VENUE TYPE: Field / Forest / Orchard

This is the Napa Vacation You've Been Dreaming of
The Venue Report
REPORT
No. 27224
VENUE:
All Over Napa Valley
LOCATION:
Napa Valley
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Guide to Napa Valley
Hot Air Balloon Getaway
Napa Valley
REPORTER: The Venue Report

 

Maybe it was Hallie Parker (played by Lindsay Lohan) running through her father’s Napa vineyards in the movie, The Parent Trap, that sparked your desire to visit Napa Valley in your early years. Maybe you read The Venue Report’s recent roundup on rad Train Tours that solidified your longing. Whatever the reason, we’ve partnered with travel photographer, Lisa Diederich, to share all the best places and spaces to visit when venturing to the land flowing with wine.

In addition to top-notch wineries, Napa Valley boasts farm-to-table restaurants, quaint coffee shops and iconic tours (including hot air balloon adventures) that you need to add to your list of to-dos. Keep reading for Lisa’s day-by-day recommendations.

Photography by Lisa Diederich

 

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There's A Resort In Cabo That Tourists Haven't Gotten Their Hands On Yet
Cortnie Fausner
REPORT
No. 27194
VENUE:
Rancho Pescadero
LOCATION:
Todos Santos
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Creative Gathering
Summer Getaway
Baja
REPORTER: Cortnie Fausner

Just an hour north of Cabo, near the artist’s enclave of Todos Santos, lies a dirt road marked by a small sign. Head down it's dusty drive and you will end up at a quaint boutique hotel that lies on the Pacific coast of Baja. Rancho Pescadero will greet you with gardens full of fresh vegetables, rolling fields of flowers and walls awash in soft terracotta hues. As you get closer to the entrance you will spot  guests doing yoga poses in the pavilion overlooking the ocean. Longboards are neatly propped next to the front desk enticing you to book the surf lessons offered at the property. 

This oceanfront oasis is a nice reprieve from the glittering resorts of Cabo itself. Here you will find a much more adventurous yet laid-back crowd. The intimate, non-corporate resort sits on 15 acres and is lovingly cared for by Lisa Harper who opened the hotel in 2009 after drawing her vision on a scrap of paper a mere 18 months earlier. Lisa had owned the beachfront land for years and one morning while sitting in her Sonoma home, she brilliantly sketched what was to become the Rancho Pescadero of today. Now, on a balmy summer day, we found ourselves enjoying the fruits of Lisa's labor after being invited by The Wedding Artists Collective to go on a creative retreat. 

Photography by The Wedding Artists Collective 

 

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A New Zealand Adventure Turns Into A Gorgeous Engagement Shoot
Alyssa Brown
REPORT
No. 27193
VENUE:
Mount Cook
LOCATION:
Aoraki
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Elopement
Mountain Love
New Zealand
REPORTER: Alyssa Brown

 

Not only is New Zealand home to some of the most stunning scenery on the planet, but its rugged tracks and wild weather thrill visitors with surprises around every corner. We recently spotted this gorgeous engagement photo shoot by Maz of Black Bird Tale and we're struck by the vivid imagery and the story behind the couple’s two-day road trip with their photographer.

From snow-capped mountains to the wild golden summer grasses in the valley, Mount Cook shines supreme in this photo series. Straight from the photographer, here's the scoop on all things Queenstown and photo worthy.

Words and Photography by Maz Pedersen of Black Bird Tale

 

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A Colorfully Styled Elopement in Mexico's Valle de Guadalupe
Alyssa Brown
REPORT
No. 27190
VENUE:
One Bunk
LOCATION:
Valle de Guadalupe
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Styled Shoot
Organic Romance
Valle de Guadalupe
REPORTER: Alyssa Brown

 

Valle de Guadalupe has been coming up again and again in travel magazines and blogs that follow all things travel trends. With its abundance of great wineries, delicious and foodie-centric restaurants, gorgeous scenery, charming hotels and ease to travel to, this northwest corner of our beloved Mexico may just be the next hot spot.

Nestled among the uncharted territory, there’s a venue-in-the-making from the crew behind One Bunk (this one dubbed One Bunk Valle). As the venue is not yet complete, we were lucky to get in on a little of the action by scoring this photo shoot from the talented team at Luna Wild. Sit back and enjoy the inspo as we chat with the group of designers behind this styled elopement.

Photography by Jamie English

 

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Real Women Report: This Adventurer Has Been Living On The Road For The Last 3 Years
The Venue Report
REPORT
No. 27202
VENUE:
All Around The World
LOCATION:
All Around The World
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Real Women Report
The Nomadic People's Kim Finley
All Around The World
REPORTER: The Venue Report

 

The skill of true minimalism is actually quite rare to come by. As humans we naturally collect and spend colossal amounts of money on home decor, plants, art, clothing and things of all types to provide visual presentation to our lifestyle. What if one day you ditched 90% everything you owned and swapped your home decor for real life desert landscape, roads untraveled and sights unseen? For Kim Finley the trade was surprisingly simple. 

This adventure seeking, story telling traveler has been living life on the road with her husband and VW van for the past three years. Kim believes traveling is the only expense that makes you richer and value the experiences and memories of an adventure more than any possessions. We couldn't agree more. Keep reading for more on Kim's outlook on exploring, travel advice and more. 

Photography by: The Nomadic People

 

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