The Happy Couple
Jessica Ebert and Antoine Tran will be tying the knot on May 26th, 2013, just one day after their five year anniversary of being together. The wedding will be a relatively small event, held in Cincinnati, Ohio where the two live. Following their wedding, the newlyweds will be flying to the west coast to begin their three week dream honeymoon, driving from Seattle, Washington to Los Angeles, California; exploring the cities, walking the coastal beaches, hiking the hills and mountains, and breathing in all the natural beauty of the Redwoods.
What is a Honeymoon Registry?
A honeymoon registry is just like any other wedding registry. The only difference is that instead of registering for a toaster or a set of china we're registering for portions of our fantastic honeymoon; hotel stays, dinners out on the town, etc. Since we already have a wonderful home filled with all those basic necessities we're asking our guests to contribute to the honeymoon of our dreams, if they choose to buy us a gift. Travel is so important to us, it's something that has fueled these past five years together. We love experiencing new places together and seeing the world through each others eyes.
How it works...
To make things easier for us and our guests, we have decided to do our honeymoon through Michelle Boyles (Jessica's sister). Michelle is a travel agent at Provident Travel, here in Cincinnati. She will be booking most of our honeymoon for us. If you would like to contribute to our honeymoon, all you have to do is either call (see "Contact Info" tab above) or email (email@example.com) Michelle and tell her how much you'd like to contribute or if you'd like to reserve a portion of the trip. You can either send a check to the travel agency or use your credit card.
The Honeymoon Itinerary
We will begin our honeymoon by flying into Seattle, WA. Once we arrive in Seattle we will be renting a car and making our way to the northern part of Olympic National Park.
Olympic Lodge - $150
For our first night in Olympic National Park we will be staying at the Olympic Lodge, just outside of Port Angeles, WA. After a good night's rest, we will spend the next day hiking in the mountains and taking in all the beautiful scenery.
Kalaloch Lodge - $225
After spending the day hiking and driving through Olympic National Park we'll end up at Kalaloch Lodge, on the park's western coast.
*This rate includes free breakfast the following morning.
Dinner at Kalaloch Lodge - $50
Treat us to a nice romantic dinner at Kalaloch Lodge's Creekside Restaurant.
Lake Quinault Lodge - $200
After a restful night and a hearty breakfast at Kalaloch Lodge, we'll start our morning by exploring Ruby Beach. Then we'll travel to the Hoh Rainforest and the Hall of Mosses. After a long day of exploration we'll end up at the Lake Quinault Lodge at the southern end of the park.
*This rate includes free breakfast the following morning.
After a long day of exploring Olympic's western coast, treat us to a nice meal at the lodge's Roosevelt Dining Room.
May 30th - 31st:
After three beautiful nights in Olympic National Park we'll head back to Seattle to spend two nights taking in all the city has to offer. Some of the top places to see on our list are: Pike Place Market, Washington Park Arboretum, the Seattle Public Library, the Frye Art Museum and the Volunteer Park Conservatory.
Dinner at the Pink Door - $50
The Pink Door is an Italian-American restaurant that doubles as a cabaret lounge. Located in the heart of Pike Place Market, this restaurant has a menu that will make your mouth water!
Amtrak - $65
After two wonderful nights in Seattle, we'll hop a train to Portland, the Rose City.
June 1st - 2nd:
We'll spend to nights in Portland, checking out the Lan Su Chinese Garden, the International Rose Test Garden, the Portland Art Museum and, of course, Voodoo Doughnut! Also, on our list is the Diner's, Drive-ins and Dives spot Pine State Biscuits.
Following two fun nights in Portland, we'll rent a car and travel west to Oregon's Coast. Along our drive we'll visit Cannon Beach, Arch Cape (pictured) and Rockaway Beach.
The Craftsman B&B - $150
After a long day of exploring the coast we'll need a good night's sleep at the Craftsman. And the Prairie Room seems like the perfect spot to curl up and revel over the day's sightseeing.
After a long day exploring the beautiful coastline and before we head to the Redwoods we'll take the night off in Eugene to relax and kick our feet up.
The Oval Door B&B - $125-$140
There's nothing like a good rest at a comfy bed and breakfast, followed the next morning with a delicious breakfast. While at the Oval Door we'd either like to stay in the "Forget Me Not" room or the "Bamboo" room.
June 5th - 6th:
The next morning, after a good nights sleep and a warm breakfast, we'll head south through the magnificent Redwoods. We'll make our way through Klamath National Forest, then drive down Howland Hill Road, through the Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park, ending up in Klamath, CA for the night.
The Historic Requa Inn - $160 per night (2 nights)
This historic bed and breakfast sits at the northern edge of Redwood National Park, in Klamath, CA. It's the ideal spot for exploring Redwood National Park, Six Rivers National Forest and Trinity National Forest. While at the Requa Inn, we would like to stay in the Cathedral Trees room (#20), which has a beautiful view of the river.
Humboldt Redwoods State Park
After a two nights at the Requa Inn we'll make our way south to Humboldt Redwoods State Park.
Humboldt House Inn - $150
After spending the day exploring Humboldt we'll rest for the night at Humboldt House Inn, just south of the park. The next morning we'll wake up early to start our four hour drive to San Francisco.
June 8th - 9th:
While we're in San Fran we'll check out the Golden Gate Bridge, the Japanese Tea Gardens, Alcatraz, Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, and the Palace of Fine Arts, to name a few.
Monterey and Carmel are two beautiful coastal cities that we're really looking forward to seeing and exploring. On our list of things to see and do: the 17 mile drive through Pebble Beach, Old Fisherman's Wharf, and the Point Lobos State Reserve.
Monterey Bay Aqurium - $33 per ticket
While we're in Monterey we will definitely want to check out the legendary Monterey Bay Aquarium, as we are both big aquarium fans.
Big Sur is arguably one of the most beautiful places in the country, and we are beyond excited to see it, especially the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Lime Kiln State Park.
Lucia Lodge - $275
And what better place to stay while in Big Sur than a hotel where the rooms sit on the edge of a cliff overlooking Big Sur! And what better cabin to stay in than #10, the honeymoon cabin!
*Breakfast is included.
June 12th - 13th:
We'll be spending our last two nights of our trip in L.A. While we're there we plan to visit the Griffith Observatory and the J. Paul Getty Museum.
Paramount Studios Tour - $48 per person
We'd also love to take the two hour, behind-the-scenes Paramount Studios tour.
While we're driving down the coast we'll also need to fill up our rental car quite a bit, so gasoline contributions are welcomed, with much enthusiasm, as well.
While Antoine's stock-piled hotel rewards points will be allowing us to stay in a number of downtown hotels in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and L.A., we will have to pay for the, often pricey, overnight parking.