It is another perfect California morning. That’s a good thing because Day 3 of the trip is all about enjoying this region’s two great offerings: ocean and wineries.
The first stop is Pismo Beach for a hearty breakfast and stroll on the beach boardwalk. I could get used to morning walks like this every day! We fill up on coffee, eggs, and chilaquiles (a traditional Mexican breakfast dish), and then get out into the sunshine to breathe some fresh morning air.
Next on the agenda is wine tasting in California’s upcoming wine region, Paso Robles. Not knowing where to begin (there are over 180 small locally family owned vineyards), we settle on Adelaida Cellars because it sits on 60 acres of land at the end of scenic Adelaida Road.
We’re happy we took the chance because we’re greeted there with fields of yellow blossoms and three day old baby lambs!
Inside the tasting room, we sample 8 different wines and homegrown walnuts.
An employee there recommends neighboring Daou Vineyards for our second stop.
“You can’t beat the view,” he says.
Is this a recommendation or what? We’re so smitten with this view that we sink into adirondak chairs facing the valley with a glass of wine and stay that way for a few hours.
Our last winery visit is Carina Cellars, where we capture this fun scene of a dog trying to “coax” a cat out of a tree…
After a homemade picnic in Paso Robles, we head towards Avila Beach again. We’re leaving that night on a red eye flight back to Washington DC, and I want to see the ocean and sit on the sand one last time.
On the way, we detour to the Madonna Inn for a slide of the famous Pink Champagne cake. This landmark inn has over the top crazy decor and the cake is every bit as gorgeous as the tempting Highway signs show it to be. This spot is kitschy and fun, but still worth a quick stop.
The final stop on my California road trip is Avila Beach. We get some quality beach time and then we hop on the red eye back to home.
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