My brother and his family called today while driving up the California Coast from Los Angeles. They were near Santa Barbara, heading to one of my favorite towns, San Luis Obispo where I visited with my family back in 2001 (right after 9/11). It took me only a few minutes to remember the name of the high-kitsch hotel there, the Madonna Inn, (photo above) with its over-the-top rooms and great apple pie served in the cafe. And I remembered the wonderful farmers market held on a weeknight and I think on a weekend day. In fact, I’m looking at a whimsical stamp holder (that alas, no longer is much needed) that I bought at the market or a craft gallery nearby. I had to look back in my journal to find the name of the hotel we stayed at later on, The Butterfly Inn, a retro motel next to a Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary and Eucalyptus Grove in the town of…Pacific Grove, not far from Monterey, where we enjoyed the fabulous aquarium and at a local hotspot, the Fish House.