Montana's Bighorn Canyon

Helloooooo, Montana!  Yes, that's right: Montana. Elaine recently went on a trip there with Tourism Montana and our friend from YosemiteTrev Lee. She hiked mountains, cozied up in cabins, went dogsledding, and flew a kite in the snow. We're both so excited to share some of what Montana has to offer in our upcoming posts. First up: Bighorn Canyon.

Devil's Canyon Overlook

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area straddles the border of Wyoming and Montana, and Devil's Canyon Overlook in Southeast Montana is one of the spots to explore in the state. The canyon looks similar to Utah's Horseshoe Bend and is a beautiful U-shape. There was tons of juniper all around, and the water was a gorgeous aquamarine color. The best part? You can drive there! No grueling hike required. 

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To get to Bighorn, we drove through southeast Montana and then a bit of Wyoming, where we tried some Rocky Mountain Oysters. They're not seafood though...instead you get deep-friend a dish made of bull, pig or sheep testicles. Yup. 

Our friend Andy from @southeastmontana joined us at Bighorn, and he gave us these beautiful compasses that are enscribed with "briskly venture, briskly roam." Sounds like a good life motto to us! 

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Montana is so gorgeous, especially with a dust of snow, and there's tons of wildlife around. Look out for the Bighorn sheep and bison! Don't forget to follow along on our Instagram at @localwanderer too :) 

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This post is in partnership with Visit Montana.  

Vancouver Date Night at Burdock & Co

Now that it's February, it seems like love is in the air everywhere! With Valentines Day coming up, we wanted to share one of our new favorite places in Vancouver's Mount Pleasant neighborhood, Burdock & Co. The best part? There's tons of vegan and gluten-free options too (and it's only a few blocks from our house).

Vancouver Date Night

We love going on friend-dates with each other, and the intimate and romantic setting at Burdock & Co. is the perfect place to catch up over some amazing, locally-sourced food. We love the ethos of the restaurant, and dining on shared plates is our favorite way to eat. The entire menu tastes like you're eating straight from the garden, which really fits with the vibe of our neighborhood.

All of the food is local and organic, and the shared plate menu changes seasonally based on the ingredients. What's really neat is their wine program, which features all natural wines. If you haven't tried "naturalist wine" before, it's definitely worth the experience! The stories behind the wine make the experience much more personal, and it adds a little entertainment to your evening as well. 

Romantic Dinner in Vancouver

For our romantic date night out, we picked a few items to share, and they were all amazing! Burdock & Co is known for it's signature fried chicken with a delightful dill sauce, and it did not disappoint! Our tastebuds were very happy with the vegan parsnip latkes with cashew cream and apple butter, proving that you do not need dairy to make a delicious sauce. We also enjoyed scallops so fresh we had to eat them raw, charcoal-grilled beef hanger steak, and a winter beet salad (we are so obsessed with beets). 

For dessert, we had the most incredible dark chocolate ganache, because you can never go wrong with ganache, and nibbled on some house-made goat cheese. Fun fact: it's Taylor's dream to own goats and make her own goat cheese, and after chatting with the staff at Burdock & Co. we learned it isn't that hard to make!

Next on our list: weekend brunch at Burdock & Co! The tomato-baked eggs and gluten-free eggs benny are calling our names. Whether you're in town visiting or just looking to branch out a little in Vancouver, check out our Mount Pleasant neighborhood guide for more local gems!

PS! We are doing an Instagram takeover this week, you can follow along at @burdockandco. We love supporting local, so just so you know, this is not a sponsored post! 

A Weekend in Harrison Hot Springs, BC

After last week's birthday post from LA, we're back with another birthday post, this time celebrating Elaine's birthday! We headed to Harrison Hot Springs for a girls getaway with our other bestie Lindsay (from the blog Treasures and Travels) and had such a relaxing and fun trip.

Vancouver Trip to Harrison Hot Springs

Harrison Hot Springs is about a 2 hour road trip from Vancouver, and we stayed at the gorgeously retro Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa.  It was so fun to dress up a bit and enjoy a dinner in The Copper Room with a live jazz band and a stellar menu. 

We packed our dancing shoes, and had a ton of fun dancing to classics with the band and celebrating Elaine's birthday. How amazing is this light up dance floor?! 

Later that night we took a late-night dip in the resort's hot springs, and woke up to this incredible lake and mountain view in the morning from our room. The resort has five mineral-fed hot spring pools all kept at different temperatures, so you can warm up in a hot tub or cool down in a cooler pool, or go between both! 

After a buffet breakfast at the resort we headed down to the lake, which has the cutest little pier. It was picture-perfect with the mountains and water and trees, just like our weekend at Harrison! 

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Things to Do in Abbotsford, BC

On our drive back to Vancouver, we stopped for coffee at Old Hand Coffee in Abbotsford, BC. We love this little bakery and coffee shop and have been wanting to try it forever! 

They serve local Bows and Arrows coffee from Vancouver Island, and the Dutch baked goods are all baked in-house and are soooo delicious. There's even some gluten-free options, which makes for the prettiest pit-stop to hang out with your besties on a road trip. 

While in Abbotsfoord, we also stopped by Spruce Collective, which is home to an awesome assortment of local and vintage goods, ranging from home and kitchen goods to dresses and scarves. 

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They also have a new vintage market just up the street full of thrifted finds which you should check out if you're in the area! Harrison Hot Springs was the perfect weekend getaway for us, and don't forget to tag us on Instagram in any of your photos if you visit! 

Thanks for reading! Coming up next week: Montana! Pack your snowboots.