Thursday, September 11, 2014

A Weekend In Big Sur

Phew! I needed a full week after Labor Day weekend to decompress from traveling and get back to my routine at home. Now that things are back in order, let me share with you some snippets from my trip :)

We flew into SFO on Friday night and on Saturday, drove down to Salinas for a pre-wedding lunch at the groom's family home. They live in a beautiful hacienda style home, I loved the warm terra cotta floor tiles throughout and ample use of exposed natural wood. It was welcoming and relaxed, made even more so by the gracious and hospitable hosts.

There was no shortage of drinks and good food. We literally ate for hours.

[ The groom's own home-brewed and aged cocktails ]

[ Juicy and sweet home-grown tomatoes, served simply and perfectly with olive oil and basil ]

[ Just a few of the many things that went into my belly ]

[ Creamy and delightful, mixed berry trifles ready to be devoured ]

[ Sadie the springer spaniel taking the lead on nap time ]

After we ate, drank, and napped to our satisfaction, we headed further down the coast to Carmel, where we'd be staying for the rest of the weekend. Getting to our--what I call--"mountain-top, ocean-side" abode was a trip in itself.

We first had to drive through a forest of redwood trees, beautiful and towering above us. As we ascended out of the forested canyon, the road became more and more narrow and the pavement gave way to lose dirt. The single lane dirt path snaked its way uphill in a series of hairpin turns and with more bumps than on a mogul slope. Thank God our rental car was a SUV! I don't think we could've made it otherwise.

But the view at the top was SO worth it.

The wrap-around deck allowed amazing views straight to the ocean. It was the perfect place for a cup of tea in the morning while birds sang to the sunrise. In the evenings, the views were even more stunning as the sunset painted the sky and the mist rolled in. Aside from the vista, the house itself was just as charming.

[ The house was surrounded by an abundance of fragrant lavender ]

[ evening comes ]

Thanks for a beautiful weekend, Big Sur! I will miss your sun, sky, and waters until we meet again.

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