Tag Archives: Camping

Travel Guide: Smith Rock, Oregon

Smith rock camping

I was asking my friend Kat from Wild Hearts Club where a good place was to go camping in Oregon. She immediately pulled out her phone and showed me a picture of Smith Rock.

It was stunning and her campsite was overlooking a canyon with a river running through it. She confirmed to me that the toilets did indeed flush, the restrooms were clean and there were showers.

I got inspired and immediately booked a weekend trip. (more…)

Camping Meal Ideas

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I’ve started camping again and I have been obsessed with finding gourmet and fun camping meal ideas. It’s one of the parts I really enjoy.

I like camping meals that taste great, but are also easy to prepare over a fire or on our mini camp stove. It also has to fit into our cooler and doesn’t require too many ingredients. I’m also totally ok with pre-made stuff too – Trader Joe’s camping meal ideas are all over my camping meal plan.

Looking for camping meal ideas? Here’s what I cooked on our last camping trip! (more…)

Cute + Stylish Camping Stuff

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Looking for new camping stuff?

I recently went camping for the first time in 10+ years, which meant starting from scratch when it came to our camping equipment! Since we plan on keeping this gear for as long as possible – I wanted to invest into some fun and stylish camping stuff that I would look forward to using.

Here are a few of my favourites that I found during my search for new camping gear: (more…)

A Glamping Getaway at San Francisco Petaluma KOA

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We’ve just returned from an awesome glamping getaway at the Petaluma KOA just north of San Francisco near Napa Valley! I had seen a picture of their gorgeous Deluxe Cabins on Pinterest and decided to give glamping a try at the Petaluma KOA, just 6 hours away by car from Los Angeles. Our trip to Napa + Sonoma was the perfect blend of a wine getaway and a summer camping trip.

Can’t get to the Petaluma KOA? The Deluxe Cabin I stayed in is replicated at many of the campsites KOA has across the country, so there may be one near you! Here’s a look inside what I called our tiny house:

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Wine Country Loft Lodge – Our Deluxe Cabin featured a separate bedroom, a sleeping loft (great for kids), kitchenette,  toilet, shower, TV, gas BBQ, firepit, picnic table, towels and linens. The only thing I actually had to pack was this marshmallow roasting stick! I would also suggest bringing campfire chairs that we used for reading on our front deck during the day and around the fire at night.

I also loved having our own private washroom and not have to schlep to the shared facilities. I know it’s a luxury and a premium to pay – but it was totally worth it. One thing to note, there is no bathroom sink. We used the kitchen sink to wash dishes and brush our teeth. But the crew at Petaluma KOA did manage to squeeze in a lot in this small space. (more…)

Travel Guide: Yosemite National Park

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By: Lisa Ng

Yosemite National Park has always been a place I’ve always wanted to visit.

I grew up in the thick of the city. I never really connected with nature until recently. I didn’t know places of such beauty existed and the more I learn, the more I feel the need to travel. Since Yosemite is only about a five-hour drive from our home in Los Angeles, Paul and I packed up for a long weekend road trip. Here are my travel tips:

Getting to Yosemite National Park – We road-tripped from Los Angeles and broke up the drive with an overnight stop in Fresno. We left Thursday at around Noon and zipped right out of the city (skipping LA traffic) and into a hotel in Fresno where we had dinner and chilled out for the night. Paul and I stayed at Homewood Suites by Hilton Fresno and it was awesome.

A complimentary dinner with wine or beer is included for stays from Monday to Thursday and a hot breakfast was included with our rate too. It was very similar to a stay I wrote about in Dallas. It was actually a bit cheaper for us to stay in Fresno for the night then it was to tack on an extra night in Yosemite Park.

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The drive from Los Angeles took about 3.5 hours and we had lots of time for a shopping stop at Fashion Fair Mall in Fresno and to grab water, supplies and snacks at Whole Foods. We gased up our car, woke up the next day, had a nice relaxing breakfast at the hotel and were on the road by 10 AM.

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The drive from Fresno to Yosemite Lodge at the Falls (our hotel) took about 2.5 Hours and we were checked in and eating lunch at the lodge by 1 PM. After which, we had a full day to explore and went on a long bike ride until about 6 PM or so – after which, we were done.

I love taking my time and relaxing while I’m on vacation. If we were rushing from place to place all the time, it would be no fun. Set a leisurely pace and just enjoy the ride. (more…)