After months of patiently biding my time while the BF worked on his weekend project with the guys (which finally ended first weekend of August), I practically begged Jules for an out-of-town day trip for just the two of us. He required little to no convincing and we ended up having a fantastically wonderful day at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Swift Street Courtyard.
|chocolate covered bacon = amazeballs|
First stop was the Boardwalk, where we spent a great deal of time in the arcade. I have to admit, I liked the NASCAR racing games, except when we both got royally smoked by a kid who was probably about 8 years old. Kids these days. We avoided the deep-fried Twinkies, Oreos, and Hot Dogs On A Stick...but we could not resist the Chocolate Covered Bacon at Marini's! LB purchased a small bag of these heavenly goodies, along with his favorite gummies. (Sadly for him, he did not realize that I do not like rollercoasters or any sort of adrenaline-inducing ride, so no Big Dipper for us this time.)
|Bonny Doon pinot noir|
We then headed to the Swift Street Courtyard, where our main point of interest was the Bonny Doon tasting room. It's pretty gorgeous, and they make some lovely wines. We purchased a couple of bottles of Grenache Blanc, and one each of their Nebbiolo and Pinot Noir.
|cutest lunch bag ever|
Across the way, at the Cameron Marks boutique, I spotted a French market basket with long leather straps (I own one with short leather handles). I decided I really didn’t NEED two baskets at the moment, but then started looking at everything else they had to offer. Funny cards, RBG nail lacquers (organic and non-toxic), jewelry, home décor items by Jonathan Adler, and a table full of old-fashioned kids’ games from France. I found the perfect lunch bag by 3 Sprouts, appliqued with a purple felt owl – and Jules decided I needed to own it and bought it as a belated birthday present. How cute is that? Cameron Marks also has a clothing boutique in a separate space, with gorgeous clothes including Quiksilver's Boutique line - fabulous is all I have to say about that!
Finally, one last stop at Kelly's French Bakery for some pastries and the densest (yet tasty) baguette I have ever had in my life. You must try their strawberry-rhubarb tartlettes!
It was such a wonderful day, despite the cloud cover. Until next time, Santa Cruz!