We wanted to go check out a wedding venue and decided to make a mini road trip out of it during the 4th of July weekend.
Here were some of my favorite stops from our mini road trip.
Cambria Beach Lodge - This is a dog-friendly lodge, right off of the boardwalk. They also have cute decor and a decent breakfast. We enjoyed our stay here and would totally stay there again.
Moonstone Beach - It's a little pebbly to walk on, but it's fun to look for moonstones or look at the tide pools. We didn't get to go into the ocean though.
Elephant Seal Vista Point - I've never seen elephant seals before. They were so fun to watch. Boba enjoyed it too.
The Sea Chest & Oyster Bar - Loved their calamari, cioppino, and bread. People usually line up 30 minutes before it opens and it's cash only.
Ruddell's Smokehouse - 20 minutes south of Cambria is a small beach town called Cayucos. Here you can sit next to the beach and eat delicious shrimp tacos with their hot sauce of course. It's not your typical taco and has some apples, carrots, and lettuce, but I like it.
Scout Coffee Co - A cute coffee shop that I would totally hang out at all the time if I lived by it. I loved their honey lavender milkshake and overall decor.
Madonna Inn - It's about a 45 min drive from Cambria. We drove there to have dinner and although I love the atmosphere, the food was expensive and not worth it, and the service was not good either. I would go there to walk around and maybe grab a drink. I do want to stay there one day in their Carin room. I just wished they allowed dogs.
Alamo Motel - We drove down to Los Alamos and stayed at the Alamo Motel. It was super cute, but the bathroom was so tiny. If you're claustrophobic, this place may not be for you. Plus the AC was be super loud. But other than those two things, we enjoyed our stay here.
Bob's Well Bread Bakery - The kitchen wasn't open when we went, but we got a kougin amann and it was delicious! I assume their other baked goods are just as delicious.
Bell's - This placed looked like the fanciest place in Los Alamos. It also happened to be the only restaurant that was open when we were there. The interior is great and it has a patio. We went at during the midday and they had a half off special, so that was awesome. All of their food was fresh and delicious.
Chromatic Gate - A rainbow gate to take photos. You can then go hang out at the beach from here.
McConnell's Fine Ice Cream - Walked around downtown Santa Barbara and stopped by to grab some ice cream from here since they are from Santa Barbara. I enjoyed their cookies and cream, but want to try their other flavors too. They are also sold at Whole Foods.
The Landsby - We didn't stay in Solvang, but if we did we would have stayed at the Landsby. We walked through it, and it looked like a cute hotel.
Solvang Restaurant - We tried the Danish Aebleskiver and they were delicious.
Kimpton Goodland - Loved the vibe of this hotel. We got a poolside room with a little shared patio and it was lovely. We liked that the room had a way bigger bathroom than the Alamo Motel. We also enjoyed the dinner here and would also stay here again.