Carpinteria has that wonderful friendly feel of a small town. My hostess Phyllis took a day for us to meander the streets in the sunshine, enjoying the sights, sounds, and yes- the tastes of the area!
Our first stop was an outdoor lunch at a Mexican restaurant called "Oaxaca". The gentleman who waited on us was wonderful, even bringing a bowl of water for Kenny Canine! The food was great- but couldn't finish it all!
Wonderful views from our walk down Main Street!:
We wandered down to the State Beach at the end of the main street.
|Picnic and play area at the beach.|
|Something about this lone tree on the beach that tugs at my heart!|
|This is a bush, but they really look like wild daisies. Couldn't find out what the were.|
|A breathtaking view of the mountains from the Main Street!|
Walking back, we window shopped. I knew I dare not go into these places- it would've wreaked havoc on my budget! Phyllis and I talked about how friendly everyone was. This was truly a small town with that wonderful small town "feel"! Phyllis told me she loves it here. The beaches, bluffs, shops, and the people- all the things that make this place feel like "home"!
|I'd love to have a beach house like this one! So pretty!|
|A view of the street with the canopies and umbrellas|
|Now THAT'S the Christmas spirit!|
We caught a glimpse of the last pink rays of sunset, a fitting end to our small town adventure!
In the evening we were joined by Phyllis' friend Andy (Andrea) as we dined at a wonderful Italian restaurant called "Giannfranco's Trattoria". Though a bit pricey, it is a wonderful treat for any special occasion! Plus, they had my favorite Italian rice dish- Risotto with seafood!
I thoroughly enjoyed this day! And the Italian food was a perfect end! Thank you Phyllis and Andy for the delightful company!