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California Coast Road Trip

I'm finally sorting through and editing some winter break photos from our California road trip. We went back and forth on where to go over the holiday vacation, but the older two only get two weeks off and of course they happened to be Christmas week and New Years week. Do you know how expensive it is to vacation anywhere those weeks? Ay yi yi. A lot. So I had an idea to go on a little California visit up the coast. 

Can you believe Aaron has lived here almost 14.5 years and has never been to San Francisco? Which also meant the kids haven't either. I have been just twice. Once with my parents and sister when I was a teen, and once a few years ago. I flew up to visit a girlfriend for the day. So we decided to change all that and Mission Take Aaron to San Francisco began.

Our first stop was the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo. You might be asking me why in the world would you stay there? The most kitschy, unique and kinda crazy hotel we could find? Well, I have a fun story for you. Last year Greta discovered that after you get married you get to go on a vacation called a honeymoon. She began asking married couples where they honeymooned. She loved all the different answers she got from everyone. My parents told her that they stayed at the Madonna Inn as they did a California road trip too. She looked up the hotel and that was it. She has been obsessed ever since. Paris tops her wanderlust list, but this was a very close second. And one that I could actually fulfill for this sweet girl of mine. Sawyer and Greta poured over the hotel website when I told them we were going to spend one night there. They spent two hours researching rooms. Old Mill won the spot and we booked it. If you've never heard of it, just take a look and see all the photos of the different hotel rooms. My parents stayed in Old Mexico. Not equally as crazy but just as unique.

I haven't seen my kids this enthralled with a place or hotel in a very long time. Everything was special and crazy and weird. But it was just the best thing in the world to watch them. I highly highly recommend this hotel for families. The dining room is insane. They have pink booths and the food is great. The cafe, eh, not such great food, but awesome hot chocolate. We dressed up and went to the steakhouse and had a fancy dinner before an even better after dinner experience. At night they have a big band play and a huge dance floor. All of our kids loved it and we danced and danced and danced. 

You couldn't wipe the smile from her face.