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Getaway: Exploring Alaska with Celebrity Cruises

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Today I’m bringing you back to Alaska for one final post about our incredible trip. Both Eric and I keep reminiscing about the beautiful journey. I wanted to take you through the excursions and experiences we had while onboard the Celebrity Solstice. Each were better than the next – if that’s even possible to say.


I’ll begin in Ketchikan, where we embarked on a small ten person float plane to a town in Neets Bay that has a population of nine (yes, you heard that right!). Our guide walked us through the forest, town and hatchery, to a river that leads into the bay. This particular excursion was to see black bears – a little frightening yes, but exciting. As we walked and waited, out came two beautiful and HUGE black bears. It was surreal to see them so close (only 20 feet away). To see them in their natural habitat was pretty unbelievable.

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Waking up at 5:30am was essential on this particular day. Our ship navigated through the stunning Tracy Arms Fjord. We opened up our balcony doors, threw on layers and layers of warm clothing and watched the natural landscape we were passing. Both Eric and I were in awe of the beauty that lied within this narrow fjord. From the stunning natural falls, to the teal color of the water, to the sound of nature all around us – it was as if we had been transported into a winter wonderland that you never knew existed. At the end of Tracy Arms Fjord we were able to see a magical glacier that has stunning blue hues. As we looked upon the glacier all you could think about was how remarkable nature truly is.

 

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As we left Tracy Arms, all I could think about was “how could we see anything more beautiful today” – well friends I was 100% wrong. We enjoyed a delicious king crab feast at Tracy’s Crab Shack (a must!) and then sailed away on a small catamaran for a night of sunset whale watching. The sky began to look like cotton candy and then we saw what we came for – whales. Both Humpback whales and one Orca! I was in love with this excursion – the Orca was just the cherry on top of an unbelievable day.


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Our last and final stop on the Celebrity Solstice was Skagway. Honestly, I cannot begin to tell you how excited both of us were for this last excursion. It was as though we had woken up on Christmas morning. Eric couldn’t wait to get in a helicopter for the first time and I couldn’t wait to step foot on a glacier. As we flew over the water, through valleys and up a narrow river made by the glacier itself, I was giddy as we came upon the glacier. We landed, took a hike to see the different areas (all safe of course) and were able to drink the glacier water! I couldn’t believe my eyes. I had to pull my jaw up from off the ground. I think the beauty of the entire trip came over me on this last excursion.


Alaska surpassed my expectations. The elegance and nature that we saw while on this trip brought me back to my roots as a child. I used to take more trips to be out in nature and this journey made me want to do that more often. It’s important to slow down, be outside and see the natural elements that make up the world around us.


We couldn’t have gone on these remarkable expeditions without the help of Celebrity Cruises. Each one was handcrafted by them to allow us to see Alaska in a whole new light. I cannot wait to travel there again someday and show our family all of these beautiful places.


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Getaway: Sailing to Alaska with Celebrity Cruises

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When Eric and I started brainstorming places to go for our babymoon, we had a long list of potentials spots. When it came time to make a decision I wanted to go somewhere that had been on our bucket list for awhile. Over the past few years Eric has been talking about going to Alaska non-stop. It felt like the perfect place to go where we could be outdoors, do a few adventurous excursions, and enjoy some quality rest and relaxation with one another.


There is only one way to travel to Alaska – it’s on a cruise. As a young girl I had the privilege of traveling on quite a few cruises to Baja, the Arctic Circle and Alaska. These weren’t your typical cruise ships – they were nature cruises. This time would be a little different, we embarked on a seven night cruise with Celebrity Cruises. I have to say, from the moment I stepped onto the ship I was in awe of the stunning craftsmanship and the impeccable service. Since I had been on ships before, I was a little worried about how large this ship would feel, but once everyone was settled and on board it felt as though we were our own little island traveling up the coast of British Columbia.


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First and foremost, let’s talk about the beauty that lies within the Celebrity Solstice. As you walk onto the ship you are instantly taken in by the architecture. The blue, white and orange tones that you find throughout the Solstice is almost as though they took the palette of the sea and continue it onto the ship, which made it feel timeless and elegant.


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While each stateroom on the ship is your own little oasis that looks out onto the beautiful ocean – I felt as though the amenities of the ship were an extension of my room. A few of my favorite spots – the stunning library where I could pick up a new book after I finished the one I brought, the indoor pool (since it was quite chilly outside) and afternoon tea at Cafe al Bacio. Both Eric and I truly felt at home. It was as if we had never left home. I kept saying, can we bring all of this home with us? Who is going to turn down my bed at night? It’s the simple luxuries that made this journey unique.


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There was also delicious culinary experiences on the trip. Honestly, I had no idea what to expect. I had heard from a few close friends that had traveled on Celebrity Cruises before that it was great. Friends, I was blown away. While all of the restaurants were incredible and had their own little twist to them – Blu was by far my favorite. It’s healthy cuisine but without losing the flavor. I probably could have gone there for every meal. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to get a private cooking lesson from the executive chef on the ship and I asked him about what they strive to bring in their food on the Solstice. He said, clean, local and seasonal. Exactly how I try to eat at home. He said it’s all about a few key ingredients that make the food shine. They definitely achieved that at every single restaurant we went to on our journey.


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As I look back on this unbelievable trip I can honestly say that the Celebrity Solstice blew me away. It was the epitome of modern luxury at it’s finest. From the level of service, to the food, to the endless nightly entertainment, to the stunning spa – it completely encompassed everything Eric and I were looking for when it came to this babymoon vacation. I look forward to our next journey on one of their many ships around the world. The hard part will be deciding where to go next!


Next week, I’ll be talking about the sites and excursions we went on – let’s just say they will be forever remembered!


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Getaway: Four Seasons Biltmore

Heaven on Earth is probably the best way to describe the Four Seasons Biltmore. We arrived on a gloomy and rainy day, which is rare for Santa Barbara, but the ocean was greeting us with its beauty. As we drove into the hotel driveway we were in awe of the beautiful architecture of the Spanish style hotel. It instantly brought back memories of my childhood in Mexico. Some of my favorite memories as a child are staying in haciendas with beautiful decor and history. The Biltmore is nestled in charming Montecito, which is just 10 miles south of Santa Barbara. As you wind your way through the beautiful resort you find yourself getting lost in the stunning gardens with magnolia trees, palm trees and flowers growing as far as the eye can see.


What makes the Biltmore unique are the breathtaking views of the ocean. The first night as we were trying to decide where to go for dinner, we walked through the stunning lobby and saw that the Bella Vista restaurant in the hotel had a front seat to watch the ocean as the sun was setting. How could we pass that up? After a breathtaking sunset we enjoyed homemade pasta that melted in our mouths. It was the perfect end to a our magical day.


The following day we enjoyed a casual walk by the ocean to get one last glimpse of our view. After we check out of the hotel we of course had to stop into our favorite shops in town – Rooms and Gardens, Diani, and Dressed in Santa Barbara and Botanik in Summerland. All of these are a must!


As we left to continue our road trip down to LA we agreed that another stay at the Biltmore was definitely in order – it was the perfect home away from home.


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“Getaway” will be appearing on Sacramento Street to document my travels. I’m hoping to make it a monthly feature. If you have a favorite hotel in your city that you think should be featured please leave a comment or email me. I’ll be traveling a far amount in 2013 and hopefully it’ll be to a city you recommend!

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it’s friday + link love!

Wowza, this week has got the best of me. I feel as though I’ve been completely MIA on twitter – missing out on a whole lot, but work has been busy busy.

By the time you read this I will be on a plane to LA for the opening day of the Maison de Luxe Greystone Mansion opening. The entire Kendall Wilkinson team will be there to see our room in person – the photos I’ve seen are stunning. I can’t wait to see all of the rooms, mingle with bloggers I haven’t seen in awhile, hear a few lectures and then toast to a fabulous team. On Saturday I’m meeting up with Jessica and Fallon for lunch – I can’t wait to meet them both! Then I’ll be back to SF for a dinner party. Phew, it’s going to be a busy little weekend, but it’s going to be a blast!

While I’m away be sure to pop over to these links:

- These book covers have me swooning.

- Erica Tanov is hosting a holiday soiree Saturday at the SF store (if you live here be sure to stop by) and they are participating in the Remodelista Holiday Market at the Marin Country Mart – I’m totally bummed I’m going to be out of town.

- Love this fall look.

- I’ll definitely be making this for lunch next week!

Hope all of you have a lovely weekend ahead.

xx, Caitlin

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off to the desert . . .

After experiencing a extremely cold summer here in San Francisco, Eric and I thought it was time to get the heck out of this gloomy climate and take a vacation to Palm Springs. We’re going with a fun group of friends – some old and some new, which makes it a perfect combination for a fun time.

Sunshine, lounging by the pool, and cooking delicious meals is what I’m looking forward to this weekend. I’m signing off early this week. Be sure to follow me on twitter and instagram to get an inside peek into the trip.

While I’m away be sure to check out these fabulous posts:

*NYFW has come and gone, but this round up is the best I’ve yet to see . . .

*Transitioning into fall looks, I’m loving this ensemble . . .

*Weather is getting crisp, so these essentials might be necessary soon . . .

*Need some inspiration? Be sure to follow Mr. Grant on Pinterest . . .

* Be sure to check out my interview on Interior Connector . . .

Have a lovely weekend everyone! I’m off to enjoy some warm weather!

xx, Caitlin

Photos: 1. Wallpaper Magazine 2. Ace Hotel 3. David Roemer for Marie Claire Spain

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