Santa Barbara Smarts!


I have a sister-in-law who is truly a “jack of all trades”. She is a therapist,an author,a florist,a painter,a singer-you name it,she can do it. When I visited them in Santa Barbara she showed me her inventions for storage- of her scarves(she had my brother make this),her necklaces(two peg boards turned sideways)and her earrings(a piece of fabric on a rod and then hung up).Talk about creative!



One last hike in Big Sur-we went on the Buzzards Roost Trail and then on to Nepenthe for lunch before heading to Santa Barbara. The views from Nepenthe are incredible-well worth the visit!Their Garbanzo and Kidney Bean Salad is highly recommended……

Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn


Thanks to my cousin who recommended Deetjen’s we stayed here.It is so charming and you really have the chance to relax-no cell phones,no TV,no internet….here is some history:

Before Highway One was completed in 1937, Castro Canyon was a traditional stopover for travelers along the coastal wagon road. When Helmuth and Helen Deetjen began welcoming guests in the 1930’s, Deetjens Inn was born.Over the years Deetjen built Norwegian-style rooms and gave each of them a name. All work was done by Grandpa Deetjen and friends using locally milled,scavenged redwood.
Today the Big Sur Inn is on the National Register of Historic Places, offering visitors simple luxuries in the rooms and fabulous dining in the award-winning restaurant. Year round, the Inn’s well-tended gardens bloom and the Castro Canyon waterfall splashes into the creek. Their guests often say that a visit to Deetjens feels like coming home-there is a guestbook in each room and it was fun to read the entries in our room! We noticed that many people make a yearly trek to Deetjen’s.

Big Sur to be Sure


The next part of our trip we drove from San Francisco down the coast on Routes 101 and 1(why is the ocean on the right as I go south??-as an east coast person that always surprises me!)to Big Sur.We stopped to get some supplies at the Big Sur General Store and River Inn.I loved the adirondack chairs in the stream-what a way to relax.
We then hiked up to Pfeiffer Falls,and turned the other way to go on the Valley View Trail.The view at both was definitely worth it!

Haight- Ashbury in San Fran


My daughter insisted on seeing this area in San Francisco so off we went! There are a lot of vintage stores-all of the clothes from the 50’s and 60’s are coming back and this new generation love them. We also found this store Bettie Page. They have NEW clothes that are inspired by the 50’s icon Bettie Page. They are in many cities and have just opened a store on Newbury Street here in Boston. Fascinating!

The Famous Cable Cars


Need I say more?? So much fun to ride up and down those huge hills! Here is some history:

Andrew Smith Hallidie tested the first cable car at 4 o’clock in the morning, August 2nd, 1873, on Clay Street, in San Francisco. His idea for a steam engine powered – cable driven – rail system was conceived in 1869, after witnessing horses being whipped while they struggled on the wet cobblestones to pull a horsecar up Jackson Street. As the story goes, the horses slipped and were dragged to their death.

Hallidie’s father was an inventor who had a patent in Great Britain for “wire rope” cable. Hallidie immigrated to the U.S. in 1852 during the Gold Rush. He began using cable in a system he had developed to haul ore from mines and in building suspension bridges.

Hallidie entered into a partnership to form the Clay Street Hill Railroad, which began construction of a cable line on Clay Street in May of 1873. The contract to operate on city streets stated the line must be operational by August 1st. They launched on the 2nd. Even though they were a day late the cable car trials received great approval. Clay Street Hill Railroad began public service on September 1st, 1873. It was a tremendous success.

California Dreamin’


My daughter and I went down the west coast in California together for her spring break last week. We started in San Francisco. The first day we walked across the Golden Gate Bridge and up the road to the Marin Headlands and then back again. We got an incredibly beautiful sunny day to do it!