On 25 May 2015, we’d waved goodbye to the luxe California’s famous Orange County (OC), time travelled to grab a bite and relive stagecoach heydays and here we go, hitting the road again on America’s scenic byway Route 154. Dear California, how can I ever forget you, your charm, your every move is in sync with my beating heart. Let’s go and leave some footprints in the sand at Moonstone Beach, relax…
As our car sped past Lake Cachuma, I remembered our Feb 2013 visit. Elevated at 230m, Lake Cachuma is nestled in the midst of wilderness flanked by its majestic neighbours, the Santa Ynez Mountains and San Rafael Mountains. The waters of this artificial lake glistened in the midday sun, adored by campers who enjoy fishing. For wine lovers, how about staying at the Danish-style town of Solvang to explore the Santa Ynez Wine Country.
Since we’d already done all the above in 2013, we continued the journey towards Los Olivos before joining the Highway 101, saying hello briefly to Pismo Beach before turning left at San Luis Obispo onto Highway 1. From Highway 101 onwards, do catch a glimpse of the famous California coast from the comforts of your car. I was happy to see the massive Morro Rock, a 177 m high volcanic plug, where the seafood paradise of Morro Bay makes its home.
In about 2 hour’s drive since we left Cold Spring Tavern, we had arrived at 6pm at the heart of the scenic Cambrian coastlines, to relax and enjoy a dose of vitamin sea for the next 2 nights at The Pelican Inn and Suites. Moonstone Beach Drive is the home of restaurants, inns and windswept trees. It was my first time seeing pelicans, and I took so many photos of these graceful creatures! Choosing to live across the street from the idyllic Moonstone Beach was probably the best decision we’d made, inspired by the Trailfinders’ travel brochures to create our very own bespoke Californian road trip. Our stay was well worth every penny. We were just in time for the complimentary evening reception of local wine, cheese and other appetizers. Unfortunately, it looks like the evening reception had since been discontinued.
After the evening reception, we followed our ears to where the waves were gently repeating its embrace on the shorelines. Entertained by the song of the sea, our hearts were patiently awaiting sunset. I can never get enough of the sea. What about you? Starting the journey from the Moonstone Beach boardwalk that runs parallel to Moonstone Beach Drive, my eyes caught the abundant wildflowers dancing in the warm sea breeze and the mesmerising sea in the distance.
We did not follow the mile long boardwalk, as we were so eager to walk barefoot at the beach. A relaxing treat for the senses …
The beach was a unique mix of beautiful moonstones, sea glass and powdery sand. Other artistic heart imprints were the many driftwoods washed ashore, adding character to the breathtaking beach.
Surfers were riding the big waves and swimmers were having the time of their lives. Here at the beach, happiness abound!
Very soon, the sun had begun to set and the evening fog had rested on Moonstone Beach, creating an unforgettable dramatic mood all around. The enshrouding mist had created a moody yet enchanting moment, one that you’d have to experience it yourself to fully comprehend its magnetic power.
We were lucky as the cloudy day had ended in a riveting sunset sky. Take your pick between romantic chats whilst sitting on a giant rock by the sea, strolling hand in hand on the beach or continue the journey on the boardwalk to share momentarily a secret enclosure of overarching trees at the lil’ wooden bridge. Nature’s our best host of the day! Feel the peace …
Moonstone Beach is the perfect Californian beach paradise. The travel brochures often depict such breathtaking sunset mood (see Featured Image) and we’d finally understood its romantic appeal. If you are still curious for more adventures, do follow the Moonstone Beach hiking trail to discover the treasures of the Hearst San Simeon State Park. Dear wanderlusters, invite yourselves into the home of starfishes, sea anemones, hermit crabs and seals, the tide pools of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary!
For dinner, how about a romantic dinner at the Madeline’s Restaurant? This restaurant, located in downtown Cambria, is also a wine tasting room, should you wish to discover the jewels of the Central Coast boutique wineries. For appetizers, we had the Diver Scallops and Spanish Octopus. We continued dining on main courses of Filet Mignon and the Lamb Tenderloin. It was a delicious end to a beautiful day.
Do visit Moonstone Beach one day! I love my experience, and I’m pretty sure you’d be addicted to Moonstone Beach too. Hope my simple storytelling will inspire you to dream, explore and discover. Keep warm with our Californian adventures. Be enchanted and be enthralled by the beauty of Moonstone Beach! Mesmerising Moonstone Beach, you’d left footprints in our hearts!
Enjoy a glimpse of our lifestyle and what makes our hearts tick… We remember moments not days and not things either. Forever we’re grateful for what we’d been given and thankful for our experiences, discover an aspirational living with a difference! La vie est belle…
Until we meet again on day trips from Moonstone Beach, have a wonderful day and take care! Much love from me, your storyteller 😉 Fly Me A Dream!