Hello California #BlogTourCali
Well I can think of worst ways to spend your birthday, today I will be packing to leave tomorrow for BlogTourCali run by Modenus. So it will be goodbye wet and windy London and hello to California sunshine. I was so delighted to be asked by Modenus to join the roadtrip through California over 5 days next week which starts in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
Prior to the tour starting I’m heading to Palm Springs tomorrow for a few days rest and relaxation. It just happens to be Moderism Week there so this weekend I will be able to explore some of the architecture of the city. The show aims to celebrate the appreciation of mid-century architecture, which is certainly on show in abundance in Palm Springs. High on a hillside in the Coachella Valley the house below was designed by John Lautner and owned for many years by the late Bob Hope. With architecture tours and open houses Moderism Week is a great start to my California adventure.
Modenus has been running Blog Tours since the first group of design bloggers arrived in London for the Design Festival back in September 2011. I have previously attended a Blog Tour over to New York and made life long friends with other bloggers while exploring the design of the city. This tour is starting in Los Angeles and finishes in San Francisco so we have the added excitement of a ROADTRIP!
A tour like this wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of the sponsors. This time our sponsors are Mr Steam, Zephyr, Miele, DXV and WestEdge Design. I’m really looking forward to getting to know our sponsors as we travel on our roadtrip with them.
After settling into Los Angeles, and the obligatory roof top Hollywood dinner, we will enjoy a brunch the following morning with Miele. A long-term sponsor of Blog Tour they are my supplier of choice for kitchen appliances so it’s always great to hear about their new products.
Next stop will be to the WestEdge Design Fair, which launched last year. Bringing together the best of West Coast and International design I’ll look forward to walking the show and getting inspiration for design projects back home. I’m really excited to see exhibitor Graypants at the show, I recently specified their products for a project in London.
After partying in the evening at the Fair it will be an early rise as we start our trip up the Pacific Coast Highway. This tour has a strong focus on understanding about how design can help wellness so it’s appropriate our first stop is at the Bacara Resort and Spa. Here we will be enjoying a class of yoga and exploring the fabulous spa facilities.
After the morning at the spa we will be continuing our journey north for an overnight stay in beautiful Cambria. The evening will be spent exploring the Caliza Winery in Paso Robles. With 20 acres of land we will be tasting and discovering the delights of California produced wine.