Our road trip to the beach towns of Northern California had wonderful moments of clean fresh air, great seafood and beautiful sunsets. We really enjoyed our stay at the West Cliff Inn in Santa Cruz and we plan to stay there every time we visit Creason. The West Cliff feels like you are staying at your own home. They have a wonderful breakfast variety of home made muffins, quiche, eggs, french toast and juices that is included in your stay. Afternoon wine and cheese along with home made cookies in the late afternoon and a great view of the beach.

West Cliff Inn

UCSC with Creason

We loved strolling around the campus of UCSC while Creason gave us a tour of their amazing library and the redwood forest. The shops and restaurants were lovely and we even found a great Cajun restaurant! As we made our way back home, we decided to stop in Monterey to see the aquarium and have lunch in Carmel. It’s so easy to fall in love with these quaint little beach communities and window shop in their cute little boutiques. We made our way back  south to Atascadero, which is outside of Paso Robles and stayed at the Carlton Hotel. This hotel is so adorable and is a mini boutique hotel that is very comfortable. 

Santa Cruz Sunset

sea lions

Since we stopped off in Paso Robles on the way up to Santa Cruz and had a great tour of the Opolo vineyard that was personally given to us by owner, Rick Quinn, we wanted to see Atascadero before stopping for lunch in Santa Barbara. I think if you are traveling by car for more than a couple of hours this is a great way to see smaller communities and experience a bit of their culture, plus it’s romantic and fun.

Opolo Winery & Rick Quinn

Although this was our first time visiting most of these Northern California beach towns, we now have our favorite spots that we will stop off and revisit more often. This was a special weekend for us for it was a lot of firsts for me. It was my first time in Santa Cruz, the first time I saw sea lions and my first visit to UCSC. Ronn and I are now looking forward to more road trips to Northern California and hope to make it up to San Francisco next time.

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5 Comments

  1. Petunia J Hollingsworth Reply

    Hi Ronn & Devin
    That sunset looks marvelous. I so look forward to the sunrise in my hometown Gorda (BVI) each morning I take my walks barefoot on the beach.
    You guys should come down here sometime soon. Those photos looks like a quintessential town in California. Reminds me of another college town in Ontario California (The Claremont McKenna Colleges hosted 2 of my children. One went to Pomona & the other went to Scripps. And a few of their cousins attending another college their now.
    This is a chance for you guys to enjoy college life again..(smile)
    Peace & Happiness for all
    Sincerely
    Petunia

  2. Hi Devin and Ronn. It is so beautiful where you went. It would also be on my go-back-to list were I able to make the trip. You guys look great, as usual 🙂 Love ya <3

    Lilian

  3. Sharon Wells Reply

    I have never been there either. MY mother asked me many times to go with her to visit her sister that lived in San Fransisco and had a retreat in the mountains. I never made time to go and now all I do have is time but it is too late for me and her. My loss. I am happy to see you and Ronn keeping the road hot. Take care, and get a flu shot !!

  4. Crystal Joy Reply

    Hi Devin
    I see my Aunt Petunia wrote some interested stuff. I just left her in St. Lucia with a few other family members. We attended a milestone birthday for one of my Dad’s uncle. Now I have a few hours in Miami Int’l..waiting to board a flight to LAX. We should get together one day, with Ronn by your side of course..lol Creason & I looks like we have the same height (5′ 9″) My parents are tall..All my sisters are tall & all my 4 daughters (ages 33-11) are over 5.6..And their Dad is 6′ 3″. Not to leave out my 3 sons..They got height too. I have followed your modelling career for a while..and have been lusting after Ronn..even before you met him. I too was suppose to have a career in modelling & acting..but I got pregnant on prom night (High Sch in London). Six years later I married the guy. Being a mother became my career..although I did grace the runaways in Paris after I had Chanel (my prom-baby) Now she’s the only one married with 2 children) So I am a proud Grandma at age 51+
    Anyhow, we live on Aqua Verde Circle….if you’re in my area..stop on by
    Peace

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