Margaret Brownley’s Favorite Beach Towns
Being a California gal, the beach and ocean take top priority with me. Some of my favorite beach towns include:
Cambria—This little town is nestled among Monterey pines. Our favorite place to watch the sunset is on a bench that sits atop a cliff overlooking Moonstone beach. Once, while my husband and I were sitting there and enjoying a glass of wine, a bagpiper appeared and played Amazing Grace for us.
Ventura—This seaside town is only an hour away from my house, so it’s a perfect place to spend a weekend or summer day. August is county fair time and the Ferris wheel offers great views of the ocean. If you’re into antiques, Ventura is the place to go. I found a beautiful iron gate there that had been ripped out of an old house. It now adorns my wine cellar. This town also has great museums, bookstores, restaurants and wineries. You can even see Erle Stanley Gardner’s law office where he wrote the drafts for his first Perry Mason novels.
Morro Bay—The scenery is beautiful and the weather nearly always perfect. There are shops and museums to explore and of course our favorite Art in the Park event which takes place every Memorial Day weekend. It’s also fun to watch the antics of sea lions and otters, but the real attraction is the dining.
For a change of pace, sometimes we head for the mountains. Our favorites include:
Mammoth—The is mainly a ski resort, but we enjoy going there in the summer in our RV and relaxing by the lake. The mountain air is good for the soul, and fishing and hiking is great. Before going, you might want to make sure your health insurance is up-to-date. My husband once fell out of a boat and hit his head, my son fell off a bicycle and I had an unpleasant encounter with a bee hive. In case you’re wondering, Mammoth also has a great ER.
Big Bear—We once rented a cabin on the lake for a week. It had a large wooden enclosed porch that seemed like the perfect place for the two grandbabies to play. Big mistake; We ended up having to pull hundreds of splinters out of their little legs and hands. On a brighter note, Big Bear has miles of bicycle paths to explore and a great night life. They tell me the rock climbing is out of this world, but I’m too chicken to try. The village offers some great shopping and dining. Just watch out for those wooden porches.
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