We're finally back from a long weekend up north, which started Thursday morning, Dede at the wheel. We got things loaded in just a few minutes and were ready to take off on our drive winding northward with a few stops planned (and unplanned). Last year we flew, and the packing was crazy, trying to get a whole show's worth of make and takes and merchandise into our suitcases, and we met in Oakland Friday morning and raced through the two days we were there. This year, we were determined to make it a teensy bit more fun and squeeze in a little more fun than frantic.
One of the nicest things was the cool weather we encountered in our travels. Going up 101 took us closer to the ocean, and we were delighted to see the temperature drop, by more than thirty degrees. check it out...67 degrees at 67 miles an hour!
We had lunch at this fun destination in Arroyo Grande, McClinktock's...
...and reviewed some of the sights we wanted to see. Colleen had sent us a list of things we must see or eat, and we reviewed over lunch, as well as some referrals Dede had on her laptop. We had a great lunch there and mapped out what we were going to see in town, which included some vintage shops and antique malls. We had stopped in Summerland and I lusted over some mother of pearl handled knives and forks for well over a hundred dollars. I picked up some cheese knives in Arroyo for a fraction of that. Whoo-hoo!
Walking around town was fun, crossing the quaint little bridge with its hanging baskets of flowers, and looking down into the lush, shaded banks that lined the creek below....
Arroyo Grande is the coolest little town, and even has it's own old fashioned bandstand in the park!
Right across the street was this little gem of a shop, highly recommended to us, The Green Vase. Connie, the owner, welcomed us and showed us around, and even gifted Dede a huge dried spray from one of her yuccas, which we crammed into the already full truck and took to T&T for a centerpiece!
This shop was adorable from start to finish, top to bottom. If you are ever in the area, stop in and say hi to Connie, and tell her we sent you!
More to post tomorrow, MUST start unpacking!