Weekend Getaway to Yellowstone


I am lucky enough to only live an hour away from one of the country’s best national parks. There are days when I just drive down to Yellowstone for a day trip.
But, a weekend getaway can be necessary and there is no better place than our first National Park.

You can’t beat going to Yellowstone. You can check out the wildlife, plan a day hike, or walk around the hot springs. No matter what you do the park will not disappoint.

Now depending on the time of year you plan your trip the entire park may not be open, but don’t let that stop you!

In the winter months there are still plenty of fun activities you can do like, cross country skiing! Not to mention you essentially have the park to yourself!

The time of year also depends what entrance to the park is open to vehicles. The good thing to know is the North Entrance or the entrance in Gardiner is open year round.



Which leads to the fabulous little hotel that is a great place to stay to ensure you have enough time in the park.

The Park Hotel Yellowstone, is little apartments that range from family sized rooms to your standard two Queen Beds. The rooms are decorated with rustic Yellowstone decor to make your stay feel special.

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The rooms are priced right! Our room was only $89 a night!

(Prices will go up in the summer during tourists season.)

Gardiner also has a great new restaurant called the Wonderland Cafe & Lodge. They have everything from coffee and pastries to packed lunches for your trip into the park and an awesome dinner menu!

On the weekends the Wonderland has also started a brunch!
I highly recommend getting a bison burger while you’re there 😋

This can be a fairly inexpensive trip if you plan ahead. Pack lunches for days in the park and shop around for the best hotel deal! I like to remind my fellow Montanans that people pay thousands of dollars to visit our backyard! So, take advantage of it! ❤


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{park fees, hotel prices, and local restaurant menus all linked in article}


Off the beaten path in San Diego…

I recently traveled to L.A. and San Diego for a quick little spring break trip that was so so so necessary.


Now, of course I did the touristy things like go to the zoo, and check out the seals at Children’s Pool, but no matter where I vacation I also like checking out the less touristy things.


So, on this trip we stayed in La Jolla, which was originally just a surfer town, but has developed quite a bit over the years. However, the part of La Jolla where we stayed there were two things I absolutely loved.

First the boutique scene was out of this world. Everything was so cute and trendy, but also very reasonable.

In addition to the boutique scene I found two great places to get beverages. Almost every morning we walked down to Bird Rock Coffee Roasters. Yes, it was very strange that we were walking everywhere, but you can’t take the New Yorker out of me. I love to walk…Sorry Cali.

Anyways…The cold brew there was great, so was the Americano, and the Iced Chai.


Multiple places around La Jolla sell their coffee, and I highly suggest that’s where you get your caffeine fix.

The second place is for my juice and smoothie lovers. Turquoise Juice Bar just opened on Turquoise Street (hence the name). The place is super funky and has a feminist theme going on. You can literally order a smoothie called the feminist. For the health conscious that know juices and smoothies can contain a ton of sugar and calories opt for the Alien Princess or the Dancing Queen. Those two drinks are mostly spinach and kale based.



I definitely dug the scene in La Jolla. Along with all these places there was great access to the beach, some great brunch spots, and they had a indoor cycling studio so, I was set.

Thanks for a great time La Jolla! We will definitely be back! ❤