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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 …

A Few Days in Downieville

As you can see from the previous couple of posts, Downieville is somewhere we love but in addition it's paradise for the dog!

Last time we came up we saw a bear here!

The cabins are right on the Yuba river

There are so many beautiful places to visit in the Sierras but we love visiting the Lure Resort. It's a lovely (dog friendly) spot, one mile past Downieville, a small Gold Country town on Highway 49 - past Nevada City and Grass Valley. There's great hiking but the dog just wants to swim the river. On this trip we barbequed and spent hours lounging. I highly recommend this place, but I'm giving it short shrift because I have an trip to Arizona to tell you about!