Western Adventures Just Waiting For You

We are disappointed but given the success they have had and their recent investments into the resort, we respect that this is the right time for them to move in a different direction.

 

Gusty winds during a recent storm broke a branch of the famous cypress tree on California’s northern coast.

Curated Highlights and Headlines

Explore the Pacific Coast in the Northwest region beginning in Curry County and traveling northbound. Or snorkel in Emerald Bay finding sunken treasure, or strap on boards or skis and check-off 49 other things to do in Lake Tahoe. If you’re in Surf City stop by legendary Jack’s Surfboards. Or, hit the road on one of Montana’s three unforgettable routes for winding roads and breathtaking vistas that won’t disappoint.  The choice is yours. Enjoy!

Best West Road Trips

Region: Pacific Northwest

Most people associate the Pacific Northwest with a lush region that receives large amounts of rain during the winter months, with wonderful summer days. But the Northwest has a variety of climate regions, from the Pacific Coast to the valley and, once over the mountains, a desert region — all within a few hours drive of each other. There is enough to keep the outdoor enthusiast busy.” Map – Wikitravel

 

Region: Pacific Northwest

Southern Oregon Coast, Curry County, Port Orford.

Humbug Mountain State Park
“The park and campground are dominated by Humbug Mountain (elevation 1,756 feet) and surrounded by forested hills. The campground enjoys some of the warmest weather on the Oregon coast as the surrounding mountains offer protection from cool ocean breezes.” Photo – Oregon State Parks

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Region: Sierra Nevada Mountains, Lake Tahoe

Sunken ships revealed at Tahoe’s new underwater trail

A new state park designated underwater trail at Emerald Bay State Park at Lake Tahoe includes the largest collection of sunken boats in America. California State Parks will open an underwater trail to four sites in Emerald Bay that will lead visitors to a boat graveyard from the 1920s and ’30s — and provide those in boats with a chance to peer down into the lake for a glimpse. State park divers have found two large barges and 12 recreational boats, including a vintage 27-foot launch, said Denise Jaffe, associate state archaeologist with the California State Parks and a scuba diver who helped develop the project. This collection is the largest, most diverse group of sunken small watercraft of their type, in their original location, known to exist in the nation, Jaffe said. The underwater shipwreck route will be named the “Emerald Bay Maritime Heritage Trail.”Tom Stienstra sfchronicle.com  Photo: Mylana Haydu, Center for Underwater Science, Indiana University

Region: Sierra Nevada Mountains, Lake Tahoe

50 Things to Do in Lake Tahoe This Winter

“Tahoe just got a truckload of fresh powder—tis the season for snowmobile treks, chilly swims, mountain-view skydiving, spicy coffees, and icy seafood.
Here are 50 of the best things to do in Lake Tahoe this winter.
6. Explore the night during moonlight snowshoe hikes and star tours at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows and The Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe. // tahoestartours.com
7. Ski during sunset at the Last Tracks beer and wine events at Diamond Peak. // diamondpeak.com
8. Enjoy wood fired sa’atar chicken and an Oaxacan Old Fashioned at Pioneer Cocktail Club. // pcctahoe.com”
Christina Nellemann 7×7.com Photo Courtesy of Resort at Squaw Creek

California Coast: Tip to Tip

Region: Central Coast, Monterey

Famed Lone Cypress tree damaged by recent storms
The famed Lone Cypress on the 17-Mile Drive in Monterey was damaged by California storms in Feb. 2019. Gusty winds during a recent storm broke a branch of the famous cypress tree on California’s northern coast. The Pebble Beach Company said Friday that despite the damage, an arborist has recently examined the Lone Cypress and confirmed it’s “healthy and remains secure on its rocky perch.” The tree, believed to be more than 250 years old, draws many visitors to the scenic 17-Mile Drive on the Monterey Peninsula to take photographs of it. The owner of the Pebble Beach golf links and resort registered a drawing of the tree as the company’s trademark in 1919.
Associated Press. sfchronicle.com Photo: KSBW

Region: South Coast, Orange County Beach Towns, Huntington Beach

Jack’s Surfboards
“For over 50 years, Jack’s Surfboards has been an Orange County icon and Southern California favorite for surfboards, wetsuits, clothing, footwear and accessories. Being voted as Orange County’s #1 surf shop year after year is a testament to Jack’s dedication to offering the largest and newest selections for men, women and children. Jack’s Surfboards flagship store in Huntington Beach is a destination spot for surfers and surf fans from all over the world. The huge 10,000 square foot surf shop is located just steps away from the Huntington Beach pier on the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Main Street.  Jack’s Surfboards also has six other coastal Orange County locations that offers the same extensive selection and excellent customer service.” Visit Huntington Beach – Surf City USA.

High Country Eagles

Rocky Mountain Region, Northwestern Colorado Region

Vail Resorts and Arapahoe Basin to End Pass Partnership
For Vail Resorts’ part, the new-for-2019-20 Keystone Plus Pass replaces the Keystone A-Basin Pass and offers unlimited holiday-restricted skiing at Keystone, unlimited late-season days at Breckenridge (after April 1), five holiday-restricted days at Crested Butte, and 10 (up from six) Buddy Tickets when purchased prior to the April deadline for $369, $259 for kids. Kirsten Lynch, chief marketing officer for Vail Resorts, said that while they’re pleased to offer an option for skiing from mid-October through Memorial Day at a great price, “we want to thank Arapahoe Basin for their partnership for over 20 years. We are disappointed but given the success they have had and their recent investments into the resort, we respect that this is the right time for them to move in a different direction.
Samantha Berman. skimag.com Ski Resort Life Photo credit: Keri Bascetta

Rocky Mountain Region, Glacier Country, Yellowstone Country, Montana

3 Awe-Inspiring Montana Road Trips

There’s a reason Montana has been considered an ultimate road trip destination since the first highways were built: You can drive all day and encounter everything you need for a perfect road trip — breathtaking vistas, winding roads, welcoming locals, incredible food, and small-town culture. With over 147,000 square miles to traverse, you can experience the wonders of nature without leaving the comforts of your car. Start by charting a trip on these unforgettable routes.
Northwest Glacier: The Road to the Clouds
Highway 89 Loop: A Tour of Montana Life
Highway 89: Gateway to Yellowstone
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Coastal Cure for the Back to School Blues?

In the 1920s and 30s, Palisades Beach Road in Santa Monica was one of America’s most exclusive and fabled streets.

The first part of my itinerary involved wine surfing but crashing waves were nowhere to be seen

 

Curated Highlights and Headlines

South Coast Region

Islands Along the Pacific Coast

San Miguel Island – Channel Islands National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

In addition to the variety of natural resources, San Miguel hosts an array of cultural resources as well. The Chumash and their ancestors lived on San Miguel almost continuously for nearly 12,000 years. Today there are over 600 fragile, relatively undisturbed archeological sites. The oldest one dates back to 11,600 years before the present-some of the oldest evidence of human presence in North America. Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo and his men laid eyes on San Miguel Island in 1542. Upon claiming the island for the Spanish crown, Cabrillo named it “La Posesion.” Some stories say that Cabrillo wintered and died on San Miguel Island. No one knows where Cabrillo is buried, but there is a memorial commemorating the explorer on a bluff overlooking Cuyler Harbor.” NPS.gov

New National Geographic-affiliated cruise to take tourists down California coastline

A new, one-time cruise route, called the “National Geographic Venture,” taking off from San Francisco destined for Long Beach has one objective: Give tourists a close-up coastal view of the California coastline. The journey, the result of a partnership between Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic, will take its maiden voyage this December 2 from the Bay Area to Southern California, hitting coastal landmarks like Angel Island and Sausalito, Monterey, Avila Beach, and Catalina Island before docking in Long Beach.” SF Gate · By Alyssa Pereira, SFGATE Photo: Matthew Micah Wright/Getty Images/Lonely Planet Images

South Bay

Hollywood’s First Hidden Getaway

In the 1920s and 30s, Palisades Beach Road in Santa Monica was one of America’s most exclusive and fabled streets. Dubbed by various wags “the American Riviera,” “Rolls Royce Row,” and the “Gold Coast,” this low stretch of oceanfront below the craggy Palisades featured 30 or so eclectically-styled summer homes. Stars like Cary Grant, Mae West, Peter Lawford, Orson Welles, Harold Lloyd, David Niven, Errol Flynn, Greta Garbo, and Anita Loos frolicked in the surf after long days at the studio. Most famous of all was Marion Davies’ gargantuan  “Beach House,” where epic, star-studded parties lasted all day and night.” atlasobscura.com Boston Public Library (CC by 2.0)

What to Do in Malibu

Since the iconic Alice’s Restaurant on the Malibu Pier reopened under new management as Malibu Farm Restaurant in 2015, with Helene Henderson’s breezy elevated surfer menu, it seems that everything along the cove between the pier and Carbon Canyon has upped its game. The chic coastal outpost of Soho House opened, and then something miraculous happened: The epitome of laid-back, beachfront luxury Malibu Beach Inn , once a ho-hum motel-style property with nothing but views, was transformed by visionary veteran hotelier Gregory Day, whom the Mani Brothers smartly lured from Shutters on the Beach, into just the kind of quietly luxurious ocean hideaway every Angeleno dreams about.” www.cntraveler.com/ by PILAR GUZMÁN Photo by Laure Joliet

North County, San Diego

Great white shark between 11-12 feet bites California woman’s canoe

A woman’s outrigger canoe was attacked by a shark while paddling about two miles off Oceanside Harbor on Monday, according to news reports. An expert believes the shark was a great white between 11 and 12 feet long. The woman, identified as Julie Wolfe, said she felt something hit the bottom of her canoe as though it had been struck by a car.” By LAYLAN CONNELLY | Southern California News Group mecurynews.com  Photo: National Geographic Television

 

Orange County Beach Towns

South Orange County

Massive great white shark eating dead whale off Southern California coast

Passengers aboard a 23-foot fishing boat watched in awe, Thursday morning, July 19, as an adult great white shark, estimated at 17 feet long, chomped on its buffet: a dead whale carcass floating offshore less than a mile from the San Clemente pier. The whale carcass was first reported near the Dana Point Harbor jetty on Tuesday by a captain of Dana Wharf Whale Watching, who contacted the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, according to Carla Mitroff, photographer for the charter company. On Wednesday, the Pacific Marine Mammal Center attempted a necropsy on the female whale, but was unable to determine a cause of death, before the carcass was hauled out to sea by county Harbor Patrol.” Laylan Connelly The Mercury News Instagram allwater_charters

 

North Coast Region

Del Norte Coast

The Ultimate Coastal California Road Trip

The small, charming town of Crescent City on the northern tip of California boasts a rich cultural history. Be sure to check out the postcard-perfect St. George Reef Lighthouse, which was built in 1892 and provides guidance to sailors on a reef six miles offshore.” POPSUGAR · Ashley Paige. Image Source: Flickr user Anita Ritenour

 

Sonoma County

Visit Sonoma County for a taste of the California wine scene

The first part of my itinerary involved wine surfing but crashing waves were nowhere to be seen — it’s just a cute rebranding of a wine flight, dreamt up by the folks at Gourmet au Bay, a beachside bar in the town of Bodega Bay. A tasting selection of three local, small-production wines are served on a dinky wooden surfboard. The sun burned low over the Pacific, placid but glittering, and the salty breeze was matched by the mineral tang of the white wine.” standard.co.uk/ HOLLY WILLIAMS Sonoma Valley vineyard in full bloom

Steps:

20)  Maybe the lists of best places don’t appeal to you. Where can you go to make a fresh, new start? Don’t limit your imagination. Think anywhere — across the globe. Where do you really, really want to live, work and play?  Why not live where it’s a vacation all year round?

21) Spend the time to find the best place to live and invest. It will be worth your while. The great thing about living where others spend their vacation is the year round quality-of-life.

30) Review headlines and relevant news as far back as you can find online to surface each community’s unique pulse and identify information necessary to make your decision. Is there a “ticking time bomb” issue you may uncover that eliminates the resort from your bucket list? Search on topix.com.

32) Plan extended seasonal vacations during summer and winter months. Group destination locations together in regional trips to explore what several bucket list towns have to offer in the general vicinity – with only a week or two vacation time to spend, we recommend organizing your itinerary by travel regions.

Rain, Mud and Despair

From drought to flood, from fire to mud, California bakes, burns and floats, always on the brink of calamity.

She tried to hold onto the door frame, but the force was overwhelming. He was thrown against a fence and pinned there, buried in mud up to his neck.

Central Coast Region

Act One:

Massive Landslide Isolates Big Sur

Rock Slides in Big Sur and Mudslides in Santa Barbara Block Pacific Coast Travel

Big Sur suffers another round of weather woes

More Big Sur Rock Slides

Rock slides from heavy rainfall have CLOSED #Hwy1 overnight south of Big Sur at Mile Marker 42 near Coast Gallery,” Stan Russell wrote late Monday on TheBigSurBlog. “Crews will assess damage & begin clean-up at dawn. Be safe out there!” 

 

What To Know Before A Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip…

Iconic Bixby Bridge in Big Sur

“The Bixby Bridge is just south of Carmel, meaning you’ll have to pull a U-turn after viewing. But it’s completely worth it. In our opinion, it’s one of the most pristinely beautiful and inspiring places on earth. Anywhere – literally, anywhere. Try to time your trip for early morning or late afternoon, while the sun is still out, giving yourself ample time to make it back onto main roads before dark.” 

Act Two:  

Drought, Wind and Fire

Rob Lowe Fights Wildfire, Feeds Firefighters

Rob Lowe Instagram

Rob’s home was spared even though it looked like the blaze was knocking at his front door early Sunday morning. The Thomas Fire‘s been raging for 2 weeks now and has made its way to Santa Barbara where Rob, Oprah, Ellen and Katy Perry’s folks have had to evacuate their homes. 

Act Three:

Rain, Mud and Boulders

Tracking a path of destruction from Montecito’s mountains to the ocean

San Ysidro Creek cut a path of destruction through the center of Montecito early Tuesday morning when intense rain released a deluge of debris from the Santa Ynez Mountains, which were burned by the Thomas fire. 

Family Members Frantically Search for Loved Ones Missing in Montecito Mudslide

Below, in blue, was scrawled “Augie & Karen Johnson,” with a question mark in front of their names. Below and next to it were other names, also with question marks, as people searched for loved ones. One name at the top had been crossed out, with “He is OK” scrawled next to it.  and ,

Mud, darkness and destruction turned Montecito into death trap

“But the rain was heavy enough that she woke up at 3 and watched it with her boyfriend, Norm Borgatello. They stepped out the front door to look, her family described later, and a cold sludge of gravel and mud and boulders picked them up. She tried to hold onto the door frame, but the force was overwhelming. He was thrown against a fence and pinned there, buried in mud up to his neck. She was swept away. “Josie!” he called out, over the roaring river. “Josie!”” 

Photos Of California Mudslides Show How Much Damage It’s Caused

“I came around the house and heard a deep rumbling, an ominous sound I knew was … boulders moving as the mud was rising,” resident Thomas Tighe told CBS SFBayArea. “I saw two other vehicles moving slowly sideways down the middle of the street in a river of mud.” 

After fire and mudslides, Montecito struggles; Ventura and Santa Barbara counties rebound

Montecito Inn – Huffington Post

The Montecito Inn has been evacuated and closed indefinitely. The Four Seasons Resort the Biltmore Santa Barbara, a 22-acre beachfront luxury hotel, is closed indefinitely amid substantial flood damage, a representative said. The San Ysidro Ranch resort, which shut for “an extensive cleaning” after the fire, remains closed indefinitely. Santa Barbara: Visit Santa Barbara spokeswoman Karna Hughes said most attractions are open, including the Santa Barbara Zoo, Old Mission Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. – LA Times

The California deal: Accepting the calamity along with the splendor

“Yes, we have summer and at times a bit of winter, but the cycles in California follow a different calendar. From drought to flood, from fire to mud, California bakes, burns and floats, always on the brink of calamity. We are here by the millions in defiance of reason, lured to a bountiful garden that at times seems unfit for human habitation.” 

Rain, rain, don’t go away. It’s good for this old soul

“Out here, disasters often prey on hillside castles overlooking the sea. If that seems fair or just, try sweeping three feet of muck out of your child’s closet some time. There is nothing fair about any of this. Heartache is heartache. Precious photos are precious photos. No one owns the exclusive rights to hard luck. We can’t take a hint though. This has been going on for decades, and we rebuild in vulnerable areas, because they bring us nearer to nature and soothe our jangled souls. “It’s worth the risk,” we say. “Ever seen our sunsets?”” 

Train service to Santa Barbara restored; 101 Freeway open as far as Carpinteria

“For many travelers, Amtrak trains may be the best way to get from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara for the foreseeable future. Caltrans said late Friday that the 101 Freeway would not reopen Monday, as originally thought.” 

101 Freeway, overwhelmed by Montecito mudslide, to remain closed indefinitely

“U.S. Highway 101, a major north-south artery that carries 100,000 vehicles through the Central Coast each day, was initially expected to open Monday, but officials said cleaning up one part of the freeway was proving more difficult than imagined. In a section of the road near Olive Mill Road — one of the lowest points in the city — there was 2 feet of standing water and storm drains were clogged, Jones said. Once all the mud and debris is removed, the pavement and overpasses must be evaluated for structural safety, and then signs and guardrails reinstalled and lines repainted.” 

 

Falling for “The American Riviera”

“Inspiration Point rewards hikers with stunning views of the greater Santa Barbara area, including the northern Channel Islands.”

Escape to Santa Barbara Along California’s Central Coast.
The focal point of any trip to Santa Barbara is the downtown area, characterized by unique shopping, great food and distinctive architecture.

Santa Barbara, on California’s Central Coast Region, lies between the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains and the beaches on the Pacific Ocean.

As a reminder of the city’s founding in 1786 Mission Santa Barbara sits on a hill as a home to Franciscan friars and a museum.

Mediterranean-style white stucco buildings with red-tile roofs

“Mediterranean-style white stucco buildings with red-tile roofs” keep the Spanish colonial heritage alive.

And, then there is State Street.

Home to one-of-a-kind boutiques. World class restaurants. Intimate wine tasting rooms. “And local seasonal fare.”

Highlights and Headlines: November 2017

Escape

Not just for college seniors and senior citizens

“If Santa Barbara makes you think of retirees and college kids, you’re not technically wrong: those contingents still thrive here. But thanks to a few new boutique hotels and a budding restaurant scene, the city is now an ultra-chill and just-hip-enough place to hang by the beach for a few days. Here’s your game plan.” Santa Barbara Is the LA Road Trip You Need to Be Taking – gq.com

Polo

Fancy Sports, Fancy Places

“Unlike other areas of the US and the world, sporting events with dress codes and signature cocktails aren’t really a thing in California. But the people behind the SB Polo and Wine fest are here to change that, and not just for the sake of getting fancy for a night.” Interview: Grab your Fancy Hat for The Santa Barbara Polo & Wine Fest – culturecollide.com

Wharf

Historic Stearn’s Wharf

“When completed In 1872, it became the longest deep-water Wharf between San Pedro and San Francisco. Named for its builder, local lumberman John P. Stearns, the wharf served the passenger and freight shipping needs of California’s South Coast for over a quarter century.” Stearn’s Wharf – Visit Santa Barbara

Funk

Artistic Millennials with Boutique Ambitions

““Over the past few decades, this district, which spans the area between the ocean and Highway 101 and is adjacent to the Amtrak station, has enjoyed an upswell of boutique tasting rooms, cafes, galleries, and shops that cater to Santa Barbara’s contemporary side.” The Funk Zone – Visit Santa Barbara

Hiking

Inspiration Point by way of the Tunnel Trail

““For a usually warm, usually busy, always beautiful half-day hike in Santa Barbara, Inspiration Point by way of the Tunnel Trail, is a great bet. Not to be confused with the Inspiration Point offshore on Anacapa Island or the hike to Inspiration Point in the San Gabriel Mountains by way of Echo Mountain, this Inspiration Point rewards hikers with stunning views of the greater Santa Barbara area, including the northern Channel Islands.” Inspiration Point – outdoorproject.com

Downtown

Santa Barbara, Shops on State Street in the city of Santa Barbara in southern California

““The focal point of any trip to Santa Barbara is the downtown area, characterized by unique shopping, great food and distinctive architecture. Whether it’s your first visit or your fifth, you’re sure to find something you’ll love here.” Downtown Santa Barbara – Visit Santa Barbara

 

Sovereignty

Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians

“The House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R.1491, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Land Affirmation Act, at a markup session last month. The bill ratifies a Bureau of Indian Affairs decision to place the land, known as Camp 4, in trust.” Chumash Tribe still willing to negotiate into land-into-trust agreement with county –  indianz.com

Luxury

Ritzy Bacara Santa Barbara

“It appears that Bacara Santa Barbara will soon become a Ritz-Carlton as the hotel is currently going through some ownership changes and with the new buyer comes a new management contract for the resort. Currently Bacara Santa Barbara is part of the Meritage Collection.  Is Bacara Santa Barbara Becoming a Ritz-Carlton? – Points Miles & Martinis

Mansions

Hidden Hillside Montecito Mansions

“Hillside homes in this Santa Barbara, California, area have to-die-for views and lots of space for running around” Montecito: A Celebrity Paradise That’s Surprisingly Under the Radar – Mansion Global

Ellen Degeneres in Carpinteria

Carpinteria, a beach town situated in-between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara on the central coast of California. The stylish beachfront property sits right on the sand and has four bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms with floor to ceiling windows providing breathtaking ocean views. Sold! Ellen Degeneres snaps up a stylish beachfront property – dailymail.co.uk

 

Wine

Babcock Winery & Vineyards

“His offerings include an entire portfolio of stunning “Terroir Extraordinaire” Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. At the winery, one can also find beautiful estate grown renderings of Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc, along with Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon that are selected from some of Santa Barbara County’s most stunning vineyards.” Babcock Winery & Vineyards – Visit Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Wine Collective

“Adjacent to the Santa Barbara Wine Collective is sister property, and newly opened Helena Avenue Bakery. This artisan bakery offers rustic, wholesome breads and handmade seasonal pastries. Helena Avenue Bakery also specializes in hand-crafted, made from scratch, baked sweet and savory treats.” Santa Barbara Wine Collective – Visit Santa Barbara

Goin’ Coastal

“California Regions – the last leg of your journey. From the desert and the mountains to the sea. Ending In Santa Monica at the Pier. It’s all there if you dare!”

Seemingly Endless Southern California Beaches
And, when standing at the end of the pier you look at the beaches to your left and right, you realize your next road trip adventure calls you with its siren song.

You want rugged?

Check.

You want mysterious deserts?

Check.

You want Redwood coastal wilderness?

Check.

In California the travel regions vary greatly, ranging from  the rugged interior mountains to the harsh southern desert to the forested northern coastal regions.

California’s 10 travel regions are broken down into:

California’s Ten Travel Regions
  • Southern California
  • Desert
  • Central Coast
  • San Joaquin Valley
  • Sacramento Valley
  • Sierra Nevada
  • Gold Country
  • Bay Area
  • North Coast
  • Shasta Cascades

If you’re interested in the Desert and part of the Southern California region, you may enjoy the “California Regions” edition of “Best West Road Trips – Route 66

Get Your Kicks on Route 66

“California Regions – the last leg of your journey. From the desert and the mountains to the sea. Ending In Santa Monica at the Pier. It’s all there if you dare!”

The Mother Road ends at the Santa Monica Pier.

Well, not exactly, but the attraction more than makes up for historical inaccuracy.

You can’t drive any further west unless you plan to plunge into the Pacific Ocean.

Here’s my recommendation.

Park.

Stroll out onto the pier and take a selfie at the End of the Trail sign.

Near the intersection of Route 66 and Pacific Coast Highway

Then go for it.

Make your way past the crowds and attractions to as far as you can walk.

Then standing there at the end of the pier look at the beaches to your left and right.

Turn around and look back to where you came.

That’s when you realize your next road trip adventure calls you with its siren song.

The iconic, and more breath-taking scenic road trip on Pacific Coast Highway.

That’s what we did.

World Famous Hotel Del Coronado

We invite you to retrace our coastal steps.

We begin in the South Coast Region with the historic beach Hotel del Coronado in San Diego.

Then we head north with the ocean on our drivers side.  

Always on our drivers side.

We hug the coast, not necessarily always on PCH, but  traveling through Southern California beach towns to the laid back Central Coast, into the Bay Area and finally to the North Coast before terminating at Pacific Northwest towns and destinations like Tumwater and Port Angeles, Washington.

Mapping Out Your Best West Road Trips

We’re taking our time.

Exploring everything we can on  a road trip in sequence.

One town after another up the Pacific Coast.

Vacation beach towns, missions, piers and light houses.

And so much more.

More for road trippers, vacationers and more for anyone who wouldn’t mind moving to a resort community.

Fall in love on vacation, stay for a lifetime.