Friday, May 2, 2014

SAN LUIS OBISPO: GRANADA HOTEL & BISTRO




MODERN ROADSIDE AMERICA


King City, California


Breakfast, lunch and...


...dinner.

Needless to say, I prefer the old stagecoach stops.


Cold Spring Tavern, San Marcos Pass

The Union Hotel, Los Alamos




CELEBRATING TRAVELS WITH CHARLEY




Rocinante:  the pickup truck and bespoke camper John Steinbeck used for his 10,000-mile trek around the USA with Charley, his French poodle.









While researching the ideal CoW vehicle, I devoured John Steinbeck’s Travels With Charley—the masterwork, and maybe the best road book ever written.  And I realized that every generation laments society’s progress beyond the period in which they’ve lived.




HOMAGE TO STEINBECK





The National Steinbeck Center, Salinas, California.

Perhaps the biggest and best museum ever created to honor a writer.




Thursday, May 1, 2014

PALO ALTO BY NIGHT


Early Nighthawks


Now Showing


The New Big Thing: gourmet ice cream sandwiches


THE EPIPHANY


Palo Alto's newest hotel, opened seven weeks ago.

Their restaurant:  Lure + Till

World class.


PALO ALTO





Where they dream up the future and escape to the past.