California Road Trip

California Road Trip

California Road Trip

I’ve said it before, but I will say it again. California road trips are the epitome of joy. There’s just something so perfect about the sunshine days and how the desert turns to mountains turns to beaches. I love driving along the coast and watching surfers in the vast Pacific. Driving through other states just doesn’t have the same sort of magic. Road tripping anywhere else is filled with rest stops and drive thru and gas station bathrooms. When driving through California, however, every stop is a destination.

California Road Trip

Because of all of the amazing things that California is, our drive back to Los Angeles from our time up north in San Francisco, Alameda, Monterey, and Morro Bay was filled with just as much adventuring as the days before.

California Road Trip McConnell's

Our first stop on our California road trip was McConnell’s in Santa Barbara which has made the cut as my favorite ice cream place ever. And trust me, I’ve tried a lot of ice cream places and have been on two separate ice cream crawls in Southern California. McConnell’s reign is uncontested in my book and it’s a treat worth stopping for.

California Road Trip McConnell's

McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams was founded in Santa Barbara, California in 1949. Almost 70 years later, we make our ice creams as we always have: from scratch, in small batches, with Central Coast, grass-grazed milk & cream we pasteurize from raw at our creamery at The Old Dairy (c. 1934) and the finest local, sustainable and organic, raw ingredients, sourced from partner farms, artisans and purveyors we’ve worked with, in many cases, for decades. The result? Fine ice creams of impeccable balance, purity of flavor and smoothly consistent texture.
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California Road Trip McConnell's

My favorite flavor? Eureka Lemon & Marionberries.

California Road Trip Ventura

After ice cream, we loaded back into the car and headed toward our next stop on our journey home – the city of Ventura.

California Road Trip Ventura

You know you’re a California kid when you remember building your model Mission in grade school. Who’s with me?

This is Mission San Buenaventura. Founded on March 31, 1782, it was the ninth mission established in California. #surprisehistorylesson

California Road Trip Ventura

California Road Trip

Fueled by: Kombucha and Chia Seeds

California Road Trip Refill Shoppe

The Refill Shoppe was the main reason I wanted to go to Ventura. And it was totally 100% worth it.

California Road Trip Refill Shoppe

We believe in love, gratitude and doing the right thing. We share with you what we like to use. Making everyday necessities extra special, just like you! We do what we do because hot bubble baths, clean people, lovely smells, smiles on faces and a little less plastic in the world makes us so very happy. The Refill Shoppe | Our Mission

California Road Trip Refill Shoppe

California Road Trip Refill Shoppe

This store was astounding. Here’s how it works…

You pick a bottle there bring your own pre-cleaned one to refill. Then you fill up with whatever bulk beauty or cleaning supplies you need. Refills are sold by the ounce and they have over 100 fragrances and/or essential oils to choose from for you to add to your soap, lotion etc.

California Road Trip Refill Shoppe

California Road Trip Refill Shoppe

California Road Trip Refill Shoppe

California Road Trip Refill Shoppe

So many pretty bottles.

California Road Trip Refill Shoppe

California Road Trip Refill Shoppe

Wearing my Sea You In California tee from my Travel Capsule Wardrobe.

California Road Trip Refill Shoppe

California Road Trip Refill Shoppe

California Road Trip Refill Shoppe

I got a bottle of their Rosewater Toner that I use on my face daily. Since going, I actually emptied my bottle and I was able to have them ship me a refill. They sent my toner in a little pre-ladled container that I poured into my bottle and then mailed back to them.

California Road Trip Refill Shoppe

California Road Trip Refill Shoppe

California Road Trip Refill Shoppe

California Road Trip Refill Shoppe

California Road Trip Refill Shoppe

I’m still loving my shampoo barthat I purchased there.

California Road Trip Ventura

I could have stayed in the Refill Shoppe all day, but, since I no longer have a house to clean and I couldn’t fit bulk supplies in glass jars in my suitcase, I had to limit myself.

California Road Trip Ventura

California Road Trip Ventura

Another tell-tale sign of a California kid – Never outgrowing your love of Saltwater Sandals.

Leather sandals that are comfortable and also waterproof and wearable at the beach? They’re the best.

California Road Trip Ventura

California Road Trip Ventura

California Road Trip Ventura

California Road Trip Ventura

^hint – capsule wardrobe addition post coming soon…^

California Road Trip Ventura

California Road Trip Ventura

California Road Trip Ventura

All too soon, our wanderings in Downtown Ventura were over and it was time to head back to the car and finish our California road trip toward Los Angeles. We had driven up the coast and back and our adventures were legendary, but it was good to be headed to a familiar place that will always feel like home to me.

California Road Trip

Have you ever been on a California road trip?
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  • Julie

    We love California too! Spent time in Sacramento, but loved driving down HWY 1 (?) along the ocean. We stopped at Point Reyes- One my favorite memories in all of our road tripping as we saw whales.

  • I LOVE my saltwater sandals. They are going on four summers and still are in great condition. We’re actually on a California road trip. We are still in So Cal but will be leaving on Thursday to begin the drive up the PCH. I’m going to look out for that ice cream shop.

  • Great post. I love the pictures. What a great shop the refill shop is, I’d love one near me.

  • This sentence —> “and how the desert turns to mountains turns to beaches”

    So beautiful.

    Can I be your friend? Seriously, this post just kept getting better and better. Every new place you visited I liked better than the last. Your baby Groot on the dashboard just killed me! The Refill Shoppe looked awesome (I have never seen a store like that before!) and all those records…so neat. My hubby and I have been thinking about taking a trip to Cali this summer. It is quite a trek from Nebraska. My brother-in-law plays for the Raiders, and we want to visit him, and see the sights. I really want to dip my toes in the ocean again. Thanks for the inspiration! Followed you on fbook. 🙂

  • Literally was on a California road trip this time last year. I LOVED IT!!!! I love how your photos depict a sense of who you are as well. Thanks for the share.

  • Such a fun trip! That ice cream looks AMAZING!!! Love the flavor. Such a cool store too! I would be in heaven at The Reflll Shoppe.

  • Oh my goodness. Cali is definitely on my list of places to visit… that ice cream sounds and looks so yummy/refreshing!!! My boyfriend and I roadtripped after I graduated college in the summer down south- ocean city maryland, charleston SC, and Savannah, Georgia- with stops along the way and we both always say it was the best experience of our lives. Road trips are unforgettable! I would have gone crazy in that store, I love their philosophy behind it and the crazy amount of options they have =o

  • “You know you’re a California kid when you remember building your model Mission in grade school. Who’s with me?”
    *raises hand*
    dried pasta, red clay, the works. =P

    i love seeing your california posts! these are pretty much all cities that i’ve been to, but not recently and i certainly haven’t had the opportunity to explore them much so its fun to see what you’ve discovered. =)

  • As a California girl myself, I can definitely say that road trips in this state are pretty dang awesome! I love driving from Southern CA up to Northern CA and stopping along the way. McConnell’s is soooo good!! You’re really making me want to head down to Santa Barbara now! That refill shop looks pretty awesome and it is really cool how something like that exists!

  • Anna

    Road trips are the best! I could not agree more! Although I have never done one in Cali (would definitely love to though :)) we have done some through the Midwest and it’s such a great break from the norm. Loving all of your great snaps! Looks and sounds like you had a great time! XO

    Anna || A Lily Love Affair

  • Do kids these days even have to build those models? Shoot, I remember the year after I constructed mine you could buy the models at Michael’s and I was so angry! I kind of want to take a girls trip to Ventura instead of Ojai now. 🙂

  • Very nice, when traditional recipes saved, me about ice cream. The equipment must be modern, taste and cooking canonical 🙂 So they and delicious! And there are already almost 100 years!

  • Tamara

    That’s the best dashboard decoration I have ever seen!

  • So fun! Great pictures… although now I need to find some ice cream!

  • This looks like so much fun, I love road trips, and all things California!! Great post, thanks for sharing..I am headed on a road trip from WA to CA this summer!

    xo
    Valerie

  • I’m so jealous of your road trip!! I hope to one day!! The refill shop looks amazing!

  • I need to go visit that ice cream shop! AND YES TO REMEMBERING THE MISSION MODEL! I thought that was only my school until I heard my coworker say that her kid is doing it lol

  • Indeed, California road trips are beautiful! Looks like you hard a great road trip. I definitely need to check out that ice-cream place the next time I am there 🙂
    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

  • Thanks for including us in your California adventures. It was so much fun to learn about new places for me to visit. I live in Southern California, and I am always looking for new hot spots to visit. Yay! The Refill Shoppe is now on my list. Cheers to road-trips!

  • We are driving from Monterey to San Diego in a few weeks, and I want to stop in Santa Barbara JUST to try that amazing ice cream!!! Oh that cone is making me swoon!!!

  • We did a one week california road trip and covered places like tahoe, monterey , san luis obispo etc.. It was one of the best trips ever and I completely agree with you on the variety Cali has to offer! Oh the refille shop sounds so interesting.. All those amazing essential oils, rose water and all made me soo happy 😀 Hope you are having a good week!

    Monika | http://www.palateforstyle.com

  • Looks like you had a great time! And that ice cream, oh my!

  • This looks like SUCH a fun road trip! And I love that you have a Baby Groot on your dashboard 🙂

  • I enjoy visiting California on my layovers. I’m a fan of McConnell’s too! I have not visited the Santa Monica location, but McConnell’s opened a location in downtown LA.

  • After reading this post, I really want to visit the Refill Shoppe! I’m not too far away, so I many have to take a mini road tip 🙂

    • You should definitely check it out! It was one of my favorite little shops and I just wish that I lived closer!