winter

my top 5 snowy destinations

idylwild - a-frame sarah sherman samuelMy instagram feed has started to fill with fresh snow falls and all white powdery goodness which has me feeling all sorts of feels. Excited for the holidays, but sad I won’t be heading back to Michigan again this year and while I shouldn’t complain about Southern California weather, it is this time of year that I reaaaaally crave the snow. So instead of boo-hooing I put a list together of my favorite snow filled destinations and hope I can make it to at least one of them this year!

  1. Idyllwild, Ca (the location of the photo above). We went here for one of my birthdays (in Feb) a few years ago and we nearly got snowed in, but I loved every second of it. We stayed in a charming little cabin, this one is cute too. Unlike most mountain towns, this one does not have a ski resort so if that isn’t your thing, Idyllwild is a great escape without having to battle the snow bunnies.
  2. Traverse City, Mi. Northern Michigan gets a heckuva lot of snow and Traverse City is one of the best cities to explore. Sleeping Bear Dunes, is not too far away, it’s turned into quite the foodie town, and it’s far enough north to turn into a major winter wonderland.
  3. Mammoth Mountain/Yosemite. We had a similar experience in Mammoth as we did in Idyllwild, one of our trips there they had 12 feet of snow! Chains on the tires were a must, but we all loved it. We went snow shoeing, and our dogs went bananas for it. We stayed in a cozy cabin at Tamarack Lodge. The road up to Yosemite from Mammoth closes down part of the year but if it is open, you can’t get much more picturesque of a place to visit than that.
  4. Banff, Canada. One google search and you will see why. Can we all just stay here please and call ourselves Elsa.
  5. Glacier National Park, Montana. The scenery here is stunning and although it is quite the trek to get there… totally worth it. Hiking trails galore and post card scenes where ever you look.

Please share your favorite snowy spots!

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smitten travels: Michigan

you can't get too much winter in winter // smitten studiowinter in michigan // smitten studioAs you may have noticed… I couldn’t get enough of the freshly fallen snow while we were in Michigan. More photos and my favorite winter walks after the jump…

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from the weekend: holiday recovery

01.05.13-weekendIt was hard saying goodbye to the midwest winter wonderland but I can say I am pretty pleased that we are missing out on the crazy low temps that are hitting there this week. (I mean -50 degree wind chill? no thank you). We spent the weekend slowly de-christmasing our house, brunching at a favorite spot, and hiking and snuggling with our much missed pups.

Hope you had a lovely weekend.

Images by me via instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)