Out & About

Weaver’s Winter Wonderland

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Only 8 days left until Christmas friends, are you ready? Amidst the busyness, we took a drive last night to one of our favorite stops for Christmas light displays, and none is so great as Weaver’s Winter Wonderland which is located in the town just north of us.

For 20 years Scott Weaver has been adding to his collection of Christmas decor and each year he transforms his modest home in Rohnert Park into a grand castle featuring Disney characters and Christmas decorations that fill his property from the sidewalk to the rooftop, it’s such an amazing sight to see, people travel for hours all around Northern California to visit each year.

weavers winter wonderland sign

Weaver’s Winter Wonderland is so great, it won the Great Christmas Light Fight of 2014, featured on ABC. We arrived just before sunset, before Scott comes out to greet visitors and turn the lights on.

weaver home no lights

Once the sun sets, on come the lights and here come the people (hundreds each night).

weavers winter wonderland with lights

I asked Scott how many hours it takes to set up this Christmas display each year and he told me between him and his son they clock about 340 hours and it’s all to delight the neighbors and visitors each year.

For two decades, Scott has spent his free hours cutting characters out of plywood and hand painting them himself, and he captures the look and personality of each one. Scott invites visitors into his driveway and up his walkway and even offers them a look in his garage.

He disguises his roof with tiered pieces of plywood painted like a castle, and decorated with lights and characters. Feast your eyes on this home’s amazing display, it truly is a winter wonderland.

weaver roof

It’s the same with the front yard, everything beyond the picket fence is a stage of favorite characters we all love.

weaver winter wonderland castle

 

frozen castle weavers winter wonderland

 

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Angel Island

Monday, October 6th, 2014

I had plans to write about my ideas for the master bathroom at the fixer Las Vegas house today but I couldn’t resist sharing just a few shots of our weekend adventure so tune in for the bathroom chat tomorrow. Yesterday we journeyed to a place I absolutely love, and for anyone who has grown up around or lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, you know of what I speak: Angel Island.

This State Park a magical place to walk or bike and if you catch it on a perfect day like we did, Angel Island will give you unforgettable views of the San Francisco Bay, the City, and the Golden Gate Bridge – so worth the boat ride and uphill climb.

We’ve hiked here a few times for the exercise and panoramic views and it really is the BEST. For those planning a visit, consider it a worthy stop especially in what I believe are the best months to visit: May, September, and October when you’ll escape the notorious fog bank that tends to hover over the bay throughout the summer. You can take a midday or sunset cruise, we chose an early morning ferry ride from nearby Tiburon in the north bay, where high end homes overlook over the dock and bay.

tiboron homes 2

tiburon sailboats

Catch the ferry service direct from San Francisco or Marin County, either service will bring you to the island and its views.

golden gate view

Bring a bike or rent one there, but packing a picnic lunch is advised since a hike around will take 2-3 hours and there are tables where you can stop and take in the view. If you forget your picnic, there is a cantina/cafe on the island for purchasing food. The adventure is one of those “fill your lungs with fresh air and eyes with a magical view” kind of walks that is work the trek.

picnic table view of sf

 

angel island home

 

hiking trails

 

east bay view

 

angel island coastline

 

golden gate view

 

boats in harbor

 

sf city view

This is such a wonderful weekend day or sunset evening excursion, check out the Yelp reviews here, and add a trip to Angel Island to your To Do list next time you visit San Francisco! .

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