Now the vacation gets down to business…
It was time to roll down the windows and head North in the Jeep, nicknamed Gypsy Girl by Sean. I wanted to at least make it all the way to Cambria, which was a little town that my family would visit regularly. The idea was to head there the first day, then work our way back south to fly out of Santa Ana Airport. The first day’s drive was the longest, but even that drive was enjoyable as every stretch and turn offered amazing ocean views.
We made it to Cambria and checked into the very Scandinavian Minimalist Hotel, Cambria Beach Lodge (PS their toiletries are Malin + Goetz so yeah, sold). Cambria remains exactly how I remember it, literally:
Make sure to have dinner at Robin’s, pictured above in 1988 and again in 2018, a true classic restaurant. The next morning we were up at dawn to walk moonstone beach, you could spend hours on this beach just walking around the rocks and checking out all the driftwood caves. We would soon be on the road south to Ojai, but first we had to see the elephant seals. It’s about 10 min north of Cambria (if you hit Hearst Castle you’ve gone too far) it’s a small exit to the left where you can park and walk and watch the seals.
Next we drove through Paso Robles, which to me must be what driving through Tuscany is like. There are vineyards for days and a little sleepy downtown area. From here it was a short trip to Ojai, where this AirBnB would be our home for the next two days. For our time in Ojai I wanted to feel like we lived there, and this AirBnB did just the trick, we picked oranges from the trees and just sat in absolute peace in the backyard. I still think about the ravioli from this Italian Restaurant, and we made sure to bring home some olive oil and vinegar from Ojai Olive ( order online an you’ll never need to make or buy a salad dressing again). Oh and don’t forget to visit Bart’s books! After two days, we packed some oranges for the road and headed to Santa Barbara.
I have no idea how we last minute scored this Santa Barbara AirBnB but I’m just thankful. It has panoramic views straight to the ocean that can be enjoyed from the hot tub next to the fireplace, I promise you need nothing more.