For those of you who already love the central coast, the great wines and weather, I need not say or write more. For those of you unfamiliar, here is a short but sweet laundry list of things to do.
Big Basin Redwoods State Park (for thank sinking feeling)
Channel Islands Marine Sanctuary (for the adventurous)
Whale watching (Have you read Melville?)
Hearst Castle (for Julia Morgan fans)
The Missions- six different missions on the El Camino Real (not the position!)
Pinnacles National Park-the newest national park (Thank you, Mr. President!!!)
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve (a plethora of nature)
Solvang-a bit of Denmark in California (home of tennis great, Rocket Rod Laver)
Natural Bridges State Beach (no dentists allowed!)
Ember-our favorite restaurant on the central coast
Firestone-Walker Brewery in San Luis Obispo (with outdoor patio for Lexi)
The California Market in Pismo-lots of good natural and organic food choices
The Beach-Lexi loves it!!!
Most of these attractions are outdoor activities. I have already covered wine tasting, hanging out at the beach, cycling the coast, or playing a few rounds of golf. We are going mostly to relax, and dine at our new favorite restaurant in the entire world, Ember, in Arroyo Grande. When you are in the area, please eat here, you will not regret it!!! In fact, we are meeting dear friends here on Sunday eve.
I may also see some friends, like the old “Bagman” from college. He was not a bagman in the traditional sense, no drugs involved! He was known to wear only a paper bag over his head, no other clothing, other than sneakers and socks, and make a midnight circuit around a huge, one block area consisting of a women’s only dormitory!!!!
NOTE: There are some wineries, like Laetitia in Arroyo Grande on the Central Coast making sparkling wines, mostly all chardonnay based, but not too bad. But just in case, I have my favorite Veuve du Vernay from Loire, France, just in case!!!! See you there!