Recently I learned that rather than making resolutions, some folks choose a word at the start of the new year. A word they will ponder on, work towards, or live by for the whole year. I like this idea, and even though I have made resolutions as well, I have decided to play along. And, my chosen word for 2014 is:
I'm gonna try to be more adventurous this year. I want to try new things, go new places, see new things, and generally get out of my rut. Of course I say this as I spend my birthday at Avila Beach (pictured above) in typical fashion instead of going someplace I've never been before like Cayucos. In my own defence, I was going to go to Pismo Beach, a place I haven't been to in quite a while, but both of the pierside restaurants I wanted to go to have closed, so I changed my mind. And, also, I did do something different by eating at a newly opened restaurant Ocean Grill and having fish tacos, instead of having a turkey sandwich at the Custom House.
I guess the moral of this story is: baby steps to change!
I finally got around to printing out some of the pictures I took during my vacation to Avila Beach in July and posted them on my Art Wall. That was such a nice little vacay, and even though it was only a weekend getaway, it was relaxing and rejuvenating!
This weekend my mom and I took a well-deserved and much-needed "staycation" to Avila Beach and it was delightful! Avila Beach is one of my favourite places to go in SLO county, and we've stayed at just about every other coastal town except Avila Beach. We stayed at the Lighthouse Suites and got an oceanfront room with a great view:
We went wine tasting at a couple of the tasting rooms in Avila Beach. The first was Morovino where we decided to just have a glass of wine instead of a full tasting. We choose a delightful Pinot Grigio and settled in a comfy corner to just relax!
Later we stopped at was Woods Winery where we tasted five different wines including a delightful Tipsy Dog Pinot Noir!
We also took a walk along the pier. The weather this weekend was fantastic and there were TONS of people enjoying the sun and surf. There weren't many very big waves which was good for the kayakers, but there was a nice breeze which was good for the sailboats.
During the summer months, Avila Beach hosts the Fish and Farmer's Market along the promanade. We've been to it before and really enjoyed it. There's tons of delicious food to choose from (I struggled between a fish taco and a tri-tip sandwich before going with the tri-tip, and also had roasted corn - so delish!!), vendors selling everything from handmade lavendar soaps to yard made from the wool of local alpacas, delicious fresh fruits and veggies, and a live band.
It was a blast! Afterwards we just sat on our deck and watched the sunset.