A Trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Earlier this month Luke and I traveled down to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Luke’s parents met us there and the four of us spent a few days relaxing at the pool, indulging in fresh Mexican food and exploring as much as we could. We had been to other parts of Mexico before, so we were excited to explore an area that was new to us. We stayed in Marina Vallarta and after a few days of riding the local bus into town every day, we decided to spend the extra pesos on an air conditioned taxi (worth the money). See below for where we stayed, what we ate and what we saw!

Where we stayed: Westin Puerto Vallarta Our hotel was amazing! We spent a lot of time at the pool and took advantage of the free breakfast every morning.
Where we ate: Sonora Prime, Vista Grill, Ocean Grill, El Faro Bar
Favorite Areas: Los Muertos Beach, the Romantic Zone, Marina Vallarta

^ At the top of this lighthouse is El Faro Bar – very tasty margs ^
^ Our very colorful hotel ^
^ We found the local beers! ^
^ We took a bus from Marina Vallarta to Boca de Tomatlan.
From here we hopped on a boat to Ocean Grill ^
^ Lunch is better with a dog ^
^ A beautiful sunset from our dinner table at Vista Grill ^
^ The Romantic Zone ^
– Photos © Holly Copeland –

Summer Bucket List

It doesn’t quite feel like summer yet, but I swear the warmer temps are just around the corner! In Portland summer rolls around in about July… So I’m getting excited over here with my Summer Bucket List! Each year I compile a lit of all the things I want to accomplish over the summer months. Take a look below:

1 – Embark on a few camping trips
2 – Go kayaking on the river
3 – Host a backyard summer party for our friends + family
4 – Make a summer road trip playlist
5 – Visit a few new wineries (+ bring along a picnic lunch)
6 – Spend a day relaxing at the lake
7 – Take dad’s boat out (+ drink blueberry beers on the water)
8 – Spend a weekend at the Oregon Coast
9 – Start a summer photography project
10 – Make watermelon margaritas

Check out my lists from previous years: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011

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