|The San Francisco ladies|
Upon arrival in Pismo Beach we checked in at the Pismo Lighthouse Suites before grabbing a leisurely lunch at Zorro's Cafe and Cantina. From there, it was off to the wineries in Edna Valley. I can't remember the name of the first winery we visited (this is why I shouldn't wait so long to blog!) but we tasted a variety of wines there, even a tasty dessert wine.
By the time we reached the second winery, Saucelito Canyon Vineyard, it was hopping with picnickers, children frolicking in the grass, cute puppies running around, and of course, plenty of wine being poured. Every seat in the outdoor picnic area was filled, and it was so beautiful out that standing inside would have been a crime. So like the problem-solving event planners we are, we pulled a blanket from the car and made our own picnic spot. Best seats in the house!
We had a blast at Saucelito Canyon, where the staff was kind enough to find us outside and refill our glasses for each new wine on the tasting menu. Had we had the foresight to pack a picnic, we could have stayed there basking in the sun and sipping wine all day. It was truly one of those moments where you realize it's early March and you're relaxing outside, being kissed by the sun ever so slightly enough to get pink in the cheeks and drink chilled white wine, and you thank your lucky stars that you live in California, if just for that moment. I never wanted to leave, but come closing time we packed our blanket, purchased some wine, and hit the road to find something sweet.
We ended up at Doc Burnstein's Ice Cream Lab, an old fashioned ice cream parlour, per recommendation by our hotel. From the second we walked in we were instantly kids again, sampling countless flavors, ordering waffle cones and sundaes and drooling over huge ice cream servings. I got a mini sundae with caramel swirl ice cream and marshmallow topping. Yum!
Later that night, after a dip in the hotel's hot tub, we headed to Rosa's Ristorante Italiano for dinner and then slept soundly on full bellies back in our room. The all-day wine drinking may have contributed to the early night as well, but that's just a theory. Waking up to our ocean-view and continental breakfast (including made to order waffles!) was the icing on the cake.
Things are picking up at work and with the wedding planning lately so this weekend getaway was just what I needed to relax and dish with my girls. Let's see how many times a year four event planners can get their schedules to sync up for this to happen again!