Glamping in Big Sur was just the beginning of our 2.5 week trip up the Pacific coast. Randy has relatives in Vancouver, B.C., so our plan was to see as much as we could on our way to Canada. Here was our itinerary:
DESTINATION ONE: Drive Los Angeles to Big Sur, CA. – One night (not enough time!)
Big Sur Lodging: Big Sur Campgrounds and Cabins
DESTINATION TWO: Drive to Sonoma, CA and run with one of oldest friends in the Water to Wine Half Marathon, Headsburg – Two Nights
Lodging: Doubletree Sonoma Wine Country
Now on to the bigger adventures of our trip. Instead of doing all of the hotel, ferry, train booking myself, I used Clipper Vacations – a travel company for the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada. Their agent made the bulk of our road trip so simple. When you travel to Washington and Western Canada, you can get to most major cities by ferry boat. So we didn’t need to rent a car. Clipper Vacations booked all ferries, transfers, and accommodations for a very reasonable rate. Being a family of two working parents with a toddler, it made vacation planning such a breeze!
DESTINATION THREE: Drive to Oakland Int’l Airport, park car in long term parking ($11/day), fly OAK to Seattle, WA – three nights.
Seattle Lodging: Westin Seattle Downtown
DESTINATION FOUR: Clipper Ferry from Seattle to San Juan Islands, WA – Two Nights (Not enough time!)
San Juan Islands Lodging: Earthbox Inn and Spa, Friday Harbor
Victoria Lodging: The Fairmont Empress Hotel (I’m so glad I asked the travel agent how much more it would cost to upgrade to this iconic hotel. It was only $20 more! Easy decision)
DESTINATION SIX: Take Clipper Ferry from VIctoria to Vancouver, B.C. Ride a chartered bus from Ferry port into downtown Vancouver (all handled by Clipper Vacations)
Vancouver Lodging: Delta Vancouver Suites & Randy’s relatives in Richmond, B.C.
DESTINATION SEVEN: Take Amtrak train from Vancouver, B.C. to Seattle – One Night (we had an early flight the nest morning.
Seattle Lodging: Back at Westin Seattle Downtown
After our short second visit to Seattle, we took the city’s light rail direct from the hotel to Sea-Tac. We flew back to Oakland to find our car safe and sound in the outdoor long term parking. Looking back, there were a LOT of stops on our trip and a lot of travel time, but I think traveling with an 8-month old using a compact stroller and a BabyBjorn Carrier was the best baby age so far. The only big drag during the whole trip was having to drive from Oakland back to Los Angeles in one day because I had to be back at work the following morning! I think Claire experienced the post-vacation blues, because that car ride home with a toddler, was ZERO fun.