With our last day of the #GreatCoastRoadTrip our itinerary was wide open. With so many world famous sights to be seen in such little time we decided to make the most of our fun ride and headed out for a jam-packed tour using our Los Angeles ZipCar.
Dubbed the “media capital of the world,” Burbank is home to some of the biggest companies in entertainment. Over the years Warner Bros, NBC, and Disney (among others) have produced hit TV shows and movies from this little city just north of Hollywood. Thankfully Burbank is also home to the Coast Anabelle Hotel – the second stop of my #GreatCoastRoadTrip.
We arrived at the West Beach Inn, a Coast Hotel sleepy-eyed and ready for a nap. Our flight south had us up at the ungodly hour of 3 AM so all our bodies wanted to do was shut down. We were greeted by hotel manager Teresa, a bubbly and cheerful person who truly cares about her property and town. She happily rattled off an ambitious itinerary to help us cover as much of Santa Barbara as possible in the short time-frame we were given. Her excitement was contagious and made it clear that there was no time to nap as Santa Barbara has far too much to offer.
I love a good playlist. I always have. Over the years cassette tapes, CDs, and the first-generation MP3 players have all been platforms for me to create the ultimate mix. I also love a good road-trip. Naturally the two to go hand-in-hand. There’s something about a songs connection to a moment while traveling that just sticks – good and bad. Example of the latter – I can never listen to Soul Asylum’s Runaway Train without seeing my life flash before my eyes. I was 12 years old driving south during Christmas break with my mother when we hit black ice, spun around twice, and landed safely in the snowbank – all while Dave Pirner’s melancholy voice sang about missing children. Thankfully the good outweighs the bad, although my mother and I still laugh about that trip to this day.
With my upcoming #GreatCoastRoadTrip I decided to compile a Cali-Coast Road-Trip Playlist with songs that have ties to the sunshine state as well as myself.
All too soon, it was time to leave Wenatchee. We slept soundly–thanks to a large room in the Coast Wenatchee Center Hotel–and started our day with Eggs Benedict, hash browns, and views of the river valley in the Rivertop Bar and Grill.
The landscape of Wenatchee surprised us. Boasting 300 days of sunshine a year, the wide valley around the Columbia River sits in the rain shadow of the Cascades and reminded us more of landscapes we’d seen in the southwest than that which we had come to expect of the Pacific Northwest.
I am an explorer.
I crave adventure.
I seek the unknown.
This is what is in me. This is what keeps me moving. This is why I hate to backtrack. An example of my habit/condition/lifestyle – after a recent trip to Sochi for the Winter Olympics I continued heading east until east became west again. Around the world all because of the freedom and adventure that comes with exploring.
So why am I this way?
The next morning we got our chance to take out the #GreatCoastRoadTrip car! We loaded in early and set out for Portage Bay Cafe in Lake Union. A family friendly eatery, legendary for its breakfast bar—stations full of fresh fruit and other delicious toppings for pancakes or French Toast—we were lucky to have reservations. Delicious!
Seattle is often associated with wet weather, but you wouldn’t have known that from our visit: clear skies and warm sunshine made for a beautiful weekend!
We flew up to Seattle from Davis, California—flying over snow-capped Mt. Rainer and landing at the Seattle-Tacoma airport a short 90 minutes later. The airport sits about 30 minutes outside of downtown, so we hopped in a cab to finish the trip to the Roosevelt Hotel.
When we last left off, we were just finishing up with our relaxing and revitalizing trip to Tsawwassen. Though we loved exploring this area of coast, it was time to keep the #GreatCoastRoadTrip going. We loaded up the car and boarded the ferry bound to Nanaimo. A mere hour and a half later we were driving past breathtaking vistas on Vancouver Island.
We’ve stayed in some pretty phenomenal places in the past, but when we arrived at our room at the Coast Bastion Inn, our jaws just about dropped to the floor. Our generous room boasted panoramic ocean views, a Jacuzzi looking out to the water, and even souvenir rubber duckies! It would have been all too easy to stay permanently planted in the luxurious space, but dinner was calling and we were ready to answer. On the menu: beer and burgers at Canada’s only registered floating pub, the Dinghy Dock Pub.
We got up bright and early on our second day in Whistler, knowing that we had an action-packed day ahead of us. I started with a run down to Lost Lake, one of several stunning mountain lakes around Whistler. The trail system in and around town is just fabulous – you can basically run or cycle for hours in any direction, surrounded by some of Canada’s most remarkable mountain scenery. The Whistler Valley Trail is the most comprehensive network of trails – 40 kilometers of paved trail or boardwalk, perfect for cycling, skating or running.