Happy Monday friends! I took an unintentional break from the blog on Friday after a hectic week at work, an event than ran a little later than I was anticipating on Thursday and getting sucked into 13 Reasons Why on Netflix - I decided it was okay to just be. I'm finishing up the #CaliforniaRoadTrip today with a broken down itinerary! After we got back from our trip, this was the most requested post I have ever been emailed about - so here we go!
When researching the Pacific Coast Highway and the trip up and down the coast, I was having a hard time figuring out how long to stay in each spot, what to see and do & which stops were worth an overnight stay (or longer). The more time I spent researching the more I found that people took 7 days or less to do the trip, which worked out for us because we tacked on 2 days on the tail end of our trip for San Francisco, getting us to a total of 10 days in California.
The first thing to consider is whether you'll be doing the trip from North to South or South to North - based on ticket prices and wanting to relax in Napa before the end of our trip - we decided flying into Los Angeles and departing back for Boston from San Francisco made the most sense for us. Everything else is honestly up to your personal preference. For example, if you're an outdoorsy person then Big Sur is going to be a larger part of your trip because there are national forests to explore and hikes that you can take. For us, this wasn't a big draw, so we didn't plan an overnight around Big Sur - which is a good thing since the national park was closed due to weather. We also didn't add time into relaxing on the beach on the drive - there are a lot of beaches that you can pull off the road to enjoy, but it wasn't something we wanted to spend time exploring - we decided it was more important to us to actually sight see in the cities.
I was surprised to find that there wasn't any major traffic back ups on Highway 1 - occasionally you would go a bit slower because you're taking in the scenery, but for the most part it's still a highway and you can have increased speeds. My biggest piece of advice - if you can, rent a convertible to drive the PCH. It's worth it! And with that - I am officially done recapping our California Road Trip. If you have any questions about any of the planning feel free to comment below or email me!
Is the trip do-able in 7 or even 5 days, absolutely - but I do think you'll find yourself rushing through stops and even deciding against certain stops because you just don't have enough time. Even with 10 days, I felt like it wasn't enough time to explore so I would absolutely go back and explore some of our favorite cities like Santa Barbara and Carmel-by-the-Sea again.
I think it's safe to say that winter has finally ended in New England and left us with gorgeous spring weather to enjoy! I can't even tell you how amazing it feels to not need a big winter coat anymore. I've been wearing some version of this outfit for the last few weeks and when I was sent this Shop the Mint top , I couldn't wait to style it with my favorite white jeans! As I was scrolling through all the photos I couldn't help but get excited for the Fourth of July - you'll see what I mean in the post!
When I saw the top on their website I loved that it tied in the back to cinch the waist in, but when I tried it on I was even happier that it looked just as good tied in the front!
I purchased these white jeans from Loft last year and at the time didn't really think I'd wear them all that often, but oh man was I wrong - I wear them every chance I get - which is basically every spring / summer weekend!! They fit true to size & don't show anything you don't want to show if you catch my drift. This was also the first time I got to wear my new Target Block Heels and while the heel is a tad higher than I normally like to wear, they are comfortable enough to enjoy a few hours of going out in. This outfit will be on repeat in some way shape or form through this season. I love how it has a bit of nautical flair to it & against the red back drop it got me pretty excited for Summer and the 4th of July.
Happy Monday friends! I had an extra day off for the holiday weekend and we spent some time with Gary's family outside of the city! It's always nice to relax & unwind - with a good book mind you. Once I finished this latest read I thought it was time for another "recently read" post!
After taking stock of my closet, specifically my shoes, I've realized that I don't have that many pairs of spring / summer sandals to wear! I wanted to round up a few of the styles that I have my eye on and some that I've already purchased! Some of these are trendier shoes, so I don't want to spend as much because I'm still unsure if I'll like the style so I love that there are dupes for the higher end designer ones out there to test out first!
Today's the day - the final recap from our Pacific Coast Highway Adventure! At this point in the trip we were almost ready to go home! Our final stop was San Francisco! I've been to San Francisco 4 or 5 times and each time there is something new to discover, a new neighborhood to explore and of course a new restaurant to try out! Four years ago we stopped in San Francisco for a few days to break up the flight between Maui and Boston headed home from our honeymoon. It was nice to end the trip a couple of days before our anniversary & think about everything that's changed (and stayed the same) in those 4 years!
Happy Monday friends! I'm picking things right up with the Napa portion of our trip. After highlighting our stay at the White House Inn I wanted to share a few fun things to check out and do if you ever find yourself passing through or staying for a few days! We decided to drive north on the PCH for the mere fact that we really wanted to relax towards the end of our trip and spending a few days in Napa would do just that. This was our second time to Napa, but on our honeymoon we only did a day trip, so this was a true visit in my opinion!
It has been a long time since I've done a round up of some of my favorite things and I thought it would be nice to take a little break from vacation recaps! This week was all over the place - it felt short, but I felt like there was a lot going on to help it along! Jackie and I are doing a marathon workout class tomorrow - well sort of, it's two classes back to back followed by lunch at Sweet Green so I'm planning on eating a lot tonight 😂! I am excited for the final two travel guides that I have coming up, but in the mean time here are a few things that I've been loving lately!
One of the most daunting tasks planning this trip was figuring out where to stay at each stop. With Napa being our longest stop of the trip, I wanted to make sure our accommodations were central to where we would be doing tastings, have free parking & give us some of the amenities we'd be craving on the tail end of our trip. It didn't take long for me to find White House Inn at Napa or as I like to refer to it, a blogger's dream! I was so excited the entire trip to check in & the few days we spent at the hotel made our trip that much more enjoyable!
Here I was thinking that I was packing too much & wouldn't you know, definitely didn't pack enough. The weather in California was a bit of an anomaly - I mentioned that LA has microclimates and I found that to be true in pretty much every city that we stopped in. They were pretty dramatic climate changes too - 20 degree differences in some parts. This forced me to be super creative with some of my outfits. I wanted to share a few of my favorite looks from the trip & also let you know which pieces were the most versatile.
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