This past weekend Ryan and I went away for the weekend to celebrate the very special event of our 1st wedding anniversary. Yay, we made it! 😉 This was an extra special trip for ME because it was a surprise!!! Ok, so I knew we were going on A trip, but I didn’t know where. I asked Ryan to be the planner for this special event and I must say, I am very impressed with my husband. He planned a trip filled with many surprises… to Cambria! I love Cambria (and the Central Coast in general), and after exposing Ryan to Cambria in the summer, he loves it too.
We left late morning and drove out, stopping in Kettleman City for some In N Out. Yumm! We’re not sure how we did it, but we ended up taking a different route in and stumbled across this beautiful spot on the highway. It overlooks the coastal hills and the ocean and it was a relatively clear day so you could even see Morro Rock. We stopped to take a few pictures because I couldn’t resist, especially after seeing this rock with the word LOVE painted on it. Too cool!

We arrived in the early afternoon, checked into our room at the Cambria Pines Lodge and rested a bit. After that, we took a walk around and checked out the grounds. Cambria as a whole is a very cool and artsy town, but the CP Lodge grounds are even more so. Their gardens and fun details are so fun. Someday I hope to have a garden with fun and kooky stuff like this (if Ryan allows it). But, minus the cat. 🙂
After that we headed to dinner at the restaurant at the lodge, which was included in our package for the weekend. The meal was yummy and uh, sort of interesting, since it was Halloween. At one point our waiter arrived dressed as a ninja lizard/dinosaur, who later morphed into a Matrix-like ninja (sans lizard head). Interesting. I may have indulged in a little too much house wine during dinner. Ryan will have to vouch for this and for my strange behavior under the influence of said wine, but after dinner we stumbled down the hill in the dark into town seeking out some dessert. We had no success so we trampled back up the very steep hill, collapsed on the couch and ordered room service dessert.

The next morning, we slept in a bit and then headed back to the restaurant for breakfast. The complimentary breakfast was a bit disappointing, but we made due. We were having a sort of “lazy day” so we headed back the room to rest a bit, but didn’t feel guilty because that’s what the weekend was all about. Rest, relaxation and reflecting on our first year together. After a while, we decided to head back into town (via car this time) and check out a few stores and have lunch at our very favorite… Robin’s.

We’d been craving the fish tacos for weeks and once again, it was amazing. After that, we walked around a while longer and checked out some more stores. Since my feet/shoes were killing me, we headed back.

Next, Ryan surprised me with another treat – a massage at the spa! We actually had a couple’s massage. It was lovely and just what we needed to relax even more. Seeing the sun start to dip down so early (because of the time change) we quickly showered and got ready for dinner a bit early… so we could enjoy this beautiful scene….

Gorgeous! As the sun continued to dip down, we headed into town to have our anniversary dinner at The Black Cat Bistro. Oh, my goodness, this was one of the best meals we’ve ever had. From the ambience, to the wine, complimentary champage, cheese plate, entrees, dessert and impeccable service… all for a very fair price, we were so impressed and pleased. I am grateful to everyone there for making our night so incredibly special. I’ll never forget it.

The next morning, we packed up our stuff and headed back to the lodge for another lackluster breakfast (hey, it’s complimentary!). We checked out and piled our stuff back in the car and then headed out for yet another surprise from Ryan… a horseback ride! It was so much fun and such a great surprise for me. I love riding and love doing it in beautiful areas. The coastal hills of Cambria are no exception. We had a wonderful time and I truly appreciate all that the guides of Outback Trail Rides did to accomodate us.

Normally, their season wraps at the end of October but they graciously stayed to accomodate ONE LAST RIDE on Monday morning with Ryan and I. I love these Aussies (I swear, they are from Australia) and I highly recommend taking a ride with them if you’re ever in the area. It was a wonderful experience, even though my horse decided to drop and roll midway through the ride because of the sweat rolling down his sides. No worries, I was fine and unharmed. Thankfully, Mik (our guide) had warned me that though it was very unlikely and had only happened once in his history of riding, that it might happen because of the unseasonable heat. Mik felt so bad that he even knocked the price of the ride down for us, which was totally unnecessary becasue it was not a big deal. It was a wonderful ride!

We wrapped the trip up in true Corum-fashion with a bit of wine tasting in Paso Robles/Templeton. Truly, we only stopped at one winery, and only needed to stop at one because it was so fantastic. Rotta Winery in Templeton is the oldest family-owned winery in the area and has some of the most amazing wine we’ve ever tasted. I’ve never gone through a tasting and enjoyed every single wine on the list. Wow! We are now huge fans and members of their wine club!

And that’s about it… it was a wonderful trip and a memorable first anniversary. I look forward to many more years and many more celebrations. But, there was something special about the first and I will never forget it.

Oh, and the year old wedding cake was pretty memorable too. 😉

One thought on “Celebrating Year 1

  1. Amy Street says:

    Sounds like you had a WONDERFUL trip! I'm so jealous that you got to go back to Robin's and have fish tacos without us!!!! Oh, we have to go back again! Tim and I are still talking about that place and we've been craving fish tacos!Happy Anniversary! We love you both!Amy (and Tim) 🙂

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