This weekend’s trip up the Central Coast to Hearst Castle was just lovely.
Had breakfast at Jeannine’s in downtown Santa Barbara and ate the Banana Kahlua French Toast. It’s rare for me to have a sweet tooth, but I just had to try it, and it was so good! Washed it down with a giant mug of chai tea latte.
Arrived in San Simeon for a mid-afternoon tour of the Grand Rooms. I went here as a kid with my family and loved it, and I still do. I wish I could’ve been a guest of Hearst, lunching in his Gothic dining room, playing cards with Charlie Chaplin, swimming in the indoor Roman pool, strolling beside the hydrangeas.
The weather was nice and cool by the beach, warmer at the castle. I bought postcards from the gift shop and beef jerky from cattle raised right on Hearst’s Ranch!
Hit the outlets on the way back and got lucky and scored a few lovely items from J. Crew Factory’s 50% sale! All in all, a lovely getaway.