California

The One With A Windmill And A Luffa Farm

08-26-2015

IMG_0277Hi friends!! I know it’s been awhile since I posted but I have a very good reason… I MOVED INTO A HOUSE!!! It’s a rental house (I’m not made of money people) and I am SO excited to share all that goodness with y’all once my roommates and I have a little more flowers in mason jars and a little less half-unpacked boxes in every room of the house. And as with any move comes the looooong wait for internet. Although it was kinda nice to basically be cut-off from the world every time I stepped in the door, I’m happy to report we finally got internet yesterday!! YAY!!! Now to come up with a clever name….

Today I thought I’d finally share with you part 1 of my bestie road trip!!! Now my best friend is a little camera shy (as am I) but she was such a trooper and didn’t question or roll her eyes when I stopped to take a picture of every last little thing (thanks Ash 😉 ). It had felt like almost a year since I last saw my beloved freshman roomie and forever bestie, but a weekend visit was just what the doctor ordered.

Our road trip consisted of basically 5 stops with pit-stops in Santa Barbara for clean restrooms and the best ice cream in the world (besides Bluebell). The goal for this day trip was to make it to the Madonna Inn for a late lunch while stopping to see as many fun places as we could along the way! So for this post I am sharing with you the 2 stops we made before lunch: Solvang CA and the one and only Luffa Farm.

Stop 1 –  Solvang is the CUTEST random little town about 2.5 hours north of LA. If you like quaint little Christmas shops and streets lined with Danish bakeries, then this village is the place for you! I’m sad we only spent a little time there but I will DEFINITELY be going back, maybe to see it all decorated for the holidays!!! But nonetheless I loved this little village 🙂 It’s a definite must for anyone roadtripping north of LA plus who doesn’t love cinnamon rolls the size of your face?!

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Stop 2 –  The Luffa Farm. Yes, you read that right. A luffa farm. “Luffa” as in the thing you use in the shower. Fun fact, those things are grown from a vine!!!! And lucky for any roadtripper in California, there is a family who specifically farms luffas and just LOVES to show you how.

This place is kooky and charming and pretty much everything in between. I like to call this the “educational” part of the road trip… Seriously I had no idea luffa’s could be grown much less a family could center their entire livelihood around them. I really didn’t know what to expect, and almost missed the whole farm because I thought I was pulling into someone’s driveway. Which I was. These people grow the luffas right on their property (along with about a thousand other plants) and are the friendliest family you’ll ever meet. It was very refreshing to get a tour of a family business from people who genuinely love what they wake up to do every morning. They love sharing the luffa love with any and everyone that stops by, and now they too have internet and sell tons of their products online! These luffas are the real deal and will last YEARS longer than those cheap plastic ones at Target. Seriously I wish everyone I know could take a trip to the luffa farm. It was very original, warm (both literally and figuratively) and just the right amount of quirky needed for any roadtrip!

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Like I said, pretty random! But also a pretty fun start to the road trip 🙂 Stay tuned for part 2 of this bestie road trip to The Madonna Inn! You won’t wanna miss it!!

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2 Comments

  • Reply sara 09-05-2015 at 4:37 am

    that was a great article on the Luffa Farm thanks very much. Most people don’t know or have the chance to know wht and how a luffa grows and are stuned when they find out, but for me it was just was a way of life, been that the one and only luffa lady is my mother. I am so proud to say that too, she followed her passion to get where she is today and I only hope more will do the same

    • Reply Katie 09-09-2015 at 4:47 pm

      Sara!! Oh my goodness I’m so glad you found this post!! My friend and I absolutely LOVED visiting your fam’s farm!!!! Seriously it was an absolute treat and though I didn’t meet your mother she is an inspiration to me. It is so cool to find people who love what they do and love sharing it with others. Thanks for commenting and I hope to be back at the Luffa farm soon!!

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