Roadtrips i love to do in California from L.A

June 26. 2017

As you guys probably know, i am a travel maniac. I’ve got the wanderlust bug stuck onto me, that just won’t go away. I love travel, as it brings inspiration and a breath of fresh air, bringing perspective and a sense of calm. It’s good for the soul. So recently, i moved away from London, from it’s gloomy grey skies, ( though to be fair, it’s beautiful in the summer, and right now, especially, Hyde Park is gorgeous. ) I spent 3 months in California, particularly L.A where i used to live for some years in University, where i went to school at USC. (Fight On, Trojans.)

L.A rates high up in my chart! Not being biased at all, having spent high school and university years there and my folks also having gone to school there and lived there in their early marriage years. ;) Besides the beautiful Venice where i spent weekends roaming the canals and getting fresh juice at Kreation Kafe and Juicery, having dinner at Gjelina or checking out cute little boutiques (Current Elliot amongst my favorite)  and strolling around with my BFF( Best Friend Forever), we spent a lot of time around Beverly Hills/Weho, where i stayed and popped into dinners very often to my staple favorite Cuvée’s which has been around for ages( It has the best homely quality American meals and a great wine list) ,AOC also ranks way up high for me and i was only just 1 minute walking away from it, Sugarfish is my absolute FAV for sushi & sashimi. Not forgetting Downtown L.A with lots of cool boutiques, wine bars and street art. ( I will write another post of things i love to do in L.A) There’s way too much to get into it here.

For weekend get-aways, i loved doing road trips and i did several. So, one of the few was exploring the Santa Ynez Valley, where we went in exploration of it’s very charming boutique wineries, which had cozy backyards to bring your little sandwiches and lunch, whilst tasting it’s variety of wines. Staying at the little Danish town of Solvang – nearby was charming- with daily morning breakfast of pancakes and waffles- what a sheer delight before heading off to the vineyards and exploration.

 

1. Hamlet Inn- Well-located, Kitsch little motel

2. Paula’s Pancakes-Comfy, family-owned spot serving American breakfast favorites, plus Danish pancakes & lunch items.

3. Rusack Vineyard- nestled among the oak-studded rolling hills of Ballard Canyon.

Dinner was lovely at Hitching Post II , where they oak-grill their steaks and serve their house wines in particular Pinot Noir. Highly recommend.

 

Another little hidden gem of a region is the Paso Robles region with boutique vineyards, worth exploring and spending the day driving around at.

We explored a few wineries , but in particular, Villa Creek Cellars was particularly quaint, and interesting. We stopped in Paso Robles on the way up to

Monterey Bay, and Carmel-by-the-sea, for more seaside adventures, of particularly stellar restaurants and great scenic hikes!

 

Nothing relaxes me more than just taking a car and getting going to a few of these scenic destinations in California when you’re in need of some relaxation and inspiration!