Picked up the car and headed north to stay with friends at Shell Beach (hi Teri and Mac!). We had time to check out a local fisherman’s wharf for some appetisers and met some friendly (and hungry seals). Our friends took us to a great place for dinner at the end of their street called “Alex’s” – fantastic smoky BBQ ribs.
The next day, even though it was overcast and rainy, we headed to Hearst Castle. What a truly magnificent place that was. The photos only give you a glimpse of this visionary masterpiece that took 15 years to build. We then saw some baby elephant seals on the coast before heading off for the most amazing pie – ollolaberry pie, delish! Also checked out the tasting room of a winery in Harmony – a tiny town with the population of 17!
The next morning we went to Zorro’s for breakfast (also at the end of the street) and had a Mexican breakfast omelette – had a hint of spice, but not too much, very popular with the locals. Drove up the magnificent west coast and stopped at Nepenthe’s for a lovely glass of champagne with smoked salmon, crab cakes and blue swimmer crab quiche….Oh…my…God! (for both the food and view!)