I'd been debating if I wanted to post anything about our honeymoon, mostly because it was super low key and I don't have much to say. Don't get me wrong, it totally rocked and I want to honeymoon forever! But we kept exploring to a minimum and focused on relaxing, so I was a little lazy and only took photos with my phone. I was also really busy drinking a lot of wine the entire time (I mean, we WERE in wine country), so there's that. This morning I woke up and decided I want to keep these memories on here either way, because I absolutely loved our honeymoon, and I want to remember it forever! So enjoy some not so great quality photos of our getaway to Solvang!
If you've never been to Solvang, it's a little tiny Danish town about 30 minutes past Santa Barbara. We've been to a number of small towns together, small abandoned places that nobody visits are definitely our jam. This town is totally different though. It's small, but really cute, and surprisingly upscale. I loved the relaxed vibe about it, and I cannot say this enough, it's so dang cute there! AH! The drive up is so picturesque. We stopped for a bit, because I was really intrigued by these cows on the side of the road. Turns out I'm afraid of cows though. I guess I've never really been near them, but the closer I got, the closer they got, and I was like NUH, UH see you later. They just have this weird look in their eyes. Like they're going to charge at any moment.
Our first night there, we went to this awesome tasting room called Sort This Out Cellars. I'm not a huge fan of darker wines, but they had the best wines I've ever tasted! We bought a bottle to bring home, and I can't wait to dig into that soon. After a little wine, we took a short walk and ended up at Succulent Cafe for dinner. The service was impeccable, and the food. Ah, the food. I'd drive there right now for another bowl of their carrot soup. After dinner, we went back to our hotel and watched The Bachelor. Couldn't miss that, obviously. The next day, we set out to explore Solvang a bit. We rented a cute bike and rode around the town for a while, admiring all the buildings. We also stopped at a chocolate shop for chocolate and lattes, so so good! We also stopped by a lavender farm (which we are definitely going back to when it's lavender season!), enjoyed a few wine tastings, and just walked around chatting and laughing.
Our last day of our honeymoon was spent in Santa Barbara. We had been before, so we focused more on relaxing (and watching a lot of home makeover shows on TV haha).
Related story, but not really: Andrew's dad gave a speech at our wedding, and he mentioned how he never understood why we celebrated random things like our 5 month dating anniversary. He then went on to say, he understood now that we were constantly working on keeping our love alive. I have to admit, once we got engaged, all of that stopped. We got so busy, our work schedules were completely opposite, and any free time we had together was spent wedding planning. We stopped randomly celebrating our love and taking small trips to random little towns-or anywhere really, we stopped working on keeping our love alive. I wish I could say I really enjoyed being engaged, but the truth is I kind of hated it. We actually drifted apart more than we should have, which is hard to admit on here, but I'm trying to keep it real. Being away on our honeymoon, relaxing, enjoying each other, it felt so good in my heart. It reminded me how great we are together, and how much fun we used to have. Now that the madness of planning our wedding has passed, Andrew and I both agreed that we can't forget to celebrate our love for each other ever again. It's what keeps us going and it's what keeps us close. I'll always treasure our honeymoon as a reminder to love on each other constantly. This weekend we're working on a list of things we want to do together during our first year of marriage. I can't wait to add traveling to it! Seriously, we hadn't taken a trip like this in over a year and a half! Obviously we'll be adding a return trip to Solvang to our list ;)