Friday, November 8, 2013

From Cabo to CA - Adventure Continues in Southern Cali

After Cabo, I hopped on a plane and headed to Santa Barbara, CA.  My mom, Auntie Nie-Nie and Jen picked me up at the airport as they drove down from Napa, making a stop at Hearst Castle on the way.

We spent 3 days in Santa Barbara with highlights including walks along the ocean, antique shopping in Summerland, lunch at the honeymoon spot of JFK and Jackie, wine tasting in the Santa Ynez Valley, famous Belgium waffles in the quirky town of Solvang, and a sunset cruise on a catamaran.  Also in the mix, plenty of yummy meals, and not one but two stops to my new favorite ice cream shop.

Lunch at San Ysidro Ranch - where JFK and Jackie honeymooned
So happy to be reunited with my mommy!
Welcome to Solvang, the Danish capital of California!

Infamous Dutch pancakes at Paula's

The Mission

Seriously best ice cream ever!  (well, close second to Olaf's)
Sunset Cruise on The Double Dolphin


 

Drinks at the new Les Marchands wine bar - behind the new hot spot The Lark.  We didn't eat here but it looked super cute and fun.

After 3 days in Santa Barbara we continued down to LA for my cousin Michael's wedding.  We spent 2 nights in Santa Monica.  Highlights included dinner at Water Grill, breakfast at Cora's, and brunch at Gjelina.  Yea....we ate.


The moms celebrating early birthdays! 
We stayed at the Shore Hotel right on Ocean Blvd.  I'd highly recommend!

Oh and the wedding, a beautiful family affair full of love and affection. 
These two were so poetic, I don't think there was a dry eye in the house!
Wed!

A preview of the professional photos - out of a magazine right?



Cousins!

 
I spent the last day lounging by the pool at our hotel, lunch with my best friend from high school, and dinner with my BFF Aislinn. She drove me to the airport in her brand new car, kicking and screaming that my jet set, multi-stop, tour of the west coast was over.
 
 On to the next!  I'm headed to Montreal this weekend for a little girls trip with Augusta.  So excited for a mini taste of Europe!  Will report back!

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