Central Coast ... Granada Hotel



I saved my two favorite places on our anniversary trip to the 
Central Coast
for a post of their own!

has made it onto my list of hotel favorites!

"An urban boutique hotel in 
Downtown San Luis Obispo
with 17 intimately designed rooms"





 was originally built in 1922
was somewhat abandoned for years
and 
recently brought back to life
in a way that speaks to the feeling of a romantic past
blended perfectly with modern elements.

The lobby
definitely small and luxuriously intimate.

This picture was actually taken from outside on the side walk 
to give you a true feeling of the size.

It has a very European feeling
as if you are checking into someones home.




I knew our  room was going to be something when they
 treat their hotel key like jewelry!

I have never adored a hotel key more!
It's this level of attention to detail
that gets my heart racing
and 
creates a truly memorable experience!




Even just walking to our room was sumptuous!
Floor to ceiling velvet curtains highlight the intimate ambiance.
The walls were lined with art books to read!




Jeff surprised me with an upgraded room
with a Juliet balcony
that looked out over the busy street below!
It was room number one
I highly recommend this room at the Granada!





More art books in the room as well
including one by Aubrey Beardsley!




The bed  made for a dream sleep!




Spectacular bathroom with natural light!




And a lovely view of the patio!
(Not to worry, blackout curtains are their when needed!)








This tiny balcony
truly made the room an experience!
So many hotel these days don't even have windows you can open
so a sweet little balcony
where you can really experience the city was fabulous!




After you check in the lobby
you park your own car
by driving through the tiniest alley
and 
bring your luggage up the iron steps in the back.

They have the sweetest welcome bar
where your choices are red or white!







We took our glass back to the room.

I threw my fall throw over the sweet  balcony table outside

I set out my gorgeous pumpkin
 we had actually picked on a near by pumpkin farm




We plated our  nibbles we bought in town
 settled into our sweet room
on own little iron balcony overlooking the city street
for a perfect fall picnic.




One of the best things about staying at

the Granada Hotel

 in San Luis Obispo

is the adjacency to tow top rated wine regions

Paseo Robles
and
 Edna Valley.

For our afternoon adventure 
we chose to drive ten minutes to 
Edna Valley
to do a wine tasting at the 
luxurious


"Small batch wines
handcrafted in Edna Valley"

The owners objective
"To drink great wine in a beautiful place"

And boy have they been successful with their objective
when it come to their
tasting room and gardens!

The property has the most lovely outside spaces
to truly take in your wine and the landscape!
















Coming back to the


 felt like coming  beautiful home  of a dear relative.
It was cozy and calm.
The upstairs lobby has several cozy nooks
and 
a large outdoor patio.




It's the small details
like welcoming ice water
artfully presented!




In the evening we went downstairs to 


a truly intimate cocktail experience
with under 20 seats.



Bistro
is their restaurant  on property.







The next morning we enjoyed coffee outside
on their lobby patio.




Coffee is complimentary and served with lite breakfast bites.




Then it was time for a morning walk
to explore the city.




They also have complimentary Linus bikes!




We found the well known Scout Coffee!




San Luis Obispo is a historic city
with so many beautiful places to stumble upon!




Jeff and I had such a wonderful stay at 


it was bittersweet to actually leave.




If you find yourself in

San Luis Obispo

located in California's 
Central Coast

I would definitely recommend 

The Granada Hotel.




As always my friends

I wish you love and joy
as you style your life













Central Coast Anniversary Trip ... Part One



Last week Jeff and I packed our car
for a road trip up to the 
Central Coast
to celebrate our
32nd Anniversary!

We used to make the drive up the coast regularly
when our daughter attended college in San Luis Obispo
and 
we haven't been back in the 5 years since she graduated!
so it was so good to revisit some spots 
and
find some charming new spots!

Our first stop is always the iconic


in beautiful Santa Barbara.




We always stop here for breakfast
to enjoy the truly spectacular views!




This historic hideaway has been around since the 1930's
The Spanish Style  Colonial architecture 
is grand and embracing ...




but it the lush landscaping and property
that gets my heart racing.

Being a gardener myself
I so appreciate all that goes into the immaculately maintained 
outdoor spaces!




Every where you look 
stunning beauty!




Our next stop driving north up the coast was
Los Alamos.

Built in the late 1800's
the once sleepy Western town
is the new cool place to be on a weekend!

Now a  relatively new wine tasting getaway
it has recently gotten much press
especially since the chic reopening of the 1950's 

two years ago!





is perched up on a gorgeous view spot
this 33 guest room motel
has been completely redone inside and out!




We stopped by mid week
so it was quiet
and  found out their 
Norman's Restaurant 
(named after Bates himself)
didn't open until 3:00 for Happy Hour,




But we were so taken with this sweet motel
we looked into staying there Friday night
on our way back to SoCal.

We found out just how Popular the area has become recently.
There is now a two night weekend minimum
which will set you back over  about $1,100.
Who knew!!

During the week the rates are closer to $200.
But, alas most of the town doesn't open until Thursday.





The Union Hotel and 1880 Saloon
are some of the oldest in town.





We had a lovely lunch in a converted gas station.








Los Alamos has become a wine tasting destination
with tasting rooms in town
and 
even a whole wine trail running out from the town.




There is even a newly converted motel on the tiny main street.







Our destination for  a couple of nights was
Avila Beach
were we always stay at the 
Avila Beach Lighthouse Suites.

To be honest the rooms are dated
but the second floor views
can't be beat!

Our room had a panoramic view of the beach!






After we checked in and changed for dinner
it was off to the Avila Pier for dinner.







This open frame at the end of the pier
always a favorite spot for accessory fashion shots!




Talk about a room with a gorgeous view to wake up to!








The second view deck is definitely the best part of the 
Avila Lighthouse Suites.




A morning beach walk was the perfect way to start 
our Anniversary Day!








With the whole day ahead of us we ventured off to
the nearby town of 
San Luis Obispo.

Our first stop heading into town
the iconic
Madonna Inn.










In town we poked around a couple of vintage shops 
like 
Satellite of Love.




The delightful Ruby Rose.





The lovely Junk Girls.




We lunched at NoVo
in the historic part of SLO
Eating out on the deck
with a view of the creek is always our favorite.






We had a bit of magic happen while we were in downtown.
We ran into my favorite rodeo rider, Gracely Speth form Montana.
We met her this summer back home at our local rodeo!
She is attending SLO and rides on the University rodeo team!




Then it was back to Avila Beach for sunset cocktails on the pier.




Which means of course a stop at my favorite open frame!




For dinner  we walked from our hotel to the charming
French Bistro










As always my friends

I wish you love and joy
as you style your life