After our whirlwind trip around LA, we headed towards Vegas.
We hate driving the thought of a long road trip turns JP and I instantly away usually. So when we learnt that LA to Vegas was a 4 hour drive with 3 kids and 2 grandparents we decided we needed to have an over night stop.
Barstow came up in all the google searches and lonely planet books.
Barstow is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. It is very hot, very dry and has not alot to do but somehow very cool and we loved it.
We stayed at the Ayres Hotel Barstow which is situated in the heart of Barstow, California and directly en route to the bright lights and adventures of Las Vegas. You will appreciate the hotel’s close proximity to the famed Outlets at Barstow and Calico Ghost Town
The hotel featured the biggest hotel rooms of all the hotels we stayed at and were really comfortable with the kids. A basic buffet breakfast was served in the morning.
Anyone that knows me knows I love a good shopping outlet. The Outlets at Barstow are defiantly not the biggest of the outlets around California but they defiantly have it all and again are a great size when you have 3 kids to drag around.
Whilst in Barstow I wanted to find something original and authentic for dinner for our one night stay. I came across Idle Spurs Steakhouse. From all of our U.S.A adventures Idle Spurs Steakhouse was one of my favourite memories. As I have a husband who loves food and a dad who also follows my husband passion I enjoyed seeing their faces light up when we arrived at this truely unique restaurant. Idle Spurs has an amazing story behind it, is set in the middle of no-where as serves up the most amazing and huge meals. I would highly recommend a stop at Idle Spurs if you are lucky enough to spend a night in Barstow.
The next morning we set out on our way to Vegas which is only a 2 hour drive from Barstow. Whilst in the U.S.A I wanted the kids to experience a little culture rather than just the main attractions. I found out about a place called Calico Ghost Town.
Calico is an old West mining town that has been around since 1881 during the largest silver strike in California. With its 500 mines, Calico produced over $20 million in silver ore over a 12-year span. When silver lost its value in the mid-1890’s, Calico lost its population. The miner’s packed up, loaded their mules and moved away abandoning the town that once gave them a good living. It became a “ghost town.”
We had a fabulous morning exploring the Ghost Town and learning about the old America. Admission is $8 for an adult and $5 for kids.
Back in the car after a fun morning we were headed for the bright lights of Vegas.
Stay tuned for my next blog -Vegas Baby.