Saturday, March 25, 2017

A night in a winery

A winery somewhere in California.
March 21st, 2017

We have a membership in Harvest Hosts, which allows us to stay in Wineries, Farms and Orchards all over North America.  We are not obliged to buy anything but we do like to go into the tasting room and if we find a wine we really like, we will purchase a bottle or two. If you decide to join up, please add our email (michaeldaryl@gmail.com) as your referral. Then we both get an extra month added.

The directory lists all the places that allow us to stay overnight. so we picked one that was about 2 hours from Flying Flags and what a good overnight stop it was. we were one of two RVs that stayed overnight.

The weather report was predicting rain so the winery staff told us to park on a paved area so that we did not get stuck in the field where overnighters usually stay.

We went into the tasting room and enjoyed sampling their fine wines and ended up buying a couple of bottles. There was a great atmosphere in the room as there were about 10 other people tasting wines. 

Here are my pictures of our overnight stay. I cannot give the name of the winery because it is protected under the Harvest Host organization so that only members can know which wineries are a part of their membership.



A very artistic barbecue area with some pretty fancy rock and brick work and beautiful hand hewn tables and benches.






Next to the vineyard and the warehouses

Our neighbors had a toy hauler trailer for their 3 Weimaraner show dogs. 

The front verandah at the Tasting Room

Very happy buzz inside

Come on along, Lots of room for more tasters

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Flying Flags

Buellton, California
March 20th, 2017

We stayed for one night at Flying Flags RV Resort in Buellton, California. It is only about 5 miles from Solvang, so the location was perfect. It is also a Good Neighbor Park, linked to our RPI membership so we got 50% off the nightly fee. 

Entrance


Pull through site.
 We had no neighbours which was just as well because the sites are very narrow.

At the back of the park there are Airstreams and vintage trailers for rent on site.

Lots of empty spaces.


Very clean and well tended park

Outdoor barbeque area

Lovely heated pool

Seating areas at the poolside

Very classy place

The Barbeque area
Cabanas next to the pool

Kinda odd. Hippos.

One hot tub is inside a shelter

Second hot tub outside
 We enjoyed our brief stay there and the day after we went to Solvang we left early to get to a winery for our next night.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Coffee and Danish anyone??

Solvang, California
Monday, March 20th

We left our lovely hilltop site early because we had a small concern regarding our booking for our next campground.

I had, or thought I had, reserved Flying Flags in Buellton for the night on Monday night. The plan was to go to Solvang for a walkabout, some coffee and Danish Pastries then in the afternoon drive over to Flying Flags for the night. Despite several call by RPI (a camping membership company) and us we had heard nothing, so we went straight to the campground and booked in for 50% off using a membership connected to RPI. That was fine with us, so we parked, connected the electric cord and drove the 5 miles to Solvang.

This is a cute little tourist town founded by some Danes in the early 19th century. Danish styled buildings, bakeries and coffee shops cashing in on everything Danish. They even have a replica of the Little Mermaid. We had a cup of fantastic coffee and some Danish pastries from Mortensen's Bakery. Very delicious. A couple of pastries to take home and we then went back to the RV Park.

Here are some photos of our pastries and other things we saw in Solvang

Visitor Center


Hans Christian Andersen

Mermaid

Bakery

Dansih Waffle with cream cheese and raspberry jam

Apple Danish

Windmill

Carousel horse



Do you think Timmy would like to be carried in one of these?

Clogged street?



Round Tower (replica)

Pretty building

Another windmill




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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

El Capitan State Park

March 19th, 2017

We chose to stay in the group section because the views were amazing!

Lots of debris on the beach

I wonder if they will clear this. Probably not.

Michael looking for a flat piece of wood to put the RV jack on.

Timmy at the beach!

Where we are. Thanks to Google earth

Day 1. Beautiful views of the coast line. Looking west

Day 1.Looking east

Pretty creeper

Great bike path along the top of the cliffs

Day 2 Early morning walk

Day 2. On the Beach

Day 2


Much better with the sun shining

Found a piece of plank
Can you see the two platforms behind Michael in the previous picture? Here is the story about Oil and Gas off the coast of Santa Barbara.

Info plaque

Our only neighbors



What a difference a day makes


Tim's second walk.
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