Seen through the eyes of … Jessica Saffell
Who went: My husband Scott and I, along with our three children, Bryan, Sarah Beth and Anna Claire
We went because: My husband turned 50 in August, so we took a family trip to celebrate before the kids went back to school.
Hotel recommendation: L’Auberge Carmel
Where to eat: Mission Ranch
Favorite dish on the menu: Any grilled fish and grilled artichokes
Item of clothing you shouldn’t leave home without: A lightweight sweater to layer in the afternoons and at night; the weather changes throughout the day depending on visibility.
Favorite historic landmark: The Golden Gate Bridge makes for a great day trip.
Local attraction worth a drive-by: Highway 1 along Big Sur and the Bixby Bridge
A great experience off the beaten path: Hiking at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
Worth the splurge: Whale-watching tours, horseback riding at Pebble Beach Golf Resort, and golf, of course
Not worth the splurge: It’s all worth the splurge!
We would suggest this trip to others because: The weather and scenery are beautiful. It’s a great place for hiking and other outdoor activities.