At Old Road Brand, we are most often inspired by places now relegated to memories of the “Old Road”. This post brings it “home” for me. The Miramar Hotel on the 101 Highway in Montecito (just south of Santa Barbara, CA) was a roadside fixture for decades.
While I was visiting my old hometown Montecito (Santa Barbara), it occurred to me I was traveling down my very own “Old Road”, California state highway 192. My stretch of this highway (through Montecito) is commonly known as East Valley Road and Sycamore Canyon Road. By the looks of it, you’d never knowingly associate this stretch of road as any kind of highway.
Some destinations are so close, but yet so far. One of those local places for me is right smack dab in the middle of the San Francisco Bay, the (former) Alameda Naval Air Station. The based closed for active military use in 1997, and for many years sat locked and dormant. The location is on the island of Alameda, which sits adjacent to the city of Oakland, with incredible views of San Francisco and the San Francisco Bay.