#EverydayAdventure Photo Contest Winners!

This summer we challenged YOU to show us how you’re creating adventure all summer long.

We were overwhelmed by all of the inspiring Instagrams entered and are eager to announce the first, second and third place winners that epitomized the spirit of #EverydayAdventure.

First Place:  Noelle of Toledo

Second Place: Staci of South Jordan

Third Place: Carrie of Breckenridge

Stay tuned for 10 runner-ups announced tomorrow. Thank you to every one who entered and keep showing us how you’re celebrating #EverydayAdventure @MinnetonkaMocc this Fall!

Everyday Adventure: Delightfully Tacky

From venturing out on a brave cross-country road trip in her RV to being an avid rock climber and yogi, Elizabeth from Delightfully Tacky is definitely an adventurer at heart.

Today we follow Elizabeth on a recent weekend camping trip she took with friends in the Pacific Northwest.

Check out our Q&A with Elizabeth below to learn more about what makes for the perfect camping trip and how she is celebrating #EverydayAdventure this summer!

What’s your secret to planning the perfect summer camping trip?
Making sure all your friends are there!  Camping is always more fun with friends to make memories with.

What are your camping essentials?
Lots of food, a guitar for singing camp songs, s’more ingredients, enough wood to keep the campfire burning long into the night.

Favorite part of camping in the Pacific Northwest.
There are just so many great places to camp.  You can go for an overnight backpacking camping trip, or just a car camping trip, you can camp on the beach or on the top of a mountain.  So many different places to explore!

What’s been your favorite camping trip that you’ve taken so far?
We camped with friends this summer and even though it didn’t turn out exactly how we’d planned, it was a blast.

We were right on the river and even got treated to a 30 minute fireworks show from a cabin across the river after the sun went down, so random! The next day we went on a hike up to a little summit before heading home. So beautiful!

What other adventures are you planning for this upcoming year?
We want to do another similar camping trip with a bunch of friends, after we all packed our cars up to go home everyone agreed that we needed to do it again before the summer ended!  Dan and I also want to go on an overnight backpacking trip.  We finally got all our backpacking gear together so we need to break it in before the summer is over!

Share your #EverydayAdventure @MinnetonkaMocc on Instagram for the chance to win fun outdoor gear (and mocs!) for your next adventure!

Photos by Elizabeth of Delightfully Tacky

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Everyday Adventure: New Darlings

From backyard bonfires to cross-country road trips – this is the summer for adventure! Today we kick off our Everyday Adventure series with Christina and Robert of New Darlings.

Adventurers at heart, Christina and Robert packed a summer picnic and ventured to South Mountain in Phoenix, Arizona, (in their mocs, of course!) to spend a relaxing day enjoying the beautiful landscape surrounding them.

Check out our Q&A with them below to learn more about how they are celebrating #EverydayAdventure this summer!

Everyday Adventure: Summer Picnic with Robert & Christina of New Darlings

Favorite way to spend a summer afternoon.
Summers in Phoenix are hot.  There is no way around that.  We’ve definitely become “morning people”.  We have found that it’s best to head out early, find a trail to hike, and welcome the summer sun.  We’d rather be outside, then cooped up somewhere. Afterwards, we’ll try to find some shade and have an early lunch.  We love getting out and being able to just talk and enjoy the blue skies that never get old here in Arizona.

What makes for a perfect summer picnic?
Picnics are a great way to spend a summer afternoon with the one you love.  When we both have the day off, we love to load up our picnic basket with our favorite blanket, some sandwiches, fruit and a refreshing drink or two. Don’t forget to bring your instrument of choice and your favorite hat & pair of sunnies to keep the sun out of your eyes!

Favorite part of living in the Southwest.
The sunshine and low humidity are some pretty great perks of living in the Southwest! But aside from the weather, we really love how this area isn’t fully established yet.  The local art and music scenes are still evolving and we love that we can be a part of it!

What other adventures are you planning this year?
We’re hoping that within the next few months, we can carve out some time to take a long trip to California and explore a bit.  We have a lot of fun projects coming up this year.  We have been blessed to work with so many amazing companies and talented people, and can’t wait to share everything we have cooked up!

Share your #EverydayAdventure @MinnetonkaMocc on Instagram all summer for the chance to win fun outdoor gear (and mocs!) for your next adventure!

Photos by Jaci Marie Smith

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Georgia Pellegrini’s Adventure Getaway

Recently I have been thinking a lot about my close girlfriends and how important those relationships are to me. When I look back over the years I realize I met so many of them during those unforgettable bonding experiences that life brings your way.


There is a lot that I love about the Adventure Getaways for women that I’ve been doing over the last two years, but my hands down favorite thing is watching women come together from across the country, meet each other for the first time and leave at the end of the experience as lifelong friends.


This April I had the honor of taking a group of lovely ladies up to Destination Kohler in Kohler, WI for one of my Adventure Getaways. These women came from near and far to ditch their regular day to day and challenge themselves to be more fearless, step outside their comfort zone and try new things that they had in some cases never done before.

We got up close with nature as I taught them all about hunting, fishing and clay shooting; and then taught them about all the parts of our food that we normally discard but that are actually delicious. The next step was to put it all in context and have a cooking class together.

Destination Kohler is a playground for outdoor adventure. One of my favorite moments was our mystical hike on the trails that took us through the entire property.

And after the outdoor adventure, the delicious meals that fueled us onward, from parfaits, to venison roasts, to the most delectable desserts.  Because after all, a girl’s gotta have a French macaroon bar before she hunts!

But ultimately it was the down time, the moments in the conservatory and around the fire while roasting s’mores that fueled the great conversations that bonded us forever.

I had a wonderful time showing these brave women the ropes of the wild.  Sometimes we just need a break from our normal routine to get back in touch with nature and ourselves. I know I always have great experiences on the Getaways, and know my fearless guests left with some stories to tell and friendships that will last a lifetime.

If you’re feeling a need to step out of the hustle and bustle and get some dirt under your fingernails, join me on my next Adventure Getaway. This October, we’re taking Montana by storm!

About Georgia Pellegrini:
Georgia’s taste for simple food and outdoor adventure evolved as she grew up in the Hudson Valley. She followed her passion to the French Culinary Institute and then to Gramercy Tavern, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, and La Chassagnette in France. Georgia is the author of “Food Heroes,” “Girl Hunter,” and the new book “Modern Pioneering.” She has appeared on Today, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Iron Chef, and much more, and her outdoor Adventure Getaways have been featured everywhere from the New York Times, to the Wall Street Journal, to HBO. She lives in Austin, Texas and chronicles her adventures on her wildly popular website GeorgiaPellegrini.com and her Facebook fan page.

Mamas & Babes: Kelli Murray and Rylee

Happy Mother’s Day!  To celebrate we asked each of the lovely boho beauties featured in our new ‘Mamas & Babes’ lookbook to share with us a few of their favorite moments of motherhood.

Kelli Murray and daughter Rylee

What’s one lesson you’ve learned from being a mom?
To be flexible.   Things don’t always go exactly as planned, you have to learn to go with the flow.

What’s your favorite activity to do together?
Draw.  Rylee has grown up watching me paint / draw (I work as an illustrator and graphic designer).  She could draw with me for hours.

What’s the best part of being a mom?
The immense joy she brings to my life.

What’s one lesson you learned from your mother?
In regards to parenting, my mom has taught me to always confirm individual worth and beauty.   Each of us was created with a unique purpose.  She taught me to believe that in myself, and I want to do the same with my daughter.  Encouraging her in her strengths and affirming her worth.

What’s the best piece of advice you could give?
Early on, when I was struggling with the balance between work and motherhood, I remember reading that it was less about balance and more about “the juggle”.  Finding balance somehow implies that everything will be perfect one day and that we will come to a place where we have “everything figured out”.  The juggle however, is learning how to make it work within our own situations.  It’s a constant challenge and it’s not always pretty, but somehow, you make it work.

I’ve slowly learned to let go of  the unrealistic expectations I put on myself to “do it all”.  I do the best I can with each day and try to remember that that my best is enough.

What’s been the most memorable moment so far?
Holding her in my arms for the first time.  I’m not sure if anything will beat that.

Share your favorite part of motherhood.
The overwhelming and unconditional love that they bring.  It’s hard to remember my life prior to having my daughter.  But I know for sure that she has filled my life with so much more joy and fulfillment than I ever thought possible.

Enter the Minnetonka “Mamas & Babes” giveaway for the chance to win a new pair of mocs for you and your babe this Mother’s Day!

Photography by Taryn Kent