Last weekend Eric and I took a long weekend and drove up the California coast! It is the first trip that we have taken just the two of us since our honeymoon and we had so much fun!
First stop - Malibu Pier
We stopped in Santa Barbara for lunch and visited the old Spanish Mission.
I may or may not have teared up inside thinking of Spain.
Eric loves taking silly pictures... obvisouly.
A bus within a bus.... genius.
We stayed the first night in Avila Beach... it was cozy, quaint, and absolutely perfect.
There was a farmer's market in town and we had a blast listening to the music and eating delicious food.
Um, yes please.
Most delicious thing ever.
We stayed at the coolest hotel! It was the most welcoming, comfortable hotel that I have ever stayed at and we can't wait to visit again! There was a welcome basket of goodies in our room, a fireplace, free movie rentals, and fresh chocolate chip cookies 24 hours a day. It was like staying at grandma's!
Oh, and we had a hot tub in our room.
It wouldn't be a trip without a few little hiccups. Saturday night we had a "visitor" knock on our balcony door at 1 am. A drunk guest of the hotel climbed up our balcony and tried to come through our door because he couldn't find the main entry to the hotel. Even though he told us that he was unarmed (all he had was his pants and his wallet - literally) and just looking for his room, we didn't feel comfortable letting him in. Duh. He was extremely persistent and just wouldn't climb off our balcony. I eventually got one of the hotel workers who was finally able to talk him down.
It was scary at first, but we went to bed laughing.
We woke up Saturday morning to a completely flat tire. We ran over a nail at some point during our drive, and the tire slowly leaked over night. It was a bummer, but we were lucky that we didn't have a blow out on the road.
After we got the tire fixed, we headed up to Monterrey and spent the rest of the night exploring the city.
In the morning we went to the famous Monterrey Bay Aquarium.
And then we drove home and enjoyed the unbelievable views!
The weekend away was just what we needed, and we hope to make the trip a tradition! I had so much fun with my best friend and at the end of the day, it doesn't matter if we're hanging out in Monterrey or in our own apartment - he makes everything so fun!