Anniversary Trips

This weekend James and I purchased our honeymoon flights. This is an instance where words really cannot convey our excitement. We are having fun with our wedding planning and are very much looking forward to our special day but now have one big item checked off the planning list – and with that a big sigh of relief. We chose our wedding date based on our anniversary. We feel that as important as our wedding anniversary will be, the anniversary of our first date will always hold a heavier significance as the true beginning of our relationship so we wanted both dates to be relatively close. The past three anniversary’s we have decided to celebrate by taking weekend trips; it has quickly become a tradition that we plan to continue. Our honeymoon, which begins the day after the wedding, will also celebrate our four year anniversary. After purchasing our flights I started to look back at previous anniversary trips – the most recent which was our trip to Quebec city. Here are some pictures from our first and second year anniversary trips – we look forward to adding many more wonderful trips in the happy years to come.

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For our first year anniversary James got us tickets for a ride on the Fillmore and Western Railway steam engine train. I had actually never been on a train in general until this day (living in Rhode Island most of my life doesn’t really call for riding trains) so it was a wonderful treat. What better way to ride a train for the first time?!

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The train ride took us through the farm lands of Fillmore and had two stops. The first stop was in Santa Paula where we were able to walk around and grab some lunch and the second at an emporium where we were able to shop from local farmers.

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We sat in a booth all to ourselves and enjoyed refreshments from the concession counter in the train.

IMG_1345One of my favorite details of the day were the tickets, complete with stamps and hole punches marking the date (which helped inspire our save the dates). It seemed a great touch on their behalf to adequately create a steam engine train experience.

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For our second anniversary celebration we went away to Santa Barbara for the weekend. That year our anniversary fell right on Labor Day weekend so we were able to spend a lovely weekend exploring the little town.

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James (who loves all things related to flags) was very excited to find a replica of the very first bear flag of California at the pier.

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This was the view from the top of the court house. We realized after the trip that we somehow forgot to take a picture in front the beautiful court house itself – which really just means we have another excuse to go again sometime.

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This was outside our hotel room. We found a very pretty and pleasant hotel in the outskirts of downtown Santa Barbara which made it quiet enough to rest and close enough to walk to everything we wanted to see. img_6570

We did manage to take a picture of the entrance to the courthouse.

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After a full day and night in Santa Barbara we decided to head to Solvang for a few hours before making our way back to Los Angeles. This little city proved to be quite the surprise as we were not expecting something so lovely and detailed. We have decided that Solvang will need a whole weekend to itself for our exploration someday.

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One Comment on “Anniversary Trips”

  1. […] types of steam trains that were once functional. Considering James and I are both quite fond of trains, and the fact that Travel Town has convenient free parking and no admission fee, it’s pretty […]


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