Heading West

If you have followed along the past few weeks then you know Jeana moved out west to California. We are all so excited for her and her husband, Glen and can't wait to hear all about her new adventures. Safe to say, I'm guilty of bawling my eyes out all the way back to the east coast, #bigsisterprobs! You can read more about their marriage adventure HERE.

Although it was a lot of miles, I decided to make the road trip out west and I am so glad I went. I've always wanted to go on a long road trip and this was as close as I was going to get to one anytime in the near future. If you are contemplating a road trip, DO IT! Seriously, this road trip gave me a new sense of appreciation for how BIG and BEAUTFUL our country truly is. We went through the woods of North Florida, the bayou in Louisiana and Mississippi, the desert in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, and back to the beautiful palms of California. My favorite landscape change was the sand dunes in Cali! I guess it’s because there is nothing like it in Florida, so the change was pretty cool to see. The pictures I took almost make it look fake but it’s just miles of perfectly untouched sand dunes!

Our first stop on our road trip was New Orleans. I have never been to New Orleans, so you better believe I was ready to eat my way through the city. Calories during vacation don’t count right?! We were only there for the night so we visited Bourbon Street for dinner. We ate at The Courtyard Grill at Bourbon Heat. Their jumbalaya and chicken and sausage gumbo was so yummy! I would recommend if you go to get one of these items. We also loved the atmosphere. The courtyard with the market lighting created a cute little ambiance to sit down after a long day of driving. Of course, we could not leave without stopping by Café Du Monde for some beignets and coffee. Our only regret was not grabbing a to go order on our way out!

Our next stop on our road trip was in San Antonio, TX. We stopped and visited the Alamo. For some reason I thought the Alamo was in a rural area but to my surprise it is right downtown. I also realized I needed to do some brushing up on my history. Jeana and my dad were whipping out fun facts about our country and I sat there like where was I during history class in grade school?! Traveling really is a teaching lesson in all things culture, history, food, and experience.   

We had dinner on the Riverwalk! I absolutely loved this area of San Antonio. There were so many great places to stop and eat along the river. We stopped for Mexican and a margarita at Barriba Cantina. I don’t know if I would recommend eating there but their margarita was pretty yummy. It was also huge so Jeana and I shared it.

Our final stop before we made it to California was in Las Cruces, New Mexico. You guys there is the cutest little winery and bistro, (St. Clair Winery & Bistro) that we discovered through a recommendation from our hotel staff. I want to visit Las Cruces again just to go back to this quaint little winery. We did a little wine tasting before we ate. It was so much fun and everything was super delicious. I also didn't hate the view.

Our mini road trip was such a great way to say farewell to Jeana. Jess and I are already planning trips to head back out west to do some more exploring in California. The one con to our road trip was we were in a relative rush to make it out to California by Friday. I only had so long off before I had to head back to work so our time in each place was very limited. I would love to do the road trip again with more time and make some twist and turns to see different cities, like Austin, TX, Sedona, AZ, etc.

Have you been on a road trip? If so, what were some of your favorite stops?

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Post Written By: Jenna McVie