Roaring Camp Railroads

If you live within an hour of Felton, CA and have little ones that like trains, this is the place for you! Just about 45 min-1 hour away from where we live is Roaring Camp Railroads. It is a popular place to go for a steam train ride. We’ve heard about it since we arrived in … Continue reading Roaring Camp Railroads


When we first moved to California, we took an impromptu trip to Disneyland. We had to go to LA to pick up our car that we had shipped from Germany and we still had an empty house because our stuff hadn’t arrived yet. So we figured we may as well turn the trip to get … Continue reading Disneyland

Sonoma Valley with Kids

When we first moved to Monterey, we talked a lot about all the nearby places we might want to visit. One place that came up more than once, especially when talking about friends coming to visit, was Napa Valley. At the time I was pregnant and the idea of going to wine country when I … Continue reading Sonoma Valley with Kids

Carmel Sandcastle Contest

Over the weekend we attended a fun, family-friendly event in Carmel-by-the-Sea. The annual sandcastle contest took place on the beach Sunday. We almost didn’t make it, sometimes Sunday mornings can be slow going and make you just want to nap all day. But thanks to some encouragement from our friends, we pulled it together and … Continue reading Carmel Sandcastle Contest

Hearst Castle

Our weekend in Paso Robles/San Luis Obispo ended with a drive home on the iconic Pacific Coast Highway or Highway 1, with a stop at Hearst Castle. We were not exactly on our travel game for Hearst Castle and could’ve improved our experience by planning ahead. #1 sightseeing tip: Always make reservations in advance for … Continue reading Hearst Castle

San Luis Obispo

We coupled a visit to San Luis Obispo with our time in Paso Robles. The two cities are only about 20-30 minutes apart. Our first stop was actually not in San Luis Obispo, but closer to Avila Beach. Avila Valley Barn is a short drive from San Luis Obispo and a worthwhile stop if you are traveling … Continue reading San Luis Obispo

Gilroy Gardens

About 45 minutes north from where we live is Gilroy Gardens, an amusement and water park.  We took our little peanut there to celebrate her 2nd birthday.  I thought the park was great for her age, she could ride most of the rides and was even able to get on some by herself (which she … Continue reading Gilroy Gardens