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.
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.
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.
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.
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