Here are some highlights of our CA coast trip!! We had SO much fun! I LOVED being together as a family, and just hanging out. We haven't been able to do that in a long time, so it was long over due. We fit a lot into five short days (two of them spent mostly driving), and it was my first time going up the coast. I've been to San Fransisco a few times, but we have never taken the scenic route, so I thoroughly enjoyed the new sights and adventures. I also gained a new love and appreciation for the beauty of CA. I really do think our states is one of the prettiest, with the coast, mountains, lakes, forests, and so much more! (Oh...Disneyland haha but I'm mainly just talking about natural beauty) So here's our fun, little family, enjoying our CA Coast vacation!
Ps. The weather was GORGEOUS! I thought it was going to be cold, but it was SO nice. I just needed a light jacket for nights.
- San Luis Obispo
- Avila Valley Barn
- Avila Beach
- Monterey Aquarium
- 17 Mile Drive
- Big Sur
- San Simeon Elephant Seals
- Hearst Castle
|We made it to the coast, Ventura, just in time for the sunset! It was gorgeous! Our vacation had finally begun!|
AVILA VALLEY BARN
San Luis Obispo
|Here's Hunter, feeding his obsession with pumpkins. At one point, he was hugging all of them. Haha|
|Here was the best part about the Barn, feeding the animals!! |
There were turkeys, goats, alpacas, horses, mini horses, donkeys, chickens, roosters, and sheep.
|I love Hunter's reaction in these next pictures! He got a big kick from feeding the horses!|
|Cade had a great time at the barn! ha|
|Yay for hay rides!|
|There were rows upon rows of fruit plants and trees! It would be fun to go there when fruit was in season.|
|These two loved being around each for the whole trip! Hunter didn't have to go off to pre-school, or the sitters, or anything. It was fun having them together with no interruptions.|
|Hunter LOVES LOVES LOVES the beach. He could play in the sand and water all day. The water was cold, so we obviously didn't go in, but it was still a lot of fun.|
|I think Hunter enjoyed the jelly fish the most, hence the reason why he is hugging the jelly fish tank. haha|
|Bubba Gumps in Monterey is the 8th Bubba Gumps we've been to. It's kind of our tradition to go to Bubba Gumps if there is ever one around.|
|Crystal Fish Sushi|
A sushi place that was recommended to us from a local. It was good, decent prices, and how could we go to a coastal city and not have any fish.
17 MILE DRIVE
This drive is a must if you ever go to Monterey. It is absolutely gorgeous there! There are a lot of places to get out and walk around. We stopped in this place and we found a large crab. Hunter was really excited about that.
|Look at this view...It was absolutely breathtaking. Big Sur was about a half hour-45 minute drive, depending on where you go, but this specific area was about a half hour from our hotel. It was a lot of fun to drive |
Highway 1. At first we planned to go on a hike, one from this site: http://www.hikinginbigsur.com, but most of the areas were at least a hour drive South from Monterey, so they were too far drive being that we had more to do in Monterey, but I'm glad we found the spot where we stopped because it was a lot of fun to once again just run on the beach and enjoy the beautiful view.
|He could do this ALL day if we let him!|
|They sure do love each other...|
|First time at the beach. He kept trying to eat the sand! haha|
|Loving Aunt Jay Jay time.|
Elephant Seals and Hearst Castle
On our drive home, we stopped by the elephant seals, and also did a tour at Hearst Castle. Once again, Aunt Jay Jay was a big help and went to the beach with Hunter while we took a tour. I don't think Hunter would have lasted, it was a lot of just talking and walking, and no touching...with is a little difficult for three year olds.
|And here is what we call his cabbage patch face! haha|
|We took the Cottages and the kitchen tour, partly because it was the next one leaving, and we still had about a five hour drive home. I liked the tour. We didn't get to see the grand rooms inside the big part of it, but it was still really neat. You get to walk around the gardens and pools no matter what tour you take, so that was kind of nice. We also had lunch here, and although I don't like to eat at touristy places because it's usually over priced and not very good, but eating here was the right choice. This site is not only where he built his castle, but also has a live, working, very enormous, cattle ranch. We had cheeseburgers from the cattle that were there on the ranch, and they were pretty delicious! |
WHERE WE STAYED
Lastly! Here are the hotels where we stayed. I was VERY happy with them. You know, it's always a gamble when booking a hotel. You never know if it's going to be in an odd location, or smelly, or beds are uncomfortable, etc. I always read the reviews, but I usually go with the ones that are a little cheaper with decent reviews. I'm not looking for a 5 star hotel...it's not like you spend too much time there anyway, and I'm all about cheaper hotels, so we have more money to spend on the adventures!
So, we stayed one night in San Luis, just to break up our drive, and I just got a cheap one because we were literally just staying the night and then driving once we got up. I was pretty pleased, and it was pretty close to attractions. The rooms were clean, kind of small, but perfect for one night. They have a pretty fancy spa and pool too. I would stay here again.
1585 Calle Joaquin · San Luis Obispo
|Here's our hotel in Monterey, and I LOVED it! Our room was very big and spacious, and I was VERY pleased for the price we paid. It was close to everything. I think we drove more than 10 minutes to get somewhere, and it was so nice having a heated, indoor pool, especially because it would be too cold to swim outside. Oh, and there was a fireplace in our room! Loved this place, and I would definitely stay again!|
|1046 Munras Ave · Monterey|