Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Labor Day Weekend

It's kinda interesting how you take certain things for granted like the fresh salty smell of the ocean, the gorgeous view from a hill top or the awesome weather that we have here in California.

Justyn and I spent Labor Day weekend in Half Moon Bay. He recently bought a Miata and we decided to take full advantage of the great weather and drove along the coast with the top down. The drive was really breathtaking and fun. Normally I hate long drives, especially windy ones but this was just so amazing.

Eventually we made it to the bed & breakfast place called Seal Cove Inn. I was casually perusing hotels.com and came across this place that had no ratings. The pictures looked inviting enough so we booked it. When we checked in, they couldn't find us in the computer which had me a little worried but as soon as I provided the confirmation number and proof that we had actually booked a room, the front desk was more than accomodating. In fact, because of the mess up between hotels.com & Seal Cove Inn, they upgraded our room for free! Check out this place. It's seriously beautiful and relaxing. They even gifted us a free bottle of white wine :)

We had a few hours to kill before dinner so we followed some signs to a distillery. We thought it was going to be a distillery of spirits or something but it ended up being a bar/restaurant. We parked and wandered around the property which was on top of a hill leading down to a beach.

We were originally going to go to Pacifica but I really wanted to visit the tide pools while the tide was low. I haven't seen them since I was a little kid so seeing them really took me back.

I forgot my camera for dinner at Sam's Chowderhouse but there wasn't any real loss there. I have a sneaking suspicion that we accidentally ate at a chain restaurant. I had a garlic roasted dungenness crab with swiss chard & old bay fries. Justyn ordered the lobster roll with polenta fries. Man, what a disappointment. Although the crab meat was sweet and well cooked, the sauce was a disaster. It was drowning in a big red grease pool. The swiss chard was actually spinach and they served the spinach on the same plate as the fries so they got soggy. Justyn's lobster roll and coleslaw were decent but nothing to write home about. His polenta fries were overly salty. Blech. In light of the food, we had a really nice view of the ocean & harbor.

We stopped by the store to pick up some ice cream & wine and enjoyed that on the balcony of our room. Justyn lit a fire and we just relaxed the night away. I had such an amazing time and as I'm typing this, I wish I could go back right now! It has been a long time since I felt that relaxed.

The next day we drove to Downtown Santa Cruz for lunch at a Greek place. IIRC, it's called The Greek. Not bad however I found the avogolemono soup to be waaay too tart. I added a bunch of pepper hoping to counteract it which helped a little. The gyros were fantastic though. As an added quirk, they put french fries into the gyro instead of serving them on the side. After lunch, we walked around downtown and did some shopping before heading home. Thanks for the awesome weekend B :)

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