We left Esalen @ 11 am and headed north up CA 1 through Big Sur, Carmel-by-the-Sea, and Monterey.. I called Richard in hopes he would be in Half Moon Bay for the weekend, but alas, we were a week too late! Drat! We pressed on past Santa Cruz into new territory for both of us. Stopped in at the Bonny Doon tasting (https://www.bonnydoonvineyard.com/visit-us/) room and then had a bite to eat at the Whale City Bakery (http://whalecitybakery.com/menu/) in Davenport.
Kept driving north all afternoon and made our way into San Francisco by dinner time. A little tired and not very hungry, we ended up in Ghirardelli Square (http://www.ghirardellisq.com/) at the Bluxome Winery (http://www.bluxomewinery.com/) for a sip and a snack.
And that’s a good way to spend a Saturday! Somewhere in there we went for a hike up the canyon from the property. We also enjoyed the live music from Diego’s Umbrella and Samurai Gypsies during the midsummer festival. Nahko and Medicine for the People were clearly the crowd favorite, but seemed a little Dave Matthews Band-ish to us.. http://www.esalen.org/page/esalen-midsummer-festival-july-2nd-2016
We’re headed to one of my favorite places on earth – Big Sur on the Northern California coastline.
Enjoyed the deluxe accommodations of first class on this very short flight, grabbed a car, promptly got confused by the gibbering GPS, found our way back on track, and proceeded down the PCH to Monterey. Stopped in the Sandbar and Grill out on Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey for lunch and then browsed around the market. http://www.sandbarandgrillmonterey.com/
Got to Esalen around 2:30 and were in the baths by 4:00! Let the relaxation begin! Enjoyed some wine and pasta for dinner, followed by more soaking in the baths and were lulled to sleep by the sound of the pacific below our clifftop room. http://www.esalen.org/
Short hike up the Esalen creek valley on the property: