Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn
While driving down the coast, one of the places that we stopped for the evening while driving through the Big Sur was Deetjen’s. Built in the 1930’s the little cottages reminded me more of private little treehouses that felt almost like home. The cozy interior decor and the magical light that filled the rooms were like something out of a magical fairytale…
With no phone service, internet, or television (and even no locks on the doors!) we had dinner at the restaurant at Deetjen’s and snuggled in for the evening, and took a step back to slow down and rest our bones. With all of the frenzy of traveling from one location to the next on an every day basis, it was exactly what we needed.
PS - After we left, someone gave me a recommendation to visit the Esalen hot springs and although it was too late for us, if you’re ever in the area, be sure to check it out as it sounds absolutely magical…
All of our friends and family told us that the only way to truly experience the beauty of the California coast… was to drive through Highway 1. So we did exactly that! We had heard stories that the views and the journey would be breathtaking, but nothing really prepared us for the actual experience…
Driving down the narrow and windy roads we stopped every ten minutes at a new vista point to take in the gorgeous views, while noticing something new in our surroundings that we had missed in our previous stops. Starting from the bottom of the mountain range where we could practically touch the sparkling blue water of the Pacific Ocean, we slowly made our way up the steep roads. We would spend time driving through pure mist and fog barely able to see more than a few feet in front of us, and then only minutes later, the road would open up to a beautiful clearing filled with sunshine with the clouds below us, making us feel like we were on top of the world! We passed through historic bridges and stopped for meals with spectacular views, trying to savor every minute. The saturated colors surrounding us and the crisp, fresh air made up the most magical parts of our trip.
Me and you.
City by the bay.
Another snow storm here in the nation’s capitol! It’s March and it’s still snowing! But to be honest, while everyone else is complaining about the cold weather and snow… a good snow day and waking up to see the magical dust fall outside my window still makes me giddy like it did when I was in elementary school!
But I do know what everyone means when they say they’re ready for spring weather… so with that in mind, I wanted to continue sharing some more photos with you all from a less cold and harsh climate: Carmel, California.
After our time in San Francisco, we drove down south about two hours to the county of Monterey and spent a night in the city of Carmel. This quaint little town was filled with local shops and had a warm, homey feeling surrounding the city. We spent much of our day window shopping and stopping at local bakeries to pick up treats while we made our way around town. And just a short stroll away was Carmel Beach where we encountered soft white sands and luscious greens… it was incredible to feel how much warmer the weather was compared to San Francisco, and we took our time savoring the views and listening to the waves under the California sunshine. Later in the day, we made our way to a scenic drive down Pebble Beach in order to once again watch a magical sunset over the pacific ocean (I couldn’t seem to get enough of them!).
That evening, we stopped by a local Italian restaurant called Little Napoli, where we had some of the most amazing food we had during our time on the west coast…. I’m talking absolutely authentic and delicious meals! If you’re ever in the area, definitely be sure to make a stop!
It’s finally one of my favorite days of the year… the day of the Academy Awards!
For me, this is one of the things I look most forward to: I spend days and weeks out of the year dragging Poria with me to try and watch all the critically acclaimed films I can fit into my schedule, only to wait to see the artists finally recognized for their hard work and brilliance on this day. And what a dreamy event it is!
I have a yearly tradition when it comes to both the Golden Globes and the Oscar’s (that started back years ago with my mom and myself) where I’ll snuggle up on the couch with tons of snacks and prepare to witness all the stars float down the red carpet right before the star-studded show begins. Tonight, I’ll be rooting for my favorites (12 Years a Slave, Her, Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep… just to name a few from this year) and will be savoring in all of the beautiful gowns and awaiting all of the prepared (and sometimes unprepared) winning speeches of the evening!
Here’s to hoping that my favorite films of the year get the recognition that they deserve! Hope you guys have fun celebrating and your favorites win too!
Do you guys have any traditions for the Oscar’s?! I’d love to hear!
After our little venture to Point Bonita on our first day in California and our slight disappointment when we found out the lighthouse was closed, we still had a few daylight hours remaining so we decided to explore a bit in Sausalito. We drove around aimlessly for a bit until we stumbled upon a happy little accident that we later found out was Rodeo Beach. We had the secluded beach mostly to ourselves and spent a few hours unwinding and taking in the sound of waves and the beautiful views that surrounded us. The day ended on a perfect note as we witnessed our first west coast sunset together before we settled in for the evening…
Hope you all have a wonderful Friday and weekend… Can’t wait to share more photos from our trip with you all next week! :)
Getting to experience the iconic streets of San Francisco was a ride of it’s own unlike anything I had ever been through before. For our time in California, we had rented a sedan so that we would be able to travel and see all the places we wanted to, instead of having to worry about a bus schedule/taxis/etc. And we started off the trip on a great foot… that is, until I had to drive through the streets of downtown San Francisco.
I hadn’t really thought about the streets of the city or that it might ever prove to be a challenge, so we initially set on our way to explore with no worries. Driving up the first hill, even, I didn’t realize what I was getting myself into… It was only as I slowly inched to the top of the very first steep hill, that I realized that it may have been a wrong decision for me to drive instead of Poria. At a four way intersection at the very top of the hill, I proceeded down the road, and finally approached the steep downhill drive. It was only then that I realized that I literally could not see the road directly below me because of how steep the drop was (literally, you guys!!) and I begun to freak out with the car parked at the top of the hill as other cars behind us kindly made their way around our car (side note: California drivers have got to be the nicest drivers in the world if not only for this reason!). Poria tried to coax me into calming down and told me to just try driving down the road verrrry slowly, but I was already done for the day. We quickly put the car in park, and got out of the car (right in the middle of the busy intersection!) to switch places so that Poria could drive down the hill (with him laughing at me and me screaming the entire time, no doubt).
Once we tackled that little hurdle, the rest of our time in San Francisco was pretty amazing! We headed to all of the infamous areas of town including Fisherman’s Wharf, Union Square, and took a ride on a cable car to get around once we found a place to park the car. The architecture and homes were all built with such beauty and charm, that the entire city felt like a cozy little town. And no trip to San Francisco is ever complete without a few photos of the iconic red bridge so before we headed to the next leg of our trip, we made an obligatory stop at the Golden Gate bridge as well!
PS - I’m happy to report that I did eventually conquer my fear of driving down the San Francisco roads and did manage to drive up… and down… a few hills on my own (with Poria’s support, of course). ;)