Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Road Trip To Big Sur

How have I lived in California for 31 years and never been to Big Sur?
That is what I asked myself as we headed down Highway 1 on a crystal clear day in February.

I don't recall seeing the Pacific Ocean so blue before.

We stopped at every wide spot in the road to admire the view and try to capture it with our cameras and iPhones.

The cliffs, green pastures and gorgeous blue ocean made me think of Ireland, or how I imagine it to be.

Our destination:  The legendary Ventana Inn and Spa, nestled in the redwoods, overlooking the ocean in Big Sur.
More to follow.....

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carolyn bradford said...

Big Sur is definitely on my "bucket list" of places to visit! Your pictures are fabulous! Can't wait to see more and hear all about it!

Sarah said...

I do find it amazing that you've not been to Big Sur. Such beauty! Sounds like you girls had a terrific get away. Can't wait for more to come.

Terri ~the dressed up cottage said...

Oh How I needed this....on a cold and snowy day here in SW Missouri. We have had back to back Winter storms here in the last week. First ice, then THIS is a breath of fresh air. I can smell the ocean breeze from here. Keep it coming!!!

Cyndia said...

I love Big Sur! My daughter occasionally is stationed in Monterey at the Defense Langiage Institute (she's Air Force), so I try to visit her as often as I can there! I love to drive down the coast, stopping to take hundreds of pictures. One of my favorite places in Big Sur is the Spirit Garden, next to the Big Sur Restaurant. While the restaurant is pricey, the garden is home to the famous Spirit Houses and is a real treat. There are often wonderful performances there on weekends.
Enjoy your trip!

Linda Floyd said...

Hello, I am a designer with a home in Carmel-by-the-Sea and follow your delightful blog...I do hope you plan on stopping by our lovely hamlet as it is on the way to Big Sur. Isn't it lovely there! Hope you enjoy your trip. If you happen to drive by Biddlestone Cottage in Carmel, give a wave! You can also see it on my website! Love your blog!
Linda Floyd

vignette design said...

I'll check out the Spirit Houses next time Cyndia. We also tried to visit the Henry Miller library, but alas it was closed. Looking forward to the next visit!

Libby said...

We visited Big Sur while driving from San Francisco to San Luis Obispo back in '04. That drive is one of the most scenic in the country. We were completely awestruck by its beauty at every turn. Enjoy your trip.

Babs said...

Gorgeous scenery! Looking forward to your next post and the Ventana Inn and Spa.

Jennifer said...

Oh, the memories! We spent our honeymoon at Ventana(34 years ago)

Nana said...

I can't believe you saw deer in the that very same spot - I have photos for them taken over five years ago! Ventana is a lovely place that will stay in your mind for a very long time! Enjoy.

Leslie said...

I absolutely love this part of California! Wonderful photos:) it is truely breath-taking and I long to go back.

I'm up and running again. It's good to be back!


Victoria said...

I loved Big Sur. We had lunch at Nepenthe -- al fresco dining at picnic tables high on a cliff 808 feet above the ocean. On a clear day, it is breathtaking. We were there in 1984. I wonder if it still exists?
Take more pictures please; I am loving them.
XO, Victoria

Melanie said...

I am so jealous! I love California...and I would love to be traveling to Big Sur. *sigh*

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