My husband Steve and I are celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary on June 7! From the time we were newlyweds, travel was a dream for both of us so we have always planned and saved $ carefully to achieve it. We developed a personalized "travel style" that has served us well over time as we've chosen to mostly visit charming, historic, and beautiful yet affordable places and venues over the big, loud, and expensive. We hope you enjoy our tour virtually and can visit some of these places too once our world's current sad state of affairs passes. Be sure to check out our checklists and forms! Kathryn
2. Cannery Row, Monterey, CA. Literary roots of John Steinbeck. We took a bus tour from San Francisco down the coast highway on the famous 17 Mile Drive and this stop was included. Gorgeous area!
11. Ojai, CA. The view from our room at the Retreat Center was gorgeous. Peaceful and beautiful place. Downtown Ojai is charming.
13. Solvang, CA. A charming CA small town with European-Danish heritage. Adorable. Sadly, we were on vaca in that area when 9/11 hit so we did not spend as much time in this cute town as we had hoped to do but we thought it was so cute!
Club but it has been totally remodeled, renamed, and "upscaled" now and is much more luxurious than when we were there.
24. Jackson Hole, WY. Steve's first banking convention as newlyweds in 1980. We rented bicycles and I almost crashed going way too fast down a mountainside and could have died as a new bride. Ooops! Jackson Hole has become very popular now with the uber-wealthy, but it was small, charming, and quiet when we were there.
25. Idyllwild, CA& outdoor Episcopal church in the pines. Cute little mountain-pines town in the San Jacinto Mountains and the tiny "outdoor church" is so special. We stayed at the quaint Strawberry Creek Inn. We love to drive around and I take pix of Episcopal Churches on vaca, especially the ones with the red front doors.
26. Mystic, CT.A beautiful charming waterfront town and area in the northeast U.S.
27. Muir Woods, CA. We visited here when in our 20s and of course, we loved those amazing TALL trees!
36. Cliffwalk,Newport, RI. Jackie Kennedy history in this beautiful area. Beautiful mansions and gorgeous walk by the water.
45. Estes Park, CO. A beautiful place in the mountains of Colorado. Beautiful pix.
47. Savannah, GA. We splurged on a stay at this most gorgeous historic inn overlooking beautiful and historic Forsyth Park. Worth every penny and oh the history!
48. Charleston, SChistoric downtown. We stayed in a beautiful inn here (no longer open) and we absolutely loved all the charming historic homes and inns.
55. Dubuque, IA. A pretty little Iowa river town where we stayed at one of their lovely inns.
63. Seal Beach, CA.An adorable SoCal town/village with quaint shops. We stayed at a beautiful inn there in the 90s (now closed) and later went back there on a day trip.
64. Mendocino, CA.We took a day trip to here from one of our San Francisco trips. One of the most beautiful areas and small towns in the U.S. I've ever seen! Absolutely beautiful! See what I mean?! The drive from San Fran is heavenly -- rural coastal beauty. And the little downtown is filled with charming shops and inns.
66. Bella Vista& Eureka Springs, AR. Bella Vista means "beautiful view" and the views in this Ozark mountain area in northwestern Arkansas are indeed that. Bella Vista was a retirement village when we bought a timeshare there in the 90s, but now it's full of families. Quaint and charming Eureka Springs, just down the road a bit is an adorable mountain town that draws visitors from all over and we loved going there for a day and staying in a B&B.
Our first car trip together was our honeymoon in 1980, 40 years ago ...
Our hotel "honeymoon suite" cost us $16.96 in 1980! (A.k.a. not very fancy.) :) And our first romantic honeymoon dinner fortune cookie read:
"This person's love is just and true; you may rely on it."
I hope you enjoyed our travel tour and that you find our checklists, forms, and tips helpful!