Last Christmas, we got a gift certificate for the Ventana Inn in Big Sur. We'd decided to use it this weekend. Tod left work around noon on Friday, and we drove to Morro Bay, where we stayed at the Days Inn. We had a nice dinner at a restaurant on the waterfront, and then went back to the hotel to relax. We planned to get up early and go to the Hearst Castle on the way up to Big Sur.
However, there was a couple in the next room who spent the whole night arguing very loudly. I occasionally dropped off, but I think I was awake most of the night. We got up, a little bleary-eyed, around 7:30 a.m., and had breakfast at a waterfront cafe called The Coffee Pot that we'd discovered that when we stayed in Morro Bay a couple of years ago, and really liked it.
Then we headed over to Hearst Castle.
We planned to do the earliest tour, which would end around noon, and give us plenty of time to drive up to Big Sur in time for our lunch reservations at the Post Ranch Inn at 2:00 p.m.
We took the tour that included the gardens, which are incredibly beautiful, even at this time of year. Got lots of flower pictures.
They also took us inside the largest of the guest houses, and we got some great pictures there, too.