Ken and I were able to get away for two nights to the Solvang area (Solvang/Santa Ynez/Los Olivos) for a little anniversary getaway. So fun and much needed.
Basically I copied all the suggestions from this blog post and everything was wonderful (thank you, Megan K. Graham)!
You can just read Megan's post for more and better info, but here's my take:
:: we loved staying at the Hadsten House. They have a lovely indoor pool (rare in California, but delightful to be out of the sun) and a large outdoor jacuzzi (the best of both worlds). I was loving the whole pool scene and we relaxed a lot there. It was just us for a lot of that time, which is ideal as far as I'm concerned. The hotel rooms were large and modern and lovely. And there is a restaurant on the property which was also very good! They serve a lovely hot breakfast (included in the price of the room) and the dinner we had there was delish. I had the Caesar salad with salmon.
:: the first day we had lunch at The Red Viking in Solvang. We both love their smorgasbord--you can sample a lot of Danish foods that way. Yummy!
:: Gah! SY Kitchen and Sides Hardware and Shoes (both restaurants recommended by Meagan) were both amazing!! Will definitely visit both again when we have the chance to return. Super special!!
:: we saw a live show at the outdoor theater--Forever Plaid. Such a lovely setting and the show was really sweet. (Plus, you can buy fresh warm cookies and coffee at intermission).
:: I bought a tub of butter cookies at Mortenson's. I'm trying all the Solvang bakeries trip by trip.
I absolutely loved getting to spend time alone with Ken. It was so great to reconnect and just hang out together. It's hard to be able to BOTH get away together because of course I have to ask my mom to watch our kids (she is SO kind and generous to do it for us). It's thrilling to just be a couple for a few days and to remember what brought us together in the first place.
Summer is speeding by. I have about 3 more weeks before it's back to work. I hope yours is lovely!!