Friday, June 14, 2013

Cambria

Rich was so sweet to plan a little getaway for us to celebrate/recouperate the wedding being over and the Master's Kids year finishing.  And also a little late anniversary celebration since our anniversary fell two days before the wedding.  He booked us a couple nights at the Cambria Pines Lodge, a place we had been once before and loved.

On the way there, we stopped for lunch in Ventura at a little gem of a restaurant called Cafe Nouveau.  One of their specialties is this ahi-avocado roll.  It has rare ahi, avocado, and an amazing sauce, all wrapped up in a flour tortilla and deep fried. As you've probably figured out, I can never get enough ahi tuna!  Love the stuff.  I love that they serve the roll  beautifully presented on a bed of crisp sauteed veggies.

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 We took our time getting up to Cambria.  It's such a beautiful drive.   Here's the front of the hotel - so cute and charming.  Our kind of place.

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Panoramic shot below (Rich taught me how to do this on my iphone)

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The grounds are beautiful and it is delightful to walk the gardens.
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There are different types of rooms at the lodge.  We prefer the free standing cottages.  You get a large living room and bedroom, each with a fireplace, plus a large bathroom with an open tub to relax in. We also had our own private patio that had two adirondack chairs overlooking the rustic property.

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There is a fantastic nursery nearby called Cambria Nursery.  It is a must-see!  There is a darling gift shop in a large house on the grounds,  plus the landscape is beautiful and inspiring.  We probably spent over an hour there.  It is just a short walk from the lodge.

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Breakfast was included with our room.  For lunch we went to the Main Street Grill  which was highly recommended by my foodie friend, Alik.  She told me exactly what to order and we were not disappointed!  This salad that she raved about was very fresh and had pine nuts and a delish dressing.


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Next, she said we had to try their dry rub beef ribs.  She warned us to get there early as they sell out.  Honestly, neither of us are really a fan of this kind of thing...kind of primal, you know?   But we obeyed her command.  Anyways, in the end we didn't leave a bit on these bones.  They were that good. 

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But here was the show stopper: their tri tip sandwich, which came on a garlic bread bun (brilliant -YUM) and had a killer house barbecue sauce.   I, who usually view meat as a condiment to my meal, wolfed down a sizeable half of this fat sandwich.
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Not that we were hungry or anything after that lunch, but a piece of Linn's olallieberry pie is always a good idea around 3:00 p.m.   We actually drove out to their original farm store (10 minutes down a windy country road) and enjoyed our mini-pie on the shaded patio with a view of all the olallieberry bushes.  Later that night, after dinner, Rich insisted we go to the Linn's restaurant in town for ANOTHER piece of pie.  Who was I to argue?  (It's that good!)
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Cambria is such a great destination.  The town is ultra charming - you can peruse garden & antique shops, and they have some really great restaurants.  I highly recommend  Linn's and Robin's as great places for dinner.  And, you are just a hop, skip, and a jump from Hearst Castle and the breathtaking California coastline.  There are a lot of places you can choose to stop at on the way:  Ventura, Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, & Pismo Beach.

We hit Ventura on the way home for two last great food finds.  First, we went to a place our friend Kai has been telling us about, Snapper Jack's.   This place is money!  The fish tacos come in a crispy flour tortilla and their salsa bar is amazing.  We spent a mere $6 for lunch and it was awesome! 

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Lastly... for me, no vacation is complete without a good ice cream cone.  And I mean a GOOD one.  It has to be super premium for me or it's not even worth it.  And it needs to be on a sugar cone. ;-)  Kai steered us rightly to McConnell's, also in Ventura, which was pure ice cream perfection. 

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Brazilian coffee chip and vanilla coconut chocolate chip.  SO good.  They let you do a "split scoop" so you get two flavors.

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Sadly, the whole time during our trip, a heavy gray cloud hung over us.  Our dear black lab, Olive, was sick when we left.  Hoping she would improve with meds, we left her to the care of Emma and Drew (who had just come in from his honeymoon).  Unfortunately, she got worse and worse, so we decided to cut our trip short to be back home with her.  She ended up passing away about 8 hours after we came home.  Originally, our vet thought she had some sort of infection (she had a high fever), but further tests showed an enlarged heart and a failing liver and the meds couldn't help that.  This seemingly came right out of the blue and she died just 5 short days after falling ill.  She had always been the picture of vibrant health and spunk.  She was even energetically playing fetch just the day before she got sick. 

Here is a photo of her sweet face just a few hours before we lost her.  What a sad little face.  :-(  How I cried and cried over this dog!  She was really the perfect dog- she loved us to pieces, was lots of fun, and never got into any trouble.   She was much loved and will be missed.  :-( 

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I will always remember how much she loved her "beach vacation" in Carpinteria each year.

There is a dog friendly beach next to the campground and she loved to play in the waves!

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Goodbye, sweet girl. :-(

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