California Coast Road Trip: Hearst Castle, Big Sur, and Carmel

When I was a kid my parents took me to Hearst Castle, and for some reason, I don’t remember any specific details other than it was a cool large mansion. Facts about William Randolph Hearst regarding his home or is life were lost on the child version of me. My husband had never visited Hearst Castle before and I was excited to revisit it myself and show him the beauty of it. I probably ended up taking at least two hundred pictures of Hearst Castle and the grounds surrounding it, but I am unfortunately unable to publish these here, however, I can publish my picture of Big Sur, which is where we went next on our adventure.

Big Sur has always been a fantasy for me, I even considered a certain cove in Big Sur as one of my wedding venue options and seeing that we were on this trip during our two year wedding anniversary I wanted to add it to my list of places to visit.

Heart Grove of Trees

I am a sucker for romance and on our way to Big Sur I spotted a heart-shaped grove of trees and had my husband immediately stop the car so that I could take a picture of it. It was like the universe was giving us an anniversary present as we drove to our next destination, and although people drive by that grove every day, in that moment it felt like it was something special just for us.

Island in Big Sur
If you look closely you can see what looks like a water tower and a lighthouse.

I tried to convince my husband to drive over to this island above but there were fences and signs stating it was a restricted area. However, it was interesting to debate what was on the island based on the outlines of the buildings we could see from where we were.

Ocean View Big Sur

Big Sur Wedding Cove
If you look in the far right of this picture you can see a beachy cove with some rock formations, this is the wedding venue I had considered, and it is just as beautiful as I had imagined.

Big Sur Ocean View

Ocean View Big Sur

Big Sur Redwood Trees
I could have stayed in Big Sur forever, this forest was so quiet and peaceful.

Big Sur Redwoods

Scenic Road Carmel, CA
This is the spectacular view that the homes on Scenic Road get to see every morning!

While we were in Carmel I wanted to see an area called the Scenic Road, which contains many gorgeous homes overlooking the ocean in the picture above. While walking on this road, it was a pleasure to see all the people on the beach with their dogs of all sorts and sizes playing in the ocean.

From Scratch Restaurant Cinnamon French Toast and Sausage
Yummy cinnamon french toast and homemade sausage patties.

When we first got to Carmel we decided to try out a popular restaurant, “From Scratch”.  It has been so popular that Guy Fieri and Robert Irvine went there to film an episode of “Diners Drive-Ins and Dives.” Our first visit we were trying to make smart choices and we both got omelets. We were so intrigued by other portions of the menu that we decided to go back a second time during the three days we were still in the area and this time around I got the Cinnamon French Toast with homemade sausage patties and it was very delicious. Let me tell you, if you love French toast and breakfast in general, you should check this place out.

Thank you for joining me on the second part of our California Coast Road Trip blog, if you missed the first post check it out here: Part One


3 thoughts on “California Coast Road Trip: Hearst Castle, Big Sur, and Carmel

  1. Looks like you had a beautiful trip and good eats. Plus I know you both like the ocean. Thanks for posting these pictures. I sit here and dream. However the ocean doesn’t call me.😍😘

  2. Love this! I took my ex there too, remembering when my parents took me. What I remembered most from visiting as a child was my mom telling me “This is what being a mistress lands you.” MOMZ, amirite.

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