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Quick update, using the web interface because my laptop is still in the shop. (For more info on that, see previous entry.)

We're on the interim between the two vacations, the first was to the quaint city of Cambria, CA. This is a small city about six miles south of San Simeon, where Hearst Castle is. All I have to say is WOW. The please we stayed was White Water Inn with a midweek rate of $99 a night for 2 nights. That comes with a total of $65 certficates for local resteraunts. More on that later.

The city itself is a small tourist-trappish type place, with small antique shops and eatin' places in the central part of town. The whole place is very walkable, which is good if you've split a bottle of wine with your wife. If that's not your thing, you can walk on Moonstone Beach, which is mahr-vel-ous. Did I mention that is right across the street from the Inn? Tres romantic!

The rooms at the inn each have a journal that you can write in. They go back to 1997 and have entries from people that have stayed in that room before. It was really cool to read other people's thoughts, recommendations, and insights. There was an entry about a couple who had lost their daughter and used this place as a place to reconnect to each other and remember the impact of their daughter on their life. There was an entry about a couple from Israel who were going to try and make baby #2 in the jacuzzi that night. Uhm... so there was a little oversharing there... =)

The first night, we went to The Sow's Ear, which we had a $50 certificate for courtesy of the Inn. O...M...G...! Jen started with a glass of Firestone Reisling. We had the Fried Brie Cheese, based on one of the recommendations from the journals. Jen had the marinaded top sirloin, which absolutely totally melted in your mouth. I had the pork chop with Jim Beam borbon sauce. Yum! We were too full to have desert, so that was it. The check came and it was about $56. After the certificate, and adding in the tip, the whole charge to the credit card was $16. Let me tell you -- I think I would have gladly paid the full $56 + tip for this meal. Major major yummie yum yums.

The night time walk along the beach ... the jacuzzi ... the terry cloth robes provided by the Inn (you sense a trend there)... *sigh* It was all just ... relaxing....

Thursday we had the "contential breakfast" brought to the room, which was a muffin for each of us, one bagel, an apple, some grapes, a banana each, a small glass of OJ and coffee. Plenty to last the morning. After getting ready for the day, we made a quick trip over to Paso Robles to buy me a pair of shoes (don't ask), then up to Hearst Castle for Tour #1 (introductory tour). Nice joint the guy had up there, eh? Went 6 miles north of that to see the elephant seals, which unfortunately looked more like a grouping of beached whales. Drove back, walked the beach a bit, then got fancied up for our anniversary dinner. Yes, it's been one year since we were married. *sigh* Dinner at The Brambles, recommended by a friend of mine, was very nice. We split a bottle of the Firestone Reisling (yes, the same from the night before -- it was that good!) and had a nice dinner. Didn't cost $16 this time, but hey... A little walk around town to allow the alcohol to get out of my system, and we went back to a nighttime beach walk.

It was very very hard to leave the next day. I'm leaving a lot out (the windshield washing performed nightly by the Inn, the broken windshield, the SQUIRRELS, the shoe incident, the stop at Camarillo Outlets, etc.) but I will mention this -- we will be going back to White Water Inn and Cambria again, probably for a longer time, to relax, reflect, and regenerate. It was super marvelous...

Tomorrow, in total contrast, we leave for Las Vegas for a few days. Yeah, I know.... but it'll be fun. We're going up with Mary and Tony though I don't know how much we'll be doing together with them. Anyway, see y'all in a few days!


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May. 9th, 2004 12:34 pm (UTC)
I'm so jealous!!!!
I so need a vacation!!
Have fun in Vegas, I adore Vegas for a small amount of time.. like 2 days... then it starts to feel 'seedy'... hahaha
The 'strip' monorail is supposed to be up and running in the next couple weeks too...
May. 9th, 2004 04:22 pm (UTC)
Vacations are a wonderful thing, and I think the Cambria trip is even better than the touristy type trip if you are just wanting to unwind (which, gee, you might want to do soon?)

That frasking monorail was supposed to be up in January, then April, and now June... I want it NOW! I think, at heart, I have a bit of the transit geek in me...
May. 9th, 2004 04:24 pm (UTC)
I have 43238949 things planned for when my job ends (in the next couple months) so yeah, it's all sounding good to me... hehe...

May. 9th, 2004 04:30 pm (UTC)
If you've already done seven impossible things today, why not cap things off at Milliways, the Resteraunt and the End of the Universe?

(Sorry -- geek moment)

Seriously -- White Water Inn -- Room 5 -- Jacuzzi

That's all I'm saying... just don't book when we're trying to get in there too, 'k? *smirk*
May. 9th, 2004 04:54 pm (UTC)
Hehehehe sounds like a plan! *smirk back*
May. 9th, 2004 09:06 pm (UTC)
Glad you two enjoyed your trip!

BTW, I just had to ask: How difficult was it to leave the parking lot of the Camarillo Outlets? That place is notorious for traffic tie-ups on any given weekend, even during off-peak periods.
May. 10th, 2004 08:17 am (UTC)
Honestly, we had no problems at all at Camarillo Outlets, apart from spending too much money. =) We left about 8:20 on Friday from there though, so that might be part of the reason...
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