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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 …

Segway Tour - Golden Gate Park

Sometimes when you live in a  place that's a tourist attraction, you forget that you can enjoy it in that way too! There is something decadent about being a tourist in your own town, but we should do it more often. It awakens you to see things differently and it's fun to meet visitors who have travelled to see the place you may take for granted.




So with this in mind, and to fulfill a LONG standing promise to one of my favorite people, we headed to Golden Gate Park for a segway tour.  We had been on a segway before (we did the Fisherman's Wharf tour a few years ago) and here's what I can tell you for certain - segways are fun. Yes you look dorky on them and no, they didn't change the world but they are great fun to ride. It takes a few minutes to get the hang of things, without lifting your feet you shift your weight into your toes or heels to speed up and slow down. You have to stay active in your feet, even when standing still, and I must admit we felt a little weak at the knees when we got off after two hours.


Suiting up!

Getting the hang of things...

Off we go!

We segwayed past the De Young Museum

It was fun to be a tourist "at home". Having taken both  San Francisco segway tours this is something we'd highly recommend trying. I think it's is a good day out for people of all ages, though kids have to be over 12 and 100lbs and it's not recommended for those over seventy. Apologies to my mother, we would have taken you, whether you wanted to go or not!




The Speed Demon 


We had a great time!


Tips: 
These tours are expensive, so check Goldstar for discounts. As they sometimes show up as a local deal on Travelzoo and on other discount sites, I would keep an eye out on Yipit which aggregates online deals.

Which Segway Tour to take in San Francisco?
The Electric Tour Company offers two options in the city, a tour of the park and one at Fisherman's Wharf. For classic views of San Francisco I would recommend the wharf tour, which covers some great San Francisco sites including North Beach. You'll be close to Lombard Street and Coit Tower which you could see before or after your tour. The trips begin and end close to the Hyde Street cable car, which is a fun way to get there.
The park tour is particularly good for locals as you'll learn about Golden Gate Park's history. There's far less traffic, which makes things more relaxed, and you have the opportunity to take the segway on dirt paths which is great fun. You'll see redwoods, Stowe Lake and the Aids Memorial Grove. The tour starts and ends at the Music Concourse, between the De Young Museum and the Academy of Sciences, so there's lots to see and do in this area too. 


It can be cloudy in the morning so I would opt for the afternoon tours.

Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park

There's a curry cart where the tour ends if you get hungry!

Comments

Belletje said…
That looked like a fun day. It's always nice to try a 'stay-cation' day and be a tourist in our cities.
And RYC about Downton Abbey, that gives me something to look forward to! The setting of Highclere Castle in that show is amazing.

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