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Ventana - An Enchanting Resort in BIg Sur

Summary: I love Ventana. I highly recommend visiting  and exploring the landscape at Lime Kiln and Andrew Molera State Park which I've blogged about here. Please note this is #notsponsored . Yes, that means we paid our own bill! Lots of details in the following review. including a Post Ranch vs Ventana comparison.  Can you tell there's something exciting beyond this beautiful gate? There's something special about Big Sur, a magic in the light, the presence of the Pacific, the cliffs, beaches, redwood forests and the murmur of the surf. It's one of my favorite places in California. I couldn't think of anywhere else I wanted to be to celebrate turning fifty, because it's a place where there's a sense of nature, space and light and a wide horizon. We've been to Big Sur many times and for a celebration there are two fantastic hotels vying for your attention. The exclusive, modern and very private, cliff top Post Ranch Inn and on the other side of the road the …

Chapman Creek Trail

This is a great short walk, perfect for a day when you're recovering from a longer hike, or if you're feeling like a briefer jaunt. The trailhead is at the Chapman Creek Campground east of Sierra City on historic Highway 49. This is the heart of the California Gold Country and the scenery is spectacular. Many of the hikes in this area have beautiful vistas of the Sierra Buttes or Alpine lakes but the Chapman Creek Trail is a more modest venture, three miles roundtrip walking on the banks of the creek through a wooded wonderland. As you can see below,  it's  a fabulous walk!


 We walk the trail midweek and didn't bump into anyone else. Although it is used by those who stay in the campground this is a very quiet trail. This is a woodland walk with a soft trail that crosses the creek at several points. It's a great place to bring your dog and the trail moves from heavy shade into a more open landscape at different points.

Because of the proximity to the creek, even in August there were quite a number of wildflowers to be seen. If you make it up here I hope you enjoy the hike as much as we did.