I have had a very busy, stressful last couple of weeks. Plus I have an overwhelming urge to head out-of-town but really can’t fit in a true vacation at the moment. This past Thursday night I told Mr. B “We should go somewhere this weekend.” And the next morning as I left to work Mr. B and I agreed that we would head out-of-town later that evening. It was up to Mr. B to make plans and with a couple of quick texts back and forth between us our vacation was set. We decided to drive north to San Luis Obispo, a charming college town commonly referred to as “SLO”, located in California’s central valley.
When I got home Friday evening my suitcase was all laid out (Thanks, Mr. B) and I literally threw clothes into it. Seriously, I ripped things off hangers, grabbed my toiletry bag (it’s always packed and ready to go) and threw things into my suitcase. Nothing was folded. Nothing was organized. It took me about all of 5 minutes to pack. I then wolfed down a slice of pizza as we were walking out the door that evening. Off we went. Our spontaneous adventure awaited us.
Our trip was short. We pulled into our hotel at approximately 11 pm on Friday night and left Sunday morning. One full day in SLO was great. Sometimes a change of scenery is all that’s needed to recharge the batteries. And speaking of scenery, here are a few things we spotted during our time away.
- We stayed at the San Luis Creek Lodge. The hotel is situated in close proximity to the city’s historic downtown shopping area so it is a very convenient location. Our room was a decent size, clean, comfortable and reasonably priced. We had a late check in while all office staff were already gone for the evening (they leave at 10 pm) but they made it very easy and convenient for us to gather the keys to our room. A complimentary continental breakfast is served each morning but my advice is to skip their breakfast. The breakfast room is quite cramped and food not all that good. As an alternative, visit one of the town’s many restaurants as there is no lack of dining options.
- Beautiful piles of bread at our favorite Italian restaurant in SLO, Palazzo Giuseppe.
- Shopping in one of the home decor shops in SLO’s Downtown Historic District.
- Signage clearly identifies the historic center of the city.
- Vignette in one of the clothing consignment shops.
- A decorative way to mark the entrance to a dressing room in the clothing consignment shop.
- This is one of my favorite buildings in the downtown. It has such a welcoming courtyard that leads to the entrance of a fine jewelry shop.
- I took this picture because this is such an easy hack. Invert a decorative wall bracket to use as a creative way to store and display bracelets. I actually saw an identical bracket at Homegoods (minus the “chipping” which gives it a vintage quality).
- Along the wall in a courtyard of shops is this mural that is conveniently located across the way from an art gallery. You can’t tell from the picture but the mural measures about ten feet tall.
- A rare sighting of a vintage Ferrari parked in the lot of our hotel.
- Vintage books line a shelf at Phoenix Books.
- Beautiful fuchsia in the Downtown.
- I love the look of this red and white striped umbrella in a public seating area.
A trip to SLO is not complete without a visit to Phoenix Books. I can’t go on vacation without bringing back a souvenir and luckily I found a few books to add to the collection. Check ’em out…
So there you have it. A quick recap of our spontaneous weekend in pictures.
If you haven’t done anything spontaneous lately, I highly recommend it!