Our recent trip down to Southern California made me think about this state we live in and how much I love it. We’ve lived in California for two years now – and we thin it’s amazing. We love the weather, the food, the wine and the lovely people! We love how laid back it is, how no-one blinks an eye at anything, how every park has toilets which are clean, open and non-vandalised (try finding that in the UK). We’ve travelled round pretty widely within California, but its familiarity that make me love places. So there are a couple of places that we go back to time and time again. These are the places in California that make my heart glad.
This is my favourite place in the entire state. It is so beautiful, looking so much like Sweden. I love the tiny little town of Tahoe City on the North Shore (I would honestly move there in a heartbeat if it were possible for the Husband to work from there). I love the cabins lining the lake, the Firesign Cafe on the West Shore and the endless hiking. The Husband loves the skiing. Neither of us love the glitz of South Lake Tahoe with its neon and casinos…but the rest of the place is my California heaven!!
I’ve talked about Sonoma before but this little town is so cool. It’s a great mix of ‘wine country’ (i.e. swanky, elegant, maybe a little pretentious) and basically an agricultural town with roadside taquerias . It has a fantastic Basque bakery which does the best baguette I’ve had in the States, and a lovely playground in the central park which the Dude adores. It’s set in a wonderful, beautiful valley lined with vines, where you can taste good wine – we discovered Pinot Noir here! I really love small-town communities and Sonoma is one of my favorites.