Tanya's Daily Scoop CURRENTLY TRAVELING IN: SANTA BARBARA
Fun Full Days wherever I go!
Hello one and all!
GREETINGS from Santa Barbara!
What a lovely day we had yesterday. A lovely and very FULL day!
It started with a drive up to Canoga Park, which is a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles. This is where we stopped for breakfast and some shopping..
Then it was back in the SUV and off to Ojai... and to be educated about OLIVES no less!
I was so excited to tour The Ojai Olive Oil Company and learned so much about the tiny little fruit!
LOOK FOR an ARTICLE about our experience that I will post early this week, along with tons of FUN FACTS about OLIVES and just how amazing they really are!
We had a great time and ended the tour with sampling fresh pressed Olive Oil and imported Balsamic in the tasting room. I have always loved this wonderfully yummy combo!
We then checked out downtown Ojai, which reminded me a bit of Sante Fe, NM.
We stopped for some drinks and a small snack, did a bit of shopping, and then were on our way to Santa Barbara.
Orchards and Foothills of Ojai
Historic Postal Tower in Ojai
Shopping arcades in Ojai
It was time to hit State Street and get our shopping on. But we were super hungry and so our first stop was for a very late lunch at Mesa Verde Cafe.
From Breakfast and shopping in Canoga Park, to exploring, touring, and shopping in Ojai, to eating, strolling and shopping in Santa Barbara. It was just lovely!
Lastly we decided pizza for dinner and took it to the hotel to eat it there.
As Dave puts it - I am the master of exhausting him. He's definitely not the first to claim or experience such a thing, and on one hand I feel bad that people around me tire out so easily. However on the other hand - I'm glad it's not me and that I have the enthusiasm and the energy to follow my own schedules and keep my itinerary!
Dave actually does a good job in comparison to other friends/family. He does try really hard, and never asks to stay behind to rest up. But after a long day, once we are finally in for the night he literally collapses!
Which is good - because he needs to be energized to go go go all over again - today!
The plan for today is to drive slightly north of Santa Barbara to the city of Goleta and head to the Goleta Butterly Grove - which btw is my original inspiration for this particular getaway...
Monarch butterflies migrate to Goleta each November through February and this amazing sight is best viewed at the Goleta Butterfly Grove!
After seeing this amazing sight, we will head back to State Street and hit the shops once again!
Later this afternoon the plan is to check out the beautiful El Matador State Beach in Malibu. And before it gets too late, for us to go to the Grove of LA for - guess what...MORE SHOPPING!!
And maybe somewhere along the way we'll find something Cocoa... DID YOU KNOW THAT TODAY IS: National Cocoa Day! Not only that but it is also: National Day of the Horse - and if you check out Elisa's column you'll see that she is spending her weekend at the stables!
FUN STUFF from COAST to COAST here on Travelin' Cousins!
I'll catch ya back here tomorrow and fill ya in on all the SCOOP from today!
Ciao 4 Now, -T
Elisa''s Daily Scoop NEXT TRIP DEPARTS IN: 5 DAYS
Packing for Florida
I have to say, I'm amazed at just how unseasonably warm and beautiful it has been here on Long Island!
Yesterday was such a lovely day as I strolled around Westhampton Beach. Many of the buildings were decorated for Christmas, as were the trees lining Main Street.
I so enjoyed being able to walk around without freezing, which is usually the case, this time of year, especially near the ocean!
Main Street, Westhampton Beach
The most exciting part of the day, however, was watching the girls practice for their Barn Show today. Both girls did wonderfully on the course as well as with their jumping.
So, what are your plans today? Another very mild day. Speaking of mild weather, I've been thinking of what to pack for my upcoming trip to Florida.
I thought I would share my thoughts on the best way to pack for Florida...3 Basic Suggestions:
1. Casual is Key What I find so great about The Sunshine State is the fact that it is so casual. Whether headed for the beach, or a fun night on the town, there is no need for formal wear.
So ditch the pants, grab the shorts and you are set day or night.
How about shoes? Well, anyone knows me, knows that I'm a shoe-a-holic. I never get enough. When it comes to packing shoes for Florida, I like to have a great many options, depending mostly on my mood.
A versatile pair of flats, a pair of Keds, a few mid-heeled pumps. Now, I can go nuts packing shoes, but I usually limit myself to 2-3 pair of fun "dress shoes" just because I love to have options. Lastly, I always bring along a pair of sneakers since, the weather is so conducive to morning walks and outdoor activities like bike riding.
2. Warm Weather Wear Shorts, tanks, stylish tee shirts and sundresses are what my Florida wardrobe consists of for both day and night.
Florida's climate is both warm and humid, so lightweight fabrics such as cotton, travel knits and washable silks are wise choices. Remember, with the sudden showers for which Florida is famous, fabrics that dry quickly are key.
3. Swimwear Well folks, this is probably the most obvious. Whether you are staying at a hotel, resort or someone's home, a swimsuit is key!
Soaking up the sun is on the top of my list when visiting Florida. This particular trip, I'll be staying with my mom and dad, so, hanging out by the pool, on a comfy lounge chair will not require much more than a bathing suit, a cover-up and a pair of sunglasses!