Pack your lunch, bring some wine and picnic gear for this awesome round trip stopping for lunch at the Mission. The drive from Carmel along River Rd stopping at a couple of wineries on the way is a great start to the day and the trip. South of Greenville pick up Jolon Rd and begin the gentle climb up through majestic oak treed rolling hills arriving at Ft Hunter Ligget and the Mission San Antonio in time for your picnic lunch.
The mission itself is fully restored and worth a visit. THe Hacienda designed by Julia Morgan is inside the Fort security perimeter ad we did not go in, but apparently worth ta visit.
After lunch drive west across beautiful pasture land studded with old oaks until you hit Naciemento-Fergusson Rd. The drive reminded me of an old movie called The Wages of Fear, I think it was shot here. Its a white knuckle drive up and over the coastal range climbing several thousand feet, narrow and winding, with the locals driving way too fast.
Down the other side you hit the coast and Highway 1 about 30 miles South of Big Sur. Head north to Big Sur and stop for drinks at Nepenthe, food average, but one of the best wine lists on the planet and a complete surprise. Cross the road to Ventana for dinner and more good wine...then an hours run back to Carmel and an outstanding day out.
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