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are clad in wetsuits year-round. On your first morning, you can find

and-you'll-miss-them communities like Moss Landing, where you'll

them congregating inside the sea shanty-style Outerlands over toast

find plenty of hikes among wild succulents. But if you can hold out

topped with kale and walnut pesto. Before you turn on the ignition,

to Monterey and beyond, there's a charming respite in Carmel-by-

though, wander into the surrounding boutiques filled with boho-chic

the-Sea. Look for signs into the village on the right about where the

goods and macramé plant holders.

flat highway gives way to a hill thick with trees. The town itself is on

Once you merge onto Highway 1, you may not see the water for a

the western side of the mound, and picturesque streets lined with

while, since the marine layer tends to hang low until you hit Pescadero,

galleries lead to a small public ocean outlet. The occasional pebble

a town the size of a postage stamp. Grab a coffee from Downtown

may wiggle its way into your sneakers as you explore the beach, and

Local and explore the café's vintage toys and micro movie theater in

you'll certainly run into dogs (and their owners) playing fetch.

the back while you review your route to Pebble Beach, known for its

It's often foggy here, so something cozy and delicious is probably

smooth tide pools. Find a clear spot amongst the heaps of kelp to

on your mind at this point. There are plenty of Italian and New

hunker down for a minute and admire the honeycomb sandstone to the

American options all around, but there's something utterly comforting

left and right.

about French bistro La Bicyclette-what with part of its dining room

Between here and the more bustling (but still laid-back) Santa
Cruz, the roadside bluffs are scattered with farm stands hawking
seasonal produce, such as strawberries in early summer. Buy some

made to mimic a Provence cottage and casual lunch service where
the day's soup is served tableside in a patina copper pot.
Restored, continue along your route-just like the Beatniks did-to

along the way, and don't be surprised if you get a hint of ocean

Big Sur. Although a popular destination, the rugged hamlet reads

spray in your first bite. Trust us: A little salt only brings out the tangy

remote and untouched by the 21st century. The redwoods and

sweetness of the berries.

eucalyptus are dense here, and the shores are protected by huge rocks.

By afternoon, you'll have reached Santa Cruz, the mellow college

Ease up on the gas pedal, adopt a safe speed, and simply enjoy the

town where the ocean meets the redwoods. The beach boardwalk,

astonishing views from your car. Stop in at The Henry Miller Memorial

with its saltwater taffy and nostalgic games and carousel, may be the

Library, where you'll discover rare signed books and the occasional

main event, especially since its recent $14 million revamp. But if you

touring act. Ask the front desk for a hiking trail recommendation and

have time to break inland about two miles to midtown, you'll find a

get some tips on how to be a good steward of the land by respecting

whole buried treasure of retro-modern boutiques, skate shops, and

trail signs and wildlife areas, leaving no trace behind. As a final nod to

restaurants around Soquel Avenue's old-fashioned fun. So much so

this fragile ecosystem, pack out whatever you've packed in and make

that you should probably call it a night at The Dream Inn, one of the

sure you don't wander onto private property.

few properties on this part of the coast with a family-friendly pool
right off the sand.
Things get more remote from here, taking you through blink-

Then put your car in gear for San Simeon to check out the grand
Hearst Castle. The grounds sit precariously on a steep hillside, but
once you're inside, you'll marvel at the Art Deco architecture and

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