Growing up, I always loved our little family getaways up to the mountains. All those green trees, and the abundance of fresh, clean air. In middle school, after years and years of begging my parents, we had a special addition to our family, who you’ll see here and there in my pictures-Twinkie!! Seeing him at the shelter when he was just a few months old and then being able to bring him home with us after school was probably one of the happiest days of my life. AHHH it makes me smile even thinking about it now. My wittle cootie neenee baaaby! (Hahaha, I know I’m not the only one here who gives long pet names to their dogs…)
Our family loves to travel a lot, and often times, we have to leave Twinkie behind since a lot of the places we go/things we do aren’t necessarily suitable for dogs. However, whenever we plan smaller hiking trips or camping trips, we always be sure to somehow include adventure plans for Twinkers too. Dogs, of course, need to have their fun.
For this year’s spring break, we planned our getaway to Idyllwild, California-a small town tucked away in the Mount San Jacinto area. Very small-town-esque with the local mom-and-pop grocery stores and restaurants and your local village square with coffee shops, live performances and good beers. Fun fact: apparently Idyllwild has no stoplights. Doesn’t Idyllwild just sound like the place to be still and find yourself in nature? Like being idle in the wild? Heheh, clever right?
We stayed at Idyllwild Inn, where there are several dog-friendly cottages available.
Twinkie looking ready to start off the day!! SQUIRREL?
Hahah, this picture makes me laugh. Mom looking at Twinkie looking at me looking like he owns this place.
A queen bed and a twin bed in the room that I shared with my sister, and there’s another room with two additional beds-this village actually fits 6!
Twinkie has already assumed his position as vacuum cleaner in the kitchen. Once it’s dinner time, you can almost always expect Twinkie to be ready to catch any falling food.
Pretending like I know how to use a gas stove, but honestly kind of confused.
BUT. We managed to whip up some nice meals in this kitchen-like this roasted butternut squash and ham.
Baked chicken. My dad’s baked chicken is my favorite.
Green beans, onions and ground beef. Simple, but one of our easy, go-to dishes as seen here.
After our dinner, looked right outside the window and was treated with these beautiful sherbet sunset for dessert.
We also walked around the town at night, and here you can just see some small gift shops. They even had a movie theater that played one single movie.
And one of our favorite family traditions is playing board games!! Who doesn’t love board games? My sister and I grew up playing games like Life, Uno and a whole bunch of card games that I don’t even know the games of. We also had Clue Jr. and Cranium Jr. Finally graduated to the regular Cranium, woohoo.
Ended the night off with Ratatouille (LOVE this movie it’s so cute). Goodnight world!