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Three years ago Hubs planned our honeymoon. By himself. Completely. I loved it. After following many clues from maps (that were sectioned off for specific parts of our drive) and hints from my custom made travel binder we arrived to stay for the first part of our trip at the Sonoma Chalets, in Sara’s Cottage. Our first night in town we dined at one of my now favorite restaurants in Glen Ellen and noticed that besides having a fantastic menu, that down below the restaurant was a grove of secret cottages… if ever we returned we decided that would be a must stay.

touring

Now three years later, we still plan our surprise trips. It was Luke’s turn (being an odd year) and much to my surprise and thrill we returned to Glen Ellen Inn Restaurant & Secret Cottages to stay. We love the quaintness and charm of the inn equally to the delicious meal & gracious hospitality that the restaurant had to offer. It was a delight to chat with other guests there and celebrate their special occasions as well.

cheesetasting

We returned to places we had enjoyed visiting previously in addition to making new memories and trying out recommendations from the locals we encountered throughout our day as to tours to embark upon, cheeses & chocolates to taste, or galleries to peruse. It was refreshing to slip away for a bit from our busy schedules in town to chat with local shopkeepers & enjoy just being with one another in the simplicity of the season.

stroll

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Hubs and I took a quick trip to visit one of our new favorite spots on the coast for a few days during Spring Break. It was a much needed & very relaxing visit!

Usually we spend quite some time investing in where we should go, stay, & dine ahead of time but this trip to Avila was of the spontaneous sort. After gathering recommendations from many friends via Twitter we embarked on our journey. Mundy trips have somehow begun with the tradition of enjoying breakfast burritos on our way to our destination and after a quick stop at our neighborhood burrito spot (don pepe’s how we love thee) we were officially on vacation. Mundy vacations usually involve doing something new and so in true fashion we stopped at Charles Paddock Zoo and soon learned a wonderful way to spend 2 hours on $10 being highly entertained.

my favorite creature

my favorite creature

hubs favorite creature

hubs favorite creature

Once finished frollicking with the wildlife back on our route we returned. Our fabulous friends had introduced us to the best coffee house a few Mundy trips to the central coast ago and upon investigating we learned that this little piece of our coffee consuming heaven had branched out to also include a beach stay.

So stay we did! The accomodations were comfortable & affordable within view of the beach… the staff was charming… and last but not least the coffee & pastries were delicious!

puppies

Monday night dinner was at Giuseppe’s located in Pismo Beach. Atmosphere was quaint & enjoyable. Service was reliable and honest. Food was amazing.

delicious dessert & cappuccinos!

delicious dessert & cappuccinos!

We took out time meandering back to the central valley from our short but sweet stay. Tide pool & pier exploring is always a must!

explorers

explorers

If you are in the Avila area you must visit Joe Momma’s or stay for a treat! Not bad for being spontaneous. Not bad at all.

Have you developed any traditions for vacationing?

pierside

I must admit I am a tad embarrassed that the last time I posted anything was practically a month ago. In all honesty, once I returned from Thanksgiving break school consumed me and the blog was neglected. All that to say, not for the next three weeks!  Enjoy the following pictures from our time in Morro Bay, celebrating the Grandparent’s 50th anniversary.

Traditional Morro Rock Picture

Grams & Gramps

Lunch with the Siblings @ the Galley

Coffee Loves

Avila with Hubs

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