New Hyatt Comes to Santa Barbara

Hyatt recently announced the official name change of Hotel Mar Monte to Hyatt Santa Barbara. This much-loved 80-year-old landmark oceanfront hotel has been undergoing extensive renovations since February 2011. The first phase of renovations included 91 guest rooms as well as landscaping and décor in the lobby, pool and deck area. This October, the renovation will resume with the remaining 80 guest rooms and all function space receiving a makeover, with all areas expected for completion in 2012.

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California’s Big Sur A Haven for Artists Inspired by History

“Literary history on the Central Coast of California is rich with the likes of Henry Miller, Robinson Jeffers, Jack Kerouac, George Bernard Shaw, John Steinbeck, Damon Runyon, PG Wodehouse and others.”

This article in the Washington Post talks about some of them! Read the whole story…

Artisinal Soups for Charity in Cayucos to Benefit Our Ocean Environment

On Sat., Sept. 10, 2011, celebrity judges will pick the best artisinal soups created by 7 of the Central Coast’s best restaurants and chefs, at the Cayucos Creek Barn in Cayucos. The event includes 7 wineries, We Olive, House of Bread, and Red Moose Cookies. A benefit for Friends of the Elephant Seal. A Grand Ole Soupabration will also feature six marine environmental organizations, including the Clean Oceans Project from Santa Cruz. This will be a zero waste event.  A portion of the proceeds will be directed toward the live cam project FES is developing at Piedras Blancas–bringing the northern elephant seal to the world.

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Californian Highway Made in Heaven

Californian highway made in heaven

It was once described by controversial American author Henry Miller as “the face of the earth as the Creator intended it to look … its majesty is almost too painful to behold”.

The highway has been declared a driving experience unsurpassed in natural beauty and scenic variety by US tourist authorities and travel writers.

For much of the journey, towering mountains plunge from thick redwood forests directly into the sometimes forbidding Pacific Ocean. Continue reading

Going Coastal — With the London Free Press

The coastline between Big Sur and Carmel, Ca., offers vista points on practically every corner. (PAUL TURENNE, QMI Agency)

Check out this recent travel story at the London Free Press.

“Whoever built California’s coastal Highway 1 must have done so on a bet.

There’s really no other justifiable reason that the 144-kilometre stretch of coast between Carmel and San Simeon should have any kind of connection between it. Unless, of course, you count the fact it is one of the most stunning landscapes on the planet.

The road certainly doesn’t exist to service the area’s population. There have to be fewer than 100 people who live on that stretch of coast – a truly remarkable thing, considering the density of much of the rest of California, and a testament to the unmanageably rugged nature of the state’s Central Coast. Continue reading

Sea Otter Pup on Exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

June 30, 2011: At just 9 weeks old and weighing 11 pounds, she’s the youngest and the smallest sea otter pup that they’ve ever had on exhibit. She’s spending time with Joy, our most experienced mentor mom who can show her all the things a young otter needs to know. Continue reading