#12: Drive Down PCH.

February 24, 2011

Okiedokes, here goes!

We started our trip on a Wednesday and drove straight up the 5 to my parents’ house for the night. I was excited to see them, as well as my precious Teddy ;), since it’s the last time I’ll see them before the baby comes. (Side note: I am so curious to see how Teddy will react to the baby when we go home for the holidays this year! He is such a jealous dog, but I am always amazed at how well animals tend to interact with babies. We shall see…) The best part about being home was having my mom feel the baby move — she probably hasn’t felt that since she was last pregnant over 25 years ago (!) — so it was super sweet for both of us.

The next morning we drove down to Monterey. Walked around Cannery Row, ate a yummy cinnamon roll, took pictures by the bay, and explored the aquarium.

(Steven is very proud of this picture — he thinks it’s very Sartorialist-esque haha)

Afterwards, we drove to Carmel-by-the-Sea for a late brunch at From Scratch, which came highly recommended by Jimmy & Sharon. :) I loved the drive from Carmel to Big Sur to SLO — the ocean was seriously gorgeous. We lucked out with amazing weather (it rained the week after we got back home) & made a couple stops on the road to take some scenic photos.

Drove to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, but skipped out on the hike tahaha. The shortest route they recommended was over an hour, and we thought we’d be too pooped. Correction: I thought I’d be too pooped. So we cheated and walked a few minutes into the woods to rest & enjoy our natural surroundings. The light was awesome here — some of my fave pictures from our trip!

Then we made our way down to SLO & checked into my fave B&B ever!!! It’s called the Sanitarium and is a frat-house-turned-b&b. The decor was perfectly vintage/artsy, the breakfast was delicious, and the location was convenient. The only thing I didn’t love was the cat they had roaming around the house, but we later learned that the owners rescued it from the streets & from a nasty eye infection, so I felt bad for hating on him.

At night we walked a few blocks north to go to their farmer’s market. It’s supposedly one of the best in California & is unique because it runs at night rather than the morning. It was Steven’s first time at a farmer’s market & we had a lot of fun roaming around the streets, checking out all the food vendors & sampling local produce. We even bought a little jar of organic apple butter! So fun :)

The next morning we took off after a yummy homemade meal, stopping at Sally Loo’s for a breakfast scone & vegan muffin to go.

We drove down to Pismo Beach & walked around for a bit. Then went down to the beach to people-watch & get some sun. We commented on how weird it is that we always live so close to the beach but never go (case in point: San Diego & Laguna Beach).

Stopped in Solvang for a quick lunch & walked around to some boutiques. But didn’t stay long cause we were pretty tired & wanted to get down to Santa Barbara so we could rest. We checked into our B&B, Bath Street Inn, just in time for afternoon tea & dessert. Then spent the rest of the evening walking around State Street & doing what we do best: shopping! I ended up buying a pair of maternity leggings & I am in love! Also found some cute baby clothes at a little consignment store — wish that store was in OC :(

Spent the next morning roaming State Street again & grabbed lunch at La Super-Rica Taqueria. I loved that the tortillas were made from scratch, but Steven still prefers the Mexican food in San Diego ;)

Hit up the outlets in Oxnard, then drove down the coast to Santa Monica. I really wanted to take pictures at the Viceroy Hotel after I saw Jeff & Michelle’s engagement photos, and though ours didn’t come out as cute as theirs, I still loved walking around just to see the unique decor.

Then we checked into the Custom Hotel near LAX. I loved that it was affordable but still modern/unique. Also enjoy the city view from our room.

We ate dinner & dessert on Abbott Kinney & picked up a box of macarons from Jin Patisserie. I made Steven rush there so we could make it before they closed, and it was so worth it! I’m totally inspired & am going to try making macarons this week (I’ll blog about it if it’s not a complete disaster…)

The next morning we grabbed brunch at Elements Kitchen in Pasadena, which was my favorite place to eat from the whole trip! (Thanks for the rec, Connie & Hyo!) We got there before it got packed & ate outdoors. I ordered the ebelskivers (which were soooooo delicious, I cannot even describe) & Steven got the duck & sausage breakfast burrito. We know that they’re known for their lobster mac & cheese, but I just couldn’t bring myself to drop $22 for mac & cheese! Maybe next time ;)

Lastly, we spent a good four hours scrounging around the Rose Bowl Flea Market. Best find of the day? A framed vintage map of the US that we hung right above our crib! I didn’t take any pictures though, cause it was dang hot & I knew I’d be exhausted after an hour of walking around there. But pictures of the nursery to come soon :)

Phew, and that wraps up our little road trip. It was so tiring & we ate way too much, but it was fun spending time with my favorite person in the whole world! <3 Till next time…

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