I stayed at Manka’s Iverness Lodge. It couldn’t have been better. The rustic, quiet, and peaceful environment was exactly what I needed! Each morning, breakfast was delivered – with a New York Times! – in a little box, complete with a vegan and gluten free muffin and granola with fruit. It was yummalicioius. Oh and the best part: the pitter-patter to my door didn’t happen until the ungodly (or perhaps completely godly!) hour of 9:00 am.
The weekend was spent eating, hiking, reading and sleeping, all of which = Silver Linings all around! Here are a few of my favorite things that I did when I was there:
Picnic lunch from Cowgirl Creamery + hike out to the Elk Point (or any hike, really). Buy a bottle of Sean Thackrey wine from the little nook, or a Navarro. I actually didn’t do this because I was by myself. And driving. And healthy this weekend.
Waking up with a morning walk in the National Forest was the Silver Lining of each morning!
Shopping for sheets upstairs at the Coyuchi Linens outlet. Always a key stop.
I went to a Writer’s Workshop at my all-time favorite Bookstore called Book Passage where my all-time favorite writer, Anne Lamott gave a talk. It was A.MA.ZING. She is everything I hoped she would be: smart, witty, funny, irreverent and vulnerable. And yes, I was the geeky girl who whipped out my phone and took a photo of her.
This weekend, I reminded myself that down-time is the most uplifting thing that we can give to and do for ourselves, whether it is traveling and getting out of our environment altogether or just a good old fashioned pajama day. I hope that you will do the same for yourself.