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.