Alright, alright, alright! More road trip chat!
After part one of our road trip, we hopped in our car and headed north on Highway 101. This scenic drive took us through Lompoc, Santa Maria, Pismo Beach and finally to our lunch destination – San Luis Obispo. I’d only ever driven through San Luis Obispo, so it was nice to finally be able to stop there and check out the town. I have a close family foodie friend who went to Cal Poly, so I hit her up for restaurant recommendations and she did not disappoint!
I was only hungry for small plates after devouring the cookie sandwich I mentioned in my last post, so we stopped into Novo for a quick bite. We sat at a table outside on their back patio that looked over a beautiful, tree-lined walkway and creek. I can only imagine how great the patio is on a nice summer evening with all the string lights and lanterns shining and a cold drink in-hand. We ordered the potato samosas and Korean short ribs and both were super tasty. Samosas were the perfect amount of spicy and the short ribs had such great flavor and were super juicy. I wish I was hungry for more while I was there! Hopefully we’ll have a chance to go back one day.
I was pretty beat and wanted to get to our hotel and take a nap, so we decided to get back on the road right after lunch. That night we stayed in Atascadero at The Carlton Hotel. When looking for hotels, we wanted to stay in Paso Robles, but the prices were a bit higher than what we wanted, so that’s when my BFF Hotwire found us this hotel nearby. There’s not much going on in Atascadero, so it was a nice little hideaway where we could relax and not feel like we were missing out on much. The service at the hotel was top notch and our room and bathroom were large and you could tell the whole place was somewhat newly-renovated. This was really the nicest room we stayed in our entire vacation (and the cheapest, so woohoo)!
After a quick nap, we headed to Paso Robles for dinner at Artisan. It was by far the busiest restaurant in Paso Robles that evening and we really enjoyed the food. If you go, I highly recommend the fried pig wings (yes, I said pig wings). After dinner, we took a nice stroll around the downtown area of Paso Robles. It really was kind of a throwback town to me where folks gathered in the “town square” around sunset and the kids rode their bikes or kicked around a soccer ball. It totally reminded me of a scene from Gilmore Girls. I hope to go back to Paso Robles when I’m not pregnant to enjoy the wine country because it was absolutely gorgeous to drive through.
More road trip chat coming up soon!
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