The Happy Finale to a Vacation of a Lifetime

The end of 2013 was quickly approaching and so was the end of our Vacation of a Lifetime year. Warren and I decided to head to the West Coast for a few days after Christmas. Our first stop was Laguna Beach where we stayed at the fabulous Casa Laguna Inn and Spa. Kathryn and Henry, the innkeepers, greeted us and Henry immediately took us to a special place on the beach where there is a stairway from a cliff to the beach that looks like a Medieval tower.

Laguna Beach Castle Turret

After that, the four of us headed to lunch at The Cliff, a restaurant overlooking the ocean. Our room, or I should say our spacious cottage, was ready when we returned. We relaxed and enjoyed the beautiful view from the front windows. The next morning we were treated to an amazing breakfast. Casa Laguna has a breakfast menu that would put many places to shame. We had a sample of many of the dishes, including steak, waffles, pancakes, and omelets — all cooked to order and wonderful.

The Patio and Breakfast at Casa Laguna Inn and Spa

Our next stop was the beautiful Simpson House Inn in Santa Barbara. We had time to walk the city and really enjoyed the beautiful Court House there. Appetizers that night allowed us to visit with some of the other guests.

Garden at Simpson House Inn

The next day we took a trolley tour of the town and then headed to the town of St. Ynez and the Santa Ynez Inn. Again we had a wonderful time visiting with the guests, although some of them laughed when we said the traffic had been heavy coming there. Apparently it was light according to California standards. After another delicious breakfast the next morning, we headed home.

Janet and Warren at California's Santa Ynez Inn

This year of travel has been a wonderful experience for Warren and me. We hate that it has ended but are so appreciative of all the wonderful innkeepers who made us feel like celebrities and also to the interesting guests who were fun to get to know. This prize from Select Registry was truly a Vacation of a Lifetime.

— Janet

Thanks for following Warren and Janet during their travels as our 2013 Vacation of a Lifetime winners! We’ll announce our 2014 winners soon, so stay tuned.

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