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Where has the summer gone?
Is it really August already?
There is no time like the present to get out there and squeeze as much ‘summer’ out of each day as humanly possible. I know this, because I’ve been packing our weekends full of activities and adventure now that I’ve survived the worst Portland winter in 30+ years.
I know what’s coming around the corner, so I’m trying to make the most of today. So comes – the summer bucket list! I got a bunch of ideas of what I want to accomplish and I wanted to share a few with you in case you were looking for some summertime inspiration.
Here’s what’s on my Summer Bucket List:
1) See an Outdoor Movie or Concert
Grab your local paper and see what outdoor movies or concerts are coming up in your community. Many of these events are free and you can pack your own picnic to enjoy! Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and invite a few friends.
2) Book a Summer Pedicure
Since you’ll be rocking your sandals for at least a month or more – treat yourself to a summer spa pedicure at a salon. I love picking out a fun, bright summer color.
3) Plan a Beach Day
You’ll regret not hitting up the closest beach at least once before summer ends. Pick a day; grab your beach blanket, sunglasses and a book and just chill out.
4) Hit The Farmers’ Market
Some of my favorite fruits and produce taste the absolute BEST during the summer months! To make the most of the summer bounty, head to your local farmers’ market and pick up some ripe and in-season fruit and vegetables.
My all-time favorite is grabbing ripe heirloom tomatoes and fresh basil and making a simple tomato salad at home. Just add fresh mozzarella cheese (I like burrata), salt, pepper and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Pair with crusty bread and Charles Smith Wine for an easy no-cook dinner.
5) Take a Road Trip
What haven’t you seen yet in your own state? I love filling up my weekends with easy drive road trips that are around 2-3 hours from home. Find a hike, a cute town in the country or a beautiful camping spot and add an easy weekend road trip to your summer bucket list.
6) Host a Casual BBQ
When was the last time you got together with friends and family? If it’s been too long, plan a casual summer BBQ at home. Make it a potluck and ask guests to bring a side dish so you’re not stuck doing all the cooking.
Grab a few bottles of Charles Smith Wines to share with your guests. They are a local winery based in Washington State, created by a former rock band manager.
Living in Portland, I try to support local wineries as much as possible and a great Washington wine really gives me a sense of place. Be sure to try the Eve Chardonnay and The Velvet Devil Merlot.
Eve Chardonnay is a dry white wine with hints of pear, tangerine and guava – which is perfect for summer. Eve Chardonnay has consistently rated top scores by leading wine publications.
The Velvet Devil Merlot is a dry red wine with hints of cherry, blackberry and cedar, which pairs well with any burgers or steaks you’ll be throwing on the BBQ. Velvet Devil Merlot has also been the Wine Enthusiast Best Buy for three years in a row.
August is also Washington Wine Month – so it’s a great reason to celebrate local wineries! Washington state has more than 900 wineries and 350 vineyards. To learn more, visit www.WaWineMonth.com or #WAWineMonth
Don’t be afraid to throw some plans up on your calendar and get out there and make the most of this beautiful weather! What’s on your summer bucket list?