Belmond El Encanto
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TravelPod Member ReviewsBelmond El Encanto Santa Barbara
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... the seals basking in the beach and practicing fighting in the sea, were males. The females were elsewhere (Don't blame them!) when they are all together, one males elephant seal can have a harem of up to 50 females - but greedy if you ask me! Anyway, after feeling like David Attenborough and soaking up the nature, we jumped back in the car and headed straight to Morro Bay. Morro is a small unassuming beach town, with a massive rock that juts up from the ocean in the harbour. It ...
... staying as long as possible the next morning as the drive to L.A was only a couple of hours. It was agreed that hiring a speed boat was the plan. Having the bikes was cool as there was no worry about having a drink, although the other challenge was we had to have them back before dark as they had no lights! As soon as the sun went down and we finished pudding we did the ride back down the pier and back to the hotel. I would say we just made it, although we did stop and ...
... from falling into the rocks and a good dose of humility with my now seemingly ambitious goal.
Regardless of the outcome of my surfing, the day was so much fun. That evening we made a quick visit to Berkeley’s estate home up on Toro Canyon and got to see Jody for a quick hello. Then we went to dinner with Berkeley’s children, Sophie and Milo, and his niece Maggie before going to see The Dawn of the Planet of the ...
... of others. By now there was a whole group of us having fun drinking wines from wineries owned by Kate Hudson, Kurt Russell and Emilio Estevez and other celebs. Oh we wished we could have stayed but we had to get to Santa Barbara.
Finally, late afternoon we arrived in Santa Barbara and pulled up at the delightful Spanish Garden Inn and what a lovely place, great staff, fabulous position just off the buzzy ...
... Freeway' thing, we still don't know if bikes are allowed but it's the only way we can go - every now & then it'll say end of Freeway then Freeway starts - really weird as it's all the same road. Then we get to the turnoff for Gaviotta Beach so we do, but it's just a beach with camping no coast road so back up again, on for many more miles with a stop for some of yesterday's fudge - never any toilets in the lay-bys so behind a tree with ...