Bella Notte - The Inn at East Cliff
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- Non-smoking hotel
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
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... travelling to. She liked to use the word `Cheerio`as she considered it very English. After lovely ice creams we walked back to the car through a sort of park, where there were a lot of men watching the world go by and all seemed to be wearing Stetson style hats mostly cream coloured. Looked like a secret club of some kind.Eventually we get back on the right road and arrive at Santa Cruz which is the home of surfing in America. This was the first place ...
... California traffic for about 30 minutes until we clear the city and wind up in more sane driving areas. Out on route 1 running down the coast, the weather has turned a bit foul. While no rain, a cold front has come in. Temperatures have dropped into the lower to mid 50's and the wind is blowing 25-35 mph constantly with gusts to over 50 mph. Let's just say when we stopped along the way to take photos, we were quick about it. We did a ...
... and ordered two falafel sandwiches. Well no word of a lie, it was the best falafel we have ever had! So crunchy and tasty. Yum! Now stuffed, we headed back to the beach to do some more sunbathing.
After we were sunned out we strolled down the boardwalk again and Dan had seen a 'Dipping Dots' stand and had to get some. Basically dipping dots is ice cream in, well, the size of dots! He had it 18yrs ago when he was in America so had to have it again.
We made sure ...
... the entertainment for the evening was. A four piece band playing everything from the 60's to the 80's, absolutely brilliant and we danced,yes danced, till they finished at midnight. Who would have thought we still had the moves. Also met some lovely travelers as well so a good night all round.
Next day was Hearst Castle, the Casa Grande built by William Randolph Hearst on his ranch between 1925 and 1949. It now belongs to the national parks ...
... while the grand house was being built. It was interesting that he collaborated with a female architect Julia Morgan throughout the whole project for 28 years.
We toured the formal rooms - sitting room, dinning room, billiard room, smoking room, theatre, pools and garden. The formal rooms were cozy as they were either small or arranged with many smaller areas, The rooms were jam packed with antiques. The ceilings were from various ...