Breakfast was at the hotel and we were amazed that not only was the breakfast very good, it was cooked to order. An employee was back there, ready to make pancakes, eggs or biscuits and gravy for us. TBG got the biscuits and gravy and I was so impressed, I had some as well. The biscuits were homemade and very tasty and while the gravy was a commercial brand, it was delicious, with nice chunks of sausage and onion in it. Mmmm…
Thus sustained, we headed out and drove north and ended up at the Pudding Creek beach. It was a bit of fun getting across the stream, but we managed and went down to the ocean’s edge. Lots of mussel shells, as you would expect. We were the only ones there. We took some photos and then headed back to the car. It was a bit squisher going back since we crossed in a different spot and I’m not much of a graceful leaper, more like an awkward colt.
After that, we drove to Seaglass Beach and yes it is made up of sea glass, I actually got down to it. TBG stayed on the cliffs for a while and then decided if I could do it, so could he. It was the sea cave I found that made the difference, I think. We spent an hour climbing (carefully) on the rocks and enjoying the smell of the sea air and the crash of the waves.
Now it was time for the small shops to open, so we head into Fort Bragg proper and had a great time exploring some fun shops. TBG got a new cookbook and I got some soap. The best was the witchery shop. We had a grand time exploring there. Mostly, we just window shopped. We did find the restaurant where we were going to eat that night and decided that breakfast was but a distant memory. We decided upon La Playa, not realizing that it was practically next door to the hotel.
The food was very good and the salsa mild. I had a fabulous taco salad and TBG had his usual two enchiladas, one chicken, and one cheese with beans. And he has a shrimp cocktail, a massive thing with about eight large prawns. It was very tasty and best of all, no clam juice, so I could enjoy it, too.
After a nap, we ended up at Safeway for a few things and then went over to a toy store that TBG thought I needed to see. It was fun and I’m glad I wasn’t a kid because I wanted everything! After that we visited the market that is run by the restaurant where we were having dinner – Cucina Verona. They had most Italian products (which made sense) and fresh baked goods (they also operate a bakery). We bought some cookies and headed back to the hotel.
While I had a lovely soak (wanted to forestall any aches from all beach hiking we did), TBG watched “Crocodile Dundee 2.” It ended just as we were getting ready for dinner, so at least he got to see the ending.
Cucina Verona was a smaller restaurant, two rooms, both with about ten tables. The food was fabulous. We started out with a fig and arugula salad and TBG had a creamy beet soup, then I had some of the best fettucine Alfredo ever and TBG had cannelloni stuffed with cheese, chicken liver, and lots of other things. It was fabulous. Dessert was some vanilla gelato for me and some lemon cake for TBG. I brought along a Rombauer Zin for the night and it was perfect.
We walked around a bit after dinner to let stuff settle and then back to the hotel for a lovely night’s sleep.