The fourth thing I learned at the Michaels Makers Summit - Artistry is an Art and it was everywhere at the summit. Artistry is something that you don't have to do but for the love of something it drives you to do it.
This was a chance for artists to be spoiled by other artists. It was beautiful. Every detail. Everything. Everywhere.
First was Carmel Valley Ranch. From a distance, driving up to the Ranch, you could already see the care taken on the grounds. Once at the Ranch and over the next few days we got to experience so many sensory delights. The manicured lawns, moss covered trees, vineyards, winding paths, secreted below ground lawns, hidden grassy alcove, lavender patch entry (oh the fragrance!) to the gardens, the gardens themselves, all the sunflowers complete with black crows, roses, dahlias, little mini pumpkin patches, raised boxed garden beds, overlooks into the hills, and views all around. With wild turkeys and chickens allowed to roam freely. And apples that weren't fresh enough for guests placed about the paths for the wildlife. So many details!
The dining areas inside and out were lovely. But especially the outdoor ones!
The Staff was nice, helpful and everywhere. Even placing plates of clove sprinkled lemons to ward off the bugs from the garden. It worked! And lavender spray on the pillows.
Then there was the Farm to table food. I didn't spend a lot of time photographing my food because I was too busy enjoying it.
I'm sort of a picky eater but all the food was amazing. Soup wasn't just soup, beef wasn't just beef, and nothing was ordinary. Only artistic. There was not a bad meal. They have wonderful chefs!
They make salt! Who makes salt? People would not fault a place for not making their own salt. That is driven by artistry.
The decorations on every table, at every meal, with lights strung above and lanterns in trees. They weren't necessary but added dazzle to the evenings.
Artful surroundings. Artful decorations. Artful food. Artful people. There are artists, then there are artist's artists. We were treated by real artistry and I learned that carrying it off over and over is truly is an art.