I decided to visit Malibu today, hoping it wouldn’t be too crowded since it was a weekday. Gretchen suggested I hit Rosenthal Tasting Room to try some local wines. The place was dead (I guess not many people do wine tastings on a Thursday afternoon?), which means I got great service! And two extra tastes! I ended up going home with a bottle of red, which may or may not make it back to Cleveland.
After Rosenthal I wanted to get a bite at Malibu Seafood. This was a little shack right on the PCH that Greg and Kris recommended. Super casual seafood…I’m in! I had a hard time deciding what I wanted, so I just got a little of everything. Glad I got my seafood on.
After my early dinner I stumbled upon a beautiful property called the Adamson House. Honestly I just saw “California State Park” on the sign and figured it was worth a look. Again, there was really no one around (granted it was a bit cloudy today), so I basically had the place all to myself. The grounds were absolutely beautiful, and the house could easily be my dream home. I loved the Spanish style colonial structure which displayed amazing decorative ceramic tiles. And did I mention they rent the grounds out for events? Maybe Jenny J and I can have a joint birthday party here one day!
Random side note: As I was driving back down PCH I was reminiscing about driving on this same road on a family vacation. I was in 4th grade when my parents took us on this awesome trip out west in our family-friendly Ford Econoline van. It was basically like the Honda Pilot today…every family with more than two kids had one. The back bench seat folded out into a bed and everything! Anyways, we were driving up the coast and my brother Jason, my sister Lisa and I were napping in the back. My mom was reading from the AAA TripTik and TourBook until she noticed that no one was listening. I can still hear her guilt trip ringing in my ears: “Your father and I took you all the way across the country to see the Pacific Ocean and you are sleeping??!!” Sorry mom! I mean, we looked out the window for the first 20 minutes or so and then got bored! I’m pretty sure she started over after we woke up and stopped at Shoney’s for lunch. What great memories.