Continuing from our story from the last two days (if you missed it, click here and here), here’s part three on how to make the most of your weekend pioneering, with a closer look at our itinerary for Sunday:
Since Cambria is in the middle of the Highway 1 Discovery Route, you can still explore destinations on your way home. The boys insisted on making their own waffles before we left, the adults opted for coffee and pastries at Linns Restaurant, a town favorite we found after asking around. We walked around Cambria and enjoyed the unique displays of creative street fronts in a town where it seemed the most talented moved after making it big in the city. Cafés offered fresh, organic creations and shops sold wares for classy comfort and unusual statement.
We drove to Nit Wit Ridge, a conglomeration of bits and pieces that shape someone’s actual house. The random tiles and walls and pieces of toys put together the most bizarre dwelling we’d ever seen. Tours run daily, but we didn’t have time to wait for the 4 p.m. Our next stop, heading south, was Cayucos skatepark as I felt we were slowly saying goodbye to new friends. We popped in to the Cayucos Pier Visitor’s Center where volunteers shared photos of the first schoolhouse in town. Old books and other school accessories hung in display cases.
After, we treated ourselves to organic Cayucos Coffee and a cinnamon roll. We continued our way south and stopped at Oceano Historic Train Depot, once the center of activity in south San Luis Obispo County, the hub of transportation, as the Southern Pacific Railroad Station. Volunteers perfectly preserved many of the tools used in the successful operation of a train station. The boys held the earpiece to a wind-up telephone, tinkered with a telegraph machine and we had fun explaining communication technology before cell phones and email.
Close by, the dunes of Oceano Beach, playground to Pismo Beach, called to us. But it was time to get off the Highway 1 Discovery Route to make our way back home.
With indoor dining finally (mostly) reopened in Philadelphia, my mom, sister and I were able to enjoy a day roaming around the city, eager for a warm place to enjoy a late lunch after a cold day out and about. For anyone who recently enjoyed the creativity and ingenuity of the city’s outdoor winter dining, an indoor space with heat, cozy furniture and rich wood walls is a much-appreciated semblance of normalcy.
The Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Card recently launched BoldFamilyTravel.Chase.com, an interactive, online resource allowing families to plan future travel together. The launch followed the Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Card Survey of parents and grandparents that revealed most parents believe children are important resources for planning family vacations and that one-third of parents don’t currently involve their children in planning but would like to.
Theme parks are a great way to escape reality as most offer different worlds in each section. Guests can explore different worlds, from their favorite TV show and movie franchises to much-loved video games. Mario and friends have been beloved video-game favorites for decades, and they finally get their own section of Universal Studios Japan.
Although FaceTime, Zoom and other forms of virtual communication have helped during these difficult times, sometimes it just doesn’t feel like enough. Let your friends and family know you are thinking of them by sending something personal, so they will have a piece of you with them.