For New Years Eve (how was that three weeks ago already!?!) Eric and I took a last minute road trip down to Carmel to escape the bubble of city life and start the year off with an adventure. Here are a couple photos from our time down there– it was SO lovely, and I can’t wait to go back when it gets warmer to enjoy the beach more!
As we were driving down, I found out that Eric had never been to Carmel before, so I made us pull off the highway and take the scenic route: also known as the 17-mile-Drive. If you have never been to the Monterey area before I highly recommend making a detour to drive along this road– the beaches are absolutely stunning (even when cloudy), there are great places to stop for picnics and photos, and it is dotted with the most incredible homes along the drive. Also if you spend enough time looking, you might even see a whale blowing along the horizon like we did!
We got really lucky finding a hotel vacancy the DAY before New Years at Tradewinds, a charmingly zen bed and breakfast with the coziest little fireplace in our room. From there it was a short 5 minute walk over to Ocean Avenue, where we spent the day ducking into shops, people watching, and making our way down to the beach at sunset– which was of course Eric’s favorite part. We had a late New Years Eve celebratory dinner at Christopher’s on Lincoln, and the next morning woke up early to walk down to the beach with our coffees in hand, ready to greet the new year. It was the perfect kickoff to 2014, and has me excited to plan some more road trips in the coming months… maybe Big Sur or Yosemite next? I’d love to hear your suggestions!
Tomorrow I’m headed to my parents’ house in Orange County for the holidays. My roommate and I are roadtripping down California with some fun pit stops planned along the way. After an incredibly long and stressful week (actually, month) at work, I couldn’t be more excited to spend the next 2 weeks relaxing and seeing my family and friends.
Yesterday, Grace, her boyfriend, my roommate, and I trekked down to Half Moon Bay. It was a short day trip that was a welcome escape from the city. The weather was overcast and chilly, but it somehow added to the seaside charm. We had lunch at Sam’s Chowder House, which sits at the edge of Half Moon Bay Harbor. The place is a little kitschy, but you can’t beat the fresh fare and great view of the Pacific.
Calamari, Blue Crab Sandwich, Lobster Roll
After a brief look at a roadside fruit stand, we headed over to the tide pools to look at crabs, anemones, and seals. It was a perfect little impromptu trip for a long holiday weekend.
I’m on my way to meet Rebecca Minkoff and to check out her new fall line! The meet and greet is taking place at the new and redesigned Santa Monica Place, right off the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. I’ll be live blogging during the event (with pictures!) so be sure to follow @DressedInOrange on Twitter to receive updates.
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