Friday, June 25, 2010

Day 3/4: Big Sur

 We stayed in the second cabin closest to the edge
After a satisfying dinner at Big Sur Bakery, we headed south by another half hour and checked in at the Lucia Lodge.  While it was pitch dark when we arrived, we woke up in the morning to glorious panoramic ocean views.  At $250 a night, it was more expensive than the places we stayed at the previous two nights combined, but the setting was beautiful.  The accommodations were rustic and comfortable, not the most luxurious, but perfectly fine for what we were looking for.
We had breakfast on the patio of the restaurant and spent the rest of the morning relaxing on adirondack chairs in front of our cabin and enjoying the ocean views.
We had a light picnic lunch at a picnic table perched at the edge of the ocean bluffs and had some cheese, crackers, fruit, salumi, and olives and a bottle of our wedding white wine, the 2006 Monterey Metallico Chardonnay.  A perfect wine for a nice sunny day outside overlooking the ocean.
 Our private picnic table
After lunch, we started on our way back south to Los Angeles along Highway 1.  We stopped at Salmon Creek to hike for a few hours.  It was a nice steep hike, with a variety of landscapes: waterfalls, ocean views, forests, wildflowers.  It was a great way to spend an afternoon, the fresh air was great and we even met a friendly Burmese mountain dog who loved hiking.
Stay tuned for a visit to my new favorite steak place: Jocko's!

Lucia Lodge
62400 Highway 1
Big Sur, CA  93920
(831) 667-2391

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