Monday, June 15, 2009

Sea Ranch, CA

I spent last week at one of the most idyllic and breathtaking destinations in California - Sea Ranch. I love absolutely everything about this place, from the ideals that inspired its inception, to the architectural talent on display, to the fact that there is very limited internet access and no cell phone reception (hence my lack of posts). A New York Times travel story last year described it as "Utopia by the Sea" and so it is. My favorite quote from that article was, "it is possible at once to lose and to find yourself on a path, following it past tumbledown picket fences to a driftwood throne on a secluded beach." The Sea Ranch is often studied in architectural courses as an example of the philosophy of "living lightly on the land", and the house where we stayed was definitely a marvel of design. I wanted to share a little of my pictorial travel journal. Enjoy!
Here's our house! There are long window seats below each of the large windows looking out at the ocean. Perfect for afternoon reading.

The architect created these wonderful wings, so the house felt like it had so many "spaces" to inhabit, including this lovely courtyard. 

This small building housed the sauna and hot tub, complete with sliding windows that opened to allow  for star gazing. 

This is a view of the meadow from our front porch. Gorgeous!!

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