Carmel Valley Travel Guide
Starting this month and running through January 31, 2013, Bernardus Lodge in California's Carmel Valley is showing us something we haven't seen in awhile: how to be a fungi. And a fun gal. Post Hurricane Sandy and her havoc on NYC hotels plus the stress of the recent 2012 presidential election, seems we are long overdue for a good time, and Bernardus is pulling out all the stops with a seasonal forage fest that highlights the magical mushroom.
Play along with us, folks; a little fungi spun Bernardus-Lodge-style could work wonders right about now. Seriously, mushrooms never looked so legal and fun:
If you're still trying to change your life and India is just too far then consider the Tassajara Zen Mountain Retreat in Carmel Valley, Calif. This retreat is one of the oldest Soto Zen training monasteries outside of Asia, but normal folks are allowed in from April 28 to Sept. 10.
Sitting on 160 acres, there are hiking trails galore but the main focus here is the morning and afternoon chanting and meditation, which is optional.
Lodging is sort of roughing it in cabins with shared bathrooms or dorm-style rooms and no electricity but meals are included in your stay. There's also a swimming pool and a hot springs bath which is clothing optional.
The center begins taking requests this week and will hand out rooms, cabins, yurts and dorms on a first-come-first-served basis starting at $149 a person.
Word to the wise, they don't accept credit cards. Only checks or traveler's checks, and cash. You know how the Buddhists do.