Spend Your Summer Vacation at an A-Frame Cabin in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite is a gorgeous place to explore all year round, but we had the best summer vacation at Yosemite National Park! Thanks to our beautiful a-frame cabin rental from Boutique Homes, it was a relaxing trip full of sunshine, nature, and lots of relaxation. Here's some travel inspiration for your next trip, including the best place to stay in Yosemite National Park!

Getting to Yosemite National Park

We picked up our rental car in San Francisco and drove 3.5 hours to Yosemite National Park. Our car ended up being a VW Bug convertible, which was perfect because it was over 100 degrees while we were there! Hello, heat wave. We felt like we were on a safari the whole weekend, so we definitely recommend getting a convertible for your summer trip to Yosemite.

Where to Stay in Yosemite National Park: An A-Frame Cabin in the Woods 

We stayed slightly outside of Yosemite National Park in a gorgeous, remote a-frame cabin with our friends. Located in the Oakhurst area, it's only about a 30 minute drive from the park entrance that is closest to Fresno. The a-frame cabin comfortably sleeps 4 people, it has great WIFI (essential if you work remote!) and a barbecue for some late night grilling. 

The a-frame cabin is so lovely, you could spend a ton of time just relaxing and playing ukulele with your friends! We loved the decor of this cabin, we instantly felt inspired and at home, all at the same time. Nothing like a little mid-century decor out in nature! 

We loved that there is a grocery store nearby if you need anything, and if you're visiting Yosemite National Park in the summer, definitely bring bug spray!

Exploring Yosemite National Park

Of course we had to spend time visiting the actual park too! We explored Yosemite National Park and enjoyed all the main spots and viewpoints, like the view of half dome. You can check out this blog post for all of the best exploring spots in Yosemite from our last trip! 

It even rained inside the park while we were exploring, which we didn't mind one bit considering it was over 100 degrees out! [Yellow Drawstring Backpack from Frachella!]

The sunsets in Yosemite National Park and the Oakhurst area are seriously the best. We hung out at Bass Lake one afternoon, which is only about 10 minutes away from the cabin! The perfect place to cool off in the summer heat.

We had the best time staying in this gorgeous A-frame cabin from Boutique Homes - we will definitely be checking out more of their beautiful places to stay for future trips! You can book this cabin here or explore more of their homes here

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[Special thanks to Elizabeth Gilmore for taking some of these photos!]

6 Romantic Getaways for a Summer of Love

Looking for an easy romantic getaway with your boo? There's no better way to fall in love or rekindle that spark than by going on some romantic weekend getaways together! We teamed up with OkCupid to share some of our favorite places to visit with your honey this summer, and the best part is they are all easy, low-stress weekend getaways that you can turn into a longer trip if you want to. Nothing like summertime romantic getaways, right? 

Romantic Getaways #1: Soak Up the Sun in San Diego, California

Ready to soak in summer along the beach? Take a romantic weekend getaway to San Diego! Get ready to enjoy the delicious food scene in Little Italy (Ironside Oyster is our fave), indulge in a ton of fish tacos (happy hour at Tacos Perla is fantastic), and sip on beer from the city's over 100 craft breweries! Snuggle up on the beach under an umbrella with your boo at Coronado Beach, and if you want to treat yourself, rent a day bed for the day and keep the drinks coming.

Where to Stay: The Pearl Hotel, One Bunk Hotel, or this cute Airbnb (get $40 free credit here
How to Get There: lots of direct flights to SAN, or road trip from San Francisco or Los Angeles

Romantic Getaways #2: Cozy Up in Your Own Airstream in the Woods on Pender Island, BC

It doesn’t get more romantic than enjoying nature in your own Airstream! 🌲  Woods on Pender is located on gorgeous Pender Island in British Columbia, Canada, and it's an easy escape along the west coast. Whether you want to lay in your hammock all day, Netflix and chill in your airstream, or explore the hikes and lakes of the island, it doesn't get any better than a romantic getaway here. The best part? Your own hot tub in the woods! 

Where to Stay: Woods on Pender (Airstreams for rent, or a super affordable lodge)
How to Get There: Take a ferry from Tsawassen, BC (40 minutes past the border), an easy road trip from any PNW city

Romantic Weekend Getaways #3: Party it up in Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada

Vegas, anyone?  This easy-to-get to destination can be super affordable, and we love the local vibe off the strip in Downtown Las Vegas.  Fremont East is the "local" Vegas, full of hip taco shops, cocktail bars, gourmet coffee, and so much cool street art. Whether you want to enjoy a show or party it up with your babe, Vegas is bound to add a little excitement to your relationship.

Where to Stay: We love the Downtown Grand Las Vegas because of the prime location downtown, the rooftop pool, and the super cheap price tag (starting at $60/night!) 
How to Get There: lots of cheap flights on charter airlines, or road trip from LA

Romantic Weekend Getaways #4: Enjoy the Small Town Charm of Prince Edward County, Ontario

If you'd rather a more quiet and relaxing romantic getaway, explore the delicious wine country that lies between Toronto, Montreal, and  New York: Prince Edward County! This is a super romantic weekend getaway from the big city, full of hip wineries (get our top 5 here), small town charm, white sandy beaches, and a lot of time for rest and relaxation. We loved our stay at The Ferg, and you'll definitely get your quality time in, because not much is open after 10pm! 

Where to Stay: The Ferg, June Motel, or The Drake Devonshire
How to Get There: road trip! About a 3hr drive from Toronto or Ottawa

Romantic Getaways #5: Road Trip Along the Oregon Coast

A summer romantic getaway doesn’t get better than the sandy beaches along the Oregon Coast! Take a road trip to the PNW and soak in all the beauty and sand dunes that you can find at Cape Kiwanda, a prettier and less busy version of Cannon Beach. 

Where to. Stay: beach camping, or there's lots of yurts along the coast
How to Get There: fly to Portland or road trip from Seattle / Vancouver

Romantic Weekend Getaways #6: Go Wine Tasting in Mexico's Valle de Guadalupe

Want a Mexican vacation, without a high price tag? Make your way to Valle de Guadalupe, Baja’s wine country, which is only an hour from the San Diego and Mexico border! Stay in the romantic luxury yurts tucked in the hills and spend your days in the sun with wine, fresh coconuts, and tacos (of course). You must take in sunset at Cuatro Cuatros

Where to Stay: Encuentro Guadalupe
How to Get There: drive across the San Diego border, or walk across the border and hire a car or Uber for a day trip

Hopefully these romantic weekend getaways have inspired you to plan a fun summer trip! We're taking over Okcupid's new Instagram account, so follow along for more romantic inspo -> @okcupid

You can check out even more travel ideas for your next vacation in our other blog posts!

Sleep in a Treehouse Hotel at Free Spirit Spheres on Vancouver Island

Have you ever wanted to stay in a treehouse hotel? Who hasn't! We love finding unique place to stay when we travel, which is why we were so excited when Ford Canada asked us to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday by taking a road trip with the new CMAX 2017 to the Free Spirit Spheres on Vancouver Island! What better way to appreciate our home and native land than by sleeping up in the trees in an enchanted coastal rainforest? This was our first time in a treehouse hotel, but definitely not our last! 


Best Treehouse Hotel: Free Spirit Spheres 

Visiting Free Spirit Spheres was such an amazing time, and it's a really great place to genuinely connect with nature. All of the spheres, which are your rooms, are built within the trees, and if they ever needed to be removed they wouldn't leave a trace behind. That's their motto, to preserve nature, not change it. If you ever need assistance, there's a handy gong drum below that you can ring, and the little "mushroom" huts are the washrooms. Talk about a unique place to stay! 

This is definitely a glamping experience, as each sphere has it's own adorable shower building, so you can have cleanliness and privacy. Each sphere is built by hand, the green one below is currently being built, and you'll notice sail boat details inside each of the spheres. 

Inside Free Spirit Spheres, a Treehouse Hotel

We packed up our Away Bigger Carry-on for our trip, and it was so fun to walk along the bridges to our sphere. Stepping inside was literally like stepping into one of our dreams! It's so peaceful and definitely a great escape from the city. 

We had the best sleep in the spheres (it's hard not to). The bed is a pull out, and when you check in they show you how to arrange the sleeping quarters and make sure that you're super comfortable. We loved everyone who worked there, it was the best hospitality! The spheres are suspended in the trees, and so you feel the wind and movement while it rocks you to sleep.

In the morning, it was time for coffee so we set out a little spread on our private bridge and woke up with the birds singing. Truly the best day! Thanks to our bestie Lindsay (from Treasures & Travels) for coming along and helping snap some photos! 

What to Do on Vancouver Island:

After our stay at the treehouse hotel, we took the Ford CMAX 2017 out for a spin around Vancouver Island. We ended up driving to Comox, Cumberland and Courteney - you can see all our recommendations for central Vancouver Island in this post: The Best Breweries along BC's Ale Trail. We tried out the new taco shop, Biblio Taco, which was amazing!  Next was a quick stop at Cumberland Brewing to take home some yummy beer, and then we took the ferry back home to Vancouver. 

Thanks to Ford Canada for making all of our Canada 150 dreams come true! If you're looking for a unique, romantic, or peaceful place to stay in BC, definitely head to Free Spirit Spheres, which is probably the best treehouse hotel out there. Guess we'll have to try more to find out for sure ;) 

This post is in partnership with Ford Canada - thank you for supporting our partners that help us discover amazing places to share with you.