Sometimes you find yourself in a moment where you’ve just worked twelve days straight, you forget what the outside world looks like, and the 6 shots of espresso you’ve downed to stay awake make you just impulsive enough to book a three-day trip to the ocean because you really miss your best friend. *hair flip emoji*
I found the cutest little place to stay nestled away in Carmel Valley, called Blue Sky Lodge. The place didn’t look like it had been touched in fifty years- in the best way possible. (Any accommodation that has Mad Men references in its Yelp reviews is usually a winner in my book.) Besides being perfectly retro and cozy, as if your grandma had a little house in the woods, there are two resident dogs who live on the property! One was asleep on the hardwood floor as we checked in at the lobby, the other was playing fetch with some guests who were hanging out by the pool. I was in heaven.
I just have to say that our room was a-m-a-z-i-n-g. On the other side of a gigantic wall of glass sliders, we had our very own private patio that was just as big- if not bigger- than our actual room. We made good use of the patio lounge chairs, sunbathing and drinking wine under the trees. Before leaving to find a place for dinner, we took a walk back to the lobby/pool area. Across from the lobby is a bright and airy library that looks like a librarian with a green thumb’s pride and joy. Absolutely filled to the ceiling with plants and books. (The most issues of National Geographic I’ve ever seen!!) I could spend forever in that room.
Throughout the weekend, we did leave our perfect relaxation nest to do some exploring. The drive up and down highway 1 in Big Sur is quite possibly my favorite thing on the planet. Gorgeous views, cliffs, beaches, forests, famous bridges. It’s everything. I even got to mark the Big Sur Bakery off my bucket list. Looking back, I am so thankful that I can take off and spend a weekend with my best friend in the middle of nowhere. As you get older, it’s a lot more difficult but even more important to be able to be impulsive and take care of yourself when you need a break. Big Sur, I love you.