GretchCannon

2.28.2022

Lake Arrowhead Cabin Getaway



My boyfriend and I took a few days away from our everyday lives last month and drove up to Lake Arrowhead. I hadn't been there since I was a kid, so I was really excited. 

We took off on a Monday, returning Thursday. We live in Orange County, so we drove towards San Bernardino, to the 18, and got there in about 2 hours. The drive up was gorgeous, and as soon as we got to the town, there was snow greeting us on the ground.


My amazing girlfriend Haley manages a cabin that we rented Mon-Thurs, you can check it out at Azure Aframe. It is modern cabin luxury, with 4 bedrooms, 7 beds, and 4.5 baths! You also get to use the guest studio when you rent with her, so you can fit up to 10 people for a perfect mountain getaway. This was our initial look at the cabin when we first pulled up. We were so excited to get inside and check out the cabin and the view!


Haley was born to do this, hospitality was top-notch. We walked in and were greeted by the most amazing welcome gift package from eLAvate High Gear - hats for each of us, a card from our host, Haley, drink holders, coasters, and large coffee cups, because Haley knows we are both coffee lovers. Such a special touch. 

The studio was the next thing I checked out because I knew Haley spent a lot of time furnishing and fixing it up. I loved the studio. There was a cute porch with rocking chairs on the front, patio and everything 1-2 people would need - from the kitchen to the bathroom. This is considered the 4th bedroom and I could seriously just move in here! So cute. 



We then sat down to have some coffee and relax with this amazing view, before we did anything else. The kitchen has every appliance you need, the rooms are gorgeous, the bathrooms are so clean and welcoming. Every detail is considered as if you were the family of the owners themselves. There is a record player with great speakers and lots of records to play, so that is what I did - the first thing to do, planning on being "unplugged" for a few days. They have a beautiful view of the lake from this 2nd floor where the main living area is. 




We headed into the Lake Arrowhead Village for dinner and grocery shopping that evening. It was a little chilly, and we got to see the most beautiful pink sunset. The drive from the cabin to the village was about 20 minutes. We decided on Mexican food at Papagayos. It was a little busy, but the food and beer were really good. We went to the grocery store afterward and stocked up on food to cook and have on hand for the next few days. 




We brought our journals and our books and enjoyed the peace and quiet the next morning. I didn't take any photos, but - by the way - the master bedroom is amazing, with a sleep number bed and a bidet in the bathroom. And there is also a second master across the hall and it has a detached bathroom. We slept like babies. We decided to go on a little snow hike that day at "Arrowhead Ridge", a little trail we found using our "All Trails" app. We are not major hikers, but we like to get out and walk and enjoy nature, so it was perfect.



We got back to the cabin, showered and got ready for another night at the village. Enjoyed sunset from the balcony this time, and spent some time on the lower balcony, with a little cozy fire-pit. 


We chose to dine that night at the Lakefront Taproom Bar & Kitchen, which is right next to the Mexican restaurant and had been recommended by a friend. We had a beer (cider for me), ordered some food, and actually ended up leaving and eating at the McDonald's downstairs! LOL! I won't talk trash, I think they were just understaffed, and we didn't have a great experience there. Fun memories though! I couldn't remember the last time I had eaten at a McD's, but the fries were great!



Wednesday, we had a relaxing morning, cooked, and hung out. Then, some workers had to do some work on the electricity pole outside the cabin, so we unexpectedly had no power. Haley was so generous and in communication with us though, and honestly, it ended up being one of our favorite times there - romantic and gave us a chance to reconnect over the downstairs fireplace and board games. 


We were sad to leave, but this was such a beautiful getaway that we needed and loved. I have tons more pictures, as does Haley on her Air B&B page, but I think this video will sum it up nicely for you, and I hope you get to visit Lake Arrowhead sometime soon. We cannot wait to go back! Hopefully the YouTube video works, but you can also check the reel on Instagram here.


Hope you enjoyed my little travel blog. I hope to be adding more in the near future! Let me know if you have any questions! 

XOXO,
GretchCannon

More Lake Arrowhead Resources:
  • Dining - This was the area we ate at, but Haley had also recommended: Belgian Waffles, Horcientas at the Cliffhanger, Jetties Waterfront, The Grill at Antlers Inn, and Stone Creek Bistro. We will definitely try these on our next trip up! 
  • Shopping - We got our groceries at the Stater Bros in the Village and on the way home on our last day, we stopped at Sondra's Wild Sophistication, where I bought a magnet, a trucker hat, and a sweatshirt for souvenirs
  • Trails - Best trails in Lake Arrowhead



















 




11.18.2021

City of Hope - now in Orange County!

 City of Hope - now in Orange County!


As you may know, I go to City of Hope in Duarte every 4-5 weeks to receive monthly plasmapheresis for my autoimmune encephalitis. When I had exhausted every other local hospital, and even every other out-of-state option, it was City of Hope that had the right doctor for me, and these amazing treatments that let me have a better quality of life. 


I live in the middle of Orange County and recently learned that City of Hope was expanding near me. I am so honored to partner with them to spread the word about City of Hope OC. They are currently building a 190,000 sq ft treatment center in Irvine. It is set to open summer of ‘22, and will offer clinical trials, specialized cancer care and early detection and prevention programs. 


This November is lung cancer awareness month and City of Hope Orange County is addressing lung cancer incidence in the community and educating residents about available resources for prevention, early detection, and highly specialized lung cancer care. I was touched to share this story about Dori Newman, who is also a patient of City of Hope in Duarte, and took classes at Cal Poly Pomona, where I graduated as well:https://www.cityofhope.org/orange-county/oc-blog/change-the-lung-cancer-story. 


Dori was first diagnosed with melanoma, and partnered with City of Hope to form their first skin cancer support group in 1999. Then, in 2005, Dori was participating in a lung cancer screening project at City of Hope, and as a former smoker, they found a tumor on her lungs, and were able to remove it.  Quoting Dori from this article, she says, “To anyone who used to smoke, or still smokes, or anyone who has found themselves around secondhand smoke or experiences symptoms of lung cancer, I encourage you to ask your doctor about LDCT lung cancer screening. It changed my lung cancer story, and it might change yours.”


Every cancer is different and requires targeted therapy to reach an individual’s specific gene changes of proteins. Having this capability available at several locations throughout Orange County is rare and wonderful because it yields better outcomes for their patients.  All of their consultation and treatment areas are designed to be bright and to help foster good communication with the patient’s medical team. Physicians and staff provide the compassionate care that is a hallmark of City of Hope OC. 


If you or someone you know requires assistance for any other kind of cancer, please follow to connect with City of Hope Orange County -> www.cityofhope.org/oc


-GretchCannon 


Here a few of my own photos from City of Hope:




7.16.2021

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

It is Nordstrom Anniversary Sale time again! I kept it simple this year with 2 list, things I have my eye on and my beauty picks!

My Wish List:

http://liketk.it/3jGmt

My Beauty Picks:

http://liketk.it/3jGmz

What are you picking up from the sale?

XOXO, 

GretchCannon

6.22.2021

My updated list of codes and brand partners

Hi everyone? Do people ever actually read blogs anymore? Let a girl know. 

I wanted to get all of my codes/ brand partners all in one place for you guys! I hope you will find this a helpful resource. I only work with or promote brands and products that I sincerely believe in. These are subject to change, but I will try to keep them updated! 

My updated list of codes and brand partners:

Sites I Love to Shop on:
  • DSW - Shoes & Bags
Let me know if you need anything else linked specifically! I hope this helps! 

XOXO, 
Gretch




4.30.2020

Before & After Transformation + Ketones & Ketosis!

I would have never had the confidence to post this before this pandemic. 
But during quarantine, I am still dropping fat, keeping my cravings and snacking at bay, 
I have better sleep, I am staying healthy, I have great focus, and lots of energy. 
Im so passionate about this change and want to share it so I can help people who are struggling or want to level up in their lives.I am drinking ketones, and I want to share them with you!!! See below for more info, message me to chat about it, or visit my site and get shoppin here: https://gretchcannon.shopketo.com/ !!! I love how I feel and my clothes fit better, which is a bonus!! This is the only thing that has helped me drop weight from my medications & feel energized, happy, less hunger and cravings, its truly a blessing in my life!




The best thing to do is purchase the 10 day challenge here: https://gretchcannon.pruvitnow.com/product/challenge-pack/ 
with 20 packs of all assorted flavors.

Or, contact me and we can do Venmo @GretchCannon 
5 pack trial variety of flavors for $40 shipped!
Let me know if you have any questions - you can always DM me on Instagram too:

Can't wait to help you! 
XOXO,
GretchCannon




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