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An Anniversary To Remember

 

An Anniversary To Remember

Who could have known that a year ago when Handsome and I were eagerly planning our anniversary trip for this year the hurricanes would destroy our destination?  My heart and prayers go out to the all families now living with the devastation that all the hurricanes brought. We were hoping to go to Puerto Rico, as disappointed as we were that all our planning would not come to fruition, we know things happen and plans change. It’s best just to go with the flow!

As long as we were able to spend the time together (I know that sounds cliché) it really didn’t matter where we were.

Thankfully, Handsome was quick to think on his feet and came up with a wonderful adventure for us. We started very early in the morning and had breakfast at Joan’s On Third.  Then it was off to our adventure…An anniversary to remember

We headed into the hills of Malibu to “Get your wine on. in the wild…” as they say at the Malibu Wine Safari. The Malibu Wine Safari is located on the property of Saddleback Ranch which is a 1,000 acre ranch and vineyard in the hills of Malibu.  Once there, we hopped onto an open-air safari truck and off we went into the wild to feed the animals!  Many of the animals on the ranch have had successful Hollywood careers and have come to the ranch for it’s quiet and laid back atmosphere.  If you are a fan of the Hangover movies; Stanley the giraffe from Hangover 3 lives here.

At our first stop we were welcomed by and fed 2 American bison whose names are Chipotle and BBQ Sauce.  Sadly, Only BBQ Sauce was willing to pose for a photo.An Anniversary To Remember

We also fed adorable llamas…Llama Del Rey, Kendrick Llama and the resident Yak, Yak Efron.An Anniversary To Remember

An Anniversary To Remember

An Anniversary To Remember

How adorable is Justin Zeber? An Anniversary To Remember

We made two wine tasting stops during our visit on the ranch.  The first stop was among the animals under a shady tree where we were treated to very liberal pours of their Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay.  An Anniversary To Remember

Our second tasting was on the top of a mountain, which is the site of many weddings because of the incredible views of the vistas and the vineyards.  We also enjoyed snacks of crackers, cheese, and tapenade along with more bountiful pours of their Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon (my favorite) and Syrah.

We loved every minute of our time up-close and personal with the animals tasting all of the delicious wines that are grown right on the grounds all while exploring the beautiful property of the Semler family.

After leaving the ranch, Handsome and I spent the early evening walking along the beach in Malibu.  Little did I know he had also planned dinner at a restaurant I have been wanting to go to for years.

Casa Vega is a restaurant my friends in Los Angeles have talked about time and time again. They go on and on about the chicken enchiladas.  I was so excited when handsome let me in on his secret dinner venue I couldn’t help but let out a tiny scream.  When you walk into Casa Vega it’s like going back in time. It’s super dark and it took some time for my eyes to adjust to the significant contrast in lighting.  We were seated in a big roomy red vinyl booth–perfect for a romantic anniversary meal.

As we were being seated, our waiter told us that this family-owned restaurant opened it’s doors in 1956 and now being run by the third generation.  He also told us that celebrities love it there because of the food, but also they cherish the privacy they get there.  Back in the day at any time of the day or night you could see people like Dean Martin, Marlon Brando, and Cary Grant.  Now a days it’s actors like George Clooney, Jennifer Aniston, and Sandra Bullock who enter from the side door.

We started off our meal with an amazing bowl of lobster guacamole. We have never seen this guacamole combination before, but we knew we needed to start off our meal with it–it did not disappoint.  Handsome ended up ordering a burrito empanada and I, of course ordered the chicken enchiladas.  Of course, I needed to try out Handsome’s to make sure it was safe to eat! I don’t know which I loved more both were items we would order again!  All I know is ever since we had our anniversary meal there, we can’t wait to go back.

Handsome couldn’t have planned a more perfect day!

Malibu Wine Safari
3211 Mulholland Hwy.
Malibu, CA 90265

Casa Vega 13301 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, Ca 91423

Until Next Time…

XOXO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Romantic Evening In

a romantic evening in

Valentine’s Day has been a favorite holiday of mine ever since I was a little girl.  There is just something I can not resist about love, hearts, and romance. (more…)

Surprise weekend at Ponte Vineyard Inn

I knew Handsome had planned something special for our anniversary weekend. He told me we were staying local, so I would know how to pack. This year has been extremely hard for both of us. More difficult than either of us thought 2016 would be. This anniversary weekend was going to be our time to forget our pain {or at least try} for a little while, and just be present with each other.

It didn’t take too long to realize we were headed to Southern California’s wine counrty, Temecula. It’s a beautiful place with over 300 acres of mature vineyards and rolling hills. We have been there countless times before {like this time}, but this was different. As we drove closer and closer to our destination I could see the excitment on Handsome’s face.

We arrived! Ponte Vineyard Inn, a quaint 60 room boutique hotel. Ohhh, someplace new! I love going to and trying out new places. As we pulled into the driveway and drove over the gravel parking lot lined with olive trees, immediately I felt transported from my life to a place far, far away with my one true love.

surprise weekend at ponte vineyard inn

Just looking at the regal wood arched front door makes you know you are going to have a beautiful time.

surprise weekend at ponte vineyard inn

Upon entry we were greeted by a casual relaxed setting, almost like entering someones home.

surprise weekend at ponte vineyard inn

Handsome checked us in and I went outside to look at the grounds.  The view is breathtaking!  We arrived just after a wedding was preformed.  The flowers were stunning!

surprise weekend at ponte vineyard inn

Handsome met me outside with a glass of sparkling wine.  We just sat for a moment and enjoyed the view sipping our sparkling wine and taking in the views.

surprise weekend at ponte vineyard inn

I couldn’t wait to see our room. As soon as we walked in we were greated by a bottle of their Tempranillo wine.  It was so very kind of the Ponte Inn to have a gift of wine waiting for us.  I knew what we would be drinking with our Anniversary dinner.

surprise weekend at ponte vineyard inn

The bed! So comfy!

Surprise Weekend at Ponte Vineyard Inn

The view from our balcony.  I took this photo just as the sun was going down.  We sat out on our balcony for hours, just talking {my second favorite thing to do with Handsome}.

Surprise Weekend at Ponte Vineyard Inn

We did a bit of wine tasting and suprisingly Ponte Vineyard was the only winery we visited on that weekend.  Their wines are so delicious and their grounds are so spectular there was no reason to go anywhere else!

Surprise Weekend at Ponte Vineyard Inn

I found a ton of items I brought back as Christmas gifts!

Surprise Weekend at Ponte Vineyard Inn

Thank you Ponte Vineyard Inn.

We had a fantastic time and I know one day we will be back!

Surprise Weekend at Ponte Vineyard Inn

Ponte Vineyard Inn

A Four Diamond Boutique Hotel

35001 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA, 92591

{951} 587-6688

www.pontevineyardinn.com

**This is NOT a sponsored post.  Handsome & I stayed here, paid the bill and had a wonderful time. I thought you would like to know about a great place to stay while you are visiting Temecula, CA.

Until Next Time…

XOXO