Weekend Getaway Report

On Friday, Joel and I drove up from LA after work to head to Los Olivos which is about 45 minutes north of Santa Barbara.

We hit some pretty nasty traffic but we caught a beautiful sunset and tried to keep our patience. By the time we got to the hotel we dropped our bags in our beautiful room at the Fess Parker Inn and went straight downstairs for a glass of wine and heavy appetizers.

After our dinner we took another glass and some tea upstairs to just hang in front of the fire and catch up on New Girl.

The next morning we were up early for breakfast of french toast and eggs at the hotel. We were seated right in front of another fire place, so I was in heaven. In retrospect, we got lots of fireplace time this weekend which made me a happy camper.

After breakfast we took a walk in the cute little town of Los Olivos. You can literally walk around the town in 20 minutes , so we did a few laps. We were pretty much the only people up and moving before 9 but I just loved every bit of it. I wish I took a few more pictures because I miss little towns like this. The post office....the library...the whole town is just adorable.


After our walk we went back to the hotel so that Joel could workout and I could enjoy a massage at the spa. I'm pretty sure this is my favorite way to start a day. 

After the spa, Joel and I hit the road to our first winery of the day - Dierberg and Star Lane Vineyard. The weather was just absolutely perfect so we enjoyed our wine in the sun, played a few rounds of bags, and just took in the spectacular views.
California just doesn't let up!

Our stop for lunch was Industrial Eats. A few friends had recommended it and holy. cow. amazing. The food was just beyond ......I wish I had more pictures to show for it.

We sat at the wood burning fire bar and watched the two chefs prepare heavenly pizzas while we noshed on fresh uni, a basil-mayo turkey sandwich (whose description doesn't even close to do it justice) and the best tuna melt we have ever had.


If you are ever in Los Olivosor just driving the coast, you HAVE to stop in - it was truly one of the best lunches I've had in a long, long time. Afterwards we drove back to the hotel, parked the car, and then walked the tasting rooms downtown.


I think this whole day was basically the definition of what makes Joel and I the happiest.

Somehow we were able to fit dinner into our stomachs, and holy hell did we. We walked across the street to the Wine Merchants Cafe (the restaurant in the movie Sideways) for an insanely indulgent and delicious dinner. 


After wine, truffle pizza, pasta, short ribs andddd dessert, we needed a repeat of peppermint tea in our room to settle our stomachs, so we went up early, enjoyed our tea by the fire and just enjoyed hotel living. 

After breakfast on Sunday we drove back home and I was dropped off immediately at the movie theaters to meet my girlfriends for a matinee of 50 Shades of Gray (I liked it).

It was a rainy Sunday in LA, so while I was at the movies Joel made Chili which was done just in time to enjoy with the Oscars. 

It was a weekend truly for the books.


  1. Sounds like an AMAZING weekend!!

  2. What an awesome weekend!! Truffle pizza sounds to die for!
    Ally - Life as I know it

  3. What a perfect weekend! I think California winter sounds like the best kind of winter :)

  4. Such a perfect weekend! I love it when you can escape just an hour away from home and it feels like millions of miles away. It looked like the perfect weekend of relaxation and quality couples time :) Glad yall had a blast.

  5. Your weekend trips make me jealous! Two things. Is your green vest from Banana? Did you start Girl on the Train? If so, thoughts?

  6. What an awesome weekend!!! That hotel is so cute and truffle pizza- yum!

  7. Looks like the perfect getaway! That town is so charming and your lunch has me drooling!

  8. I hope things have improved for you on the family/health front and that the vacation helped. One of my favourite things about the West Coast is that there are so many spots just a short drive away that FEEL far more remote than they actually are. Makes for some fun weekend trips!

  9. That sunset looks amazing! Hitting the road must've been such a delight when you're caught with a view like that. I do hope seeing that was the start of a beautiful weekend getaway. I hope you can get to enjoy more lovely trips like that. Thanks for sharing that, Tess! All the best! :)

    Marci Deegan @ Twin Pine Casino & Hotel™