A few blog posts ago, you learned that the entire reason for the stay in the Monterey Peninsula was about a quest to see the purple sand beach. The beach was not the only great “purple” destination.
After I had determined I was headed to the purple sand beach, I had a few details to work out including where I was going to stay. One of my favorite ways to find accommodation is AirBnB. I have found some unique places and typically they are a more inexpensive option than a hotel. This was so true of my stay at the lavender farm.
It was such a beautiful setting, nestled between the vineyards and the mountains. I can only imagine how much more beautiful it would have been if the lavender field was in full bloom, but it was still a lovely place. I enjoyed the picnic area for meals and for morning yoga when the temperature allowed under old live oaks. There was also a little “wildlife fun.” At night the skies were wide open and full of stars.
If you are traveling to the Monterey Peninsula and thinking about staying here, stop thinking and book it! The hosts were fantastic, the setting was beautiful, the apartment was spotless and beautifully decorated. Superhost, Daphne personally greeted me and showed me around the apartment so I knew where everything was and how to work the electronics. The bed was so comfy that sometimes it was hard to get up, but there is time for sleeping later when there is so much to explore on the central California coastline. The complimentary muffins and yogurt were convenient for a meal. If you are planning to cook, you have everything you need. There are quite a few dining choices in the village about a mile away. It was a 12-13 mile drive up Carmel Valley Road to get back to the main highway and head out to other attractions in the area, but after making the trip a few times, the familiar route seemed shorter.
One of the things I noticed as I traversed the route through the valley was Garland Ranch Regional Park. On my hiking day, I chose this park, partially due to the location and partially due to the fact the parking lot was always full of cars when I drove by, making me think there must be something worthwhile there. My assumptions were right. There were multiple trails of varying lengths and terrains in the park. One of the trails was near the Carmel River, where I found a lovely place to eat a picnic lunch.
My favorite trail, however wound among a grove of eucalyptus trees. I found it on my morning run and breathed in the delicious air. I returned in the afternoon for a yoga session. The river ran near the grove, so in addition to the refreshing air, I enjoyed the rippling water sounds during my practice. I spent time being intentional about my presence and love that I can summon the vision and the memory of this beautiful trail anytime.