A few weekends ago while we were down in San Diego for a concert, we took an extra day off of work so we could make time to hit up some breweries in the SD area.
We stayed just a few miles away from Stone Brewery – somewhere we have been dying to go for a loooong time (one of Chris’ favs), so that was our main place we wanted to visit. Even if you’re not a big beer fan I totally recommend that you visit the brewery, it is AMAZING. It’s gigantic! There’s the brewery itself, a gift store, a giant restaurant, and outdoor “beer garden”. The garden area was much larger than I had expected, you basically walked around a path outside with tons of trees, a big pond and picnic type areas to sit around on. It was also super packed!
These pretzels were SO good! So about the food: their kitchen was undergoing renovations during our visit so they sort of had a limited menu. Chris and I both weren’t very impressed with our dinner, it was alright but definitely not as good as we’d hoped for the $$$ spent. The snacks and beer, of course, were divine 🙂
The actual brewery tours were sold the first 2 days we were in the area, and so we stopped back on our way home and somehow managed to squeeze into an open tour that day! It was pretty neat and I actually learned a lot about the brewing process.
I failed at really taking photos of the other places we visited, but we had also made stops at Mission Brewery, Karl Strauss, and Lost Abbey / Port Brewing. We had great experiences at all of them and can’t wait to go back down to SD and find more great breweries 🙂
Sunday we arrived back home from a 10-day trip to Michigan to visit with Chris’ family. We hadn’t been back there to visit in 2 years, which is a lot of time to not see your family! I didn’t want to leave and I’m already wanting to go back. Just for the scenery alone. Flying back over California into LA, I was thinking “dang, it’s SO ugly here”. It is. I don’t really get why tons of people live here, but that’s just me. (Uh yeah, what am I still doing here by the way? hah).
Enough of that. Here’s some pretty fall shots from our trip. I’ll share the 2nd most fun part of our trip in a another post. And that would be, all of our beer and food tasting 😉
Oh! One important thing before the other photos…we planned a meetup with Lauryn, who’ve I’ve been blog-following for years! I love my bloggy friends 🙂 We went to Union Woodshop for dinner, which was pretty much my dream place. They serve beer in mason jars AND the decor was pretty dang rad. If you’re in Michigan you should definitely check it out, it was delicious. Thanks Lauryn for an awesome time!!!
Deer! I was so excited I got a good shot of the deer, we had to be super sneaky walking around to find them.
I love how this cell phone pic turned out:
Are you drooling yet? Gah, sooo beautiful!
Christmas was a good time this year. Very low key, unlike the normal holiday time when you rush to about 80 different family gatherings. We kept it real with about 3 this year.
Opening gifts at the grandparent’s.
Then up to Shaver Lake cabin for a white Christmas 🙂
Our makeshift Christmas tree!
Of course the presents couldn’t fit under the “tree”.
Walking around the cabin.
There were icicles taller than me hanging from the roof!!!
I got Chris and acoustic 🙂
It snowed until the day after Christmas, then the ICKY sun had to come out (hehe Sarahhh). But it was obviously, so so beautiful! Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season 🙂