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