A Family Road Trip along Highway 1

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Everyone’s travel bucket lists were reimagined last year — as borders closed, highways remained opened, beckoning us like that guy at the school dance who all of a sudden seems super cute, even though the day before he was just another guy in Chem class.  You’re looking at him with fresh new eyes, thinking, “Wait…

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Luxury Hotel Review: Bernardus Lodge

luxury hotel review Bernardus Lodge

Welcome to Bernardus! First impressions and the grounds: Pulling into Bernardus Lodge and Spa, you will be instantly hit with that California-vineyard feel, that until now, you only thought existed in Napa.  Rows upon rows of vineyards border the entryway, and if you happen to vacation here in the fall, it looks as if fields of…

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Luxury Hotel Review: Lodge at Pebble Beach

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The Lodge at Pebble Beach needs no introduction to its famous golf course, overlooking the stunning Pacific coastline.   Even knowing about the hotel before my visit, I was still blown away by the scenery, hotel grounds, and hospitality.  In full disclosure, I am not a golfer and spent my days exploring the grounds with…

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Best Restaurants in Big Sur & Pebble Beach

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If you find yourself near the Lodge at Pebble Beach, there are a number of dining options that will leave a mark in your vacation memory scrapbook.     For me, some of my favorite travel moments occur around food — when a meal and atmosphere (and if I’m lucky, my child) just synchronize and click,…

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Family Activities in Big Sur, Pebble Beach & Carmel

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17 Mile drive We experienced the 17 mile drive bright and early our first morning.  Claire was awake and ready to party at 4am, having not yet shaken the jet lag. Normally, an early car ride is not my cup of tea, but we decided to pile in, and I’m so glad we did!  Here…

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Tips for Driving Highway 1 with a Baby

Driving along Highway 1, through Big Sur and along the stretches of coastline, is one of the most scenic and famous drives in the US.  It’s tempting to get out of the car every few miles and explore the views, or hop on a hiking trail.  Every traveler tackles this stretch of road a bit…

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