Just Outside LA-Carpenteria

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.

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The brewery is located directly next to the train tracks, which only adds to its charm.

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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.

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11837224_10153686406289994_476637170_o (1)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.
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