Wrapping up CA…Tickle Pink Inn in Big Sur

We last left you on Friday night after our long touring day – Healdsbug to Oakville to the Caves at Soda Canyon.

Saturday was our “Joe-drives-us-to-Big Sur” day.  We came down the East Bay through Silicon Valley on Interstate 680…about 3 hours to lunch in Carmel.  (Don’t you think we could skip a meal here and there?…no way, Jose).

Carmel must have 100 good lunch spots…we liked this one.

We checked into the Tickle Pink Inn, south of Carmel on Route One.  This is our 7th time here…originally a recommendation from Lynn Sofie, our travel agent at the time, about 35 years ago.  The place is a gem with the best views ever…and terrific service.

Here’s the view from the rooms…see that deck below…it’s the scene of wonderful breakfasts and a superb wine & cheese time from 4:30-7PM each afternoon.

The Pacific and those rock islands are a scene of constant and shifting beauty for us.

Next day – Sunday – is our day to introduce more friends to Point Lobos…one of our favorite hiking places on earth.  Here they are on the threshold of our days exercise event.

Tim & Julie O’Neill
Linda & Joe Mondelli
Nancy & me.

Here are some photos of water and those rocks.

We enjoyed this walk so much, we needed food, so we set off to find the restaurant at Rocky Point – 10 miles south – where we can enjoy this kind of view over lunch.
Dinner was early today, so that we could see a sunset in one of the highest perches above the Pacific in the Big Sur…at the Post Ranch Inn.  It’s 25 miles south of Tickle Pink along that breath-taking coast road.  Developed by the original homesteading family – the Posts – in the late 90’s, it is architecturally outstanding with a startling view from the restaurant down hundreds of feet to the see out of all-glass walls.

Experiencing some difficulty with the computer and photos, so we will have to complete this chapter of the journal when we hit Philadelphia…traveling today (Tuesday).  All the best.


Lifelong Philadelphia area Realtor. Now a 13-year citizen of Sanibel, Florida. Married to Nancy for 54 years. Three children (2 in Devon; 1 in Steamboat Springs, CO) and 5 grandkids (2 in college). Helping with charities involving poverty, kids and education.


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