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Travel Diary

Packing for Big Sur

Awe-inspiring vistas. Majestic redwoods. Secluded hideaways. Take the road less travelled up the coast of Northern California where laid-back luxury is an everyday indulgence. Here natural hot springs sit perched on ledges above the crashing surf. Beaches beckon visitors with idyllic sunsets. Misty days give way to starry nights. When planning a trip, pack the essentials: cozy knits, light layers and sturdy walking boots. Mix, match, repeat.

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ON THE ROAD

A leisurely drive down the scenic California Highway One calls for clothes with utmost comfort. Start with a lightweight sweater, stretchy skinnies and a leather jacket. Then punctuate the look with chic accessories like a gold-tone timepiece and a sleek handbag. Remember, escaping the city is no excuse to leave glamour behind.

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A WALK ON THE BEACH

Easy-chic layers are made for watching the sunset and the surfers on idyllic Pfeiffer Beach. Think: slouchy cargos, a luxe denim jacket and boots with flirty fringe details. Pacific Coast style in an instant.

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COCKTAILS BY THE FIRE

At the end of the day find your way to the gorgeous Ventana Inn & Spa. Wait for dark, then take your seat by the fire pit to star gaze and wine taste. An oversized fisherman’s sweater, rugged-chic skinnies, ankle booties and a mini bucket bag make for the perfect fireside ensemble.

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