My Happy Place - A Weekend in Lake Tahoe

Sasha De Sola

Lake Tahoe is one of my favorite places to visit. It’s only about three hours from San Francisco which makes it the perfect weekend escape. The lush forests, majestic mountain peaks, and crystal clear blue lake just have this magical quality about them. For me, there’s nothing like a little time in nature to clear your head.

One of my favorite hikes is Eagle Rock on the west side. It’s a super short and relatively easy hike, but it leads you to some incredible views of the lake. The Eagle Rock volcanic outcrop rises about 6,300 feet above sea level and it’s less than half a mile from the road to the top!

The view from the top … vertigo kicks in when I look straight down!! :-/

Another favorite spot of mine is Lone Eagle Grille in Incline Village, Nevada. Make a reservation at the restaurant for dinner, or walk out on the dock, order a glass of wine and watch the sunset over the lake.


It’s fun to see everyone enjoying themselves on the water… boating and jet skis galore! I only dipped my feet in the water this time but I’m determined to get out on the water next time around! Until next time…

A Spring Day in the Country

Sasha De Sola

Anyone who knows me well knows that one of my favorite pastimes is visiting gorgeous gardens and estates. One of my favorites is just about forty minutes south of San Francisco in Woodside, California. Nestled on the eastern slope of the Santa Cruz mountains, the Filoli estate and gardens is on the National Register of Historic Places and is open to the public. I spent a lovely afternoon there last weekend and it was such a nice way to unwind and bask in the warmth of the sun. Its all about the simple pleasures, right?!?

 The entry to the home is surrounded by large trees and lush greenery. Chirping birds create quite the atmosphere!

 Built between 1915 and 1917, Filoli still boasts classic elegance and an incredible vintage feel. The kitchen is even armed with a walk-in safe!

 However, my absolute favorite part about Filoli is definitely the gardens that are currently in bloom!

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Im so grateful to live in an area where it is so easy to escape the city and find an oasis amongst the trees. Im
 looking forward to my next adventure!