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Last weekend my friend and I took a trip from the Bay to the Central Coast. We lived together in SLO during college and were looking forward to a weekend of all our favorite SLO area things.

First stop Firestone, dinner and a flight were a must after nearly three hours in the car. Have really been loving the sours coming out of Firestone. firestoneflight

Next morning up and ready to go early, gotta get our Black Horse and SLO Donut Co. fix.  They even have gluten free donuts these days… so no excuses not to go!blackhorseandslodoco

Chels and I both had work to do in the morning but once the afternoon rolled around we were raring for a hike!  We found the Cuesta Ridge Botanical Hike and couldn’t believe we hadn’t done it before. Equal parts up and downhill but filled with epic views from start to finish!cuestabontanicalgardenimg_3387cuestabontanicalgardenimg_9152

Even waterfalls! cuestbotanicalgardentrail

A well deserved summit Brew! cuestabontanicalgardenimg_9155cuestabontanicalgardencuestridgetrail

Wooooweee does life getter better than these views! So amazing.cuestaridgetrail

What is my favorite thing to after a bunz busting hike? Drink a brew or two of course…

We headed to Bang the Drum Brewery. Great space, indoor and out. Really friendly staff and most importantly great beers!bangthedrumbbangthedrumbbrewingimg_3439

We went back to the hotel to freshen up before heading downtown for the night.

On our way DT we stopped at Central Coast Brewing for a couple baby beers.centralcoastbrewingimg_3444centralcoastbrewingimg_3443centralcoastbrewingimg_3445

Next stop, Barrelhouse Speakeasy. This is one of the coolest spaces I have ever been to. A fully functioning barbershop and then a full on taproom downstairs.

Super crowded on a Friday night but really fun.barrelhousespeakeasyimg_3446barrelhousespeakeasyimg_9202

Looking forward to sharing the rest of our weekend this week!

Soquel is calling…will you answer?

Among my favorite things in the world are hiking and drinking beer.

Today was a particularly awesome day as it was my friends birthday and we went to one of my FAV places to get beer.

Initially we attempted to hike at the medicine buddha – but alas, the public can not hike there on Saturdays. So spur of the moment we decided to head to Nisene State Park. It is not the best place to go with a pup and there is an entrance fee but despite these setbacks we had a great time explorin’.lightthroughtreestraillodgingforthenightstick-homeriver crossingovertheriver

Now for the piece de resistance… Beer Thirty! If a could marry a bottle shop this would be my first choice. The key is getting to go food at Carpos ( next door). For my veg friends your options are more limited ( salad bar, grilled cheese, veg burger) but if you eat meat get the tri tip sando ( YES!). So… you get your food to go, head next door to Beer Thirty grab some brews and hang out… Once you are done eating, get a refill and play some corn hole or ping pong! This place is dog and kid friendly so no excuses!

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A love letter to the state of Vermont

This title really should be a love letter to Vermont, Beer, Fall and Cider Donuts.

I am so full… full of happiness and beer.  The foliage here really gets to me. It is so beautiful and in California we have leaves change but maybe not at this magnitude… it is different.img_0676img_0678img_0691

Loved seeing all the spooky/halloween/fall decor in from of peoples houses.img_0693img_0694

Have you ever been to a diner in the back of a hardware store? Well I hadn’t until we ran across Sarah’s Country Diner. If you are in Cabot and hungry you should definitely stop in. What a fun experience! They even had locally made Kombucha – excellent!img_0695

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So this is where Sunflower Seeds come from?!img_0700img_0703img_0706img_0708

FINALLY, we made it to Hill Farmstead Brewery. I have been wanting to come here for a few years now and it was everything I dreamed of. Decadent beers, organized growler fills and pours made for an enjoyable experience.img_0714img_0718

Stumbled upon an Apple Pie Festival at a local high school! What Luck! Sharp Cheddar Cheese – yes please! Wishing I was having this again. img_0692

Rock Art Brewery was a great stop! I am so glad we made it a priority. Great Beers, super knowledgable staff that described every beer and the order we should drink it. The downstairs bar area was filled so we went upstairs where there were two large rooms. My friends and I had a great time sampling and spending time with one another.img_0721

Lost Nation Brewing  is an awesome brewery. Having been before on a Sunday when it was way less crowded I was completely taken off guard by the line out the door. It was popping on a Saturday. My suggestion is that if you want a flight and food (which trust me you do!! ) you should go on a Sunday or be prepared and okay to wait. I love their beers and the flight is a fun experience. Their kitchen turns out some amazing grub so its a must do!img_0727

Will be dreaming of this little airbnb view forever. What a dream.img_0736img_0740

Cider Donuts and Hot Cider, not too much just enough!img_0744

After gorging ourselves we wanted a little hike, but let me tell you this hike was anything but little. It was pretty intense with a little rock climbing but the views along the way were well worth it! Seemed to be dog friendly as we saw many pups along the route.img_0750img_0767img_0769img_0785img_0786img_0789img_0790

Burger and Beer for lunch… doesn’t get much better after an intense hike. Prohibition Pig is another must do for me – great service, beer, and food.img_0799img_0796img_0797

On our way home, we made it to one last brewery, Long Trail. I have had their beer before but this is my first time at the brewery. I LOVE the outdoorsy vibes – so up my alley and their beer was delicious. img_0801img_0802img_0803

I have probably used, delicious, amazing, must do way too many times in this post but thats honestly how I feel. My jeans may be a bit tighter but what a magical weekend. Now…when can I get back??!

Gray Whale Cove Trail in Pacifica

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Mmmm you better soak up the beauty of this photo like we soaked up the beautiful sun rays last Saturday when we hiked in Pacifica.

The Gray Whale Cove Trail is a short drive from San Francisco, around thirty minutes which makes this a perfect weekend hike for a city dweller.

The trail head will be a little hard to find, when coming from the North you will have to turn left into the parking lot. I ended up waiting for the next turn off on the right and then when traffic was clear turned around.

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When I looked at this article it said that the trail was 3 miles… well not sure where we they got that idea. Chels, Tash, and I just wondered around the trails heading up and around and back around the coast line and although we forgot to map our mileage (oops!) it took us around two to two and half hours which we guestimated as 6 or so miles.

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We found this adorable bench that looked as if someone had handcrafted it and assembled on site!

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Mountains to the left – Oceans to the RightImage

Tash, Chels and I stopped a fellow hiker for a shot. Glad we were able to commemorate the day with so many great photos.

Oh and this trail is pup friendly – as long as your friend is on a leash.

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This is Oliver, Natasha’s baby boy Labradoodle. He was a big hit on the trail.

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Perfect day hike, then head to Pacifica for a lunch!

Any recommendations for restaurants in Pacifica?  It was hard to find one that had a patio for Oliver.