Since it’s summer, I guess it’s fitting that Kelli and I are taking lots of mini trips outside of Los Angeles. Recently Kelli visited the gorgeous beach city of south of LA, Laguna. This week, I visited the gorgeous beach city NORTH of LA, Carpenteria!
Carpenteria is actually pretty close to where I currently live now in Oxnard. It’s a short treck nestled between Ventura and Santa Barbara. We drove up on a sunny Saturday afternoon with a goal of just checking out Island Brewery, which we heard was really great with a huge selection of craft beers. We were not disappointed!
The place was crowded, but beer-tenders were quick and friendly. We grabbed two seats at the bar and asked for a sampler. Delicious richly flavored variety of tasty beer was bestowed upon us pretty quick.
The brewery is located directly next to the train tracks, which only adds to its charm.
After our beer-fest, we decided to do a little window shopping. Of course we wandered into a great thrift store called the Laughing Buddha, a place where treasures and antiques are reincarnated.
Next stop was an amazing antique store called Whimsy Antiques. It was a kaleidoscope of color, texture and just plain cool stuff. We walked out with a cool mid-century modern ceramic lamp/vase.
After the hard work of shopping, we decided a margarita was in order. Lucky for us there was a great little Mexican spot the happily served us a great one, but also some delicious nachos!
Senor Frog’s Mexican Food Full and sleepy from tequila and salsa we headed back to the car. I snapped some pics from a long the way.