The slow ease of travel on the road passing through different cities and climates while viewing such beautiful ever-changing landscapes is my favorite part of road trips. My husband and I did this road trip at the end of summer and It was unforgettable. Going from the magnificence of big sur, the wine fields of Napa, the majestic redwoods, the surrealness of Crater Lake, and to the breathtaking waterfalls of Oregon, this road trip was a special one for the books.
Leaving from Los Angeles our first stop was Big Sur. Described as “greatest meeting of land and water in the world” The rugged stretch of California’s coast between Carmel and San Simeon. Big Sur is known for it’s magnificent views and outdoorsy activities like hiking, camping and beach hanging. We decided to camp or should I say glamp at this spot on Airbnb. Upon arrival our site was already setup with a tent, a cozy bed and a fire pit. Just be sure to grab some firewood. Pher who arranges the spot for you is really responsive and helped us with any questions and concerns we had. He even leaves a cute little package to make smores. There are so many nature lovers things to do in Big sur. Julia Pfeiffer State Park and the Brixby Bridge are a must see.
Our next stop was Napa. It has always been on my bucket list to visit Napa and check out the wineries. Napa is world renowned for it’s countryside scenery, legendary wines and fantastic food. We stayed at a chic resort- style boutique hotel downtown called The White House. I absolutely loved our weekend stay at this hotel. The rooms were stylishly decorated and I enjoyed the tapas style breakfast served every morning.
Our first wine tasting was at the Castello di Amorosa an authentically-built 13th century Tuscan castle and winery. To build this magnificent castle the owner had 1 million bricks shipped in from old monasteries in Italy and other parts of Europe. Every view of the castle is just stunning. It is so worth it, even just to view its awe-inspiring exterior and take a pic. The wine tasting here was amazing. We definitely had to take some home with us.
The Second winery we went to was Sterling Vineyards. The wine tasting here is spread out through the whole vineyard so you really get a tour of the whole place. The panoramic views of the Napa Valley were spectacular here. There was also a gondola that takes you up to the vineyard, liked that touch too.
Hanging out with some of the world’s tallest trees at the Prairie Creek State Park was so humbling and good for the soul. Breathing in the fresh air and taking in this area left me feeling so revived and alive. There’s something so magical about these giants standing there in all their power and beauty, makes me grateful to witness something so old and majestic.
Crater Lake National Park located in Crater Lake, Oregon was created 7,700 years ago when an eruption triggered the collapse of a volcano. Scientists have been astonished by the purity of the lake. Filled through the years by rain and snow, it’s the deepest lake in America and known to be the clearest on earth. My eyes have never seen such beauty, seriously so surreal. It was like I was staring at a painting. I couldn’t believe the shade of blue of the lake just mind boggling.
HORSETAIL & ONEONTA FALLS
Next up in Oregon was Horsestail Falls. This waterfall is located along the Columbia River in Oregon. It’s easy to get to, with a parking lot just across the street from it. I would recommend this fall to anyone of all ages and physical ability unlike its neighbor Oneonta Falls. Oneonta Falls was an adventure to get to, and it was so worth it. You begin the short hike to the falls first by climbing over a log jam. The logs are huge and slippery so be careful. Take your time finding your way through the pilled logs. I wouldn’t recommend this fall if you aren’t that agile. The logs do require some climbing and balancing. Once you’re through the logs you will then walk through the creek. This is a very short hike but through waist deep freezing water to finally reach your destination. Depending on the time of year the water level varies, but you will get wet, so plan accordingly. How fun! Get your adventure on!
Pike Place Market
Our last stop on our road trip was Seattle, so of course a visit to Pike Place Market was a must. The market has an ample selection of fresh produce and specialty foods. We grabbed some lunch at a rooftop restaurant overlooking the Elliot Bay Waterfront and spent a couple of hours browsing through the market. I always grab a bag of the Cabernet chocolate covered cherries while I’m there from Chukar Cherries.
I hope you will do this road trip and enjoy it like we need. It was a trip of a lifetime and I can’t wait to take some family to those sweet spots.