Here are some photos of our quick trip to Tahoe from my Instagram stream. I dragged my big ol’ DSLR along and didn’t bring it out once…figures.


Stayed: at a home in Kings Beach that I found via Homeaway from Vacasa Vacation Rentals. I was a little worried because it was incredibly affordable compared to other homes in the area (so much so that we thought it was way too good to be true). The house was small, but cozy (we were with Adam’s aunt and uncle)! It was perfect for us and had a great view to boot. We lucked out big time.

Ate: Wolfdales, Christy Hill, Jason’s, Blue Onion, Char-Pit

Read: Wild. Heaven Is For Real. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. <—-I can seriously knock some books out on vacation.

Played: Kayaking to Crystal Bay and back. Reading for hours in the hammock. Eating mile high cones of soft serve. Drinking beer in the hammock. Grilling goat’s milk triple cream brie cheese with honey, brown sugar and nuts. Laughing till my stomach hurt. Margaritas. Mimosas. Lots of iced tea. Tan lines.



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  • Kristen @ notsodomesticated
    July 3, 2012 at 4:16 am

    I’m loving that giant ice cream cone!! And I really enjoyed “Heaven is For Real.” I didn’t think it was the world’s best writing, but the message was powerful!

  • Amanda
    July 3, 2012 at 4:17 am

    Agave worm?!

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    July 3, 2012 at 4:25 am

    Glad to see a beer in there! Please send Russian River beer this way! 😉

  • katie @KatieDid
    July 3, 2012 at 4:33 am

    I always love your vacation recaps, they look like such a blast and inspire me to go out and do more! margaritas, tan lines, hammocks… love it all.

  • Milena
    July 3, 2012 at 4:35 am

    I’ve only skied in Tahoe and I can honestly say your photos (these and previous ones) of your trips have convinced me I have to experience a warm vacation there! Someday when I’m back from Europe…. Your photos also make me want to experience that hotdog and the salmon. What a fabulous get-away! 🙂

  • Cait's Plate
    July 3, 2012 at 4:42 am

    Sounds like a pretty perfect getaway. I definitely need to get my butt to the char-pit if I’m ever in the area. That ice cream cone is unreal!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    July 3, 2012 at 4:44 am

    Ok, that ice cream cone looks unreal, and perfectly swirled too! The water looks gorgeous – so blue and clear. Looks like a great time!

  • Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats
    July 3, 2012 at 4:53 am

    Gorgeous view of your kayak paddle – what a fun time! I’d love to get to Tahoe someday. 🙂 Hope you have a great 4th!

  • Elisabeth
    July 3, 2012 at 4:56 am

    That ice cream cone looks delicious! It looks like a fabulous trip – especially with the good books 🙂

  • Ali @ Gimme Some Oven
    July 3, 2012 at 4:57 am

    Ha — that cone is amazing!! So glad you had a wonderful time. 🙂

    What did you think of “Heaven Is For Real”?

  • Kelly @ My Love Affair With Running
    July 3, 2012 at 5:01 am

    Looks like you had a beautiful trip! Reading in the hammock for hours and kayaking in the ocean.. my idea of a perfect getaway 🙂

  • Emily @ Life on Food
    July 3, 2012 at 5:10 am

    I cannot wait to hear what you thought of the books. Beautiful shots. And sometimes plain old vanilla soft serve is just the right treat.

  • Marissa@ohhhsolovely
    July 3, 2012 at 5:22 am

    the salmon, grilled artichoke (i think?), & soft serve just sent me over the top this morning. this just gave me an appetite for breakfast!

  • Heather {ModernMealsforTwo}
    July 3, 2012 at 5:34 am

    I read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks last year. So interesting!

  • Gabby (Quest for Delicious)
    July 3, 2012 at 6:10 am

    Such beautiful photos! Gotta love instagram.

  • Liz @ iheartvegetables
    July 3, 2012 at 6:17 am

    Haha I take my DSLR everywhere, and then end up using my iphone for everything 😉 you still got awesome pictures!

  • Melissa
    July 3, 2012 at 6:24 am

    Perfect vacation<3<3

  • sabine
    July 3, 2012 at 6:47 am

    what a great collection of beautiful photo’s. I really like the ice cream cone.

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    July 3, 2012 at 6:50 am

    Ooh…I did the same thing on my summer getaway in May! I can’t seem to find the energy to lug around my Canon Rebel. Now that I have an iPhone I’m always just slipping it into my pocket or hand and snapping away. It’s dangerously addictive 😉
    Love your shots Jenna. Your trip sounds amazing! Happy Tuesday!

  • pol
    July 3, 2012 at 7:01 am

    hi hon!
    love the photo of you two smiling. 🙂 so CUTE! i liked that book! what did you think? i was a bit skeptical and then got to reading it… and thought wow. who am i to know if this little guy really did see all that in heaven!

    love you bunches. enjoy your day tomorrow with your honey and some honey on toast! 🙂

  • Katie
    July 3, 2012 at 7:07 am

    So awesome! I can’t wait to go to Lake Tahoe and Yosemite. I think I’ll go in 2013. For now it’s BIG SUR and wine country this summer!

  • Becky Henderson
    July 3, 2012 at 7:08 am

    It looks like you had an amazing trip filled with lots of good food, good company, and love! I read Heaven Is For Real and got very emotional about the miscarriage part. I pray that part is true so very much. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts about it! BTW, my iphone picts never look that good. LOL. You have a wonderful talent!

  • Lu
    July 3, 2012 at 7:09 am

    You look adorable in your glasses. That water looks absolutely beautiful. I think I just added Lake Tahoe to my future vacation spot. It seems like you had fun!

  • Margarita
    July 3, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Jenna I cannot believe how fast you read! Jealous! Did this training come from college or were you always a bookie since you were little? I love Deschutes Brewery beers and also have Henrietta Lacks on my bookshelf.

  • Caroline L.
    July 3, 2012 at 7:11 am

    LOVE Tahoe, it’s always so beautiful. Glad you had a great time – these are some gorgeous shots!

  • Traci
    July 3, 2012 at 7:13 am

    Heaven is for Real is such an amazing book!!

  • Casey
    July 3, 2012 at 7:16 am

    I need that necklace. Where can I buy it?

    • jenna
      July 3, 2012 at 8:12 am

      I got that necklace from Francesca’s last year—it was only about $8 and is my very favorite!

  • Liz
    July 3, 2012 at 7:36 am

    It looks like you had a fabulous time! I have travel envy!

  • Em (Wine and Butter)
    July 3, 2012 at 7:44 am

    You have a wonderful sounding and beautiful life Jenna!! 🙂 xoxo

  • joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    July 3, 2012 at 7:45 am

    LOVE your pics.. that water looks gorgeous.

  • domonique @ abowlfullofsimple
    July 3, 2012 at 7:46 am

    spending the week on the west shore. paddling, swimming – burrr, laughing, climbing, berry crisps, summerfest, juicy burgers, lots o’watermelon! tahoe is heaven in california! love that you love it like we do!

  • Christine
    July 3, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Those photos are fantastic!! Looks like such a lovely vacation. Thanks for sharing!

  • Karen
    July 3, 2012 at 7:58 am

    As always, you and Adam take the most incredible vacation photos; you guys capture the best of just about anyplace on earth. My favs: the adorable impromptu shot of you and your beloved side by side, and the perfectly swirled (non-melted) ice cream cone!!!

    On a personal note, Jenna…it’s so wonderful to see you thriving both personally and professionally levels these days, as I know that you’ve struggled and worked hard on both fronts these past few years. Your face just glows with joy!

  • Cristen
    July 3, 2012 at 8:00 am

    I’ve been wanting to read Wild. Did you like it? Would you recommend it?

  • Leo Dimilo
    July 3, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Stunning pictures, Jenna. I really like the pic of Lake Tahoe. It feels like I am actually there 🙂

  • Shannon D'J
    July 3, 2012 at 8:24 am

    You grill brie?!?! Omg, you must share your execution strategy! Sounds amazing!

  • Natalie @ will jog for food
    July 3, 2012 at 8:41 am

    How fun! I hope I can make it to Tahoe before the end of Summer!

    I’ll pass on that worm though 😉

  • Emily
    July 3, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Too.Much.Fun. Okay, I’m planning a trip to Tahoe, it’s about time the Squish experienced altitude 🙂

  • Moni Meals
    July 3, 2012 at 9:14 am

    What a great trip, I loved the photos!!
    Have a happy happy fourth Jenna. 🙂

  • Meghan @ After the Ivy League
    July 3, 2012 at 9:16 am

    I started to read Heaven is For Real and got about 20 pages in and couldn’t stop crying! I had to put the book down, but I’d love to see how the rest turns out! Enjoy your summer reads!

  • Kelly
    July 3, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Gorgeous photos! You really captured summer at its finest! 🙂

  • afarmerinthedell
    July 3, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Twilight is my favorite Deschutes beer. We don’t have it on the east coast. Major bummer. your weekend looked awesome!

  • Millie Snyder
    July 3, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Sounds like you had a wonderful vacation. I love looking at all of the pictures. Man, that ice cream looked good :). Also what is your recipe for the grilled brie cheese… that sounded unbelievable and I want to try that. Have a good holiday!

  • Julia {The Roasted Root}
    July 3, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Oh man, I wish I had known you were going to Tahoe, I totally would have been creepy and asked if I could meet you!! I work in Incline Village (preeeeetty close to King’s Beach) and am here for the 4th. Glad you had a nice stay here and had a chance to do some fun kayaking. If you’re still in the area, let me know!

  • Courtney
    July 3, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Love your photos. I am from the city and grew up going to Tahoe at least once a summer. My family has a condo at Heavenly but we would stay in a cabin at Zephyr Cove. My grandparents met at church camp there (they are 93 and 89 years old now!) and honeymooned there, my parents honeymooned there, and my husband proposed is an incredibly special place and I’m glad you enjoy it!!!

  • Kristin Murdock
    July 3, 2012 at 9:54 am

    LOVE the format of this blog post. Might have to do the same for summer vacations coming up.

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    July 3, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Great ice cream cone and artichokes and blue water and I was LOLing at the little worm 🙂

  • Jane {In the Pink and Green}
    July 3, 2012 at 11:35 am

    These photos are so pretty! Where did you get that monster ice cream cone? I live in Tahoe (in the South Lake Tahoe area) and I’ve been looking for a good soft serve spot! Let me know if you’re ever back in Tahoe! 🙂

  • JulieD
    July 3, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Looks like a fun time! I have never been to Tahoe before. Hope you have a nice 4th and see you soon! Squee!

  • Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    July 3, 2012 at 11:53 am

    The pic of your oar and water is amazing. Love instagram!

  • Courtney
    July 3, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Ohh, looks like such a fun trip. I would love to hear how you grilled the brie. That sounds amazing and I have a round in my fridge just for that. Did you do it foil? Please, please share!!!

  • Leslie Means @ Her View From Home
    July 3, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Love the pics! Did you like “Heaven is for Real?” That family lives in Nebraska – not far from where I live. I found the story incredible…

  • Katie
    July 3, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Wow Jenna, looks unreal! I love your Tahoe posts. I’m a Sydney girl who did two seasons at Squaw Valley and it’s my dream to live back in California one day! xx

  • Padma
    July 3, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    I love your book recommendations. Let me know what you think of “Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks”. As a science nerd, I loved it! Have a great trip!

  • Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See
    July 3, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Whoa love that sunset porch picture! Sunset is definitely my favorite time of day 🙂

  • Lauren
    July 3, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Although I’ve been a skier from the start, it’s hard to argue with Tahoe in the summer. Kayaking, beautiful blue water, I could die. Plus that ice cream cone looks amazing.

  • Sarah
    July 3, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Heaven is For Real tore my heart out, and I run past Deschutes Brewery almost every day! 🙂

  • Sonal
    July 4, 2012 at 2:02 am

    Your trip sounds ridiculously amazing!! You had me on that hundred layer soft serve! 🙂

  • Maggie
    July 4, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Jenna! These photos look absolutely wonderful! I go to Tahoe every summer and will be there in the first few weeks of August for my birthday with the fam. I want to know your restaurant recommendations as well as yoga recommendations since I have yet to find a studio yet!

  • Corey @ Learning Patience
    July 4, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    I loved Heaven is For Real….so touching!

    xoxo from Trinidad

  • Julia H. @ Going Gulia
    July 4, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Ahhh, the photo of the paddle makes me miss Lake Tahoe! My relatives have kayaks that we always bring with us, and I LOVE kayaking on that lake because the water is so clear & blue! You can paddle out far and still see straight down. Beautiful.

  • Jess-ThatJessGal
    July 4, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    I’m reading Immortal Life right now as I’m working on some cancer research at UF and I love it. Skloot is a wonderful science writer, though.

  • Beka
    July 5, 2012 at 1:33 am

    I always love reading your posts, Jenna! I’m heading to North Lake Tahoe this weekend with my boyfriend, and can’t wait for some bbqing and kayaking! Thinking of tying the Char-pit too…Any other restuarant recommendations? Also, Heaven is for real was, like my fav book ever 🙂

  • Lauren Lindley
    July 6, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Hey! You’re in my town. I hope you ate at Firesign while you were kicking it on West Shore. It’s the best breakie on the lake!

  • Ali
    July 8, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Heaven Is For Real is one of my favorites! So inspiring and beautiful!

  • sanderskn
    July 12, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Sometimes you just make me happy about LIFE! Thanks for reminding us of the good things it has to offer to help me get through the bad times.

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