Hearst Castle Road Trip

Jie and I recently decided to take a pre-wedding weekend road trip so that she could visit Hearst Castle for the first time. Not only would we get the chance to see a national landmark (famed home of early 20th century newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst) but it would also give us the chance to do another scenic drive along Highway 1.

I purchased tickets for a Hearst Castle tour late Saturday morning, which I thought would give us the chance to drive down Friday night and sleep in the next morning.

In retrospect, I should have looked at accommodation first because when I searched for hotels and B&Bs in the area, I was floored. Hotels/motels in nearby San Simeon and Cambria started at nearly $200/night for place with poor reviews on TripAdvisor. Anything decent was either snatched up or $350+/night. Even expanding my search to a broader area along the coast and inland towards Paso Robles yielded nothing of promise.

All B&Bs along the coast require a minimum of two nights stay during the summer weekends. Of the dozen or so that I called, hoping for a break on the minimum stay, all were fully booked for the weekend. Read more of this post

Another Southern California Road Trip

President's Day afforded Jie and I a long weekend to check out a promising wedding venue in La Jolla, 20 minutes north of San Diego. We were visited the Grande Colonial, a historic hotel located a block from the ocean in downtown La Jolla.

Figuring that we would need a car once we got down there, we decided to drive rather than fly. Our appointment with the hotel's catering manager was for 10am on Saturday so we decided to drive through the night on Friday to save costs and avoid LA traffic. Leaving at just before midnight on Friday, Jie and I traded off driving responsibilities for the nearly 500 mile trip.

Predictably, the all night road trip left us both exhausted when we arrived in La Jolla near dawn. Still, I was excited. The weather was fantastic, we were right on the ocean and if everything went as planned we would have a kick ass wedding venue.

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