We are thinking of going from Carmel to Ventura (one leg of our trip) but wondered if we are trying to do too much in one day. Plan was to leave early, have breakfast at Nepenthe, stop for sights in Big Sur, lunch/tour Hearst castle around 1 - 4, Dinner in Santa Barbara (suggestions please???) and then Ventura 9ish. We have three days in Ventura so we could change plan and stay in Cambria or somewhere one night instead of trying to drive route in one day. Problem is we have free hotel in Ventura. So... are we trying to pack too much into one day based on my intinerary above? Other suggestions? Thanks!