1 year down, many more to go!
It was recently our 1 year wedding anniversary. If you read our last post, you’ll see it was also recently Brent’s birthday! Basically the end of Winter/beginning of Spring are just an endless barrage of celebrations but we’re not complaining.
We put together somewhat of a last minute anniversary celebration and headed off to Pacifica, about 35 minutes from Redwood City and right on the ocean.
We stayed at the Pacifica Beach Hotel which was right across the street from the beach!
Unfortunately the first day we were there the weather was not super beach friendly so we found a cute coffee shop to hang out in, Pacific Java Cafe in “downtown” Pacifica.
There doesn’t seem to necessarily be a specific “downtown” to Pacifica, as the area is a group of smaller towns that have come together to form a larger beach town. The area around this cafe seems to be somewhat of a central location with very cute shops and two of the area’s higher end restaurants: Moonraker and Nick’s Seafood Restaurant. There are several other restaurants, a couple spas, a realty company, and a few other small businesses.
After we got our delicious coffees we sat around and read our kindles on our phones. We were under prepared and were too chilly without jackets to venture outside!
We settled in to our hotel room after a few hours at the coffee shop and realized the room was … slightly lacking. Our sheets had stains on them that Brent was insisting was chocolate but … no thanks! I went and exchanged them at the front desk, the man that helped me was nothing but apologetic and very sweet. The room seemed very old with a big gash in the floor, outdated colors, uneven raised tiles that made the bathroom door a little hard to close. It definitely needed a little TLC, and the price was a little high though we did have to remind ourselves we were in California not Idaho 🙂
Everything was solved with a little makeup and a cocktail at Moonraker!
We went all out for our dinner the first night and spent probably a little more than we should have but I mean … look at this spread!
Since I was raised with a mom that was practically a Michelin star chef (or whatever the Mexican comfort food creator equivalent is) I sometimes feel as though I could have made a similar meal at home but not this time. We were blown away by absolutely every bite of this meal.
The views also were incredible! I wasn’t able to get a picture because as the window is pelted all day with the sea breeze it was less than crystal clear. If it says anything about the view though, the windows were smashed by waves in January of last year! It’s that close to the water. Luckily we made it home nice and dry.
No shame in a golden hour selfie
We waddled home afterwards and played board games like the party-hard couple we are. Our games of choice were Superfight and Pandemic. Does anyone have suggestions for other fun 2 player games? We really enjoyed those!
Stay tuned for day 2!
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