A little luxury at Seascape
Aug 07, 2011
Aug 26, 2011
What I did
Drank in the views, visited Carmel, Monterey and Santa Cruz
We slept surprisingly well considering the heat and sat outside in Jackie's beautiful garden (just over 1 acre) for a delicious breakfast of fresh fruit, frittata, sausages and bacon and home made pomegranate jelly and banana bread. Jerry had offered to show the lads his workshop and his 1946 Harley and his 1945 restoration project. Needless to say they both jumped at the chance to talk bike for half an hour so Flo and I looked around the garden with Jackie. At the back of the garden Jackie had pomegranates,figs, nectarines and apricots growing, along with an enclosure with about 30 hens in it. There was also a small veg patch with tomatoes, squashes and the end of a bean crop growing on it. Jackie was a retired teacher and it was interesting to discuss the differences between the US education system and ours. She also is very active in the local retired teachers association and was hosting a lunch for 80 other retired teachers in her lovely garden soon. We said our goodbyes and we left Merced and drove along towards the coast. We went to the town of Carmel but found it almost impossible to park the car and found it full of upscale shops and galleries. We decided to drive on to Monterey with a view to looking round and possibly going back again tomorrow. Monterey was also busy with limited (or very expensive parking) but we stopped for a late lunch in a little restaurant. It seems that the author, John Steinbeck set one of his novels (Cannery Row - not read it) in Monterey and it was based on the sardine fishing industry which made this part of the world a lot of money - a bit like the pilchards did for Cornwall in the 18th Century. Moneterey tourism had cashed in on the Steinbeck connection and there were a lot of shops or restaurants called Monterey this or that and it was much pricier than inland. After our lunch we drove onto Seascape, our resort. We were a little disappointed that the weather had clouded over as we drove towards the coast - we had left behind the high temperatures and blazing sunshine of Merced and it really was quite misty and murky when we arrived at Seascape. Seascape was our little bit of luxury on our trip, we had found it hard to book somewhere on this coast due to the popularity of Carmel and Monterey and so had splashed out a bit on our 2 night stay here. The resort was upmarket, excellent staff and manicured grounds (and the most comfortable bed of the holiday) and a complete contrast to some of our other stops. Our condo had a great view over the beach and we could hear the waves crashing onto the shore. We went over the road to explore Seascape Village (as it was grandly called) and found that most of the shops were shut (being now 8pm) so we opted for a Chinese takeaway - which was delicious, although far too large for us to finish. We went to sleep with the sound of the surf landing on the beach, tired from the travelling and change in temperatures.