Best Western Beach Dunes Inn
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Over the last week, our laundry has accumulated quite a bit. Wearing the same jeans once or twice in the cooler weather is one thing, but in the 105 degree-weather we have been experiencing, that just can't happen. So, I decided to do laundry at the Best Western in Pasadena. It was really late at night, and we were kind of nervous about doing it so …
After talking to a few travelers, we decided to change our itinerary and head south to Monterey. Jim is a John Steinbeck fan, and his stories are nearly all flavored with characters who lived and worked in Monterey County where Steinbeck grew up and lived most of his life. I was in favor of this change because it would mean a return to the Pacific coast. We drove the bypasses around San Francisco avoiding rush hour traffic and had only one minor ...
Heading south on Hwy 1 to Pfieffer Big Sur
Paul had planned to go to Vacaville but at the last minute changed his mind and so we got up and
headed out from the Outlet. Of course we had to make a stop at the Berkeley Bowl and the place was a madhouse. Forget getting your shopping cart through the produce section. Robert scored at the bargain table with a huge bag of asparagus with some cucumbers in it as well.
We decided to enjoy the warm CA sunshine with a couple of beach days. We found a Best Western across the street from the Marina Beach State Park & it worked out great. Marina is just north of Monterey, CA. After hiking down a large dune, there was a great beach for the kids to play on & for us to walk on. The Pacific was pretty chilly but the days were warm enough that the kids ...
... Hearst purchased the
property and he inherited it from his mother upon her passing in 1919.
The Neptune Pool was amazing and took our breathe away. It had to be seen from all angles to be fully appreciated. The Roman Pool was even more amazing with gold leaf tiles made in Murano, Italy lining not only the walls but also the pool and the floor. It was 10 feet deep and had the most amazing diving board.
Hearst entertained the ...