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San Ysidro Ranch

This Memorial Day Weekend Luke and I decided to head north to Santa Barbara with Maui in tow. Neither of us had ever been before and I was so excited to take Luke to one of my bucket list hotels, San Ysidro Ranch. Working in social media myself, I often come across amazing properties through Instagram but I was actually introduced to San Ysidro by my friend Amy. She showed me pictures at lunch one Sunday afternoon at Cora’s Coffee in Santa Monica. I was immediately obsessed. This hideaway, which is nestled in the Montecito foothills of Southern California’s wine country, will take your breath away. It’s blend of pristine nature (almost 500 acres of it), romantic heritage (it’s the setting of John and Jackie Kennedy’s honeymoon retreat) and luxurious accommodations had me wide-eyed and smiling from the moment we pulled into their drive. The origin of the Ranch’s name is embodied in the legend surrounding its namesake, Saint Isidore. San Ysidro (Spanish for Saint Isidore) was born into poverty in Madrid in 1070. He worked …

Our D.C. Trip: The Hay-Adams Hotel

Last fall Luke and I took a trip to Washington, D.C. It was Luke’s first visit and my second. I was at The Hay-Adams in 2015 for their 4th of July celebration when I lived in New York and while that trip was absolutely amazing, nothing could have prepared me for my time with Luke at The Hay-Adams this time around. All thanks to their fabulous hospitality! The view from our room was classic D.C. It faced St. John’s Church. St. John’s is the oldest church in the city of Richmond, Virginia, built in 1741. The Church Hill district was named for it. It was the site of two important conventions in the period leading to the American Revolutionary War, and is famous as the location where Patrick Henry gave his memorable speech at the Second Virginia Convention, closing with the often-quoted demand, “give me liberty, or give me death!” The church is designated as a National Historic Landmark. One of my favorite things about The Hay-Adams, apart from its beautiful decor, is the location. …

Big Bear Weekend: The end of an era

This weekend Luke and I headed to Big Bear with two of our favorite couples from law school (both husbands were groomsmen in our wedding). It was something we had talked about for months but only nailed down plans the week before and I’m so glad we did. I think sometimes we like to romanticize long weekends with friends but we’ll make up excuses so that the trips are never executed. I’m so thankful this group didn’t go that route. Law school is a unique season of life and while I only have the insight of a spouse (no, I was not the one in law school). I do feel as if I have been just as much a part of the late night studying, the early morning flashcards and of course the Bar Prep Luke so diligently took on. It’s draining, taxing and at times feels never-ending. And then all of a sudden, three years later (or two and a half if you’re Luke) you’re graduating! This trip was dedicated to our graduates and I loved celebrating them. …

One Year Anniversary Trip: Terranea Resort

In December, Luke and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary at Terranea Resort. Directly after we dove into the holidays and Luke started studying for the California Bar Exam, which he took in February. The above explains my months delay in sharing how wonderful our trip was! 🙂 Terranea Resort is in Palos Verdes about an hour from Santa Monica on a Sunday afternoon (which is when we drove down). From check in to checkout we had the most amazing experience. Terranea is set high above the ocean on a private 102-acre peninsula paradise, it’s like stepping into a whole new world – minutes from the craziness of Los Angeles. On three sides, you’re surrounded by the Pacific and across the channel is Catalina Island. From the resort lobby and outdoor gardens to private terraces and inviting courtyards with outdoor fireplaces, we found many places to relax and unwind. Exactly what we needed after finishing Law School! Our first meal took place at Nelson’s, the more casual option. Let me just say it was delicious! …

Our Providence Trip: Brown University

This past weekend we did the cross country trek to visit Luke’s alma mater, Brown University. It was well worth the trip. We went so I could have a peek into Luke’s college experience and see his former team in action at the Brown vs. Harvard game. Before meeting and then marrying Luke, my only connection to Brown was that Blake Lively’s character played soccer there in ‘The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants’ Franchise and Emma Watson was an alum (one of Luke’s classmates I might add). I’m glad I’ve gained some perspective and was able to see the university through Luke’s eyes. 😉 Going to Brown was an easy choice for Luke once he knew he got in and would continue playing football but it didn’t make the Texas to Rhode Island transition any easier. This trip gave me a greater understanding of how hard he worked, how strong he was in the face of adversity and how loving he is to all people, including those who are very different than him. I loved being in Providence with my mother and …

Whitney’s Bachelorette Weekend

Two weeks ago I was in Texas to host my twin sister’s Bachelorette Weekend. Whitney had decided months ago she wanted to have a getaway with her bridesmaids and friends at a lake house and luckily for us some very generous friends let us take over their incredible house for the weekend. We started off the weekend with dinner at one of our favorite restaurants in Dallas called True Food. My order is consistently the Tuscan Kale Caesar Salad with Salmon. If they ever take that off the menu, I have no idea what I’ll do. After dinner we carpooled out the lake and setup to fiesta! As a newlywed there’s something very special about time away with girlfriends, especially time with Whitney before she becomes a McIntosh. I always miss Luke and am constantly making mental notes of funny things that happen to share with him but it was so sweet to be present with Whitney, fully available to celebrate her in person. The weekend was ‘fiesta’ themed and we kicked it off with …

A Stay at The Betsy Hotel

Last week, before heading to a conference in Orlando I stopped in Miami to check out the classically cool Betsy Hotel on Ocean Drive.  Not surprisingly I documented the whole trip on snapchat. 🙂  Username: MissEmilyWarren. Upon arrival I found myself checking into a beautiful boutique hotel with exquisite Miami style. Think brown and white stripped couches, fuchsia orchids around every corner and a rotating wall of artwork for guests to enjoy. My royal suite came complete with a T.V. room, king sized bed and a bright white bathroom. My entry way boasted a walk in closet and a full length mirror, perfect placement as you do a double take before leaving for a night out in South Beach! The decor in my suite was lovely. Bright with light colors and soft touches of floral prints. My direct window views overlooked Ocean Drive and gave me a unparalleled view of the beach. The recently redesigned LT Steak & Seafood was simply delicious, not to mention cozy with a chic decor! The Spicy Tuna Rolls, Short Rib & …