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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 …

Short Hikes around Downieville, California

We've gone up to Downieville a lot over the last few years and done quite a number of day hikes. However on our most recent trip  (last week)  we took things easy on a couple of short trails, the Frasier Falls Trail and the Chapman Creek Trail.

The Frasier Falls trail (off the Gold Lake Highway) is just one mile roundtrip. This is a great short paved trail with gorgeous mountain views and  a waterfall at the end, it is an excellent option for anyone with reduced mobility. 

Champion hiker at 6,000ft!

I've got lots more lovely photos so I think I'll opt for a separate post on the Chapman Creek Trail.