We just returned from a trip which could be called "seeing California at its very best". We took Highway One from San Luis Obispo passing through Cambria, Hearst Ranch and then to magnificent scenery as the highway hangs on the side of cliffs that drop to the Pacific Ocean far below.
On this day the highway had many visitors, stopping often at viewpoints to marvel at the steepness of the terrain as it slopes down to the rocky shore below.
Our destination was the Holman Ranch located in Carmel Valley. This private resort has almost everything to offer while being in a perfect location just a twenty minute drive from Carmel by the Sea and the Monterey Peninsula.
And did we mention that it is also the location of its very own vineyards and winery.
The ranch has 400 acres nestled in the Santa Lucia mountains with horses for riding, colorful gardens, comfortable guest rooms, swimming pool and fitness center and all in a hide away setting.
Carmel Valley is a small, picturesque community with a near perfect climate with sunny days but the cooling influence of the nearby Pacific Ocean.
We found Holman Ranch easy to get to but hard to leave.
And in coming days will have much more to say about our visit.