bravwel travels

Santa Rosa / Scribe Winery

Sometimes (most of the time) when we have out of town weddings we turn the trip into a little getaway. It’s the way we usually travel, a little work and a little play. We loved exploring the Santa Rosa area and finally being able to check out Scribe Winery. This was all before they had finished the Hacienda and now we are dying to get back. Have you seen it? It looks incredible!

We stopped at some really great little cafes and restaurants during our stay. We loved The Naked Pig! I (megan) will literally never turn down an eggs benni and this adorable little spot did not disappoint.

Wisteria is my love language. That is all.     Adam, showing off his moved at our wedding at Annadel Estate Winery. Gosh, what a gorgeous venue that is! We can’t wait to go back! If you’d like to see the wedding we shot there you can click here to see all from Janna and Sean’s gorgeous day.

Flying Goat Coffee was really, really easy on the eyes. A darling coffee shop that we loved! We explored Healdsburg, and loved basically everything about that adorable town and then made our way out to The Fremont Diner (with the millions of other people) for burgers. It was so packed that we ended up just eating in our car in the parking lot!   We stopped at a few wineries on our little wine tour of the area but the one we were really excited about was Scribe. I mean, how adorable is this place? We ended up shipping way too many bottles of wine home after our tasting, too. Whoops! We can’t wait to go back soon and check out the Hacienda!         

The Rain Room

IMG_7530Have you heard about The Rain Room? It’s a magical exhibit at LACMA that allows you to walk through a room with rain falling from the ceiling and you do not get wet. WHAT?! Well, I shouldn’t say you don’t because if you’re Adam, you get soaked. I mean, not everything is perfect and you have to walk really slowly and be the right height for the sensors to see you.

IMG_7531Because it’s been SUCH a hit, they’ve extended the exhibit until April. I suggest getting your tickets asap though. They sell out really quick since it’s a timed exhibit. Head here to get tickets! We had so much fun spending the morning at the LACMA and finally going to The Rain Room! A great date day activity!

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brooklyn and new york city

I am SO excited to finally share our trip with you all. I don’t know what took me so long, really but it’s fun reliving parts of it now! I’ll do my best to let you know where we stayed, what we did and where we visited but if you have any questions on anything particular in this post (like our amazing apartment, maybe?) feel free to email me! During our trip, I shot digital and Adam shot film so there’s a mix of both jumbled in here.

We are so thankful for friends that snap our photos before we leave for the airport. You know, just in case it goes down. aaaand I’m morbid, forgive me.

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Surprise Date Day / Glamping

Honestly, Adam rocks. He is the master at planning surprise date days, and all other date days for that matter, but this one takes the cake.

One day he planned a date day(s) and told me to pack something casual, active and warm. Now, I don’t care what genre you tell me, I just want to wear a dress. Lucky for me, when he came to pick me up he told me to put on pants. So, before we left he asked if I could pick up a few things at the store; garlic, a tomato, onion and sirloin steak….now, one would think this was a dead camping giveaway, but to me (the girl who does not camp) I thought maybe we were airbnb-n it! It wasn’t until we clearly passed Santa Barbara that I knew something fishy was up. We turned into El Capitan Canyon, parked, and as we were walking to the lodge to check in (to what? I had no clue) Adam pointed to a tent and said, “We’re staying in that”. I. Was. Ecstatic. “We’re GLAMPING?!” I very excitedly said. This guy. He knows me too well.

We cooked up steak and veggies, ate cheese and drank wine around the campfire and had an encounter with a little skunk friend. All in all it was perfection.

Here are some details about the campsite.

We stayed HERE

For the tent it was $150 a night. If you’re staying for the weekend there’s a minimum two nights stay. They also have cabins and yurts.

You can buy BBQ and s’mores kits (or just bring your own stuff)

There are a couple little hiking trails (I say little because even the most amateur hiker, like me, can do it.

Here are a mixture of film and iPhone shots from our trip. We stopped in Santa Barbara on our way home and walked around the beautiful little town.            El Capitan Canyon Glamping - Megan Welker Photography 001 El Capitan Canyon Glamping - Megan Welker Photography 002 El Capitan Canyon Glamping - Megan Welker Photography 003 El Capitan Canyon Glamping - Megan Welker Photography 004 El Capitan Canyon Glamping - Megan Welker Photography 005 El Capitan Canyon Glamping - Megan Welker Photography 006 El Capitan Canyon Glamping - Megan Welker Photography 007 El Capitan Canyon Glamping - Megan Welker Photography 008 El Capitan Canyon Glamping - Megan Welker Photography 009 El Capitan Canyon Glamping - Megan Welker Photography 010 El Capitan Canyon Glamping - Megan Welker Photography 011 El Capitan Canyon Glamping - Megan Welker Photography 012 El Capitan Canyon Glamping - Megan Welker Photography 013 El Capitan Canyon Glamping - Megan Welker Photography 014 El Capitan Canyon Glamping - Megan Welker Photography 015 El Capitan Canyon Glamping - Megan Welker Photography 016 El Capitan Canyon Glamping - Megan Welker Photography 017 El Capitan Canyon Glamping - Megan Welker Photography 018 El Capitan Canyon Glamping - Megan Welker Photography 019 El Capitan Canyon Glamping - Megan Welker Photography 020 El Capitan Canyon Glamping - Megan Welker Photography 021 El Capitan Canyon Glamping - Megan Welker Photography 022 El Capitan Canyon Glamping - Megan Welker Photography 023 El Capitan Canyon Glamping - Megan Welker Photography 024 El Capitan Canyon Glamping - Megan Welker Photography 025 El Capitan Canyon Glamping - Megan Welker Photography 026 El Capitan Canyon Glamping - Megan Welker Photography 027 El Capitan Canyon Glamping - Megan Welker Photography 028

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