The restaurant's floor-to-ceiling make the most of its position, high atop the cliffs overlooking the Pacific. Chef John Cox's menus focus around California cuisine, and I think it's well worth it to splurge on the tasting menu (expect dishes like Morro Bay oysters, grass-fed beef tenderloin and California bay laurel & chocolate brioche). Go for lunch to take in the stunning setting during the daylight or, if you have a dinner reservation, arrive early enough to see the sunset straight into the ocean.
Here are some of my favorite things from around the interwebs this week. Have a Glorious weekend!
The new Good Dog book from Garden & Gun, a great gift for pet lovers
Also this piece on all that's new in Charleston on Garden & Gun
How to spend 72 Hours in Philadelphia according to Jetsetter
And 36 Hours in Naples, Florida with The New York Times
This gorgeous farmhouse in Sonoma, California on Country Living
The 2014 winners of Martha Stewart's American Made competition
And all the gorgeous photography on Nashville-based James Kicinski McCoy's Bleubird blog, which I've recently discovered
Winter is nearly here and with it, ski season. One of the spots I've loved skiing over the years is Heavenly, and I recently came across the Basecamp Hotel in South Lake Tahoe that's just a 4 minute walk to the Heavenly gondola. Basecamp is my favorite sort of hotel, a boutique property that's simple but well done, with creative of-the-place design. Accommodation types run the gamut, and include great options for friends and families like a bunk room and this very cool "Great Indoors" room (below) with a tent pitched over the bed, a picnic table and faux log fire. Rooms have smart extras, like racks to dry your gear, and the hotel also has a rooftop hot tub with mountain views, two fire pits to cozy around, communal dinners during ski season, a bar and daily breakfast.
Jack Nicklaus once said, "Augusta is my favorite place to go play golf. But Pebble Beach is my favorite course to go to." It's easy to see why. Pebble Beach is among the most beautiful courses in the world and the view of the shoreline from the 18th hole, with its single Cyprus tree in silhouette, is particularly stunning. Opened since 1919, The Lodge at Pebble Beach is famous in its own right, having hosted five US Open tournaments and bold faced golf enthusiasts from Teddy Roosevelt and Winston Churchill to Justin Timberlake and Tiger Woods.
Even if you're not a golfer, Pebble Beach is worth seeing and their lineup of restaurants and bars, many of which have views of the 18th hole, should be on your list of places to dine if you're in the Monterey area. We spent an afternoon at The Bench, the Lodge's more casual restaurant with comfy outdoor seating position around fire pits, which keeps things cozy if wind comes off the water. The menu focuses on wood-grilled fish, steak and chicken and fire-roasted veggies, all of which are delicious. But the must-order is a bottle of your favorite champagne or wine to sip as you watch golfers finish up what for many of them is a bucket-list game on one of the world's top courses, and raise your glass as they pass by grinning ear-to-ear.