The gorgeous Casitas in Arroyo Grande - 5 hours up the coast from San Juan Capistrano - I thought would give me a bit of adventure and getaway so I might be fresh to finish up the book when I returned. Their magical gardens and valley views soaked us in beauty and some kind of timelessness that resulted in me not being able to move from the view patio for 4 hours the second morning of our stay. Of course that was helped by being brought tall thermoses of coffee and tea and then a perfect soufflé, scones and more.
Pat and Tony chose a great selection of activities for us (at our request) and seemed to point us to the best of the best. In fact, we were surprised at the plethora of both adventure activities and wineries. We lunched under a rose arbor at one of the wineries, and then enjoyed a fabulous dune safari with Larry and his military Hummer The white sandy dunes, deep blue sea and sky, white surf and hazy blue ridgelines somehow soothed the soul from the Hummer in spite of pitching blindly down 70-foot high dunes or taking others sideways. We followed that extravaganza with a Melodrama in Oceano. Then home to the soft sheets and miraculous pillows of the magnificent bed in our Casita. We recommend a three-night stay since we left far too soon.