Road Trip To BlogHer in the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited
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Road Trip To BlogHer in the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited

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Road Trip To BlogHer in the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited

We were provided this awesome 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited to drive up to BlogHer14 in San Jose and for the rest of our road trip.
road trip to san jose

We had an amazing family vacation up the coast to San Francisco.

With BlogHer so close this year in San Jose, and within driving distance of San Diego we decided to take a road trip up there. We loaded everyone into the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited. I was a little worried that we would all fit, but my worry was totally unwarranted. All five of us and our luggage {packed for a week away} fit perfectly. The car seat is always a struggle to install and it went in perfectly with plenty of room to spare.

santa fe

My biggest tip that I tell everyone when traveling is to bring a case of water. 

It’s definitely more budget friendly, but it’s also good to have in case of emergencies and to keep the stops to a minimum so that you can get to your destination quicker.  We even ended up picking up another case at a local grocery store on the way home. After we were all loaded up and on our way, we drove for a few hours with only a stop for ice cream and restrooms, which is pretty good for us! In case you were following along on our adventure on Instagram, you might have noticed that we had ice cream like five times. I clearly have no shame. 

beach trip

Our first real stop was to see the San Simeon Elephant Seals by Hurst Castle.

When Pete and I visited earlier in the year and saw the seals we knew we wanted to to come back with the girls so they could see them too. We didn’t have as many seals to view this time around but it was still really cool! There were still a bunch of them sunbathing and enjoying the warm weather. The Little One enjoyed the ocean air and borrowing Pete’s glasses. We got back on the road pretty quickly after that.

We drove straight to San Jose after this.

I spent two days exploring San Jose and in meetings. I didn’t attend any of the sessions, just the expo hall and some parties. It was really nice getting to catch up with bloggers and clients of mine that I only get to talk to online and it’s also nice to discuss future work together in person. I can’t say for sure that I would attend another BlogHer though. Although it was nice to be able to connect in person, I didn’t walk away with the inspiration that I normally do when attending conferences.  I think that was the general consensus from most of the people that I have spoken to. It was fun, but not sure it was worth it. Now if it’s really close again or in another spot we want to take a trip to I might attend again. We will see. 

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited

After the conference was over we took off for an adventure.

We headed into San Francisco. We hadn’t been there since the older girls were 2 and 2 months old. It was too long to be away from this beautiful city. I am in love with the architecture of the homes in the city and we drove around a bit just to look at it. Traffic coming into San Francisco was nothing like I remembered it. It took us almost 4 hours to get into town from San Jose. Craziness. Public transportation is also way backed up and you can expect to wait 45 min. for a bus.

golden gate bridge

One of my favorite parts was driving over the Golden Gate Bridge.

Amazing! There is something about this drive that I can’t even put into words. It was something I’ll always remember. We opened the HUGE sunroof on the Santa Fe and we could see the bridge arches through it. It was so cool. The girls learned more about this historical area by visiting than they ever could have from a text book. I just sat back and took it all in. The GPS is really good too. It was easy to use and offered very clear directions.

fishermans warf

Next up was Fisherman’s Wharf. 

We found a lot right by Fisherman’s Grotto to park at. If they have any spots open this is definitely one of the best spots out there and it’s central to everything. The attendants valet parked our car even though it was a “you park” lot just to keep an eye on the car. He really loved the color and thought it was really good looking. Benefits of having a stylish I car I guess?  We had a late lunch and took a boat ride around Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. The boat ride was a mess and I was so happy to be back in the Santa Fe. 

blogher14

I was sad to leave San Francisco and San Jose, but I was so happy to spend another day in Pacific Grove.

I am absolutely in love with Carmel and Pacific Grove and I’ve already talked Pete into a second home up there after the girls are a bit older. I really felt like I came alive when we were there. With so many healthy places to eat and tons of places to walk around, I was in Heaven. If given the opportunity to move there I would seriously consider it. For now I’m going to have to settle on a couple vacations up there every year.

pacific grove

monterey

I can’t tell you how impressed I was with the Hyundai Santa Fe.

Pete and I both drove on the trip although Pete did the majority of the driving, I still got to get behind the wheel and give it a go. Because we are both such different sizes I’m never sure if we will both be comfortable driving the same vehicle and if the viability will be okay for someone who is short {5’2} like me and much taller, like Pete is, but it was perfect for both of us.

It got pretty good gas mileage too. Our favorite features were the sunroof and how comfortable it was. Although the Santa Fe seats 7 we only had 5 and all our luggage and I still felt it was roomy. We were all comfortable. There were plenty of cup holders, which may seam trivial, but is a really important feature. Plus it just looks good. It’s okay to go for looks when it’s a vehicle right?

Here are the key features for those of you that are into that kind of thing. 

santa fe

 

We were really pleased with the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited and I would most definitely recommend it to others. It’s a great value too. It comes with lots of features that you would expect to find in a car that is a lot more expensive. Learn more on the Hyundai website.

on the beach

We all can’t wait to come back.

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe

 Where do you wan to go on your next vacation?

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