Live, Work & Play

in one of the World's

Most Stunning Destinations

Only 10 miles from Carmel-by-the-Sea &

Only 90 minutes to the Bay Area

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It is only natural that our bodies, minds, and souls crave tranquility.

And tucked high upon one of the most exclusive ridges

in the Santa Lucia mountains you will find it.

Here the only light speed you feel comes from the millions of stars blanketing the midnight sky, and connection breathes energy directly through the earth and grounds all around.

The house on Weston Ridge Road is a private and personal respite that brings harmony back into your soul.

18 miles to the village of Big Sur, CA

 

A Place of Reflection and Inspiration

 

Originally inhabited by the Esselen, Salinan and Ohlone Native Americans, Big Sur was first settled by the Spanish in the 1830s but developed its first large settlements during the Gold Rush. The lumber industry thrived in the late 1800s in Big Sur, despite the difficulty of reaching the area; the population of Big Sur was greater at that time than it is today. 

The construction of Highway One in the 1930s transformed Big Sur, making its beauty accessible to all rather than just the most intrepid. Since then Big Sur has provided inspiration to photographers, painters, writers, and musicians. Henry Miller and Jack Kerouac chronicled the area in books, and Ansel Adams and Edward Weston. 

Just passed the village of Big Sur rests the Esalen Institute where workshops on meditation, healing, and yoga have been offered since 1962. Recently the curriculum has been updated catering to Silicon Valley's executives with workshops on everything from internet addiction to depression and tech.

 

 

10 miles to Carmel, CA

 

No exploration of California’s central coast is complete without a sojourn to Carmel-by-the-Sea, a town is as well known for its shopping as it is for its most famous former civil servant, the Honorable Mayor Clint Eastwood. This quaint amalgamation of art galleries, boutiques, hotels, shops, fine restaurants and whimsically styled homes evokes a storybook ambiance that can be appreciated by romantics of all ages.  It’s  no wonder why Travel + Leisure has named it as one of the "World's Best Cities for Romance." 

 

Carmel-by-the-Sea's rugged coastline, featuring both sandy beaches and rocky, cypress-covered outcroppings, has provided inspiration for artists of every stripe. On any evening, visitors will find town residents enjoying the beauty of a Carmel-by-the-Sea sunset at Carmel Beach while watching surfers play the waves. Just a mile south, Carmel River State Beach is a popular spot for diving, kayaking, surfing and birding. Point Lobos State Reserve, "the crown jewel of the State Park system," is much-photographed by artists and tourists intent on capturing its astounding beauty.

 

 

21 miles to the village of Carmel Valley, CA

 

Carmel Valley in California is a sublime pastoral river valley nestled into the towering Santa Lucia range, and is one of the finest wine growing regions in California. The main artery is Carmel Valley Road, which starts at Scenic Highway 1 and meanders eastward, winding along Carmel River past endless opportunities for recreation, entertainment, sumptuous food and premier wine tasting. In Carmel Valley you will also find three championship golf courses, several world-class resorts as well as quaint country inns.

Carmel Valley is home to Garland Ranch Regional Park's 4,000+ acres, open for day-use activities, known for excellent mountain trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding along the willow-lined banks of the Carmel River. In Carmel Valley one sees working horse ranches, many offering clinics and places to board your own horses.

Thirteen miles up Carmel Valley from Highway 1 is the quiet country Carmel Valley Village with its fine dining, wine tasting, antique shops and art galleries. This is where folk singer Joan Baez led the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and 1970s from her nearby Miramonte ranch. Celebrities galore have visited the Carmel Valley dating back to the 1890s when the Del Monte Lodge used the old Rancho Los Laureles as a guest lodge. Some live there now, such as Betty White and Doris Day.

 

 

20 miles to the town of Pacific Grove, CA

A coastal city in Monterey County, California in the United States. The United States Census Bureauestimated its 2013 population at 15,504.[8] Pacific Grove is located between Point Pinos and Monterey.

Pacific Grove is known for its Victorian homes, Asilomar State Beach, and is also known as "Butterfly Town U.S.A." for the annual migration of the monarch butterflies. The city is endowed with more historical houses per capita than anywhere else in California. Seventy-five percent of the homes in Pacific Grove are considered historical. Some of them have been turned into bed and breakfast inns.

The city is also known for the location of the Point Pinos Lighthouse, the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the West Coast. The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History and Pacific Grove Art Center are located in the historic downtown. Pacific Grove was also the main filming location for Roger Spottiswoode's 1989 film Turner & Hooch as well as A Summer Place, starring Sandra Dee.

15 miles to the city of Monterey, CA

 

The first settlers of Monterey were Native Americans known as Rumsiens, and their artifacts are still often uncovered throughout the area. European settlers established a Royal Presidio and Mission in 1770. Later, California became a Mexican territory in 1822 until 1846 when Commodore John Drake Sloat and his men claimed California for the United States by raising the flag in Monterey Harbor. California became part of the United States in 1848, and in 1849 its constitution was written in historic Colton Hall, where city offices still exist today.

 

Monterey's activities and museums like the Monterey Museum of Art will keep you busy from the moment you get up in the morning until you rest your head at night.

Take advantage of Monterey’s beautiful weather and walk the Path of History where you can experience what life was like when Monterey's served as California's capital. Or stroll among the city's wine tasting rooms or along the glorious beaches.

 

Avid shoppers can find antiques in New Monterey, unique boutiques on Cannery Row and among the historic buildings in Old Monterey.

© 2018 By Maren Muter

www.thebarefootblackbird.com