Hiking Tiger Mountian | Poo Poo Point

Last week while we were home (well, my home) in the Pacific Northwest, my Mom took us all on one of her favorite hikes, to Poo Poo Point. Poo Poo Point is a peak on the west side of Tiger Mountain, with an amazing view of Issaquah, Lake Sammamish, and Bellevue with a bit of Seattle if you look hard enough ;). My mom told us that the name Poo Poo Point came from the sound…
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Newport Beach Staycation | The Resort at Pelican Hill

This past weekend, we had the best little staycation at Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Beach. I promised that we’d go to Pelican Hill more in this post, and we’ve been making good on that promise! As I discovered in the post I mentioned, it really is so accessible to locals and such a great place to get away. So when I knew an old friend was coming into town for the weekend, I hurried and…
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California Poppies | 2017 Superbloom

Jen Hawkins among California Poppies
Yesterday, my good friend Courtney text me and asked if I wanted to go have a picnic in the poppies with her.  If you haven’t heard, there is a major “Superbloom” happening in California, due to all the rain we’ve had.  This means that the wildflowers, including the poppies, are basically exploding across hills and valleys like I’ve never seen before.  Apparently people are coming from all over the world to see the Super Bloom of…
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Europe Winter Road Trip | Hallstatt, Austria

This rainy day is motivating me to post about another stop on our Europe road trip that I haven’t talked about yet: Hallstatt, Austria.  Hallstatt is one of the places that you see a photo of (probably on Pinterest) and think, “I have to go there someday.”  I know this because that’s exactly what happened to me ;).  Hallstatt is said to have the most beautiful lake in the world, and the village is actually…
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Hahnenkamm | Kitzbuhel, Austria

Kitzbuhel Travel Guide by Jen Hawkins on Palms to Pines
One of the main reasons we decided to go to Europe was to watch my brother’s race in Kitzbuhel, Austria. Steven is a downhiller on the US Ski Team.  Downhillers are the fastest guys on the team – they pretty much tuck straight down mountains as fast as they can (aka, they’re a little nuts). Steven spends every winter season in Europe racing on the World Cup Ski Racing tour, where he’s currently ranked 6th in the…
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Europe Winter Road Trip | Grindelwald, Switzerland

Grindelwald | Jen Hawkins travel guide on Palms to Pines style blog
Grindelwald Grindelwald is a magical little town located in the heart of the Swiss Alps/Berner Oberland.  (And yes, Grindelwald is also the name of a wizard in Harry Potter, which proves the name is special in itself!)  We ended up in Grindelwald because we have friends that live there, and I’m so so glad we did. I feel like Grindelwald is really underrated, almost a secret well-kept from potential tourists. It ended up being the most…
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Dressing for Snow | Proper Layering

Jen Hawkins guide to layering for cold weather | Palms to Pines style blog
I’ve loved seeing messages from people in response to our Europe trip, it’s so fun to connect over travel! I’ve been cracking up because one of the questions I’ve been getting the most is, “Aren’t you cold?!” The answer is both yes and no, and the question inspired me to finally post about something I’ve been thinking about for a while: dressing properly for the cold ;). YES it was cold, and there were times…
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Hotel Mont Blanc | Chamonix

Hotel Mont Blanc | Chamonix | Travel Guide by Jen Hawkins
We’ve been in Chamonix the last few days, and it’s seriously felt like a dream.  From the drive in, to checking in to the most beautiful hotel, to eating amazing food, to finding ourselves on the top of Aguille du Midi, it’s been an experience I will never forget.  Chamonix actually holds claim to the introduction of the “resort” concept, set in the French Alps among the most amazing views.  If there is any way for…
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Winter Travel Prep

Jen Hawkins tries the Hydration Room | Palms to Pines
Hydration IV Therapy at The Hydration Room Hands down the best thing I’ve done in preparation for travel is go to The Hydration Room, especially in the winter.  Living in an easy climate like California makes visiting high altitude, cold, dry places tough, especially in the winter!  I get dry skin and lips, feel tired and dehydrated, usually have a scratchy throat, and sometimes actually get sick (which is pretty rare for me – knock…
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RiSE Festival 2016 | Mojave Desert

We just had such a special weekend together, and I’m left with a feeling I get a lot.  It’s a mixture of feeling so grateful for Blake and this ache of missing the rest of our family who are so far away.  Does that ever go away?  I don’t think so. We were lucky to get to go to the RiSE Festival for the third time.  It’s always hard to find the words to explain…
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