Often people's favourite city, we didn't quite fall in love with it as much as we thought on our last visit so this trip was focused on seeing what we perhaps missed!
Wow... it was worth the wait!
This is such a beautiful park, there are so many trees! We spent the day driving through Tioga Pass as we had done on our last trip, except this time we weren't restricted on where we could go (NP shutdown caused us a few problems on our last visit!).
We loved Carmel on our last visit but this time we fell even more in love! A beautiful sunny day helped out, as did spotting dolphins playing in the sea! This place is an absolute dream.
The street heading down towards the beach is full of quaint shops, bakeries and restaurants so we took a stroll and had some lunch in a lovely cafe. We also stumbled across Bella the dog who came with her own business card... just to remind us we're still in the USA 😄.
After lunch we took a stroll along the coastline to look at some of the nice houses, we also stumbled across a beautiful wedding, they picked a great day ☀️!
That night we ate at A.W. Shucks (Kim was craving this after our last visit in 2013... we are retracing our steps a lot haha). Afterwards we headed back to the bakery for a treat 😋.
We had a great time driving along the coast in the glorious sunshine & stopped for an In'n'Out burger in Pismo Beach (where we had our first ever one back in 2013 and so where Kim found heaven!). I noticed Kim gently folding a straw wrapper as a souvenir and made her buy a tshirt because it was just too cute. We later stopped for a drink in Santa Barbara overlooking the sunset.
Oh Laguna Beach we love you! Our motel is soo nice and it's within walking distance of all the decent restaurants and the beach! Great choice 👍🏼.
There is such a good atmosphere in this place, it is pretty upper class but it's not snobby and so makes us feel comfortable. We got chatting to a lovely lady in a shop who seemed really happy to chat to us as she was also a Brit, she was living our dream ;). She gave us a little wooden post card as a gift from her after I bought a top, it was really sweet of her!
That evening we took another stroll along the beach and caught a beautiful sunset, a real 'wow' evening ❤️.
There's no better way to end an evening here than on a rooftop bar with a couple of drinks followed by a cutch beside the poolside fireplace at our motel ☺️.