Virtual Road Trip: Monterey Bay Area and Big Sur

My free-range painting tour of California's Central Coast begins north of Santa Cruz and heads south, with stops at some of the most inspiring painting locations in Capitola, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel, and Big Sur. Some of these spots are best-kept secrets, others, iconic views. This Highway One road trip would take about three hours if you made all these stops back-to-back. 

Davenport Cliffs

Davenport Cliffs

Pescadero Coastline

Pescadero Coastline

Coastways Dairy Lands

Coastways Dairy Lands

West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz

West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz

West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz

West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz

Capitola Morning

Capitola Morning

Plein air oil on archival panel, 11 x 14" Winner of the Times Publishing Award, 2016 Capitola Plein Air Festival This was painted on a hidden path called the Riverfront Terrace. This lovely garden path gives you a glimpse into Capitola's "riverside" cottages. To find it, look for the trail just south of this famous bridge.

Corcoran Lagoon Santa Cruz by Peggy Wynne Borgman

Corcoran Lagoon Santa Cruz by Peggy Wynne Borgman

New Brighton from Capitola Beach

New Brighton from Capitola Beach

Evening at the Break_Peggy Wynne Borgman_watercolor_9 x 12

Evening at the Break_Peggy Wynne Borgman_watercolor_9 x 12

Monastery Beach, Carmel Highlands

Monastery Beach, Carmel Highlands

Soberanes Point from Garrapata Beach

Soberanes Point from Garrapata Beach

Carmel River Beach

Carmel River Beach

Misty Morning Carmel River Beach

Misty Morning Carmel River Beach

Plein air oil on archival panel, 9 x 12" To reach this spot, drive south from Carmel on Highway One until you see the "Carmel Meadows" neighborhood. Turn right, keep going, and explore! The beaches are uncrowded and spectacular. The wildlife sightings include otters and whales.

Highway One, Big Sur

Highway One, Big Sur

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