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ALC Tour - Hearst Castle, Cambria (recap)

May 16, 2015

 

Great weather and fine roads made for a relaxing Tour after the weekend - see the route below.

Roadside stop......

 

 

 

 

 

  Peter Renou, Paul Tullius, Hank Konig -in front of the Glenn Tavern Inn, Santa Paula.

 

 

 

Group shot at dinner at Santa Maria

 

ALC  CENTRAL COAST TOUR REPORT - Paul Tullius
May 3 – 6, 2015


A 3 ½ day Central Coast Tour followed this year’s ALC Lancia Reunion in Cambria, California.  The tour was coordinated by Hank Koning and Paul and Vicki Tullius.  Our friend, Dr. Peter Renou, from Melbourne, Australia joined us on the rally and tour.

We left Cambria on Sunday afternoon following the reunion brunch.  Many of us had never been to the Hearst Castle in San Simeon, so, our plan was to drive from Cambria to the Castle for a special tour of the outbuildings, and the kitchen.  Following the tour, we drove on to Fort Hunter Liggett where we spent our first evening at the historic Hacienda Lodge.  the Hacienda was the headquarters  for Hurst’s ranch.  It is a wonderful venue, and is on the base proper.  The cantina was opened especially for us (usually closed on Sunday nights), and some of the regular Army showed up and joined us for beer and pizza. Fun times. I highly recommend the Hacienda on Ft. Hunter Liggett, it is a great driving road going between Highway one, and the fort.  Monday morning we toured Mission San Antonio, just outside the main gate of the fort.  This beautiful and remote mission is available for special dinners. I am already planning another visit. Let me know if you would like to be included.

After leaving the mission, we drove south on scenic roads heading towards Paso Robles for lunch, and then on to Taft; located on the east side of the coastal mountain range where we spent the night.  Our drive on Tuesday took us through more beautiful remote California roads eventually landing us in Santa Paula where we spent night 3 at the historic Glenn Tavern Inn. The Inn has a Hollywood history where, “visitors are offered a chance to relive the gilded days of excess and adventure in a place where spirited reviles and restless spirits seem to comingle quite amicably”.

Following our brunch on Wednesday, we drove to the Mullin Museum in Oxnard,
where we had a private tour by Larry Crane. Larry, is well known to us. He is a long time instructor at the Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena, (and a former owner and vintage racer of a 4th series B-20). Thanks go to Tina Byrd, she and Larry are good friends, and Tina was able to arrange this tour. The Central Coast Tour concluded following our visit to the Mullin Museum.

 

Itinerary of the Tour

This is taken from Vicki Tullius' prospectus:

 

ALC  CENTRAL COAST TOUR

May 3 – 6, 2015

 

A 3 ½ day Central Coast Tour will follow this years ALC Lancia Reunion in Cambria, California.  The tour has been coordinated by Hank Konig and Paul and Vicki Tullius.  We hope that you can extend your trip to Cambria to join us for the extended tour.  We are pleased to have our friend Dr. Peter Renou from Melbourne, Australia joining us on the rally and tour.

 

We will leave Cambria on Sunday afternoon following the reunion brunch.  Many of us have never been to the Hearst Castle in San Simeon so, our plan is to drive from Cambria to the Castle for one of the scheduled tours (information on the tour will be sent to you when you indicate your interest in joining us on the tour).  You can either visit the castle with us or drive on to Fort Hunter Leggitt where we will spend our first evening at the historic Hacienda Lodge. 

 

On Monday, May 4th, we will visit the sites around the Fort prior to our drive south on a scenic road heading towards Paso Robles.  We will continue on to Taft located on the east side of the coastal mountain range where we will spend the 2nd night of the tour. Our drive on Tuesday will take us through more beautiful remote California roads eventually landing us in Santa Paula where we will be staying night 3 at the historic Glenn Tavern Inn. The Inn has a Hollywood history where “visitors are offered a chance to relive the gilded days of excess and adventure in a place where spirited reviles and restless spirits seem to comingle quite amicably”.

Following our brunch on Wednesday, we will drive to the Mullin Museum in Oxnard 

where we will have a private tour (check out the article on “Yelp” and photo’s offered online for more information if you have never visited the museum).  The Central Coast Tour will conclude following our visit to the Mullin Museum.

 

All expenses for the tour will be “paid as you go” unless otherwise notified prior to the event, e.g., the tour at the Hearst Castle.   We have secured a number of rooms for lodging at the 3 evening locations.  You will be responsible to make your own reservation at the various locations on this tour. 

 

Please let us know if you are planning to extend your reservation with the ALC Reunion to participate in the Central Coast tour.  Contact Vicki Tullius at vtullius@sbcglobal.net  or at (530) 514-6090; Paul at  flamsport@sbcglobal.net ; Hank at hkoning@kearch.com.  Of course, this tour is available to others who are not able to join us for the ALC Reunion on May 1 – 3rd.

 

Phone numbers and/or websites to contact lodging under the American Lancia Club reservations are as follow:

 

The Historic Hacienda Lodge at Fort Hunter Liggett on Sunday May 3rd,

phone: 831-386-2900 (a credit card # will be required to reserve your room). Room selections range from $75/night to $150/night.   (You can go online to see the room selections or Vicki can email them to you)

 

Night 2, Monday, May 4th – Taft, Calif.  The Holland Inn and Suites (5or 6 rooms available at this time)  $69/night - phone: (661) 763-5211

Alternative lodging – Topper’s Motel $45/night plus tax for single; $55/night plus tax for two beds.  Phone: (661) 765-4145

 

Night 3, Tuesday, May 5th.  The Historic Glenn Tavern Inn, Santa Paula. glenntavern.com. Phone: (805) 933-5550. $79/night plus tax for a double (2 beds); $69/night plus tax for a single. (a single has just one bed but it can be a queen or a king-sized bed)

 

We hope to hear from you soon if you are planning to extend the reunion by participating on the Coastal tour and the Hearst Castle in San Simeon.               

 

Vicki Tullius vtullius@sbcglobal.net

 

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