Justin and I were thinking about taking a day to go up to the mountains for a fun little snow day. Luckily we live in an area that is only about an hour away from the snow so we could easily make a day trip out of it. Originally we were planning on going to Frazier Park because it's a bit closer, but the more we looked into it, Mountain High seemed to be the best option because there was more snow and more things to do in the area!
As we got closer to the resort, we saw tons of cars parked along the side of the road. We decided to stop and check out what was going on. There were people sledding, building snowmen, and taking pictures. We went ahead and joined in on the fun! It was a small area, but there were a bunch of hills where kids (and some crazy adults) could sled. Next time we will definitely bring our own. There were even people who planned to camp out in the area all day, bringing coolers and food. Great idea!
We walked around the little area and took plenty of photos. I had some trouble staying upright in the snow. We didn't have on the right shoes and the ice was super slippery. Justin kept making fun of me every time I fell down. But we definitely got some good pictures and had a ton of fun.
Next, we were planning on going into the resort to go tubing, but we both were getting pretty hungry so we decided to head into the town to get some lunch. The town of Wrightwood was adorable. They had a few diners and eateries, plus a couple bars, even a brewery and a "winery." They also had a lot of shopping and sightseeing.
We ended up choosing The Yodeler to have lunch at. Surprisingly, they had a great selection of craft beers, so we wanted to order a flight. We ordered Green Flash's Comet Hopper, Bell's Cherry Stout, Epic's Tart and Juicy, and a special release from Alpine (which was by far our favorite). We sat outside in the sun, with a good view of their quaint little town. It was so pretty and such a change to see the snow and icicles on all the buildings.
The food was bomb. We shared fried pickles for our appetizer; they were one of the best I've ever had. So crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. We stepped out of our comfort zone a little bit when ordering our pizza. We almost decided to do a build your own with our typical pepperoni, pineapple, and jalapeno, but instead we wanted to try one of their speciality pizzas. The Works was awesome. It came packed with so many toppings, every bite was full of flavor.
After lunch, we explored town for a bit. We came across their little "winery," called The Village Grind. It was actually an espresso and wine bar. We walked by and were originally a little disappointed -- until I spotted Pliny the Elder through the window! We hadn't tasted Pliny in a while so we went inside and sat down with our bottle to share.
Of course we had to try their local brewery, Wrightwood Brewing Company. It was a cute little place with small board games on all of their tables, but we were pretty disappointed with their beers. We shared a flight of four and didn't like a single one of them.
We kept walking through the town, stopping in a couple gift shops and boutiques and then a used book store, Beverly's Books. The place was massive and stuffed with all genres of books -- I was in heaven.
Originally we had planned on going into the resort and tubing on their track, but we decided that we had already had a long day (and tons of fun) that we didn't need to spend the money on that. Instead, we just wanted to come home to Porter. As we left Mountain High, we pulled over a couple times at their lookout spots to take in the view -- and take some more photos.
Our final stop on the way home was one that we had already planned from on the way down, Charlie Brown Farms. This has been one of my favorite places and is always a must when we take the Pear Blossom Highway. I love walking through the aisles and looking at all their odds and ends, plus their amazing homemade candy selection. This time we decided to try something different and ordered a deep-fried twinkie and a chocolate-marshmallow malt. After waiting almost 30 minutes, we finally got our dessert and devoured it in the car on the way home to Porter Bear.