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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 …

P-Town on Cape Cod

This seems like the quintessential P-Town scene to me, sun, sand water and fit looking  men in their swim trunks, no complaints here! We had a great time in Provincetown  after having heard about it for years. Yes it's crowded in the summer and there seem to be lots of tourists here to gawk at the natives, but the place has charm.
We had a couple of good meals and can recommend the Red Inn where the food was matched by excellent service, casual but spot on. With a lovely table at the window for our anniversary I had nothing to complain about. Thanks D., good job! I loved Canteen which is on the main drag, the hot lobster roll (below) was incredible.  

The food is great and the place is stylish, relaxed and highly recommended for a quick lunch. We tried a few other places for drinks with a view but while enjoyable they seemed fairly interchangeable.
Three nights wasn't nearly enough time and I hope we'll be back. This was part of a quick trip back east to celebrate friends birthdays (T. & D.) and to visit family. After decades in America I finally made my first visit to Boston!
We enjoyed the beach at Race Point National Seashore pictured below. I loved the elderly lady who just put her chair down on the way to the beach, she was having a great time and we had a chat when I walked past.

We missed the P-town carnival by one day but would love to go back to partake of the fun. If you're a well dressed woman your only competition in town will be the drag queens, why didn't I take any photos, those girls know how to wear heels!

J.- we loved your charming place, thanks for lending it to us. It may have been a mistake as we'll be begging to come back...