How a Fly-Fish Guide & a Writer Spend their Honeymoon

Our honeymoon adventure was a road trip from Los Olivos, California back home to Philipsburg, Montana.  Following Highway 1, the Pacific Coast Highway, up the California and Oregon coasts.  Nice hotel rooms, camping, great meals, seafood, wine tasting, micro brews, amazing concert, hiking, fishing, biking and over 3,000 miles on the road.

Tuesday November 8th

Los Olivos, California – Pismo Beach, California

-Wine tasting at Foxen Canyon Winery

-Great hotel room at The Cottage Inn by the Sea with amazing view of the beach and ocean

-Mexican food and Tequila tasting at Ventana Grill


Wednesday November 9

Pismo Beach, California – Treebones Resort, Big Sur, California

-Wine tasting at Kelsey See Vineyard

-Arrive at Treebones for sunset and BBQ salmon dinner at our campsite


Thursday November 10

Treebones Resort, Big Sur, California

-Hike to an amazing ocean view

-Reading and relaxing poolside & enjoying a bottle of gifted champagne

-Fabulous steak dinner at the restaurant at Treebones


Friday November 11

Treebones Resort, Big Sur, California – San Francisco, California

-Quick stop at Big Sur Bakery for pastries

-Check-in to Courtyard by Marriott Downtown San Francisco

-Walk to Fisherman’s Wharf exploring the city

-Hilarious comedy show by Dana Gould at The Punchline

-Experienced the scene at the Tonga Room followed by stumbling upon great cocktails at Pacific Cocktail Haven P.C.H.


Saturday November 12

San Francisco, California

-Walk to Kate’s Kitchen for amazing breakfast and exploring Haight Ashbury neighborhood

-Rented bikes to explore Golden Gate Park

-Our first Lyft experience back to the North Beach area of the city

-Sampled great Italian food with salads at Calzone’s, pizza from North Beach Pizza and Tiramisu and coffee at Stella Pastry


Sunday November 13

San Francisco, California – Redding, California

-Dinner and beers at Woody’s Brewing Company

-Memorable Sturgill Simpson concert at the Cascade Theatre


Monday November 14

Redding, California – Calistoga, California

-Truck maintenance; oil change and tire rotation

-Shopping at Trader Joe’s (Gwyneth’s favorite store)

-Beautiful drive into Napa Valley area to our yurt at Bothe-Napa Valley State Park

-Another great BBQ salmon dinner


Tuesday November 15

Napa Valley, California

-Wine tasting tour of the valley

-Visited Del Dotto Vineyard, Miner Family Winery & Trinchero Napa Valley

-Received a nice bottle of wine by a couple we met at the Trinchero tasting room

-Appetizers at Napkins Bar and Grill in the city of Napa


Wednesday November 16

Bothe-Napa Valley State Park, California – Fort Bragg, California

-Back to Highway 1 and onto the Lost Coast area

-Stopped at Cafe Aquatica in Jenner for some great coffee

-Sampling beers at the North Coast Brewery in Fort Bragg

-Recovery night: Pizza from Piaci’s and watching the epic movie 2012 in our motel room


Thursday November 17

Fort Bragg, California – Mattole River Campground, Lost Coast, California

-Entering the Redwoods and followed a long, rough, crazy road through northern California to reach the coast

-Walked on the beach at sunset and discovered a group of Sea Lions

-Finally had a good fire with the help of driftwood instead of soggy wood from Napa Valley


Friday November 18

Mattole River Campground, Lost Coast, California – Crescent City, California

-Made breakfast burritos at the beach

-Visited the Redwood Curtain Brewing Company in Arcata

-Seafood dinner at North Coast Ocean Sports & Grill in Crescent City


Saturday November 19

Crescent City, California – Ashland, Oregon

-Rainy hike through the Redwoods on the Stout Memorial Grove Trail

-Settled into our VRBO rental in downtown Ashland

-Dinner and cocktails at Taqueria Picaro


Sunday November 20

Ashland, Oregon

-Guided Steelhead fishing trip on the Rogue River, floated Shady Cove to Dodge Bridge

-Landed my first two Steelhead on a fly rod

-Beers at the Caldera Brewery and great dinner at Smithfields Restaurant


Monday November 21

Ashland, Oregon – Grants Pass, Oregon

-Amazing breakfast and mimosas at Morning Glory in Ashland followed by a few more hours on the river

-Wine tasting at Cliff Creek Cellar heading towards Grants Pass


Tuesday November 22

Grants Pass, Oregon – Yachats, Oregon

-Headed back to the coast and stumbled upon the cool little town of Yachats

-Appetizers and micro brews at Yachats Brewing

-As the rain settled in we splurged for a nice room and dinner at The Adobe Resort


Wednesday November 23

Yachats, Oregon – Manzanita, Oregon

-Quick hike on Cape Perpetua outside of Yachats

-Visit to the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport

-Sampling at the Pelican Brewing Company

-Being rained out, we booked a room at the Sunset Surf Motel overlooking the beach


Thursday November 24

Manzanita, Oregon

-Happy Thanksgiving!  Enjoyed locally made Pumpkin pie for breakfast

-Caught up with family on the phone while watching football

-Great evening with friends who happened to be visiting the area in their yurt for homemade Chicken Noodle soup


Friday November 25

Manzanita, Oregon – Astoria, Oregon

-Explored Cannon Beach, Oregon with brunch at the Lazy Susan Cafe and walk on the beach

-Found a nice room at the Astoria Riverwalk Inn that included bike rentals

-Brewery tour and great bike ride visiting Rogue Ales & Spirits and Buoy Beer Company

-Final seafood dinner at Bridgewater Bistro


Saturday November 26

Astoria, Oregon – Spokane, Washington

-Lunch at the Astoria Coffee House & Bistro

-Followed the Columbia River gorge away from the ocean heading inland towards Washington


Sunday November 27

Spokane, Washington – Philipsburg, Montana

-Stocked up at Trader Joe’s before heading back to Montana

-Greeted by falling snow as we arrived at home


One thought on “How a Fly-Fish Guide & a Writer Spend their Honeymoon

  1. Congratulations to you and Gwyneth! Thanks for sharing your wonderful honeymoon photos. Sandra and I are road-trippers ourselves, and we love every minute together (just passed the 15 year mark). Great good luck to you both.
    John Grana and Sandra Lowe
    New York, New York


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