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Road Trippin’

May 16, 2010

William Least Heat Moon wrote that there are no yesterdays on the road, and it does seem like the road trip has a special power to temporarily untether us from our lives and, in so doing, let us reimagine them. One of the gifts of travel is that it frees you from your everyday context. The road trip, properly undertaken, boils life down to a post-it where normally it may feel like an Excel spreadsheet with too many tabs. You can plan excessively if you want to, but the best road trips are a little shaggy and undefined at the edges, leaving space for the unexpected.

The road trip is about all of your favorite music along for the ride, turned up loud when there’s a lull in conversation. It’s about inappropriate snacks of questionable vintage from a gas station in Barstow and BLT’s on under-toasted white bread in Redding. It’s about going out of your way to visit Frank Sinatra’s grave in Palm Springs or crossing the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time. It’s those hours when the usual tug of to and fro and bills to pay and Facebook seem as trivial as they are and you listen to your trip mate’s story with real attention.

Road trippin’ is kind of like the exhilaratingly mild shock of swimming in the ocean for the first time in years: it wakes you up, brings you back to who you are, and reminds you that the simplest pleasures are all you really need to be content. And at the end of every day on the road? Cool, clean sheets on a bed you don’t have to make. This summer the travel sugar plums that are dancing in our heads are all about Road Trippin’ California. We’re putting our playlists together, calling our friends, and packing our swimsuits. Let summer begin!


By the Sea

January 21, 2010

Sunset magazine’s fantastic travel blog featured Joie de Vivre’s Ventana Inn & Spa today. Travel editor Lisa Trottier enumerated “5 Things I Love About Big Sur’s Ventana Inn.” It would be really hard not to love Big Sur. I mean, it doesn’t get more California iconic than the rugged Highway 1 coastline, and Ventana’s perch 1,200 feet above the clouds (and on a clear day, the Pacific Ocean!), combined with its understated luxury and the warmth of its staff, make it a true Zen oasis. (more…)

The Restaurant at Ventana Debuts

October 12, 2009

Restaurant at Ventana

Joie de Vivre’s Ventana Inn & Spa in Big Sur narrowly escaped the wildfires that raged through California the summer of 2008, only to suffer the destruction of its restaurant, Cielo, to a structural fire that August. This fall, after more than a year of renovation, the Inn unveiled The Restaurant at Ventana. (more…)