Monday, September 10, 2012

Los Olivos

This past weekend, my family and I took a trip to the sleepy little town of Los Olivos.  We left the house with Trader Joe's goodies in tow and the prospects of flea markets, miniature horses, pumpkin patches, and Solvang danishes lying ahead.

We also had very ambitious hopes of eventually stopping at one of the wineries to paint some landscape, but as it turned out, we just had too much fun driving from place to place and consequently didn't have time for pastels - Boo!  Next time!

First stop was the Artisan's Gallery - lovely!  They have beautiful family-size tables and benches on property, and a wine-tasting room just kitty corner to the shop.  Would have been a wonderful place to have lunch if we had known ahead of time.  Again, next time!  My dad was enchanted by the various wind-chimes for sale.  He was particularly interested in one that was approximately the size of a small car...lovely sound, but not very practical!




We had lunch at a little sandwich shop called Panino.  You can't miss it if you're walking down the main drag.  They offer an assortment of salads and sandwiches to choose from, as well as a nice seating area outside.  Panino suited our needs at the time, but if given a second chance, I would probably try something a little different; they don't offer toasted bread, which is my preference.


Isn't it pretty?  My sisters and I all fell in love as soon as we ran our hands over the buttery goodness of its sleeves.  We should have known walking into an all-leather boutique could be dangerous.  On a happier note, Christmas is just around the corner...


 We were lucky enough to stumble upon the J. Woeste Nursery, which was my favorite stop of the day.  The atmosphere was very peaceful, and the abundance of pumpkins and hay bales acted as a friendly reminder that Autumn is almost here.

The model-esque beauty standing next to me is my youngest sister, Bridgid.  Mom likes to refer to her as 'the Caboose,' which she loves.












    Look what was waiting for us in our back yard when we arrived back home.  So blessed.  What did you do this weekend?




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