kristin chapman

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rain + light = comfort

Abstract: Rain (iphone processed instagram inkwell) Healdsburg, 2012 © kristin chapman, creativebleed
This weekend I got to go on a micro adventure to the North Bay. It’s been a few years since I have gotten some alone time while traveling. This time was much needed and well deserved. To be free from obligations, distractions and taking absolutely nothing on allowed me time to wonder and relax my mind.

rust comes down © kristin chapman, creativebleed
My adventure took me to Healdsburg, California where I stayed at the H2 Hotel, (a little Christmas gift from my love). Yep, it’s one of those “eco-chic” hotels backed up by a LEED gold certification for new construction. And I must say it’s pretty impressive with it’s cradle to cradle design. The hotel has a living roof, solar panels and much of the materials and construction debris were recycled, salvaged and locally sourced. The rooms featured low flow showers, duel flushed toilets, balconies in every room, a ceiling fan,  and filtered water with glasses made from recycled wine bottles, nice touch! What impressed me the most about these rooms was the modern and simplistic decor pulled from natural elements. The walls white, the ceiling a tint of blue, a botanical line drawing that is timeless and an appreciation for wood grain and rust, my kind of people! When I came in from the pouring rain, my room was airy and filled with light, it was instant comfort.

H2 Hotel Healdsburg, CA © creativebleed
I spent a few hours after lunch browsing through Healdsburg’s antique stores, oh how I just love old things. I stopped in a few galleries like Studio Barndiva and Healdsburg Center for the Arts which currently has an elementary school exhibit up which is really fun and worth checking out.

Moustache Bakery, Healdsburg, Ca © creativebleed
On Sunday, it poured but it didn't stop me from taking a walk through town in the pouring rain and stopping off at the Moustache Bakery for some yummy treats to take home. I was hoping to go on a little bike ride, since the hotel offers complimentary bicycles but with the rain, well that wasn’t happening. And sadly I didn't get much of an opportunity to shoot, which was also a bit disappointing because it’s rare I get to take a walk or drive with my camera like that any more. But I did find comfort and left Healdsburg feeling refreshed and rested and very well hydrated, if I might add! k

Crab and Artichoke dip from the Spoon Bar, Healdsburg, Ca © creativebleed

Learn more about the H2 Hotel sustainable design, here.

Some other cool places in Healdsburg, California:

Cafe Gratitude

Mill Street Antiques Plaza

Copperfield's Books

Oakville Grocery Co.

One World Fair Trade

Bear Republic Brewery

A Simple Touch Spa