Hello, October! August and September were busy months on the writing front, with lots of assignments for the SF Chronicle as well as closing Issue No. 13 (!!!) of Anthology. The latter ended up being especially challenging and dragged on a bit longer than Meg and I anticipated. But I won't bother getting into the details because, well, it was super frustrating and I'd rather not rehash.
In more relaxing news: Jon and I just spent a long weekend in the Pt. Reyes area, celebrating our anniversary. We stayed at the Olema Druids Hall, which was wonderful. We didn't really interact with the innskeepers much which is a bit unusual, though not a bad thing. They did drop off a delicious picnic basket of breakfast treats every morning, and we proceeded to enjoy them here:
That's the dining spot in our cottage. But you could also have breakfast in the property's communal room, which is pretty darn cute, too (that parasol light juxtaposed with the ceiling medallion!):
And check out these pocket doors that I spied in the Druids Hall office:
Not far from our cottage was this spot, which I have deemed idyllic for afternoon reading:
Years ago, we celebrated another anniversary at Manka's in nearby Inverness. We loved the accommodations and the restaurant; sadly, it suffered a fire in 2006 and the restaurant is no longer open to the public. But the owners have since launched Sir and Star in Olema (a really short walk from Druids Hall), so we dined there on Friday night. The verdict: The food was delicious (loved the faux gras), but the staff seemed a bit disinterested. So overall, it was an okay dining experience.
Eating establishments that we tried for the first time and would definitely go back to: Saltwater (I could eat an entire pint of their Frog Hollow pluot sorbet in one sitting and the Oysters Santiago were awesome) and the restaurant at Marin Sun Farms (mmm, the lamb burger). We also ended up driving to Napa because I had an interview scheduled one afternoon, so we had lunch at Redd Wood, which I'm a big fan of (the fried Brussels sprouts and cauliflower starter is insanely good). Of course, we couldn't resist picking up treats from Bouchon Bakery to indulge in post-getaway (Jon likes their shortbread; I'm a sucker for their toffee).
The government shutdown meant the national parks in the area were closed. But I guess that gives us an excuse to make a return trip soon!