Coming from a town that was recently 19 degrees at night it was a pleasure going home to my parents on the coast. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, the crispness of fresh air rejuvinated our lungs, and hello dresses because it averaged 75 degrees the whole time we were there!
California’s coast is truly one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen in America. We cruised down to Solvang, a town known for their Danish charm and decorative lights during the holiday.
Christmas eve was my husband and I’s first attempt at cooking prime rib… not to brush our shoulders off but it was SOOOO… GOOOOOD! Even our cousins from Texas stopped by! Christmas day was filled with all kinds of presents – mostly for the little guy, my nephew – he gets a lot since he’s the only grandchild thus far. An amazing Korean BBQ feast was had, lots of wine, and of course my family’s infamous poker night.
As our flight headed out to Baltimore the next day, we closed out our Christmas with a trip to the Santa Barbara Zoo. Tropical birds, reptiles, insects, giraffes, tigers, gorillas – this is one of the nicest zoos I’ve been to offering everything you can think of. They even have a train that goes through the zoo as well as a kid play center if you need a break from the animals. If you want to feel like you’re in Hawaii without taking the flight over the water then I highly recommend going here. It is absolutely gorgeous!
Well our vacation wasn’t over yet! We went from high 70s to a gorgeous snowy wonderland! Stay tuned for our New Year celebration in Maryland!