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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Flatiron Building | New York, New York

We are staying in Midtown on Madison, super close to Madison Square Park and one of the most iconic buildings here – the Flatiron Building.  So of course, we had to stop and take some classic New York photos near it. The Flatiron Building is the triangle shaped building built in 1902 to fill a wedge-shaped lot between 5th Aveue and Broadway.  Over the years it has become a symbol of New York, loved especially by…
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The Resort Pelican Hill | A Wednesday Affair

Last night we had the chance to attend an event at The Resort at Pelican Hill.  Blake and I were laughing at ourselves as we pulled in to the resort, because we’d always wondered about it but have never been.  It just seemed like a place only accessible to hotel guests, and we’d never looked in to staying there.  Well, we were so wrong!  It’s actually SO accessible, and SO amazing. While it’s easy to…
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