If you Google my hometown of Los Olivos, CA, you will get results like lists of wineries, the movie Sideways, Neverland Ranch, horse ranches, Michael Jackson, various art galleries and alpacas… and yes, we have all of those things. But the other night, after leaving my mom’s I decided to walk Harlow around town. Everything was closed up except the one restaurant and the little market (it was 5:30 after all). Perfect and peaceful. As I looked around I was struck by how beautiful and sweet Los Olivos is and how lucky I was to have been raised there.
I’ll take you on a little tour…
The first photo above is of the Los Olivos Garage. Ten or so years ago it was actually a garage. Now it is part shop, part sandwich place and part wine tasting room. If you’ve ever seen the movie Return to Mayberry it was the G&G Garage. (PS – If you have seen the movie you’ll see my friends and I in the classroom scenes.)
Tucked behind these crazy shrubs is the public library – one of my favorite places as a child. You can fit maybe 3 people inside.
Another wine tasting room but it used to be my friend’s house. Minus the giant fish.
J. Woeste’s is an amazing garden shop. I love, love, love the giant wind chimes. They sound amazing. The nicest thing about J. Woeste’s is that they are very pet friendly. Harlow goes there for play dates I go there for great planters.
I hope you enjoyed a look at my town. Thanks for indulging me in a little stroll down memory lane.