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PUEBLO BONITO PACIFICA: CABO SAN LUCAS

SO excited to share with you guys my recent stay at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica in Los Cabos Mexico with my blogging/real life bestie, Torey from Torey's Treasures. It's a long one, but I promise you will want to read about every single detail! Happy scrolling.

After a quick flight from Seattle and an easy shuttle from the airport, we arrived at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica. We were greeted with cherry mojitos (hello delicious) and whisked away to check in and shortly after brought to our home away from home for the next few days. Our HUGE room was located in the Towers section of the resort. This area has rooms with private balconies and access to a VIP lounge (basically an area of added luxury).  Our room was the perfect oasis for two fashion bloggers with a lot of clothing. We each had tons of room to spread out and plenty of closet space. 

We especially loved the adjoining living area that gave us even more space. Also, we had a Nespresso machine for coffee every morning which was amazing and I'm now addicted and may or may not have purchased one on Amazon the moment I got home.

 The view from our balcony was something out of a magazine! 

Not only was our room incredible, but the entire property was equally as stunning. There are two beautiful pools to pick from, a swim-up bar for cocktails and endless lounge chairs and umbrellas! We rented one of the private cabanas on the beach and it was heavenly. I will mention that due to an intense tide (it's extremely dangerous), you can't actually swim in the ocean at the resort. I'm not much of an ocean swimmer, so this was definitely not a deal breaker for me.The pools are so amazing, I promise you won't miss swimming in the ocean.

You can't go on vacation and not gain 5 pounds from all of the food and drinks. The food at the Pueblo Bonito Pacifica was so good, I think i gained 10. We opted for the all inclusive plan which meant that all of our food and drinks were included with the cost of our room. If you decide to vacation here, it's the only way to go. Another great perk of opting for the all-inclusive plan is that you get to eat at any of the restaurants across all of the Pueblo Bonito properties (there are four Pueblo Bonito properties in Los Cabos and they offer free shuttle service for easy access). Torey and I visited a couple of the other properties for dinner and had amazing dining experiences at both La Frida at Pueblo Bonito Sunset beach and Steakhouse at Quivara Golf Club. The margaritas were out of this world at La Frida and you HAVE to order the cheesecake at the steakhouse! We also loved the restaurants on property and both agreed that the food was delicious. I've been to all inclusive resorts before where the food was average but everything at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica was delicious.

Torey and I each enjoyed an amazing 50 minute Swedish massage at the Spa and couldn't have been more relaxed. The whole spa experience was incredible and they took wonderful care of us. Also, if you are into working out on vacation, the fitness center at the resort is HUGE and one of the best i'eve ever seen.

I was truly blow away by the staff at the resort! Every single employee went out of their way to ensure that Torey and I had the best trip. Torey left her wallet in the cab on the way to the resort and the kind staff members worked immediately to have it returned to her. I will also (begrdugingly) mention that we locked ourselves out of our room on three different occasions. Each time, a friendly staff member would let us into our room with a smile!

We even had butler service 24hrs a day during our stay. Alexis, our butler who immediately became our friend, took INCREDIBLE care of Torey and I. He scheduled our shuttles, booked us an excursion (i'll get into that below) and even made our dinner reservations for us.

I wanted to go into a little more detail about our excursion because it was seriously one of the coolest experiences of my life. We took a quick 15 minute cab ride from the resort (arranged by our amazing butler) and hopped on a $10 boat ride to see the arch. If you don't know, the arch is a distinctive rock at the Southern most point of Cabo San Luca. What we thought was going to be an ordinary boat ride quickly turned into something magical. Towards the end of our tour, we spotted a school (probably close to 500) dolphins jumping in and out of the water and proceeded to chase them around for the next 30 minutes. It was seriously INSANE and one f the coolest things i've ever seen. I would say it was deifinitely worth the $10!

Overall, we had an incredible stay at the Pueblo Bonito Pacifica. It was relaxing, indulgent, sunny and everything you could ever wish for in a vacation. If you are looking for a beautiful, adults only all-inclusive vacation, look no further than Pueblo Bonito Pacifica. You will be treated to the best vacation ever!

 
 

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BEACH DAYS

BLUE PRINTED KAFTAN: COOPER AND ELLA (C/O) | ONE PIECE: EVERYTHING BUT WATER (C/O) | STRAW HAT: FREE PEOPLE | STRAW BAG: FREE PEOPLE (SOLD OUT BUT SIMILAR HERE)

It's the middle of August, and I finally got to have a real Summer beach day in Mexico! Torey and I woke up early on our first day to get that perfect morning light and set off for the beach. I didn't know this before I arrived, but there are a lot of places in Cabo where you can't even go into the water. Evidently the currents are really strong and there's a huge drop off just a few feet from shore. I was totally fine with this and enjoyed walking in the sand and hanging out in our private cabana for the day!

I wore this fun printed kaftan from Cooper & Ella. Did you see Friday's post where I featured another one of their gorgeous pieces? This kaftan was the perfect thing to throw over my Marysia one-piece from Everything But Water. Everything But Water has the best selection of amazing swimwear featuring all of my favorite brands. This one piece is gorgeous, comfortable, and I love the scalloped hemline and the rich navy color. It's definitely a suit I will reach for year after year and one i'm so thrilled to have in my collection (does anyone else collect swimsuits?).

SHOP MY LOOK:

 
 

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THE LODGES ON VASHON

In our short 4 months in Seattle, I have been making it my mission to explore as much of the Pacific North West as possible. This is not a permanent move for us and we do plan on returning home to NC, so I want to make sure and soak up the beauty all around us and visit as many places as possible. I had heart great things about the island of Vashon (specifically The Lodges On Vashon) and knew it needed to be our next getaway. 

After a short drive to West Seattle and a quick 20 minute ferry, we had arrived to Vashon! We were greeted with lots of green, stunning water views around every corner, the cutest downtown and lots of friendly faces; we were officially on island time. Things only got better when we arrived to our home away from home for the weekend, The Lodges On Vashon. I first discovered this modern oasis on Instagram and knew I HAD to stay here. Let's just say the lodges exceeded my expectations!

Each one of the lodges is an interior lovers dream! I'm talking straight out of a West Elm catalogue dream. Think cozy king size beds, minimalist decor, gas fireplaces, a fully equipped wet bar and an assortment of games to enjoy. I especially loved that all of the amenities (coffee, soaps etc.) were locally sourced from artisans on the island. If you can ever find a reason to leave your lodge (it might be tough), make sure to venture over to one of the communal spaces. The open air pavilion is a great space to hang out by the fire with friends and relax. We put the games to use and spent lots of hours in the fresh air. I was in love with the swinging chairs and could have sat there all day while the rest of my crew hung out on the lawn. How cute is Cooper attempting to play croquet? 

If you have a four legged friend as a part of your family like we do, then you know it can sometimes be a hassle to find hotels that are pet friendly. The Lodges offer several pet-friendly rooms, so just make sure to enquire about this when you are booking. We always love bringing Coop along with us on our adventures. He was definitely a fan of The Lodges.

I cannot say enough good things about our stay at The Lodges. It was the perfect escape from the hustle of city life and definitely a place I can see myself frequenting to relax and slow down. Did I mention it's an Instagram lovers dream! The all white aesthetic is perfection.

I am SO excited to be teaming up with my friends at The Lodges to offer you guys a 20% discount on your stay from July 3- July 13. Simply enter code MOLLYSMUSINGS at checkout.

P.S. If you decide to book a stay at The Lodges, make sure and plan to do a meal at The Hardware Store and visit KVI Beach. We did both and loved them!

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10 THINGS TO DO ON SAN JUAN ISLAND

If you have ever visited or heard about the San Juan Islands, then you know it is a magical group of islands located in the northern most point of Washington bordering Canada. Upon moving to Seattle, I was probably told 20 times that I needed to make a visit to the San Juan's. I took their advice and have now made my second trip to this little slice of Pacific North West heaven. Today, I'm talking about my favorite island thus far (there are four ferry served islands- San Juan, Orcas, Lopez and Shaw but over 172 named islands in San Juan County. Read on to learn about 10 things you must do on San Juan Island!

1. STAY IN ONE OF THE HISTORIC CABINS AT ROCHE HARBOR: I cannot tell you how much we LOVED staying in one of these historic gems. Roche Harbor is located on the northern most point of the island and is worth the 20 minute drive across the island from where the ferry drops you off in Friday Harbor. Each of the 10 historic cottages offers 2 bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and an outdoor fire pit (we enjoyed ours both evenings). We opted to stay in a second row cottage, but the first row cottages have unobstructed waterfront views and the best seat in the house for the sunsets (see below). I cannot say enough good things about Roche Harbor and you will continue to read more about them below!

2. ATTEMPT TO SPOT WHALES AT LIME KILN POINT STATE PARK: The San Juan Islands are probably most well known as being the breeding grounds for Orcas! Situated on the west end of the Island, Lime Kiln is said to be one of the best whale-watching spots on earth (peak season is May through September)! We weren't lucky enough to see any whales breach the water (I am DYING to see this one day), but we did spot a few fins! Even if you don't spot any whales, it's still a gorgeous spot!

3. EXPLORE FRIDAY HARBOR: Friday Harbor is the largest town on the island and has lots of fun things to do and see. We loved browsing the shops and exploring the waterfront. We had dinner at Downriggers right on the water, and I could recommend it enough. Delicious food and stunning views, you just can't beat it.

4. GRAB COFFEE AT THE SALTY FOX: When you arrive by ferry to San Juan Island, the first thing you see when you drive off is the charming Salty Fox Coffee. I knew I wanted to visit (have you been reading my Seattle Sips posts) and check out their coffee selection. It's definitely a charming cafe with delicious coffee, but my favorite part was sitting on the front steps (coffee in hand) and taking in the view.

5. CHECK OUT THE YACHT'S IN ROCHE HARBOR: There are some BIG boats docked in Roche Harbor. We loved strolling the docks and dreaming of one day owning one of these vessels (haha only in our dreams), but it did make for a fun activity.

6. EXPLORE THE ROCHE HARBOR GROUNDS AND GARDENS: I know I have talked a lot about Roche Harbor, but I honestly fell in love. It might just be my favorite spot in all of the Pacific North West and that is definitely saying a lot. They have STUNNING gardens located right on the water that happened to be blooming my favorite flowers, Peonies. I was literally on cloud 9 strolling through rows and rows of gorgeous pink and white blooms. 

7. GRAB A DONUT AT THE LIME KILN CAFE: We happened to be visiting the San Juan's on National Donut Day and had heard amazing things about the donuts at Lime Kiln Cafe (located on the grounds of Roche Harbor). They did not disappoint! We also LOVED the breakfast and the stunning water views.

8. WATCH THE SEA PLANES LAND: If you are up for the adventure, you can take a sea plane directly from Seattle to Roche Harbor. We didn't opt for it this time (still on our Seattle bucket list), but we did love watching them land on the water.

9. CATCH THE SUNSET: I cannot begin to describe how beautiful the sunsets were on San Juan Island. Just trust me that they are breathtaking and something you NEED to experience!

10. BRING YOUR PUP: San Juan Island is a GREAT place to bring your pup! Cooper was definitely the talk of the town and loved meeting all kinds of friends. The cabin we stayed in at Roche Harbor was dog friendly (they charged a $25 a night pet fee) and they even provided dog bowls and treats. We love bringing Coop along on our adventures, so I always like knowing if places are pet friendly.

Are you ready to book your adventure to San Juan Island?

 
 

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