Kauai

I recently had a Formspring question (by the way, caught up and answered a bunch of questions this week if you’re interested!) asking me more specifically what Corey and I did, and where we ate, on our honeymoon (you can see the Honeymoon Highlights post here). We had such an incredible time in Kauai and I would highly recommend it for your honeymoon (or vacation!). If you ever find yourself on the island, here’s what I recommend you do.

Where we stayed: On our honeymoon we stayed in this gorgeous rental home just 10 minutes from Poipu. It was huge, beautiful and really relaxing. I would definitely recommend the Hale o Ani house for a vacation (especially if you’re going with another couple – there are two master bedrooms and they’re on opposite ends of the house), but I think if we were to do it over we would’ve stayed in a nice hotel in Poipu. While having this much space and privacy was awesome, we lacked the room service, pool and close proximity to a beach! 


What we did: We did a lot of adventuring on our honeymoon! Here are some of my favorites.

Shipwreck Beach: This beach is right outside the Hyatt in Poipu and a very popular spot. It was named after an old, wooden shipwreck that has long since disappeared. Brave souls will hike to the top of that cliff and jump off! Can you spot the guy jumping in the picture below?


Maha’ulepu Beach: This beach is a bit further off the beaten path. We wanted to go somewhere a little more secluded and private, and we found it! It was super beautiful, but to warn you, it’s a bumpy car ride and quite the trek! But well worth it in the end. 


Tunnels Beach: On the north shore of the island, this two-mile long beach is famous for its snorkeling. We didn’t have time to snorkel, but stopped by here after our ziplining adventure!


Ke’e Beach:  This beach is literally the end of the road. We heard the sunsets here are incredible, so we headed north and kept going until we couldn’t go anymore. There were tons of people sitting out ready to watch the sunset!

On the way there, I highly recommend you stop at this lookout. Insanely beautiful!


Hanalei Bay Beach & Sunset Cruise: This is the way to see the incredible Napali Coastline up close and personal. It is breathtaking. 


Ziplining: Corey and I ziplined for the first time in Costa Rica and loved it, so we decided to do it again on our honeymoon. While it was still fun, the experience in Costa Rica was much better. So, if you’ve never ziplined, I recommend you try it out, and if you have before, you could probably skip it in Kauai! P.S. Didn’t have my camera with me when we did this, so these are from my iPhone! 


Door-Off Helicopter Tour: Holy moly was this an experience!!! We’d never been in a helicopter before, let alone one without doors! It was an amazing way to see the island. This wasn’t cheap – but it was totally worth it! It was the perfect honeymoon splurge!

Waimea Canyon: This is a must-see!! Pictures don’t begin to do it justice. The drive up is pretty long and windy, but worth it! Also, once you get up there you can hike around and there are so many gorgeous views!
I forget where this was… Somewhere in Poipu!



Where we ate: We had quite a few great meals during our honeymoon! Sadly, I don’t have pictures of many of them, but here are some that I do have photos of.


Tidepools at the Hyatt in Poipu: I’m kind of, no really, obsessed with this restaurant. We actually went twice during our week in Kauai. It was that good.



Jo Jo’s Shave Ice: This little shack doesn’t look like much, but it’s the famous spot to get shave ice on the island. 



Some other places we liked, but didn’t take photos of: BarAcuda in Hanalei**, Shrimp Station in Waimea, Brick Oven Pizza in Kalaheo** & Kalaheo Cafe & Coffee Company in Kalaheo**! *Stars indicate must-go!


Man, writing this post really makes me miss Kauai! Can’t believe we’re already nearing 10 months of marriage!! This year has seriously flown. Hope you enjoyed this travel post. I’m hoping to write many more in the near future…


Have a happy Memorial Day weekend, everyone! We’ll be enjoying a staycation in Portland 🙂

Three Years

Yesterday Corey and I celebrated three years of dating. I can’t remember if I’ve ever told the story here on the blog, but my sister Cristina actually set us up on a blind date. It took a couple months to finally set it up (I was living in Eugene, starting my senior year of college, and he was working in Portland), but on November 4, 2007 it finally happened. It was seriously the best date I had ever been on. The conversation flowed effortlessly, he made me laugh a ton and we even shared our first kiss! It’s been an amazing journey ever since and I still pinch myself wondering how I got so lucky. Corey is the most sincere, loving, genuine and driven person. He brings out the absolute best in me and as I sit here trying to write exactly what he means to me I find that there really aren’t any words to perfectly describe the true love we share. All I can say is that I am really and truly the happiest girl in the world thanks to him, and I love him with all my heart and soul! 

We spent yesterday evening enjoying happy hour at our first date spot, Oba, and then walking around the Pearl District for First Thursday (every 1st Thursday of the month art galleries open up for free and lots of stores and restaurants have events and serve free beer and wine!).  The weather was unusually warm (almost 70 degrees). Much different than our frigid first date three years ago. It was a simple but special night. We didn’t take any photos, but I thought it would be fun to share some pictures of us throughout our relationship. Hope you enjoy!

Corey visited me in college to attend a sorority function. What a trooper!
I hate halloween, but we visited my sister in L.A. and got dressed up for a night on the town!
Cheering our teams on. Corey’s a Trojan and I’m a Duck!
Picking out a christmas tree!
Hiking, one of our favorite summer activities!
On the balcony of our first place, ready to head out for my 70s rollerskating birthday party!
Snowshoeing at Mt. Hood
A weekend trip to Seattle!
Gorgeous sunset in Costa Rica
Iguaza Falls in South America
Grabbing a beer to celebrate our engagement in Amsterdam!
And finally, our honeymoon this summer! 
I can’t wait to make many more memories with you, Babe!

Feeling a bit blah and uninspired today (although I have no excuse, the sun is shining!), but I didn’t want to leave you hanging. So here’s some more fun in the sand from our honeymoon.


I want to wait until we get our pictures back from Jill to share our wedding with you guys. I just know they’re going to be amazing, so stay tuned!  


Honeymoon Highlights

It’s been a whirlwind, incredibly magical last couple of weeks. We got back from our honeymoon Thursday night and we are so thankful we had a nice three-day weekend to acclimate ourselves back to reality a bit. Tomorrow it’s back to work, but for now I’d love to share some highlights from our romantical honeymoon in Kauai (seriously the most beautiful Hawaiian island!!). 








Aloha!



Aloha means hello and goodbye in Hawaiian… It’s a little strange and confusing at times. Like right now, I’m saying aloha {goodbye} because we are jetting away to Kauai tomorrow for our honeymoon! Anyhow, hope you all have a wonderful next week or so and if you’re so inclined, follow me on Twitter {@lizbalaesh} ’cause I might be posting some Hawaii pictures here and there throughout the honeymoon! 


P.S. This is one of my favorite photos from our rehearsal dinner, which we held on the rooftop of our building. It was perfection. Thanks for the pic bestie! 

Why Hello!

Hi Guys! I have been a bad blogger. As you can imagine, life is quite busy these days. We’re 24 days out from the wedding and things at work are super busy too, which equals no time for blogging! I will try my best to keep up with posting regularly between now and the wedding and honeymoon!


Speaking of honeymoon… As some of you may know, Corey and I were planning a trip to French Polynesia. We chose the location because it’s our ultimate dream destination. Unfortunately, the logistics to make this trip work were stressing us out to no end, and a honeymoon should be anything but stressful, right? So, this weekend we made the decision to cancel our flights and instead booked an eight-day honeymoon in Kauai. We could not be more excited! It’ll be exactly what we need. A lush, beautiful location, easy flight, English-speaking, no currency exchange…. Basically, pure and simple relaxation and bliss. Now that is what a honeymoon is all about. And thanks to Caitlin of the awesome blog Sacrament Street, we found a gorgeous, secluded rental home to stay at. Everything came together so seamlessly, we just know it was meant to be. If any of you have been to Kauai and have suggestions on things we must do or places we must eat, please do send them along!!


Hope you all are having a great week, and hoping to get back to blogging regularly very soon!