out on one of these glass bottom boats and went snorkeling with the coolest Jamaican around, Vincent. We had so much fun, and even spotted an octopus! (Sidenote: I also got stung by a jellyfish and Reese had to drag me back to the boat. After my initial panic attack in the middle of the sea, I was totally fine. Even when I'm super relaxed, I'm still apparently a hypochondriac.) IMG_0033_2It's not a Caribbean vacation without coconuts and cuban cigars...

IMG_0053_2IMG_0029_2Oh, and we got a couples massage, right here. Pretty amazing. IMG_0011_2We also ventured into the town of Negril and found a few great spots, like this cozy little beach bar called "Chill Awhile." IMG_0025_2IMG_0019_2IMG_0023_2We're already planning our return! The Rockhouse is seriously a little slice of heaven. Until then, I'm sure going to miss these sunsets. IMG_0002_2Happy 30th Birthday Reese!! IMG_0009_2xo Court

 

 

 

 

 

 

All things Gaudí!

The last day of our vacation - so bittersweet! We missed our pup Franklin, but we absolutely loved Barcelona. How could you not? We woke up and grabbed an early tapas lunch at Casa Guinart before touring the city. I miss starting my day this way!securedownload-35We spent our last day on a self-guided Antoni Gaudí architectural tour. We were so impressed with Casa Batlló that we decided to dedicate a full day to all things Gaudí. How amazing is this?? In Barcelona it's known as the "house of bones" because of it's skull and bone structure. securedownload-38We started at Park Güell, which is one of the coolest places to see in Barcelona. The architecture is insane! Gaudí is a genius, and we couldn't have asked for a more perfect day...the weather was amazing, the sky was bright blue and the sun shined all day long. DSCN0333 DSCN0334 DSCN0335 DSCN0337 DSCN0339DSCN0342DSCN0345 DSCN0346 DSCN0350 DSCN0351 DSCN0354 DSCN0355 DSCN0356DSCN0359 DSCN0361 DSCN0362 DSCN0366 DSCN0367 DSCN0368 DSCN0369 DSCN0370Hey stud!DSCN0371View from the top! DSCN0374After the park, we walked to La Sagrada Familia, one of Gaudí's most famous works, only to find that it was under so much construction on the outside that it was unrecognizable and they sold out of tickets to tour the inside (on Sundays they only sell a limited number of tickets due to mass). Bummer - this is the only pic I managed to get. DSCN0379It looked amazing and I wish we could have seen the inside! Oh well, we'll just have to go back :) We ended up heading back towards our hotel to check out Palau Güell, the former palace of Eusebi Güell designed once again by Gaudí. The details were just incredible! DSCN0381DSCN0383DSCN0385DSCN0388DSCN0392DSCN0393DSCN0397DSCN0400My favorite part of the house though was definitely the roof - these are all chimneys, and each one was so unique and colorful!DSCN0403 DSCN0404 DSCN0409Yes, that's Reese checking out the chimneys - and he's over 6ft tall, so you can see just how big these were!DSCN0412 DSCN0402Barcelona has a ton of awesome graffiti - I spotted this from the roof.DSCN0411 DSCN0414Such an AMAZING vacation with my husband - I can't wait to travel with him again!! He's the best travel buddy because we're always on the same page. Where should we go next??

xo Court

 

 

 

 

California: Day 1 {Santa Barbara}

Reese and I had an AMAZING time in California. Everything was perfect - the weather, the scenery, the company...it was just what I needed. We flew into LAX on Friday night with Reese's brother, Bert and his wife Christine (who were fabulous travel buddies!). Obviously, as soon as we got off the plane we drove straight to In-n-Out Burger. BEST burgers ever. We woke up Saturday morning in beautiful Santa Barbara. Reese's cousin Gina, her husband Dave, and their kids Trevor and Kelly have a beautiful house there and they are wonderful people. They were so hospitable and made our trip truly special - I can't thank them enough! Their house is nestled on the side of a hill with breathtaking views that offered complete serenity. Look at Reese - such a stud. DSCN0007

We went to an awesome farmer's market where we picked up fresh veggies, cheese, fruit and snacks for lunch - everything was so delicious. Fresh olives, walnut oil, roasted peach jam and coconut roasted almonds were just a few of the goodies we picked up. I absolutely loved the packing of these jams and marmalades! DSCN0022

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Later that day, we took the Kosmo family dog, Riley, to the beach. Such a great day - the photos do all the talking.

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That night, we ventured into the "Funk Zone" - yes that is the actual name - for dinner and drinks. We went to The Lark for dinner and it was incredible. Each dish was just as amazing as the first, and the cocktails were divine. The atmosphere was adorable - vintage furniture, galvanized tubs and exposed beams filled the restaurant. They also had a fantastic wine room in the back where we had drinks after dinner.  The "Funk Zone" actually held true to it's name - it was eclectic, trendy and unique, and we had a blast!

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Check out tomorrow's post to hear all about our day in wine country!

xo Court