For our first wedding anniversary earlier this year, we returned to a place that we visited early in our relationship – the San Luis Obispo area. Just a few hours drive south of the Bay Area, this little pocket of California has rugged mountains, pretty beaches, and a cluster of neat towns.


We hiked Valencia Peak, enjoyed an oceanfront suite, discovered Chrissy’s new favorite restaurant (Ember, in Arroyo Grande), my new favorite brewery (BarrelHouse Brewing, in Paso Robles), and even squeezed in a four mile run along a coastal trail.