When we woke up in Big Sur, it was so much more beautiful than when we had arrived at dusk the night before. Took our breath away – this photo above is what we were greeted to when we eagerly stepped outside after waking up. We stayed at the Lucia Lodge and I definitely recommend it if you’re looking for pretty views. There is no TV, very little internet, and no cell reception so it’s a perfect relaxation spot.
I wish we could have stayed longer to enjoy our views from the adirondack chairs right outside our cottage (every room has two outside their doors – perfect for sipping morning coffee) but we needed to get going. We went up to the main lodge for a light breakfast before heading out.
This was our view from breakfast and I thought this place would be an amazing wedding destination – just look at that perfect spot for a ceremony! You could rent out the entire lodge (I think there’s like 10-12 rooms?) for an intimate and natural wedding. Someone needs to get on that, triple stat.
This was that dress I found at the vintage clothing store in San Francisco! It’s one of my most favorite dresses right now and felt perfect to wear down the coast – and so comfortable too! And it makes me think of this trip so it makes a fabulous souvenir.
I almost forgot about the seals! As Parker and I were driving, we saw these seals beached on the sand and I thought they were dead at first! I gasped and thought something horrible had happened – turns out, they are just really lazy and lay in the sand like this all the time :) As we drove further we noticed a little tourist attraction with tons more seals (elephant seals, to be exact) so we got out and took pictures. It’s funny, they hardly move, but occasionally they flap their little …arms?…and throw sand on top of themselves or waddle around. Cute.
We stopped in San Luis Obispo for lunch and had the best meal of our trip there at Luna Red, a tapas restaurant. Tapas is our favorite way to eat (we even had our rehearsal dinner at a tapas restaurant) and we were in heaven with the food here! We started off with housemade fresh sodas – blackberry sage for Parker and rosemary lemonade for me. The ceviche was the absolute best ceviche either one of us had ever had – I think it was sea bass and cod that day – so fresh and flavorful. The quinoa, fava bean and avocado salad inspired me so much that I had some kind of variation of that salad for a week straight when we got home. My absolute favorite dish though was the chorizo stuffed, bacon wrapped dates. OHMAHGOSH. Just..I can’t even…amazing. Bite sized pieces of heaven is what that was. Favorite restaurant and meal of the entire trip goes to Luna Red.
We sat outside under these big umbrellas and took our time, talking about our favorite parts of the drive so far. San Luis Obispo (SLO or like our waitress called it, “slow” – love that!) was our favorite town we had seen along the way. We loved – LOVED – the little downtown and the proximity to all the beautiful scenery we had just seen. We have talked (and talked and talked) about moving there since our visit. I don’t know if it will ever happen, but a girl can dream, san’t she? :)
We stopped by Pismo Beach for a few minutes after lunch on our way south – it was packed with summer vacationers, but can you blame them? This beach is beautiful and looked exactly like what I thought a California beach out to look like…well, like a more Southern California beach, ya know?
Lake Casitas was so gorgeous. Another place I could have stayed for hours, just wandering around and taking in the views. It was just a quick stop for us, but another one of my favorite stops along the way.
Okay, photo overload for just a hotel, but this was my favorite place we stayed during our whole trip (favorite restaurant and favorite hotel in one day, haay). This is the Ojai Rancho Inn and it’s an old 50s or 60s strip motel that has been totally renovated in to this hip, design-oriented, midcentury modern lodge. Everywhere you look there are thoughtful and artful details and little vignettes begging to be photographed. The photos above are the lobby.
I took so many photos because it was my favorite place and I just really admired the aesthetic. I have been so inspired by the design and decor for our next house, where ever that may be.
We ate dinner at Agave Maria’s in downtown Ojai and it was a really nice way to wind down after yet another fantastic, exciting day. We had margaritas, chips and salsa and burritos and sat outside under those gorgeous bistro lights, taking it all in. This might have been my favorite day of the entire trip…the day before was awesome too though so it’s a toss up.
Tomorrow we keep driving and arrive in LA! Check back tomorrow for those pics :)