Stan surprised me with a Valentine's trip to Northern California.
He told me to pack for 3 days,
on Valentine's morning and kept the destination a surprise.
He rented a Porsche boxster convertible.
We dropped off Maggie at the doggie day hotel
and we were on our way.
I didn't know where we were going.
I was so excited, yet nervous.
The weather was perfect driving up the coast.
He ended up taking me to the Emerald Iguana Inn in Ojai.
Stan had heard from a friend that he really enjoyed the Inn and that it had beautiful grounds surrounding it.
It had a Mediterranean feel to it.
Very comfortable and quiet!
Another surprise was our daughter,
Carly, came down from Santa Cruz to be with us too.
I was so happy to see her. We had a private patio outside our room so we ended up making a salad and enjoying
each other's company the first night.
The area is so beautiful and relaxing.
This was the view outside our room.
The room had a lot of art work displayed everywhere.
I love how they stenciled above the beds.
The next day we drove up to Santa Barbara.
I wanted to check out a store my girlfriends kept talking about.
~Rooms & Gardens~
The inside was spectacular with everything I love.
Outside is the cutest garden.
I love the chickens, so cute!!
They have designed a little garden area with a chicken coop.
If you're ever in Santa Barbara, check it out!
That day we shopped at all the wonderful stores,
it was so much fun!
On Sunday, we went to Ojai's Farmer's Market.
Love all the fresh local produce.
Beautiful Flowers too!
After the market we walked to
The Lavender Inn.
It's a Bed & Breakfast.
I loved how they designed their gardens outside.
"How beautiful it is to do nothing and then rest afterwards".
Loved that quote!
It was beautiful inside too!
It was booked so we couldn't see the rooms,
maybe next trip we'll stay here.
Then we went to Bart's Books.
It is the World's Greatest Outdoor Book Store.
We all found a special book to buy!!
Our last designation was Regalo Olive Company in Ojai.
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