There's a series of cabins in the woods called the Canyon Creek Cabins, about an hour outside of Seattle, right at the gateway to the Cascades ... some of the most beautiful nature in the Pacific Northwest, if not North America. We've always wanted to go there.
They scouted it out, documented the trip and shared some local tips too. The place was as charming & inspiring as it looks; we'll be booking our own trip soon!
In the meantime, see below for a bit about their visit.
"La Villa Del Valle is a small Inn of 6 well-considered rooms -- full of charm and Mexican decor. Sitting at the hilltop of a vineyard, our host, Javier, greeted us and showed me to the Micaela room, with a view of the olive groves. The Inn is owned by Phil and Eileen Gregory... Phil runs their natural wine production and tasting room on the property, Vena Cava, while Eileen makes all of the natural bath products on-site, utilizing their lavender farm."
"Villa Del Valle is often hosting outdoor art exhibitions, which are to be viewed by way of a hike! This time they had sculptures of old ship boats that they had used for the roof of the vinicola. Lupe and Anita were are tour guides. :)"
"The first night we had Dinner at Fauna, run by chef David Castro. We opted for the 8 course experimental menu that changes everyday. The first course was, of course, grilled oysters local to the coastline of Ensenada, and at the end of our meal, the chef gave the beautiful shells to me as a gift -- I love them so much!"
"Our breakfast every morning was fresh local fruit and honey, yogurt made on their farm, and homemade granola. We intentionally didn't book our days with too many plans -- I spent a good amount of time reading in their panoramic living room in front of their cozy fireplace."
"One afternoon we had lunch at the very popular Deckman's, by Michelin-star chef, Drew Deckman. Their outdoor dining experience is "100% committed to sustainability and renewable local farming, fishing and ranching - from planting, harvesting, transporting, preparing and recycling." Their wines come from Cavas del Mogor, on the same property as the restaurant. And their fresh vegetables and lamb are all sourced from their 3 family farms, along with their own olive oil they produce themselves. We opted for the five-course tasting menu -- definitely the highlight of our trip!"
"The best part: my dream outdoor open fire kitchen!"
And that's all for now folks! We hope you feel inspired to take a trip somewhere new this winter season -- and may we highly suggest taking a pair of cozy Shearling Babas along with you.
Now, Take me to Shearling El Paso Babas.