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California coastal touring in fall, winter; Big Sur to Morro Bay!

Bixby Bridge, circa 1932, is a fixture on the scenic Big Sur Coast.

McWay Cove in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is highly photographed. Ragged Point Resort in Big Sur offers beautiful gardens. Hearst Castle’s Casa Grande mansion is quite the place. Sunsets are often spectacular at Morro Bay! Horseback riders enjoy a sunny afternoon with Morro Rock and Bay in background. Take a California coastal tour this [...]

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Northern California summer travel destinations – leave the crowds behind!

Bixby Bridge, circa 1932, is typical of Big Sur scenery on Highway 1.

  Lodi-Woodbridge Winegrape Appellation map. Main Street in Sutter Creek, a Gold Rush gem, taken from Hotel Sutter balcony. Bixby Bridge, circa 1932, is typical of Big Sur scenery on Highway 1. Hearst Castle’s outdoor pool looks out over the Santa Lucia Mountains! In my last post, I noted five summer travel destinations (three California [...]

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California’s central coast; elephant seals, stunning coast, Hearst Castle and Morro Bay

Hearst Castle's Grand Mansion, looking up from the outdoor pool area.  The mansion houses most of William Randolp Hearst's extensive art collection.

Hearst Castle’s Grand Mansion, looking up from the outdoor pool area. The mansion houses most of William Randolph Hearst’s extensive art collection. Hearst Castle’s beautiful pool looks out over the Santa Lucia Mountains along the California coast; the complex also includes a huge indoor pool! Several hundred elephant seals lounge on beach in early April, [...]

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Big Sur; elephant seals, sea otters, wild coast and Hearst Castle!

Several hundred Elephant Seals lounge on the beach, just off Hwy. 1, four miles north of San Simeon.

Two male Elephant Seals joust for supremacy on beach just north of San Simeon! The iconic Bixby Bridge on Hwy. 1, constructed in 1932. Ragged Point Resort, with restaurant, motel and cabins – and flowers in full bloom in early April! McWay Bay, and McWay Waterfall, in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Big Sur coast [...]

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