Chin up Socialites
Are you feeling a little bluesy this time of year like us? We are longing for some cushy purplish well-being vibes like Pantone's 2022 color of the year - "Very Peri" AND then we discovered a periwinkle colored sand beach just off the Pacific Coast Highway in Big Sur! Plus, we found warm & fuzzy ways to play it CHILL in Big Sur - from Rita Hayworth and Orson Welles' Love Shack to a rainbow at the end of the redwoods and author Arthur Miller's hidden library in the forest. So, chin up and cheerio as we get through this season with some courageous optimism looking through periwinkle-colored glasses.
SCENE + SEEN
Pantone announced its color of the year 2022 17-3938 Very Peri
"Very Peri displays a spritely, joyous attitude and dynamic presence that encourages courageous creativity and imaginative expressions."
Pfeiffer Beach is known for Keyhole Arch a beautiful rock formation, and for its purplish sand. The purple hues are caused by different minerals present in the sand. Whereas most sand is composed of quartz, this beach has areas that are of manganese garnet. You won’t be able to see purple sand every visit, but the best chances are after a rainstorm. Keyhole Arch or Keyhole Rock is the main focal point of Pfieffer Beach with its mesmerizing rush of water flowing through the arched window. Between NOV - JAN, the sunset lines up with the archway creating a beautiful show of light. The glow through the arch makes it look like a portal to another world. Swimming is not recommended with the strong currents & fierce waves. The turn-off for Pfeiffer Beach is located on Highway 1, one mile south of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park's entrance. Heading south from the State Park entrance, it is the second right turn. Pfeiffer Beach is not a California State Park and charges a separate entrance fee.
Colorful and cozy, Rainbow House is ideal for guests who want to experience the Big Sur lifestyle surrounded by the tranquility of nature: spring water, the ocean, the gray-scented air, a view over the dome mahogany filled with hummingbirds, bees and butterflies.
Located in a garden on a hillside, Rainbows & Dragons Hike Inn is a 10min hike up a steep path that zigzags guests through the redwoods.
Hidden in the Forest of Big Sur
This unique bookstore is concealed by a groove of redwood trees just a five-minute drive from Coast Big Sur. A former residence of author Henry Miller himself - it opened in 1981. It's not only a bookstore that sells works by renowned authors but also hosts events in the forest - film screenings, readings, dinners & live performances with artists from Philip Glass and Patti Smith to Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Highway One - Big Sur - California
A visit to Big Sur would not be complete without a stop at iconic
NEPENTHE standing 808 feet above sea level on the site of The Log House, Big Sur which was built by the old “Trails Club” in 1925.
Rita Hayworth and Orson Welles were heading back to LA on the new scenic route, Highway One. "Looking for a spot to picnic, they ventured up a meandering dirt road that took them to a cabin on a hill overlooking the south coast. Entranced by the view before them, they went looking for a realtor to sell them the cabin. It would be their retreat from the hubbub of the movie industry, a place just for the two of them. Rita measured the windows for curtains, and Orson talked about laying in pipe for gas in the kitchen. Scrounging for a down payment, they came up with a little over $167.00 between them. And the place was theirs. They never came back to the cabin on the hill, selling it in 1947..." to Lolly and Bill Fassett. "...And people came, not just from the ridge-tops and canyons, but from all over the world: vagabonds, poets, artist, lovers. Later, the Phoenix Shop would grow out of the traveling merchants who spread their colorful wares on Lolly's living room floor. When there were fewer people on the coast, when nights were longer and days lonelier, Nepenthe was a place to gather. Famous even before it opened for its unique architecture and incandescent views, Nepenthe is known for its family hospitality, legendary guests, and irresistible 'Ambrosiaburger'. In Greek, Nepenthe means "isle of no care," a place to find surcease from sorrow. So, it continues to be for travelers today. A place to stop, to dream, to lift a cup to kindness..."
The Lady from Shanghai -
Rita Hayworth and Orson Welles
ONE MORE PLACE TO COZY UP
In the shadow of hundred-year-old-redwoods, perched high above the crashing Pacific is Alila Ventana Big Sur intimate resort retreat with inclusive offerings in the heart of California’s rugged Central Coast. Featuring 59 guest rooms, suites & villas, Spa Alila, two pools with outdoor Japanese hot baths. The Sur House restaurant, Big Sur Smokehouse, and 12,000 square feet of event space surrounded by the stunning beauty of Big Sur. Among 160 acres of rolling meadows, redwoods and ocean views, guests can indulge in complimentary Signature Activities such as fitness classes, daily guided nature walks, yoga, Tai Chi, meditation, and s’mores at the Social House. The resort’s Alila Experience Program offers one-of-a-kind mind, body and soul experiences including falconry, wild foraging hikes, photography workshops, and a variety of immersive hiking excursions.
Albert Camus 1913-1960
“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it say that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there's something stronger - something better pushing right back.”
― Albert Camus, The Stranger
RIP Jean-Marc Vallée Director of 'Big Little Lies'
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