Dream Hotel


My jaw hit the floor when I stumbled upon the Casa Cook Hotel– and I haven’t been able to recover since.  WHAT AN ABSOLUTE DREAM!!!  I’m starting a savings account just for this place because if I don’t stay there at some point I’ll have serious life regrets.  What a stunning combination of modern and bohemian, filled wtih textures and simplicity- it’s a place where I feel like my mind could BREATHE, if that makes sense?  Ugh.  Some places are just too good.  This is one of them.  Definitely take a minute to scroll through the rest of the photos.  It’s bananas.  xx- Sarah

Interior Styling by Annabell Kutucu and Michael Schickinger , photography by George Roske

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The Grandest RV Adventure of Them All!!!!


Hi my friends, I’m back in town and equal parts happy to be home and desperately missing the tropics!  Not a bad spot to be in at all.  I’d planned on posting regularly while I was away but when I realized the internet was slow I thought it might be the universe reminding me that we all need to disconnect once in awhile, so I let go of the pressure I put on myself and tried my best to stay present and offline.  That time provided opportunity for slowing down and reflecting that I didn’t even realize I needed, but so SO did!

I thought a lot about this site, about where I see it going, about the ways in which I’ve changed that the site doesn’t reflect quite yet.  I love it still, but in some ways it feels like a dated version of myself.  Like that feeling you get when you look back through photos from a few years past and you think yes, that’s me but WOW DO I FEEL DIFFERENT NOW!!!!  Does that make sense?   All of this means that I’m going to be shifting the direction around here a bit- more travel, food, health, and wellness.  Less fashion and home decor.  My priorities have changed, my lifestyle is slightly different, and I feel compelled to share that.  This site has always been a reflection of me, and one that I try to make as authentic as possible, so it’s only natural that as I change it changes with me.  I hope you’ll like the shift, even if you miss the old bits at times…

Which brings me to the MOST exciting news!  Lou and I keep going back to this post and checking in with our guts and we’ve decided WE’RE HITTING THE ROAD IN OUR RV FOR A YEAR TO MEET YOU!!!!   I mean, after your sweet responses to that post how could we NOT?!   We’re working out the details (mainly, finding long term renters for our house so if you know anyone in San Diego who’s looking send them our way!!!).  We’re hoping to be on on the road mid- January or February at the latest.  We’re also working on our route which turns out to be the most challenging part for two people who crave sunshine and warm weather, and who worry about hosting outdoor dinners in temps below 65 degrees!  We’ll be announcing city dates on our Instagrams as we go (@sarahyatesmora @loumora) and I’ll be sharing the whole adventure here throughout the year.  I CANNOT WAIT TO MEET YOU!!!!!!!!!!!  And for those of  you I can’t me, I CANNOT WAIT TO SHOW YOU WHAT WE SEE!!!!

One of the things we’ve gone back to a bunch in our conversations about whether or not to tackle this trip was the idea that there really is no better time than the present.  An adventure like this is something I’ve always dreamed about.  And I look back on my twenties and wonder WHY DID I NOT?  I don’t want to do that about my thirties.  I’m constantly striving to craft the life that lights me up the most, that makes me feel alive and full and excited.  I don’t want to miss a beat, I don’t want to do things just because it’s the way it’s always been done, I don’t want to march along in a life that doesn’t feel like it’s the very best incarnation of what I can dream up.  And so, we’re tackling this adventure head on!

I can’t say all of that without also saying this: we have major nerves about this, there are moments of fear, there are times when we say to each other WHAT ARE WE DOING?!  What if no one really wants to have dinner with us, what if we put it out there and I cook my heart out and no one shows up?  What if we’re so homesick in three months that we could cry?!  WHAT IF WHAT IF WHAT IF?!!!!!!!!  You know how that goes, right?  It’s always a sign to me that I’m on exactly the right path.  If it’s not a bit terrifying, it’s probably not going to push me to the places I’m looking to go, even if I don’t know where exactly it IS that I’m trying to go.

Last but the very most not least:  I really appreciate your support over the years, I’m so grateful to have you on these adventures with me, I’m really looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible.  So, if on our adventures you notice that we’re in your hometown and want to grab a coffee (tea for me!) please email us at hello@ahouseinthehills.com and let’s catch up!!!  Instagram (@sarahyatesmora @loumora) will be the best place to get real-time updates about where we are, since I usually post here after we’ve thoroughly exhausted ourselves in a spot and have headed out of town.  We’re so looking forward to living this next year offline as much as online, we’re so looking forward to having you in our lives, both on and offline!  xx- Sarah

Tropical Getaway Musts


Happy Tuesday!  It’s an especially happy one for me because I leave for FIJI tonight!!!!!  I’m so excited to meet our retreat guests, to spend a week with dedicated focus on our health, to swim in the South Pacific, and to share it with all of you here and on my Instagram! (@sarahyatesmora)  I’m hopeful that lots of you have vacations on the horizon for the winter months, so I’ve put together a selection of the things that always travel with me on these sorts of adventures to help you in packing for your own!  I prepared posts for while I’m away and will be updating from Fiji as well, so looking forward to lots of goodness to come these next couple of weeks!  Shop all of the above and some other items on my wishlist below!  xx- Sarah


Lake Tahoe Adventures!


Hi friends!  Sorry for the radio silence yesterday, we arrived in Yosemite and haven’t had much luck on finding cell reception- which is to be expected (and embraced!) of course.  It’s beautiful here, I’ll share more on that later.  But for now, photos from our time in Tahoe!  I’m sharing too many photos and details on our adventures for those of you who are planning a trip (and for those of you who are living vicariously…)  It’s an incredible place with so much to do and see, I know we’ll head back there again.  Hope you love!!!  xx- Sarah

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Lake Tahoe Style


Hi my friends, happy Friyay!!!!!  Our woodsy adventures are continuing in Lake Tahoe- it’s insanely beautiful up here!  I’ll share photos of the landscape soon- we’re wandering around taking a million photos today.  In the meantime, a quick style post for you.  I think I mentioned it before but I’m the nerd who wears plaid camping- always.  And I snagged this warm jacket since I own almost no winter clothes after years of living in the desert.  I’m having fun getting bundled up for the cold- we woke up to 40 degrees today!  Brrrrrrr!!!!  The dogs couldn’t wait to jump in our bed this am!  Hoping it’ll reach 68 by the afternoon so we can get out on a stand up paddleboard.  fingers crossed!   Have a great weekend, more soon…. xx- Sarah

{Shop this post:  jeans: Rag & Bone, jacket: Penfield, shirt: Madewell, boots: Plomo (old), bracelet: Miansai}


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RV Adventures: Big Sur


I’m happy to finally be sharing our Big Sur adventures!  It’s such a spectacular coastline, and I’d never spent any time there before, only driven through, so I was so excited to set up camp for a few days and explore.  And now I’m so excited that I can bring you all along virtually- I’m sharing our favorite adventures below.  Hope you enjoy!  xx- Sarah

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