We have a late afternoon snack at the wine bar at the Los Olivos Cafe.
I order the Salad Nicoise and iced coffee (to keep me alert on the road for the next stage of our hugely too-long journey).
When the beautiful salad arrives, I think the "chicken" seems on the raw side, but these folks know what they're doing, so I eat it. It's only at the end of the meal that I realize I am so tired I cannot tell chicken from seared ahi.
After we order, Ed says, Why don't you see if they have a room? The Fess Parker Wine Country Inn is directly across the street. We've stayed there before for a friend's wedding. Michael, the lovely man at the front desk, says they have one room left with a King bed. Since it's 5 o'clock he offers it to me for about 40% off.
Immediately I also notice how beautifully they've upgraded the Fess Parker. And it is such a relief to be in a lovely, quiet beautiful place and to be off the road!
I join Ed back at the Cafe, and tell him we have a room here for the night. I tell our waiter that I want to substitute my iced coffee with a glass of white wine!
I tell Ed how much I love him.
After our lovely meal, we walk around town. It's so lovely to see the gorgeous flowers in bloom, and to go slow... by foot.