You may have noticed I was a little quiet an the blog last week but if you followed along on my insta stories you know why. My sister got a new job in Seattle and so we took a pup-friendly road trip from San Diego to Seattle.
We started with a 4am wake-up to take Winston for a walk and release some early energy. We then hit the road, thankfully missing most of the LA traffic and stopping in Burbank. for a bathroom break and dog walk. Juliet had downloaded an app called "Bring Fido". It's an app dedicated to sharing pet-friendly hotels, restaurants, and dog parks near your current location. We opened Bring Fido in Burbank for pit stop and it took us to a parks. ride. Oops. Lesson learned to read the description of the location before selecting.
Nevertheless, we plodded on and tried the app again when we were in agricultural central California. This time, we came across an amazing, almost unimaginable place in Kettleman, California called Bravo Farms. It seemed like Bravo Farms took a random pit stop and It turned into a mini road trip Disneyland. Each piece of decor and architecture was completely over the top from the water wheel dog Park to the knick knack shopping center, ice cream parlor, coffee shop and restaurant. Just goes to show that you can find inspiring decor ANYWHERE!
After stretching our legs, we continued on to the highlight of the trip, our NAPA stop. We checked in and refreshed at the newly renovated and gorgeous Hilton Garden Inn. We then headed to some wineries for tasting and relaxation. Starting at V. Sattui, we enjoyed some indoor tasting and Winston was a fan favorite of everyone there. He was literally rolling on the ground getting pet and cuddled like he owned the place.
After a light tasting, we were really excited to go over to Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch to enjoy the 90 degree sunshine and our favorite, rosé, on the patio. The grounds were amazing with a giant farm fresh garden, a green archway and endless details of a modern farmhouse. Even better, was the food with warm burrata appetizer and a wild mushroom and pea gnocchi. This was definitely the highlight of our trip and I must say it was the most stylish and memorable road trip pit stop to date. Back at the hotel we ended the evening with ice cream and a few "Good Bones" episodes on AGTV before another early morning start.
Day 2 was a full day of driving from 5am to 7:3o pm. Listening to podcasts and music we took in the gorgeous views from Lake Shasta, southern Oregon ranches, Portland character and Washington greenery. the entire time finding inspiration for new design projects in the journey. We had such a wonderful trip to both close the amazing year we had living together and also inspiring a new beginning for our next chapters.
So if you ever find yourself with a long road trip ahead of you, I highly recommend planning a few memorable
pit stops, you may be surprised with what you find taking a minor detour.