Places I Remember with Lea Lane

California's Pacific Coast Drive: Spectacular Highway One

September 07, 2021 Real-estate developer Larry Korman, CEO of AKA Residences, loves the Pacific Coast Highway, and visits many times a year. Season 1 Episode 32
Places I Remember with Lea Lane
California's Pacific Coast Drive: Spectacular Highway One
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CEO Larry Korman, a frequent California Highway One traveler, and Lea, who drove it on her honeymoon and many times since, take us along the Pacific Coastal Highway from Mendocino to Malibu, with stops along the way:  realities like washouts, and the frequent pleasures of this spectacular drive, going north to south.
-- We cover Mendocino with its glass beach; Bodega Bay where Hitchcock filmed The Birds (Larry is friends with star Tippi Hedren).
-- We take a day trip into San Francisco; then down past the Devil's Slide and the Big  Foot museum to Santa Cruz,  Carmel/Monterey and the 17-Mile-Drive.
--  Big Sur,  a gorgeous spot, is next, with the Falls and the Henry Miller Library.  Larry's comes as often as possible.
-- On to San Simeon, and The Hearst Castle; San Luis Obispo, with the famed Madonna Inn;  Pismo Beach, with Monarch butterflies; Solvang, with its Danish influence; the wineries near Los Olivos; Santa Barbara, Santa Monica and Malibu, with is pier. And Los Angeles.
-- Lea's gives her favorite memory, and then, Larry gives his.
Larry Korman is President of AKA Hotel Residences and Co-CEO of Korman Communities, a residential real estate company that has developed 30,000 homes and 20,000 apartments over the past century. There are 24 suburban and metropolitan locations within two brands: AVE and AKA ( The collection consists of exclusive high-rise, extended-stay properties in New York City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and   London.

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Podcast host Lea Lane blogs at, has traveled to over 100 countries, written nine books, including Places I Remember, and contributed to guidebooks. She's @lealane on Twitter; Travelea on Insta; on  Facebook, it's Places I Remember by Lea Lane. Website: placesirememberlealane.comPlease follow, rate and review this weekly travel podcast!


What Larry loves most about Highway One
History of the Pacific Coast Highway
First stop, going south, Mendocino
Bodega Bay
San Francisco
Devil's Slide
Big Foot
Santa Cruz
Big Sur, Falls, Henry Miller Library
Morro Bay
San Simeon
San Luis Opisbo, Madonna Inn
Pismo Beach, Monarch Butterflies
Los Olivos, wineries
Santa Barbara
Santa Monica, Malibu
Last stop, Los Angeles
Special memories