Friday, November 14, 2014


Writing about a trip is always so difficult for me because it's almost impossible to truly capture the experience in words. For me, travel has more to do with a feeling than it does anything else. When I travel anywhere, even if it's just a few miles down the road outside of my hometown, I feel a sense of freedom and curiosity. Let's face it - daily life can be monotonous. Travel is the cure.

 My husband and I bought a new car over the Summer, and we immediately knew that we wanted to take it out and put it to good use. As I said before, we didn't necessarily have a plan. We knew San Francisco was the ultimate destination, but we weren't sure about what the journey would really look like. So we hopped in our car and drove. This was my first real "road trip".


(left to right, top to bottom)

1. Our first stop was in Los Angeles. Although we've both been there many times (I was born there), we had never been to Canter's deli and wanted to stop and get some grub on our way out of the city. We split a reuben sandwich that can only be described as worth the exorbitant amount of calories. I am still recovering from all of the rich food we indulged in on this trip! Again, worth it though.

2. After leaving L.A., we took the 5 freeway and ended up at Pyramid Lake. The visitor's center offers information on California's water supply. This was a completely random little pit-stop, but my husband and I are always drawn to water and we had to take a look at the gorgeous views. 

3. We've had family members rave about their trips to Paso Robles. My brother-in-law brews his own beer, and everyone in our family loves their wine. Living near Temecula wine country, we felt it was our duty to stop and "test" the wines in Paso Robles. We wound up at Castoro Cellars, and had an amazing experience. The service was perfect, and so were the wines. We received the whole treatment on how to properly taste each variation, from dry whites to full-bodied reds. The verdict? Definitely better than Temecula. Firestone Brewery (pictured last) was so good, that we stopped again on our way home from S.F!

4,5,6. Monterey was probably my favorite stop on the trip. It's such a quaint little sea-side town with so much history and character. I wish we could have stayed longer. 

The rest...
We ate and walked our way through San Francisco. We stopped at the typical tourist spots: Golden Gate Park, Fisherman's Wharf, Union Square, Lombard street, Haight Ashbury, the Marina District. But we also ventured off the beaten path quite a bit too (and sadly have no pictures to show for it). I think my favorite area was North Beach. Plenty of little Italian delis and pizza shops, with lots of charm to match. We walked so much that I was sore for two days upon our return. Which really says more about my fitness than anything else ;)

Overall, I loved being on the road. For once I didn't care to pull out my phone too often or check messages. My husband and I talked, sang our favorite tunes, and just kept on driving. California is a wonderfully diverse state, and I'm happy to call it home. 

10 comments:

  1. I loved reading your trip recap! It all just sounds so fun and relaxing. And the food sounds amazing! Plus, it's all within my own reach so I love getting ideas for one of my own adventures at some point!
    Gina - On the Daily Express

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    1. Thanks Gina :) I give it up to those who write travel blogs because it's so hard in my opinion! I hope you can make it up north sometime, I know you'd love it. People watching was fun.

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  2. Looks like it was an amazing time! Exorbitant calories are always the best when you can allow them! ;)

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    1. Haha, I shouldn't allow them! This girl needs to get back into shape! It's been downhill since the wedding, which is so cliche right?!

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  3. So much fun! That sounds like the road trip my husband and I want to take...only backwards. Our first stop would be SF and we'd end up at the Mission Inn in Riverside. We love Monterey too! We always go to Capitola for our anniversary and sometimes pop over to Monterey too :)

    http://www.kaciesklosetblog.com/

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    1. Oh fun! I live in Temecula, which is the last city in Riverside county before you hit San Diego county. It's such a pretty drive. Monterey is just gorgeous! You're lucky you get to go there more often.

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  4. It looks like you had so much fun! I'd love to visit California one day. :)

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  5. Wow - two of my favorite things - roadtrips & being a tourist in your own backyard :-) I agree - there's something about trips - you don't have to go far - but just being in the mindset that you're on holiday is so amazing. Glad you had a great time - that Reuben sandwich sounds amazing - yum!

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    1. It's the best to just get in your car and go rather than hopping on a plane. I like flying, but it's such a hassle these days. I hope to do another trip on the road again soon :)

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