Our family vacations will often be a road trip over a long weekend so that we can bring our pup, Boo Boo, along for the fun. When we started talking about taking a babymoon, I knew I wanted to check out AirBNB. Using the AirBnb site was so easy because we were able to narrow down our budget, region to visit and select specific property types, such as dog friendly with the entire space to ourselves.
We decided to road trip up to Central California during the Spring and wanted to stay somewhere rural with beautiful scenery to photograph. The Wild Woman Ranch in Templeton was perfect. Adorable suites situated on an overlook with horses, wineries and a stream down below made the perfect backdrop for our maternity photo session.
The property had horses in a rustic pen, quail running around and other friendly pups that would scratch at our door to ask if Boo Boo could come out to play. Our suite had a full kitchen, cozy living room with a selection of movies to watch at night, a full bathroom and small bedroom stocked with linens.
We left Los Angeles on Friday morning and stopped at In-N-Out for a quick lunch before arriving at the ranch in early evening. After a walk around the property and a nice rest we decided to go into town for dinner. We decided to try the town favorite, McPhee’s Grill, and it did not disappoint. The halibut and the pork chop was delish but, the standout star of the evening was the carrot cake that we packed to go and ate back in our suite.
The next day we woke up bright and early to enjoy a fresh ground cup of coffee on the deck watching the sunrise. We explored the property a bit more and took more photos while Boo Boo ran around trying to catch the quails.
The owner of the ranch came over and suggested we stop by the farmer’s market in town, especially since there was a food and wine festival happening. We brought back a huge flat of the sweetest strawberries, amazing fresh cheese and spicy, salami red pepper spread for a charcuterie board to nosh on later that evening.
The next morning we took a long walk on the deserted windy road leading to the ranch from the main highway passing by horses laying in a field of wild grasses, cows and bulls eating in a corner of their farm and rows of grapes at local wineries. It was a cool, crisp morning and we were sad to pack up and head on the road but, it was the perfect, relaxing weekend getaway. Johnny can be a bit of a workaholic so the lack of wifi was the only way to get him to unplug and leave the office behind for us to connect before our family grew to a party of 3.
Taking a babymoon was just what we needed and Air BNB made it so easy to plan. Im already planning our next weekend getaway with baby JR and Boo Boo, of course.