Lean Times for Luxury?

Last weekend, Adam surprised me with a weekend at the immaculate Bacara Resort & Spa in Goleta, California, just minutes north of Santa Barbara.  What surprised us both was how empty it was…surely a sign of the recession/coming apocalypse. [Read more…]

Central California: Big Sur

Just another overlook in Big Sur

Big Sur, 300 miles/5 hours from LA and the northernmost point of Central California, is flat out gorgeous. Scattered along a precarious cliff’s edge overlooking the vast Pacific Ocean, the battle here is to keep your eyes on Highway 1 and away from the incredible views.

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Central California: Cambria

Santa Rosa Creek Road, Cambria

30 miles north of San Luis Obispo and 10 minutes past Exit 46 for Paso Robles off Highway 1, you’ll find the lovely small town of Cambria.

A former dairy and timber hub for industrial-era San Francisco, it was re-discovered by Bay Area artists, actors, and farmers in the late 1960s; it now hosts some beautiful craft galleries, a very good restaurant or two, a spot of tea, a fabulous garden store, a sparkling stretch of beach, and a perfect country drive.

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Central California: Paso Robles

Paso Robles is a dream to us for its light, its soft hills, and its modest elegance. Four hours north of Los Angeles, it’s really best for a long weekend.

It’s our favorite place to go wine tasting in Central California, and our Valentine’s weekend escape of choice.

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