Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A Great Start To The New Year

 For the fourth January in a row, we were fortunate to go on a 5 day/ 4 night getaway for Bob's work.  Twice have been in Florida and this year was our second trip to California.  

This year we stayed on Coronado Island in San Diego.


More love.

And even though we stayed in the "new" part of the hotel, this was the view from our balcony and the sunset on our first evening.

In the morning I was greeted by dolphins frolicking in the waves.  Can you see the little specs in the following pictures?  It's hard to watch and try to take pictures at the same time.

On Saturday Bob was able to go on an outing with me.  We decided to go to Temecula, to see the shops and a few wineries.

We stopped for lunch here to see what all the fuss is about.  2 of these recently opened in our metro area and the people went crazy.  It was good ~ but I wouldn't wait in line for it.

I used my IPad to locate both the town we were going to and this restaurant.  That little toy is so much fun for traveling!  Weather, roads, restaurants, all at your finger tips.  It's wonderful.

The town has an old town lined with shops and eateries.  It was a beautiful day and pretty crowded.

The first few wineries we stopped at were crowded too.  There were bus tours which means lots of people.

A sweet woman at the first winery told us about this place ~ Oak Mountain.  We loved it.

First, no crowds.  They had live music and a fabulous view.  I had some brie on the grill ~ yum ~ and a great glass of wine.

And you can see it was a beautiful day.

Bob was chatting with a guy who had a London cab and was starting a limo service to the wineries.  Not a bad way to see the sights.

A lovely trip, but now back to reality.  Thank goodness we got the trees down before we left and a great deal of the stuff, but I still have a bin or 2 downstairs and I haven't touched the grandchildren's bedrooms.  

It'll get done ~ by Valentine's Day for sure!


Lori said...

Gee I don't know how he pried you off the balcony.

Mimi said...

What a wonderful start to the New Year!!! Beautiful place. I second your thinking about getting the decorations all up ~ me, too, maybe by Valentines!

Jen S. said...

That place is BEAUTIFUL! One of my very good friends got married there not far from that hotel, a year ago. It was right on the beach near the water. We had so much fun, and it was just beautiful!
Glad you had a nice trip!
PS--I ♥ that cab...it's so cool looking! :)

Debbie said...

What a gorgeous place to take a January vacation. (I think I want to work for with your husband!) I would have been drawn to the quiet place too. That's so much my speed.

Rettabug said...

Lovely photos from a really lovely sounding break in your routine. I have never been to that area but I sure would love to see it in person.

My tree is still up, so don't feel bad. I'm thinking of making it a Valentines Day tree this year. DH is not amused. :/