during our drive from san francisco to la, we stopped in carmel, stayed over night in a wood cabin in big sur, and had burgers at the very well known in-n-out burger. the windy roads hugging the cliffs were a little scary for a wuss like me, but it was totally worth it!

here are some highlights from the road trip:

big sur is a region of the california coast known for it’s wilderness and breathtaking views, and sometimes known as “the american riviera.” the drive took even longer, because we made so many stops to take in all the beauty, or to peek over cliffs to see the sea lions down below.

we stayed at deetjen’s big sur inn in the “antique apartment”, a small cabin, formally used as the inn’s antique store in the 1950’s. it was one of many charming cabins set in a canyon, all with an “old-world” ambience. i think the best part of our room was the wood-burning stove, adding to the cozy and rustic atmosphere.

with no cable or internet, we entertained ourselves by taking cheesy photos of each other…because how often do you get to take pictures in a setting like this?

that night we had a leisurely dinner at the inn’s restaurant, with a beautiful french country feel, and romantic candle lit rooms.

to start, we had the watercress & asparagus salad w/ grilled pears, cherry tomatoes, blue cheese, caramelized walnuts and mustard vinaigrette, and
dungeness crab cakes with organic mixed greens & mustard aioli.

for entrees, we had the seared organic grass fed rib‐eye steak (seen above) w/
garlic spinach, green beans, potato gauffrettes, black peppercorn jus & truffle oil, and the “sea catch of the day” w/ caramelized parsnips, fennel, apples, radicchio and white wine seafood saffron sauce.

we returned to our room once we finished the last drop of wine in the bottle and sean started up the wood burning stove and we chilled out by the fire…

the next morning we had oatmeal and french toast at the inn’s restaurant before we hit the road.

on our way to la, we stopped for burgers at in n’ out burger.  it was definitely good, but it doesn’t beat shake shack in nyc. sorry cali, you do so many things well, but i still love my east coast burgers and pizza!

after our burgers we continued south for warmer weather and palm trees in la…