Ask T+L: Big Sur Inns, Southern Antiques
Published: May 2009
Q. We want to drive Highway 1 from San Francisco to San Diego. Can you recommend accommodations around Big Sur? —L.M., Chattanooga, Tenn.
A. Big Sur, about a third of the way down from San Francisco, is a good spot to overnight, with its redwood forests, gray whale sightings, and great places to stay. You may, however, find yourself unwilling to get back on the road. The 30-room Post Ranch Inn (Hwy. 1; 800/527-2200; www.postranchinn.com; doubles from $495), situated on the cliffs above the Pacific, is a perennial favorite of T+L readers. Serenity is key here: there are no TV's, but the yoga and tai chi classes and in-room whirlpool tubs offer plenty of distraction. The similarly laid-back Ventana Inn & Spa (Hwy. 1; 800/628-6500; www.ventanainn.com; doubles from $340) offers a more holistic approach. In addition to massages and facials, it has astrology readings and Ayurvedic sessions. Take a nap in a discreetly placed hammock, and your aura will be balanced in no time.
Q. The Kauai resort shown in the movie Six Days Seven Nights is so beautiful. I'd love to stay there, but I can't find the name. Can you help? —E.T., Brooklyn, N.Y.
A. Sort of. The resort wasn't a real place, but rather a temporary set built expressly for the film. The movie, though, was shot all over Kauai, so you can still follow in the footsteps of Harrison Ford and Anne Heche. The plane crash, for instance, took place on Papaa Bay on the north shore, and the pirate chase scene was at Honopu Beach on the Na Pali coast.
Since 1933, more than 80 films and TV shows have been shot on Kauai, including South Pacific (Lumahai Beach is where Mitzi Gaynor washed that man right out of her hair), Blue Hawaii (Elvis wed Joan Blackman at the now-closed Coco Palm Resort in Kapaa), and Jurassic Park (the raptor scenes took place at the Limahuli botanical gardens). Hawaii Movie Tours (800/628-8432; www.hawaiimovietour.com) visits many of these spots, and the map distributed by the visitors' bureau (800/262-1400; www.kauaivisitorsbureau.org) marks 39 of them.
For tropical accommodations befitting starlets and moguls, check out the Kauai Marriott (Kalapaki Beach, Lihue; 800/228-9290; doubles from $264), which has lush gardens and five restaurants; the Princeville Resort (5520 Kahaku Rd., Princeville; 800/826-4400; www.princeville.com; doubles from $405), in a stunning location overlooking Hanalei Bay; or the Hyatt Regency Kauai.
Q. I've heard rumors of a huge roadside antiques sale in the South. Do you have any information on it? —A.T., Reno, Nev.
A. Actually, we know about two. Each August, the Highway 127 Corridor Sale (800/327-3945; www.127sale.com) runs 450 miles from Covington, Kentucky, to Chattanooga, Tennessee. The World's Longest Yard Sale (so claim the T-shirts, at least) began 14 years ago as a way to lure travelers to rural areas. Some 4,000 vendors — ranging from legitimate dealers in antique furniture and glassware to regular joes with old tires and other odds and ends — attract buyers from as far away as Germany. Its success convinced the boosters of Trenton, Georgia, to set up a rival three years ago. The U.S. 11 Antique Alley (877/871-1386; www.us11antiquealley.com) passes through Trenton each May on its 250-mile stretch from Knoxville, Tennessee, to Birmingham, Alabama. During the first year, 30,000 people visited over three days, which only proves that one man's junk is another's treasure.
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