Several months ago Matt and I started discussing our 15th wedding anniversary. While our wedding date was perfect timing when we were childless and fancy free, early January makes any trip away tough.
So we got our people together and arranged a July trip to California. Oh sure, we had thrown out all kinds of ideas before landing on California. Looking back, this week was exactly what we both needed. I can say we are officially rested and able to take on what life is throwing us!
Rather than blasting a whole bunch of photos at you and ending it with a sweet little bow “all done” I thought I’d share some favorite places we stayed, restaurants we ate at and things to do this past week. Matt put a TON of research into our trip and it showed in every detail.
Without further ado, I’ll start with Travel Day 1.
Delta continues to treat us very well and we got to use our companion (buy one, get one free) ticket. With a brief hop into Salt Lake City, we were in San Francisco by noon.
We wanted to rent a car with GPS and were appalled at the prices until we found the winner – SilverCar. (Their slogan says it all “Car Rental that doesn’t suck.”) We texted them when we landed. Strolled to the spot where the brand new (note only 5 miles on it!) 2015 Audi A4 and was on our merry way in 20 minutes. I felt sorry for the throes of people we passed waiting in the car rental lines. Not only did we have a fully loaded brand new A4, we had amazing service, including free WiFi, GPS, Sirus Radio and a turbo engine. All for $50/day. It was a winner and we will do it again!
Driving along the coast, we headed to Half Moon Bay to Barbara’s Fish Trap. I had heard about this place on Splendid Table with my two buddies on Roadfood.com. These two drive around the US finding the best mom/pop food places.
Barbara’s FishTrap was worth the 20 minute wait. They catch the fish and prepare it that day. AMAZING! Matt got calamari and I had fish and chips with a GF beer to boot!
With a full stomach, we headed to Santa Cruz. The drive there was beautiful, stopping at a beach between Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz. Frankly we were tired by the time we arrived at Santa Cruz and there were so many people around us that we lasted only 45 minutes before calling it quits.
Off to our hotel in Los Gatos. First off, this little town is so sweet. The main road is lined with quaint little shops, bakeries and cafes along with wine bars. Our hotel, The Los Gatos Garden Inn’s, claim to fame is they housed Marilyn Monroe and Joe Di Maggio on their wedding night. In fact, drum roll, we got the room they supposedly spent their first evening in.
It had air conditioning, a king sized bed AND a fully functioning kitchen which came in handy when we happened upon the BEST farmer’s market the next day.
It was a full packed day filled with wonderment of the Pacific coastline. I get why people LOVE California.
Day one down. Tomorrow: Day 2, the Redwoods and a 15 mile hike!
*When we road trip, we hit a local grocer and load up on snacks. Being GF and mostly meat free, Farmer Markets are also a win/win. Having a load of snacks makes exploring fun and easy.