Small Towns of California

When I think of California, I can’t help but think of the tiny towns that dot the coastline and meander through the hillsides.  Take Los Olivos. It’s barely a town, hardly more than an intersection, but beautifully nestled in the Santa Yzez mountains amid rolling vineyards and understated wineries.

Wine Country Home is a shop I wouldn’t miss.  My favorite thing about it?  It doesn’t even have a website!

In the mood for something sweet?  Enjoy Cupcakes might be just the place.  If you’re planning an informal wedding or an outdoor affair, they can come right to your front door!

If you’re going to visit only one small town in California, Carmel-by-the-sea is the one I suggest.  Just minutes from Pebble Beach, this coastal gem is filled with shopping and dining.

Toffee colored beaches wind along a rocky coast

And story book homes spring to life

The last place on my list is Napa Valley.  Well known as a wine filled honeymoon destination, it has plenty to offer in addition to endless tasting rooms and Michelin rated restaurants.

Like hot air balloon rides complete with champagne brunch

And spa treatments among towering trees at Calistoga Ranch

Napa is tops on my list for a weekend getaway with my husband.  It is where we planned to spend our honeymoon before real estate woes got in the way, but now we’ll be so close it’s a trip we won’t miss!


California Dreamin’

Even though I’m not living in California quite yet, I’m already thinking about California style and how different it will be from quiet, cottage-y neighborhood where we live in Central Florida.   Like this stylish Napa Valley home by Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects

With laid back white slip covered furniture that pops against the gorgeous wood and crisp white walls

Paired with simple details like a metal light fixture and nearly naked picnic table

In a design focused on bringing the outside in

And blending the architecture of the home with the surrounding hillside.  Whether this type of design is up your alley or not, it is an interesting perspective on blending nature and indoor/outdoor living.  (And yes, it’s definitely up my alley!)