Monday, June 2, 2014

Active Getaway to Avila Beach

We escaped to the beach over the weekend. Our getaway started on Thursday around noon, after I finished teaching my classes. After a 3-hour car ride, we arrived in Avila Beach. The weather was supposed to be rather cool over the weekend (luckily, the forecast was somewhat wrong), so we decided to head to the pool first as it was warm enough to swim and hang out at the pool.

After some swimming, we went on an evening walk to get some steps, and I reached my goal of 10,000 steps. The grand total for Thursday was 10,518, which I was happy with considering the car ride and work in the morning.

On Friday, we decided to walk along the coast to Harford Pier to buy some fresh, local fish. The round-trip walk (including some walking up and down the pier) is a little over 4 miles – a nice way to get some steps early in the day.

We then went to the pool again and ate a late lunch – broiled fish, veggies, and a salad. Andy also brought out the craft beer he bought on the way at Firestone Walker Brewery, but he decided not to drink it after all as we were going to do some wine tasting later that day. 

After relaxing in the hotel room for a bit, we headed to Alapay Cellars to pick up our wine club shipment during their pick up party. Besides the wine, there were appetizers, which Andy and the kid enjoyed a lot. It was a relaxing evening, and we were surprised that we stayed for almost two hours – partly because the kid had such a good time wall climbing… Plus, the wine was wonderful.

On Saturday, we walked to Harford Pier again. Since we still had fish and veggies left over from the day before, we didn’t buy any fish, but the kid and hubby had a great time watching the sea lions up close. While they were busy observing, I was busy walking up and down the pier, getting more steps. 

In the afternoon, we spent another hour swimming and relaxing by the pool, before walking some more.

Eating and Drinking to Feel Our Best

It was a very nice getaway, and we are very thankful. It felt great to walk a lot while we were away, and it made us feel our best.

Here are my step totals

Thursday: 10,518 – not bad considering I taught in the morning and then spent 3+ hours in the car
Friday: 16,417
Saturday: 19,174
Sunday: 18,133 – I’m proud of this number, especially considering that we again spent 3+ hours in the car, and I did several loads of laundry, grocery shopped, and prepped food for the week when we got home

I also felt my best because we brought all of our food with us and only ate out in Morro Bay on our way home. In Morro Bay we ate fresh seafood at Tognazzini’s Dockside Restaurant, which was delicious. Andy and I split a Mexican shrimp cocktail, and I had grilled fish with veggies and tomatoes for my entrée. Everything tasted very fresh and “clean,” and it was fun exploring Morro Bay a bit.

Questions: What was the highlight of your weekend? How do you make sure you stay active when you are on vacation or on a short weekend getaway? Or do you rather relax and not worry about being active? Or a combination of both?  What’s your “food philosophy” when you are on vacation? Do you splurge or eat what you normally eat? I usually eat what I normally eat as I bring all of our food with us whenever I can. When we are at the coast, I often eat better than at home as I eat lots of fresh seafood and veggies. But I also have a few treats - mainly some wine and a little ice cream.

Be well,


  1. Anonymous6/02/2014

    Da wäre ich auch gerne mitgekommen, habe noch ganz tolle Erinnerungen an Avila Beach.Ich würde mir jeden Tag am Hafen frischen Fisch holen und zubereiten,dazu
    diverse Gemüse oder Salat der Saison,etwas Wein und Viel Wasser.
    Schöne Bilder!

  2. sounds like a great gateway! I also like to be active when on vacation, mainly walking to explore the place and let my mind get away too. I tend to eat whatever it is available and choose healthy options when possible. Not stressing about it or not restriction our journey due to food restriction is important for me to make the trip centered in itself rather than food. :)

    1. It was very nice! :)

      And, yes, it's important to not make the trip all about food, either way...

  3. what a GREAT getaway, and thanks for sharing pictures! I love my weekends to be varied; some chock full of fun activities, some total vegging. Too much of either one would wear me out or bore me. LOL

    1. It's important to do nothing and just relax once in a while... :)

  4. What a fantastic weekend! Congrats on all your steps!

  5. Wowza on the steps - great job!! I am hoping to get up early with another one of the attendees Thursday and Friday morning to get some steps in - not sure how active my next few days in Texas will be - I hear its HOT - 102 degrees in Lubbock this week - eek!

    1. Thanks, Biz! Have fun in Texas, and try to stay cool! :)

  6. What is a vacation? ;)

    LOVED the pics on IG & here - so beautiful & relaxing!

    ANd in the olden days of vacation, a mixture of active & rest... :)

    1. Sorry things have been rough, Jody!

      And, yes, a mixture of rest and being active is best! :)

  7. Wow, I am so glad you had such a great time...the food look awesome Andrea...and I am so impressed with the numbers of steps...the pictures are great!
    Enjoy the rest of the week dear :D

  8. Beautiful photos. and it sounds like you had a fabulous weekend! We explored the Central Coast last summer-such a beautiful area! You ALWAYS inspire me with your step count Andrea!! I had a fun hike yesterday and managed to get in 15,000 steps, but I usually end up just shy of averaging 10,000 steps per day...I'll keep trying though!

    1. Thanks, EA!

      I got sick last week, and it's been hard getting the step average back up... :)

  9. It looks like everyone enjoyed this getaway! Great job getting in all those steps!