Lately I've been climbing the walls with deadlines, work, stress over personal matters, and more deadlines. I needed to get away but I didn't want to go anywhere far. The ocean always calls to me when I feel like this and it's only a couple of hours away but it was raining like cats and dogs and with more rain in the forecast I checked "ocean" of my list. I own a Toyota SUV with 4-wheel drive but I don't know how to use it and snow was dumping in the Sierras so going to Tahoe wasn't going to work. So I called a friend of mine who was going through a similar time and we decided to head up to Nevada City which is about an hour away from my house; surrounded by mountains and under the snow line. Perfect!! What made this adventure even more perfect was the place we ended up staying at!! I went on-line and found an adorable 2 bedroom, 2 bath cottage within walking distance to the main town for rent. Even better was the deal -- stay 2 nights....get 1 free!! But the best, best, BEST part of all?? This was a cottage that was designed and decorated by another artist. Check out these photos -- I'm definitely going back when the weather gets better.