Between filling a few large orders and participating in the Pirate Festival, the last few weeks have been a bit of a rush here at Marty Magic. To rejuvenate, Marty and Art took the family to one of their favorite places on the Central Coast: Big Sur. For those not familiar with the area, Big Sur is a gorgeous stretch of land in southern Monterey County that encompasses the Los Padres National Forest and the Santa Lucia mountains. It’s a rugged coastline famous for its stunning views, pristine beach coves, and redwood forests.
For three nights the family stayed in “cabins” at the Big Sur Lodge in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. They did all their own cooking and spent the days hiking, swimming, picnicking, and enjoying the scenery.
On Sunday they stopped at their favorite breakfast joint, Little Swiss Café (they highly recommend the blintzes and the skirt steak & eggs). Afterwards they headed over to Ladyfingers, a Carmel jewelry gallery that Marty describes as “exquisite.” They then spent the afternoon relaxing by the Big Sur River.
On Monday the family packed lunches and headed up to the Big Sur Gorge, where they embarked on a challenging hike, scrambling over logs and boulders. By the evening they were exhausted, and spent some quality time around the fire roasting marshmallows for somemores!
Another highlight was their excursion to the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. It’s an easy hike along a boardwalk path paralleling the edge of the cliff to see the famed waterfall cascading onto a pristine beach.
The trip ended with a wonderful family dinner out at Nepenthe restaurant. They returned home Wednesday afternoon inspired by the scenery, recharged and ready to get back to work.