Great cars, great wines, great times.
Audi TT owners are invited to participate in the longest running annual TT drive event in the USA. The highlight of this year’s event is the drive along the most scenic portion of California’s Pacific Coast Highway. Most driving enthusiasts call it the most scenic ocean drive in the entire USA. Follow that up with a drive on the Monterey Peninsula through one of the most beautiful and storied areas that includes Pebble Beach, Spyglass, and Cypress golf courses. Then add stops at an elephant seal rookery, vineyards, and historic Hearst Castle, and you have a trip you will long remember.
The trip starts on Moonstone Beach near Cambria and ends in scenic Carmel with plenty of time to explore. A non-refundable $30 per person registration covers the group’s entrance fee to Hearst Castle. Everything else is pay as you go. Spaces are limited so register today.
Race fans- The SCCA Championship races at Laguna Seca race track near Carmel start the following Monday.
We start on the boardwalk on Moonstone Beach which is adjacent to the town of Cambria and is about half way between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The host hotel will be the Sea Otter Inn on Moonstone Beach. This is a small boutique hotel just steps from the beach and boardwalk. The rates are about $`127 and $135 a night, depending on the room type for Sunday and Monday night. If you want to arrive Saturday, the rates for that night are about $175 and $183.
Sunday Sept 28 – 2PM-3PM: event registration in hotel lobby. 3:30 PM – optional drive to Harmony Cellars winery for tasting ($5 fee if you wish to taste, $7 if you want to keep the souvenir glass.).
Elephant Seal Rookery
Monday Sept 29 – 9 AM to 10 AM: registration in lobby, 10:30 AM departure. The first stop is the very interesting Piedras Blancas elephant seal rookery to see these sea creatures in their natural habitat. Then we go to the Hearst Castle visitor center for lunch. The Castle has great vistas, interesting art, and impressive architecture. The playground of powerful publisher William Randolph Hearst, the castle was constantly visited by the rich and famous of Hollywood during the Golden Era. At 12:45 we will see an introductory 40 minute movie and then depart for our group tour by bus. After the tour you are free to walk the grounds as long as you like.
Tuesday Sept 30 – 9:30: Drive the fantastic Route 1 Pacific Coast Highway (locally named the Cabrillo Highway) to Carmel, CA. Stops at Ragged Point (sightseeing and coffee), Big Sur (lunch), and other stunning vistas. Arrive at the Best Western Carmel Bay View (about $143/night) in downtown Carmel. This great location is only about a block away from all the shops and restaurants on Ocean Drive.
Wednesday Oct 1 – 10:30: We motor the fantastic and famous 17 Mile Drive ($10 fee) home of the Pebble Beach, Cypress Point and Spyglass golf courses. We stop for lunch at the famous Pebble Beach Lodge.
Thursday Oct 2: – Morning on your own. Point Lobos State Park is highly recommended. 1:15 PM Drive through Carmel foothills to tasting rooms and/or winery. Farewell no-host dinner in Carmel at time & location TBD.
Friday Oct 3: – Safe travels home!
Note that times and events are subject to change.
To register, send an email to Larry Brickner at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put TT West in the subject line of the email. Larry will reply to your email with a registration form and payment information. Register soon because the hold on our block of rooms expires July 27. The last day for registration is August 30. Spaces are limited so sign up now.