CA to OR
My husband & I love road trips. Any chance we get, we are in our car, ready for adventure. For our Christmas vacation this year, we decided to drive from California to Oregon in 9 days & for the first time I decided to share our journey. I tried to include most of the places we visited & skipped the not so noteworthy ones. Our schedule could have been more efficient, we could have done some more research, we could have skipped some towns or stops, but for the most part when we travel we are 50% prepared & 50% going with the flow. If you love the ocean, tall trees,small towns, chill vibes, oysters & good wine then this is for you.
LA to Oakland
Southwest is definitely trying to be an entertaining airline but when you end up seating five rows away from your husband - well I ain't laughing nomore. We left Los Angeles, through Bob Hope airport & landed about an hour later in Oakland, CA on Saturday December 16, 2017, grabbed our rental car & started heading north.
First stop Jenner, CA. On our way we make a few necessary stops for some local delicacies - oysters & wine. Round one, Bodega Bay Oyster Company. Undercover & low-key, outstanding locally-grown oysters & the best chowder I've ever had. Round two, Fishetarian Fish Market in Bodega Bay for some mouthwatering crab cakes & fish tacos.
The Sonoma Coast is as beautiful as everyone describes it to be, & no matter how many pictures I tried taking, none of them does it any justice (my Samsung didn't help much either).
It's almost sunset so we make a stop at Jenner Sea Gifts & Wines for some wine tasting.
Sunday morning we make a brief stop at Fort Ross State Historic Park. The energy of the space was as heavy as it's history, surrounded by antique smells & majestic views.
It's time to leave Sonoma County & head towards our next stop, Mendocino. Tonight we are staying at Glendeven Inn, a cozy farmhouse two miles south of the village of Mendocino, featuring hot in-room breakfasts, wood burning fireplaces, grazing llamas & free range egg-laying chickens.
We make dinner reservations at Wild Fish restaurant down the street for some bouillabaisse. The following morning, we have breakfast, feed the chickens & slowly make our way towards downtown Mendocino. I end up spending half an hour trying to decide how much I wanna spend at HONEY & RO. Soaps & candles are my soft spot so I leave the store with a lavender & oatmeal soap from SAIPUA, a beautiful full moon tea light candle by MQuan & a wild honey candle from TATINE.
Time to take a hike. We head to the Redwood National & State Park to take a closer look at those giant awe-aspiring trees. New moon in Sagittarius & I think I found the perfect spot to set my intentions.
In retrospect, we regretted not spending more time in Sonoma or Mendocino, so I would make a note here to take more time if possible to explore.
Welcome to Oregon
Day 4. It's been raining non-stop, so much we can barely see the road or hold the car steady. Nonetheless, no complaining; after all we live in LA, we barely get wet. We reach Tu Tu Tun lodge in Gold Beach,OR a bit after sunset, right in time for complimentary wine & snacks. We grab some pizza from a local restaurant & we spend the night by the fire. It's pitch black so we can nearly see anything. We wake up to some breathtaking views; Welcome to Oregon.
After some fresh eggs & toast, we are on our way to Shrader Old Growth Trail but right when we make the turn, it starts raining again. We get discouraged only for two seconds, before we realize the road to get there is the real gem here. Mysterious, even spooky, are we underwater?..
It's lunch time & the sun is out, so we stop for some good old clam chowder & fish & chips at Fish & Chips Chowder House in Bandon.Our final destination for today is Yachats. Our first vacation rental home; a beachfront house with ocean views, vintage feels, full of antiques & family memorabilia, we finally get a chance to settle down (& do some laundry). Tonight we are taking some time off, cooking traditional Greek recipes & enjoying some local Pinot Noir in front of the fireplace.
We wake up from the sound of the waves. We make breakfast & then head for a stroll in Florence, for some local olive oil from & balsamic vinegar from All About Olives & wine & cheese from Waterfront Wine Store & Provisions. Our best finding yet is Manna, a beautiful store full of handmade jewelry, apothecary gems & indigo dye kits.
Day 7: Tillamook, OR. It's cold & rainy. We are driving to Tillamook, birthplace of the famous dairy product brand where we make some new friends..
We stop for dinner downtown at the brand new Pacific restaurant which offers a more diverse & modern menu so we can finally take a breather from all that seafood! After paying a visit to the supermarket, we head towards our "home" for the next couple nights, a Mid-Century Riverfront Cabin. No TV, just a record player & some cool vinyl, we spend our mornings staring at the breathtaking views & our nights playing Scramble by the fire.
Saturday morning, we head out for our usual excursion. First stop, Nehalem, we grab a tea at The Nehalem Beehive & leave with a bunch of Ayurvedic treats; Inspired body oil by Omcali & Earthbody's hair treatment oil (PS. I have already used Omcali's body oil & it smells & feels delicious). Short stop at the Oswald West State Park & then Cannon Beach to take in those breathtaking views, this side of Oregon is dreamy. The rock formations in the water are breathtaking, the Cannon Beach town so elegant & cozy, full of character, no Starbucks, no Subway & did I mention there were bunnies E V E R Y W H E R E. Unfortunately I did not capture any pictures of the town as it was unexpectedly cold & we only lasted 10 minutes before we head into Driftwood Restaurant & Lounge for our last cup of chowder...
Day 9, our last day in Oregon & I am sad & it's pouring. We leave early hoping we can take a stroll in Portland before we head to the airport but that wasn't meant to happen. Instead as we started driving the temperature keeps dropping & the rain turns into snow. My husband is freaking out as the roads are covered in ice, cars are barely driving straight, traffic builds up with cars crushing left & right, but I could give a F.
It's Christmas & it's snowing.