My husband and I are always on the move. It’s one of the qualities that binds us in our relationship because neither one of us can stand still for very long without needing to change things up whether it be an overnight road trip or a weekend getaway. We are spoiled as California is quite possibly the easiest state to enjoy since it provides its residents and visitors alike with multiple locations to visit while offering unique experiences that differ from one another.
My husband had been working late shifts for the past few weeks at work. After pulling hours like that, and a need to get away for a bit, he came up with the idea for an overnight staycation of driving up to the town of Cambria once he had a few days off. We both were looking forward to getting on the road even if it were just for a couple of days since he’d been working a lot and I, too, with the baby at home. We had passed Cambria on our trip up to San Francisco last year and even missed it during our babymoon in SLO, so I couldn’t wait to explore a new town and get to check yet another CA bucket list item off my list during this trip: visiting Hearst Castle (come back for part three)!
Our first stop along our drive was, of course, a little wine tasting at Laetitia Vineyard. This tasting room is located in San Luis Obispo County in Arroyo Grande and has one of the best views overlooking their vineyard and patio area outside was a great spot to get out of the sun and enjoy a glass of wine. Only being an hour or so away from Ventura it was a great way to break up the trip for all of us – especially Murphy and baby Greyson for this was his first overnight trip away from home.
We made it to Cambria and to our hotel, Castle Inn, within the next few hours and couldn’t wait to unpack, change, and get something to eat. Unfortunately our room wasn’t quite ready when we arrived, so we decided to grab some food in the meantime at Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill. I really enjoyed their lunch menu, their Bloody Mary’s were on point, and eating fresh raw oysters with a view of the beach just added to the experience. Afterwards we were able to check in and finally relax before our scheduled tour of Hearst Castle and dinner at The Sow’s Ear…but more of that in part two and three of our trip next week!
Little Road Trip Tips We Learned With Baby
+ Bring your nursing pillow with you as it will be super helpful for those car feedings (should they happen – they will) and will double as a great pillow for you to sleep on during those longer trips.
+ Call ahead to arrange for a crib provided by the hotel you’re staying in. Mention you’re traveling with a baby and most likely they have a play yard or bassinet available for you.
+ If they do provide a crib like ours did, bring your own sheets, blankets, noise machine, and anything that smells like you. Your baby will have an easier time falling asleep when their sleeping space smells familiar.