2nd annual Father's Day trip to Solvang California in full swing. Nate gets to ride one of his favorite places, (Zaca Station), I get to do some wine tasting, and Captain gets to go wild and run around a town full of windmills and tulips, eating pastries from the best Danish bakeries.
So all in all, a win-win-win.
Here's what we did/stayed/ate/drank:
*First stop before getting into town: Ostrichland. For $10, you get to feed Ostriches and Emu's, where you will then freak out at the strength of an Ostrich's neck when you try to feed them, and remark to yourself how very Dinosaur-era Ostrich's are.
*Eat: Bacon and Brine. If you like pickles you have to stop and by a jar. If you love pickles, you have to stop, by a jar, eat the jar, then go back and buy another. SOGOOD.
*Sleep: We stayed at The Hamlet Inn, a cool (if somewhat sparse) motel right at the very start of the strip. Where we will stay next time: The brand new Landsby hotel - great happy hour, and I took a ton of inspiration photos since I was drinking and getting house jealous all at the same time.
*Eat: Root 246. We had dinner here over New Year's and sat outside on the patio with the fire going. We ended up missing a return visit this time, but it's back on my list for next year.
*Eat: Succulent Cafe. Really cute, especially the inside, with a great bar to belly up to and really good comfort food with a modern flare. It is a little pricey, especially when you're sitting outside at last call with the heat lamp not working.
*Drink: Wandering Dog Wine Bar. Great wine selection, amazing flights, and the charcuterie board was next level.
Saturday was all about Nate and Zaca Station, one of the prettiest (and my favorite) place to go watch Nate ride. Captain and I proceeded to ruin a remote control car and ride all over the place on his Strider bike until Nate got off the track and Captain tried to take the wheel. Although I knew this would happen inevitably, nothing gets me very excited about Captain racing around on a motorcycle.
*Do: Sunnyfields Park. I looked up stuff to do with kids and this park came up - did not disappoint. It was 2 miles away from the town, is 100% free, and beautiful. The backdrop is hills and gorgeous sky, and the playground is about 3 different lots built all in wood with turrets, bridges, slides, rock climbing walls, a miniature town, swings, and an entire play area devoted to toddlers. If it was up to Captain, we would stayed there the entire weekend. It took us about 15 minutes of coaxing and a promise of a pastry if we could go back to the hotel.