Hearst Castle Road Trip

Jie and I recently decided to take a pre-wedding weekend road trip so that she could visit Hearst Castle for the first time. Not only would we get the chance to see a national landmark (famed home of early 20th century newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst) but it would also give us the chance to do another scenic drive along Highway 1.

I purchased tickets for a Hearst Castle tour late Saturday morning, which I thought would give us the chance to drive down Friday night and sleep in the next morning.

In retrospect, I should have looked at accommodation first because when I searched for hotels and B&Bs in the area, I was floored. Hotels/motels in nearby San Simeon and Cambria started at nearly $200/night for place with poor reviews on TripAdvisor. Anything decent was either snatched up or $350+/night. Even expanding my search to a broader area along the coast and inland towards Paso Robles yielded nothing of promise.

All B&Bs along the coast require a minimum of two nights stay during the summer weekends. Of the dozen or so that I called, hoping for a break on the minimum stay, all were fully booked for the weekend. Read more of this post

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Carmel Cool

When I re-started Raw Focus in November, one of my goals was to blog several times per month on my local travels. Apart from my trip back from Thanksgiving, I have kept my exploration to a minimum. Until the weekend before last.
 
With the temperature reaching up into the high 50s and clear blue skies, Saturday was the perfect day for a road trip along the coast with Jie. So after brief stopovers in Gilroy (“Garlic Capital of the World”) and Monterey’s Cannery Row, we ended up in the very beautiful, yet quaint, town of Carmel. I had visited Carmel twice before and had always been taken in by its beauty.
 

Carmel beach

Beautiful shot of the beach in Carmel


 
Carmel beach Jie and I

Jie and I at the beach


 
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