So there we were, on our annual company retreat. One of the highlights of our year. A chance for the whole Here Comes The Guide staff to be together, get some hard work done, and just hang out.
The good news: we were at Woods Hole in Pebble Beach. Gorgeous location, comfortable home perfect for our retreat, right on the ocean. We were getting lots of good work done and enjoying each other’s company.
The bad news: 5 of the 8 us, including me, were very sick. We had The Flu. I, for one, can’t remember being that sick.
Then, the most wonderful thing happened. Through the front door swooped the lovely staff from Tarpy’s Roadhouse, there to make our dinner. But more than that, they took care of us. They made us tea, they served us in front of the TV so we could watch Glee and they whipped up fantastic, comforting food: a salad with apples, pecans and gorgonzola, steak and garlic mashed potatoes, Chilean sea bass with a mango relish and, finally, strawberry shortcake—yum!
Yes, the food was great, but the love they delivered with it was just what this sniffly group needed. If they can perform that kind of miracle off-site, imagine what they can do at their very own location. Thanks, Tarpy’s!
I have two good friends, both unmarried. One is a City Girl through and through. Her dream wedding would probably be at the Bently Reserve in San Francisco, surrounded by 350 of her closest friends, dancing the night away in front of a 25-piece orchestra. She’s looking for complete refinement and urban chic.
But my other friend is what most people would call a Country Girl, and City Girl’s wedding fantasy is actually her “anti-wedding.” My country friend longs for something more simple, “homey” and “down on the farm.” She imagines 35-50 guests relaxing under a star-filled evening sky, noshing on comfort foods, dancing to their favorite tunes with the faint scent of horses, hay and meadowsweet wafting in on a warm breeze. For her, this is what a wedding should be: time with friends and family in a rustic setting.
Apparently, my friend the Country Girl is not alone. In fact, there’s a growing market for low-key weddings, especially at ranches and farms. The NY Times even wrote about it. I’ll admit that the wedding they feature was a bit more casual than most, but hey, to each her own.
Personally, I prefer a happy medium, someplace like Thomas Fogarty Winery that offers the best of both worlds. Luckily, with so many choices for wedding locations in California, we can all find something that feels just right to each of us.
I love anything that’s a bit out of the ordinary and super colorful—especially at a wedding. That’s why these Party Favor Tins caught my eye. These would be the perfect addition to any wedding, but especially for those with a slightly Asian twist.
At just $22 for 10, they’re a steal—and something your guests might actually keep (and use!) afterwards.