The Central Coast of California…MORE to do!

great garden store in Los Olivos on the way back home to Orange County

I did a home exchange on the recent long President’s weekend and it was awesome! It was another trip to the central coast of California with our home base in Los Osos…while a great family stayed in my home and visited Disneyland.

We’ve had a lot of rain here in California and the difference it has made to the hillsides, creeks and lakes as you drive up Highway 1/101 is amazing. In the past few years it’s been pretty brown and dismal, but now, I’m not kidding, it looks like Ireland…it’s SO green! We couldn’t get over it! That, coupled with the ocean on our left made for a beautiful drive.

There were six of us and we had a blast. We arrived late on Thursday evening, so we just brought in Chinese food. Friday was a rainy day, with high winds…we even lost power a couple of times…so we decided to just hunker down, read and relax, while we watched the weather change through the floor to ceiling window overlooking Morro Bay. I have to say it’s definitely the best view I’ve had doing a home exchange and the house was great, with every amenity you could want.

The next two days included trips to Harmony (“population: 18″… used to be “population: 2” when I first started visiting over 20 years ago), Cambria, the Seal Rookery near San Simeon, The Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary in Pismo and a jaunt through San Luis Obispo. As I have said here before…always more fun to tell the story in pictures… you go….

There’s a couple of great places to go in Harmony…a glass blowing store, a cool pottery store and now they even have a winery! They also have a you could get married there!

The amazing Salmon Bisque at Robin’s Restaurant in Cambria…I highly recommend this restaurant!
Fun to see Suzanne, a friend from high school that lives up in Cambria now
Fun home & garden store…. and then go to the back courtyard and there are a bunch of little eclectic shops



Robin’s Restaurant

the Piedras Blancas seal rookery….the beach will be covered with seals when I go up in April
we played a lot of mah jongg over the weekend


day three started off with at the Old West Cinnamon Roll in Pismo
The Monarch Butterfly Grove was beautiful and the temperature was perfect to see lots of Monarchs. It has to be above 58 degrees for them to fly around and it was 61 when we were there…YAY!
last stop before heading home was a little shopping jaunt and lunch in San Luis Obispo…but these girls were so hungry that we tucked into bubble gum alley…EEEWWWW!
we dined alfresco creekside at Novo’s restaurant and really enjoyed these Novo lettuce wraps…yummy!
you have to stop for a quick bathroom break at the Madonna Inn…ornate is an understatement…crazy decor!


You cannot direct the wind, but you can adjust the sails!


  1. Loved seeing our world through your “rose colored glasses”, Jeanine. Your photos are fabulous, and I enjoyed seeing your visit through your lens. Your itinerary was a genuine sampling of what our area has to offer. Is spite of the weather, or maybe because of it, you were able to cherish the adventure in a unique way. All things considered, this was a complete win~win, I’d say. Vive l’envie de wanderlust! 😀
    Off to the next one soon….

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