This past weekend, RJ and I drove up to the Central Coast for a little extended 5 year anniversary celebration, a celebration of a new marriage, and some fun times with some great people.
Now the thing I love about being in ministry is witnessing God provide for not just our needs, but our desires as well, and in random ways. We knew we wanted to celebrate our 5 year anniversary in a special way, but weren’t sure whether we had the financial means to do so.
God not only provided for our day-of Dodgers anniversary celebration through a work raffle, but He also provided for our anniversary getaway through a random work bonus that I didn’t even know existed! Yay! Thanks, God!
One of my goals for 2013 was to stay at a bed and breakfast with RJ. Well, on this trip, we got to stay at TWO different bed and breakfasts along the Central Coast! Primarily because I made the reservations the week of our trip and we were traveling Labor Day weekend. Oops.
After making a “quick” shopping stop in Santa Barbara on Friday evening, we made our way to Baywood Inn Bed and Breakfast in Los Osos. Our room was super comfy, super homey, and right across the street from the water!
We had a “no cell phone use except for pictures and GPS” rule for one day on our trip, though I tried to respect that for most of the weekend. It’s amazing how relaxing it was to not be connected all the time, and how much more we were able to enjoy one another!
The next morning, we enjoyed a Mexican breakfast next door at La Palapa. And I’m not just talking about a dinky continental breakfast. I’m talking full-on legit amazing food. Baywood Inn outsources its breakfast to three local establishments within walking distance. Scroll down below for pictures!
After breakfast, we made our way up the coast to Morro Bay, a cute little fishing town with pretentious seals that expect us to take photos of them, fudge shops, 50% off Rainbow sandals and Sanuks, and even a little aquarium where you can feed the seals.
The best part about Morro Bay was the unremarkable, gruff aquarium worker who would peek out from gutting his fish from time to time, inconspicuously whistle to get the seals’ attention, then toss a fish to the topmost shelf where the seals would leap out of the water and climb to retrieve it, as little children giggled and clapped. And then he’d disappear again in a blink of the eye into his backroom. He was like the Phantom of the Opera. Or Santa Claus. So mysterious and beautiful at the same time.
After Morro Bay, we met some friends up in San Simeon for our friends’, Spencer and Janaye’s, wedding. I first met Spencer when he was a sophomore in college and I was a “sophomore” on staff, and RJ and I had the privilege of going to the Middle East and Holland with Janaye last summer. We heart them lots and were so blessed to witness their beautiful day!
We even got to see my lil bro TIMMAY!!!!
And then we crashed in a couple of hotel rooms crammed full of people like a couple of college kids. ;)
The next morning, we were in for a treat: we got to explore Hearst Castle…with the Irvine party bus!
Breathtakingly beautiful. These photos don’t do this place justice!
After lunch at Firestone (tri-tip sandwiches FTW!!) in San Luis Obispo with the party crowd, RJ and I took off on our own for the wineries. I found this Central Coast winery passport on Groupon that allows you to go wine-tasting at 12 different wineries in the Paso Robles region for only $20/person, which, if you’ve ever gone wine-tasting before, then you know that it usually costs at least $20/person for a tasting at just one winery. Score!
Unfortunately, we were only able to hit two wineries before closing time (thanks, Whalebone and Clavo, for a great time!), but lucky for us, the passport is good until the New Year!
We checked into the second bed and breakfast, On The Beach Bed and Breakfast in Cayucos. It was literally on the beach. And it was beautiful. And it was amazing. And I want to live there forever.
We stepped right outside for a lovely evening walk on the pier, where we watched the sunset together.
And then we enjoyed the in-room jacuzzi, and fell asleep to the sound of crashing waves. Magical.
Before we left the next morning, we enjoyed breakfast on the outdoor patio, while people-watching in our robes like a couple of creeps.
We were able to meet up with my brother and a couple other friends for one last eating hurrah at Frank’s in San Luis Obispo before making the long drive back home.
And what’s a post by Alice without some food pictures?? I figured I’d save you some scrolling by consolidating the food pics into one mega-pic.
L-R Top Row: Splash Cafe (Pismo Beach) clam chowder with seafood topping (TWICE!), La Palapa (Los Osos) chile verde omelet, Rocca’s Surf Shack (Morro Bay) fish and homemade chips.
L-R Middle Row: La Palapa huevos rancheros, Rocca’s Surf Shack clam chowder in a bread bowl (possibly better than Splash Cafe’s!), Cafe Della Via (Cayucos) pizza arrabiata.
L-R Bottom Row: On The Beach B&B (Cayucos) egg bake, chicken sausage, and arugula salad, Frank’s (San Luis Obispo) slider and chile verde fries, and Morro Bay Mud Fudge massive peanut butter cup.
You might notice a blaringly absent Firestone Grill tri-tip sandwich, fries, and onion rings. It’s because I ate them too fast and forgot to take a picture. But don’t worry. It was delicious.
Anyways, that was our 5 year anniversary getaway! Unfortunately, we didn’t get to go to the beach as often as we would have liked, but we’re planning a beach day in the near future to make up for it.
Hope your Labor Day weekend was as filled with family, fun, friends, and good food as ours was!
What did YOU do over Labor Day weekend?