Our friends with kids have been telling us to travel as much as we can before the baby comes (and to go out to dinner and the movies), so this past weekend Ryan and I took a little babymoon in Ojai (pronounced “O hi”), which is about an hour and a half north of Los Angeles. We’d never been there before, but we’ve always heard great things about Ojai and a coupon for the Capri Hotel gave us an excuse to finally check it out.
Ojai is a small town, which was manageable for exploring since I can’t walk as far as I was able to pre-pregnancy. There are lots of restaurants and cute shops to check out, and we also enjoyed just hanging out in the room, watching movies and playing cards and Scrabble. It was pretty heavenly to get out of town and have some time together, which we haven’t had much of lately.
The Capri had this awesome Buddha in the garden, and we couldn’t resist getting a picture with him. He made me feel much better about my huge belly. We’re just chillin’ together. That’s what you do with Buddha.
One of our favorite things about Ojai was exploring the fantastic independent grocery stores, and then checking out the Sunday Farmers’ Market. It was small, but it had great stands and everyone there was so nice. It was kind of a bummer to come back to LA after being in a place where we felt there was a sense of community, and of course it’s always hard to come back to the grind after a vacation. But we eased the transition by making some Delicata Squash Bisque with these little beauties on Sunday night. Soup makes everything better.
I’m so happy that our friends gave us the advice to get out of town together before the baby arrives. It was a special trip that I know Ryan and I will always remember. And unlike other vacations, coming back from this one was easier since we have so much to look forward to, and so much to do to get ready for this little girl joining our lives!