Yet again the day started with a Starbucks, this time a Mocha Cookie Crumble then it was back onto the road, pausing at the mission in San Luis Obispo before heading to Shell Beach, just North of Pismo Beach.

I had heard it was an amazing place to explore by kayak but unfortunately there wasn't much to see due to the early morning sea fog. 

After a quick explore of Pismo beach it was back onto the road where we headed inland to Santa Maria and found an IHOP just in time for brunch!

We very excitedly settled into our booth and delved into the extensive menu of all thing yummy. All of us decided on the combo where you get a stack of flavoured pancakes (I opted for the peach slices) and bacon, eggs and hash browns, all for around only $9.

Our next stop after brunch was a wander around the Danish village of Solvang where we walked off our IHOP and added more than half the stock of an incredible antiques shop to the wish lists in our minds.

(My Top - Topshop, Skirt - H&M, Necklace - Primark, Flip Flops - Havaianas, Sarah's Dress - White Stuff)

Then it was time to put up our feet in the nearby Rideau Winery and taste the local delights, at a cost of $12 each mind.

The next couple of hours lazied on by in a haze of sweet dessert wine and afternoon summer sun.

We then made a little detour up to Los Olivos/Santa Ynez Valley to see Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch.

We spent the night in the closest, reasonable accommodation to Santa Barbara which was in not so close Lompoc, in a Travelodge. Supper was at a amazing local Mexican called El Parmar. The deco may be basic but the food far from makes up for it.

The Neverland Ranch wasn't quite as I expected with a lot of crazed fans support but also many sad and creepy comments...

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