Monday, January 7, 2008

Rainy Weekend Away

Well, the kids had their high school winter camp this weekend, and good old mom and dad had some plans of their own. We found a cute place in Sunset magazine called Cambria Pines Lodge so we decided to give it a try. While the reviews were poor on the regular rooms, the newly built free standing cottages were supposed to be great. So, as Drew and Emma took themselves to church, we loaded up the Jeep and hit the rainy coast.
After a few stops for culinary treats (favorite cheese taquitos in Carpinteria; hot cocoa and chai latte at an eclectic coffee shop in San Luis Obispo), we arrived at our destination. As we checked in, we spied a sign that said all-you-can-eat soup and organic salad bar at the inn for only $10 a pop. We were all over that, and after downing some delicious cream of broccoli soup, salad and fresh bread, we were off to check out the room. To our delight, we found ourselves settling in to a brand new, charming country cottage with refined but eclectic furnishings. We had two fireplaces (one in living room and bedroom), a garden patio, and a comfortable furniture to relax on.

In the morning, after our complimentary hot breakfast at the lodge, we set out, camera in hand, to explore the manicured 26 acre facility. We found beautiful trees, flowers and shrubs, all artfully displayed in a rustic environment. After checking out the grounds, we went into the charming town of Cambria where we visited the cute shops and found a great little lunch of soup and homemade ollaieberry pie at Linn's.

Come Sunday, we meandered slowly down highway 1, stopping at Morro Bay and Pismo Beach to sightsee a bit. In Morro Bay, Rich found the shell shop he remembered as a child. We browsed this one-of-a-kind store, selecting a cool sand dollar Christmas ornament and a pretty shell night light as souvenirs. Lastly, we ended our vacation, as we do most vacations, with lunch at some dive. We were starving when we came into the town of Lompoc (note to self - don't be hungry in Lompoc) and popped into Loco Taco #2 (across the street from Loco Taco #3). We actually enjoyed some great chips and salsa, some carne asada and carnitas, and some more taquitos. I must say the atmosphere left something to desired, but the food rocked.
As we drove, Rich and I were reminded anew how beautiful California is, and what a wonderful Creator we have. The scenery along the coast is just breathtaking. There were a zillion Kodak moments. We really enjoyed taking in a big dose of God's creation, and were reminded of His great love for us through His beautiful creation.

It was great to get home and see the kids. While it is great to go on vacation without them once in a while, I am most content when we are all together as a family.

Me in front of our cottage

Cute bedroom shot of the fireplace and cool distressed armoire

Cushy bed with down comforter - perfect for napping and reading

The adorable living room - all my favorite colors

Hotel grounds...

Beautiful fall folliage still remains

A shot of my cute hubby when he finally let me have the camera!

Me not knowing I'm getting my picture taken!

More beautiful garden shots...

Beautiful color courtesy of God's genius
a rainbow near San Simeon

Happy to find this great little lunch spot in town

Great ollalieberry pie!

Stopping at Pismo Beach

The Jeep is in its element!

Morro Bay

Rich revisiting a childhood memory

Hard to believe such a place still exists! We had to buy something...

Our typical dive stop at the end of culinary bliss!

1 comment:

French Green Bean said...

Where do you get the good taquitos in Carpinteria? We were just there. Stayed at a cute B n B Prufrocks Inn