When on the California Coast

We've returned from a dreamy past few days driving the endless roads up and down the coast, stopping along at tiny towns with populations under 200 to stay in hidden cabins, to hike in giant Redwood forests, to walk along the coastline, to slowly wander sleepy Mendocino, and to mostly escape the city and this year that has been all about transition, both good and bad. Mostly good. We packed our car Saturday morning and hit the road, puppy on M's lap, switching between M's and my designated road trip playlists, and climbed up and down the beautiful Highway 128. And from there, three days of slow mornings of breakfast outside, a sunny picnic on a secluded beach, the pup freely (and adorably) exploring everything, hiking to a secret waterfall, quiet nights of Bananagrams and wood burning heaters, one late night hot tub session (after much, much convincing from M), a few amazing sunsets, wine & cheese at all the right times, and falling into relaxation. This road trip was so, so good and I can't wait to do it again!

We spent our first two nights in a backyard cottage that we found through Airbnb in the small town of Albion. Our hosts left us milk and fresh eggs for breakfast on our first day, which we happily turned into scrambled eggs and chilaquiles each morning in the outdoor kitchen. 

I loved that we were able to switch between the beach, Redwood forests, to the flat succulent covered coastline with just a quick drive or hike. We hiked to a secret waterfall and picnicked in on the beach all in one day, which was the best!

Our last night was spent at the Howard Creek Ranch Inn, an eclectic ranch turned bed and breakfast, in the town of Westport, just an hour outside of Mendocino. We booked the Seaview Cabin, which turned out to be a small house on a secluded road overlooking the coast with absolutely no cell service.