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5 Things to do in Central Coast, CA
The Style Sauce Central CA blog post travel blog

North and South California get all the love. I can’t believe I’ve lived my entire life in California and never really spent time in CENTRAL California. Often on long road trips back home to Palo Alto from Los Angeles I’d drive as fast as I could through this part of the state, eager to make it to either to my old home or my new one. 

Well, this trip really changed my point of view of the “middle” of California. First of all, it’s beautiful and soooo charming. I’m really glad we took the opportunity to spend a weekend here. If you’re thinking of making a trip to Central CA, here’s 5 things you should do while you’re around. 

The grand dining room at Hearst Castle

The grand dining room at Hearst Castle

1) Visit Hearst Castle

I didn’t really know what to expect from Hearst Castle, I just knew I wanted to go check it out at least once, even if just for photos (lol). It’s really a beautiful example of architecture, and not like anything you’ll really see in the states (kinda reminded me of the Palace of Versailles or something of that caliber).

It was pretty interesting learning about the Hearst family and their part in so much of California's history. Definitely worth going at least once, and the property is HUGE and really cool for pics. They even have some leftover zoo animals from when the family had an exotic animal zoo on the property so you could spot zebras!

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The tennis courts at Hearst Castle. 

The tennis courts at Hearst Castle. 

 

2) Taste wine in Paso Robles

I didn’t realize it, but Paso Robles is giving Napa a run for it’s money. We visited Justin Vineyards while there and it was literally breathtaking. There’s one main road that you take where most of the vineyards are. Coincidentally, it’s called Vineyard Drive. Justine, where we went for the day, sits almost at the end of this winding country road. Paso Robles is known for it’s reds - Syrahs and Zinfandels do especially well in the super hot / cold climate, but they also have whites and rosé as well.

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Along the same road where most of the vineyards are, there's also such well-known vineyards as Kiamie, Tablas Creek, and others. Major perk other than the vino in Paso Robles is that it’s STUNNING. You feel like you’re so far away from the city and there’s plenty of country-like photo opps to be had. 

Getting a tour of the caves at Justin Winery. So cool!

Getting a tour of the caves at Justin Winery. So cool!

 

3) Hang out on the beach

Paso Robles and the other towns that are inland from the coast are especially hot in the summer so you can head to the beach where it’s usually 20 degrees cooler (or even more). There’s lots of surfing and long stretches of sand where we stayed in Cambria, and def stick around for the sunset because they're really pretty here. 

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4) Drive Up (or down) Highway 1

The "1" is the highway that will take you basically all the way from LA to SF along the coast, if you let it. If you don’t have much time but want to take in the sights, this is the perfect way to see some of the sights and grab some pics in a time crunch. Be aware though that due to heavy rain and mudslides last year taking a mile of the coast into the Pacific Ocean, it is partially closed right now.  Right below Big Sur, above the San Simeon area it stops, so if you’re trying to go all the way through from Southern to Northern CA, you’ll have to go around and cut over to 101 in order to do so. The 1 is close at the base of Big Sur which is a total bummer, but they did re-open Bixby bridge so you can get there to see it if you’re coming from Northern CA. 

5) Do some hiking

Admittedly, we didn’t get to do a lot of this due to enjoying 1-4 a little *too* much this time around, but there’s some really great hikes in the area that our hotel reception at Ocean Point Ranch told us about. There’s even a path that goes all along the beach you can walk up and down which is especially pretty at golden hour. Not really a “hike” but a great walk/ run path either way. Some other hiking areas that were recommended to us were

Last Minute Stocking Stuffers for Everyone on Your List
The Style Sauce Stocking Stuffers Christmas Gift List

You know what they say: Good things come in small packages. I don't know who "they" is, but it certainly seems to be true. I remember as a kid getting some of my BEST Christmas gifts in my stockings- there's nothing like a some diamond earrings or a gift card to Nordstrom to really make your Christmas, know what I mean? With Christmas just 5 days away I've rounded up 4 of my favorite stocking stuffer ideas for all your last minute shopping needs.

PSSSTTTT I do ALL my shopping last minute because I'm a procrastinator. It seems like you're like me, and that's why you're here reading this blog, trying desperately to figure out what to get for your aunt Cindy or your brother Luke for Christmas (or Hanukah) this year.

No worries. I gotchu. 

The Short and Sweet Stocking Stuffer List for Everyone

Gift Idea #1: Flores Lane Candles

Flores Lane "Beverly Hills" scented candle, $22

Flores Lane "Beverly Hills" scented candle, $22

For basically anyone who's ever been to New York or L.A. (AKA EVERYONE):

I've talked about these candles before (read that blog here), and there's a reason I'm talking about them again. My girls over at Flores Lane are seriously amazing and keep coming out with dope candles with dope scents. I love to shop small and I love these candles. I've already known and loved their L.A. scents, but they've recently come out with a New York line entirely named after different boroughs in my favorite East Coast city. My favorite one from their New York scents is Chelsea, which also just so happens to be one of my favorite places in NYC, as well. Isn't it ironic, don't ya think? Anyways, pick a scent named after a nook of New York or L.A. and it's sure to be a hit with your Mom, Sister, Best Friend, Agent, whatever. I mean it, everyone loves these things. Shop them here. 

Some of the scents from the Flores Lane New York Collection,  all $22

Some of the scents from the Flores Lane New York Collection, all $22

Gift Idea #2: Sudio Sweden Headphones

For the music lover (also EVERYONE): 

Sudio Sweden makes these cute little wireless headphones and I've used mine almost every single day since I got mine. I have the white color way but they come in an array of colors including black and blue for the males in your life. If you have a brother/ uncle/ cousin / ex boyfriend that just got an iPhone 7 this is the perfect gift for them. (I'm kidding though, don't buy your ex boyfriend gifts. Haven't I taught you anything?) Perk: Use code THESTYLESAUCE to get 15% off your order. You're welcome

Sudio Sweden  Vasa Bla headphones,  Daniel Wellington  classic Sheffield watch, $199, Aenon charcoal face mask, $6 and Sage et Cie recycled paper notebook, $12 both via  ShopWantList .

Sudio Sweden Vasa Bla headphones, Daniel Wellington classic Sheffield watch, $199, Aenon charcoal face mask, $6 and Sage et Cie recycled paper notebook, $12 both via ShopWantList.

Gift Idea #3: ShopWantList

shop want list minimal gifts

For the minimalist (aka me)

Ok I love to dress in color sometimes, but I also love minimal shit. I love anything with clean lines and the color white involved, so I'd be uber happy to get any of these little gifts from ShopWantList. Included in the photo below is Repeat & Co's black palm makeup (or pencil) case, $22,  Sage et Cie candle ($25) and recycled paper notebook ($12), and Shop Want List's own tassel bracelet and moon child ring (both $18).   These are also all from local artisans and small businesses. It just feels good to gift things that artisan made. At least I feel that way, anyways. Check out the entire selection of accessories and gifts here. 

Aenon Charcoal and Rose face masks, great for stockings,  $6 via ShopWantList

Aenon Charcoal and Rose face masks, great for stockings, $6 via ShopWantList

Gift Idea #4: Daniel Wellington Watches

For the always on-the-go person in your life

Do you have a friend who is always late? Then this is perfect for them. It's also perfect for the person who's always traveling, the person always losing their phone who needs to still know what time it is, the business person you know, your dad, your brother Luke, and your dog. Ok scratch the last one, but maybe Hudson the golden retriever would even look chic wearing one of these watches. Major perk: Use code STYLESAUCE to get 15% off your order until January 15th

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If you need me, I'll be here online shopping! Wishing you the Happiest of Holidays!

xo, Genevieve