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Asilomar State Beach

Asilomar means "retreat by the sea" en español and is pronounced a-SIL-o-mar.  Wouldn't you like to go to an "asilo" if this were the view?  I know I would, and it was the perfect place to come have our first cup of café a few days ago.  We sat here and watched the waves crash, an artist paint (seriously!), and took in the sea air.   Asilomar is like a living postcard, it is truly unreal.  In fact, I felt like this seagull was modeling for me and fancied the spotlight.  Interestingly enough, Asilomar is also the home to a conference center and that is how the name "asilo" originated.  Back in the day, it started out as a retreat for women.  To read more about that story click here.
This is a great place to come meditate, paint and if you are an expert surfer maybe you could tackle these waves, but the water is pretty cold and it is a bit of a rocky area.  Although there are light turquoise waters à la St. John, if you snorkel, you are definitely going to want a wet suit. 
Where do you like to go and have some quiet time?

13 comments

Desert Dreaming said...

Just unreal...such a beautiful place, and I have to comment on your photography it is so perfect, you make us feel as though we are right there. Seriously look forward to seeing more of your pictures....enjoy this wonderful weekend, and I look forward to your future posts.

Joni

anita said...

of course i love your rugged surf shot...but the bird shot is very good too! love the foggy horizon and the splash behind the bird :)

have a great weekend!

Cynthia@Beach Coast Style said...

love the photo of the waves and the rocks I could sit there hours and yes painting there would be so nice

style odyssey said...

it's incredible. thanks for the constant reminder that living by the sea is a blessing.
for quiet time i either head to the beach, my studio, or the backyard- it's quiet and private.

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

The seagull's orange peak really pops, great photograph!!

me said...

No matter how gray the weather here in the north east I know I can count on you to provide a window to the sun.

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Beautiful!! WHAT a place for a retreat!

Cottage Touch said...

Beautiful blog and post...
Thank you for sharing... we are desperate for sun,green,flowers and spring in New England...

Rose West said...

Wow - that seagull is quite the poser! I love the color contrasts of that shot <3

Love of the Sea said...

Wow - this looks like a fabulous place. And your photographs are beautiful.

jenna ♥ a little blue said...

gorgeous!! i love any ocean spot to relax and have quiet time. i really think i would sleep much better if i just had a sleeping bag in the sand :)

hope you have a lovely easter!

xx

Sally Lee by the Sea said...

Wonderful photo, Laura. Just dropping by to wish you & your man a very happy Easter weekend.

Cindy Whitehead said...

That is one gorgeous beach - you always find the prettiest spots on the coast! Happy Easter!