How to Make the Very Most of a Drive up the West Coast
For Katie Glenn, running her clay-and-metal-based jewelry line Marionwild involves packing up and taking the show on the road—and that also makes for a great excuse to get out to some wide open spaces. “Last summer, I had two trade shows: one in San Francisco and one in Seattle,” Katie explains. “So my boyfriend and I went on a road trip, trying to combine work and vacation. The trip’s 916 miles took us roughly 22 hours.” Here’s how the pair turned a long-haul drive into a summer vacay worth writing home about.
“We drove up Highway 1 from San Francisco. We kind of had a vague idea of where we were going to stop but no strict plan. The drive was incredible—we passed through the redwoods, and it’s hard to articulate how large they are. The highway has few advertisements and billboards, so that makes you feel by yourself there. We spent our first night in Trinidad, California, where we detoured for a hike on the Lady Bird Johnson Grove. It is 1.4 miles and was a great way to stretch our legs in the woods before getting back on the road.”
“We had the best breakfast of our life in Trinidad, which is a sleepy fishing town, at a restaurant called Seascape. The fog was remarkable in the morning as we wandered around the beach after breakfast. There were fisherman fishing; it was really peaceful.”
“The second night was in Coos Bay, Oregon, which was pretty great. We rented ATVs and sped around on sand dunes for a few hours. The landscape was so jarring—it felt like we were in a different country.”
“Next up was the Willamette Valley, which is wine country. We stayed in Newberg, Oregon, and randomly found ourselves at a restaurant named Ruddick/Wood. It ended up being the favorite dinner of the trip. And, of course, there was great local wine everywhere, too. Our last night before Seattle was in Portland. I’d never been to Portland, so we explored the city, shopped, and ate donuts at Voodoo. We played shuffleboard at an outdoor beer hall, Vendetta, after to perfectly wrap up the trip.”