Pub­lisher’s Note

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In case you’re keep­ing score, I re­cently re­turned from Peb­ble Beach and what a trip it was! Al­though I did not learn how to play golf (which was part of the goal in or­der to be ready for the Com­cast Cares Golf Clas­sic), I man­aged to do and see some fan­tas­tic things while I was there—white sand beaches, renowned golf cour­ses, scenic trails, amaz­ing man­sions and of course, wine tast­ing. Be­ing sur­rounded by all of this beauty, how could it be that one thing ab­so­lutely took my breath away ren­der­ing me speech­less? But there he stood, like a fine Cal­i­for­nia wine…McSteamy. But more on that later.

The pur­pose of the trip was the ul­tra-fab­u­lous FedEx Golf Chal­lenge and all I could think of was that we must be liv­ing right in or­der to be able to ex­pe­ri­ence this. From the ho­tel to the food to the sight­see­ing and for those who play—the GOLF!

One can’t-miss-stop was Carmel-by-the-Sea, where I had to first visit City Hall. You see, “no high heels” is one of the town’s by-laws, re­quir­ing a per­mit in or­der to wear shoes with heels in ex­cess of two inches in height due to safety rea­sons. Come on now, as Cin­derella said, “One shoe can change your life,” so us city girls never leave our stilet­tos at home!

So af­ter I was of­fi­cially per­mit­ted, I headed out to ex­pe­ri­ence this fairy­tale beach town, lined with sto­ry­book houses, art gal­leries, ir­re­sistibly charm­ing shops and some de­signer bou­tiques. I was tempted to snatch up that Louis Vuit­ton golf bag for the cham­pi­onship round on the famed Peb­ble Beach golf links but re­mem­bered, “Oh yeah, I don’t play golf.” Caught up in the mo­ment, I guess.

Now what’s a trip to Cal­i­for­nia without see­ing celebri­ties? On the morn­ing we were head­ing out to Big Sur for a long hike, out of the blue, it hap­pened—I got McSteamied! There he was, my fa­vorite Thurs­day night date—Eric Dane, aka McSteamy. Can you be­lieve it—I was McSteamied again, just seven months af­ter “meet­ing” him in the lobby of the Sun Sen­tinel build­ing. And like be­fore, he was seven shades of won­der­ful (whereas I felt seven shades of aw­ful as I stood there in my hik­ing clothes, now know­ing why my mom says never to leave the house without lip­stick). But I couldn’t pass up the op­por­tu­nity to say “hi” (and my sis­ter-in-law wanted to meet the doc­tor she TiVos ev­ery week). We had a to­tally cool con­ver­sa­tion with the man who I have af­fec­tion­ately re­named “McBut­tery.” But se­ri­ously, he is truly one of the nicest peo­ple I have ever had the plea­sure to meet. Now watch­ing Grey’s Anatomy has taken on a whole new mean­ing. The world is cer­tainly a bet­ter place with McSteamy in it!

Af­ter our chance meet­ing, it was off to Big Sur for hik­ing and Carmel Val­ley for wine tast­ing—I mean, when in Rome…our last day was spent at the fab­u­lous Peb­ble Beach Golf Links. Af­ter a visit to the spa, I was off to the ul­ti­mate 19th hole. I had the per­fect seat to see the great fin­ish on the famed 543-yard par 5 fin­ish­ing hole. They say it is the per­fect in­ter­sec­tion of golf and na­ture. Hear­ing the roar of the ocean meet­ing the shore be­low, all I could think was how lucky I am to be here. I even wanted to play. And yet again I had to re­mem­ber that I’m not a golfer, so I had to set­tle for run­ning out on the 18th, tak­ing some pic­tures while wav­ing to the we­b­cam to the folks who were watch­ing from home. How cool is that?

There are no words to de­scribe how in­sanely breath­tak­ing the Mon­terey Penin­sula scenery is (that goes for McSteamy as well).. It’s truly a lovely place. Watch­ing the last em­bers of the sun­set dip­ping over the hori­zon, lis­ten­ing to the bag­piper at the Inn at Span­ish Bay and drink­ing cock­tails around the fire pits, Peb­ble Beach is sheer beauty! Even though I am not a golfer, I can at least say that I have been there—even bought the T-shirt!

So­ci­ety Scene Pub­lisher Stacy Os­trau with Grey’s Anatomy ac­tor Eric Dane

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