Monday, November 21, 2011

California Central Coast Roadtrip

Recently my husband and I took a small vacation away from the day to day responsibilities and headed to California, specifically the central coast area. It was breathtaking and the ride among Highway 1 was just exhilarating!

We flew in to San Francisco and headed by car to Santa Barbara. A longer but beautiful drive. On the way we stopped by Monterey and Caramel by the Sea and drove the "the 17 mile drive". The prettiest piece of land you will ever drive!

When we got to Santa Barbara, we visited the area and also stopped by a cute little town in the valley called Ojai. Also Ventura Beach which is literally surfer haven, the waves were continuously active! Both areas had plenty for the foodies, shoppers or cafe goers!

California also has a few Old Missions which we visited on the way as well. All with unique history, beauty and charm.

On the way to our next destination San Louis Obispo, we stopped by a charming Danish town Solvang. Adorable street shops, boutiques, restaurants! The people are really friendly and hospitable! Oh and awesome Ebelskivers-danish pastry! Yummy!

In San Louis Obispo we drove to Pismo Beach. Had great seafood and watched the sunset.

Finally we drove to Big Sur along Highway 1. We took in the amazing views, watched elephant seals lay around on the beach, hiked beautiful trails with again, amazing views and finished the eveing with dinner at Nepenthe a restaurant on top of a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean! Just one word- AWESOME!

The last day of our trip we relaxed in San Louis Obispo, toured the town and ended the evening with friends at a local winery drinking wine and watching the sun go down. Glorious!

Santa Barbara: Marina Beach Motel  Nice staff and great location. 
San Louis Obispo: Peach Tree Inn  Nice staff, good breakfast and also good location! Cheap!

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