Just getting my post out about our trip to beautiful Monterey a few weeks ago. Last getaway we were down here, but stayed in Carmel Valley. This trip we had our kids off for Spring Break and chose to stay in Monterey, right next to the ocean. It's such a fun place for families and a gorgeous part of the world.
|Looking down on Cannery Row from our room.|
We stayed at The Clement, an Intercontinental Hotel, which was recently built and is right on Cannery Row. It's location cannot be beat. We were about ten steps from the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Right on the Cannery Row, you are on the waterfront as well as a great path that you can walk or bike all the way to Pacific Grove.
We visited the aquarium earlier this year so this time we opted to go to Carmel and fool around a bit before an early check in to our hotel. My guys always have to stop at the Cottage of Sweets and we also love The Carmel Roasting Company.
Personally my two favorite shops are The Carmel Bay Company which is filled with unique housewares, books, rugs, prints and things I never see anywhere else. I bought a French mustard jar this time. I'm also crazy about this cute shop, Jane Austen at Home which feels like a little English parlor with antiques and bits any Anglophile would adore.
After a stop for coffee and sweets, we took a walk on Carmel Beach, which is one of the most lovely beaches in California and has some supreme dog watching. They love their dogs here and the variety of hounds seen is always fun. Good people watching as well... This is a fantastic spot for a sunset picnic too.
A shot of Carmel Beach. Looking right you can see Pebble Beach and the lodge in the distance.
Some snaps from the beautiful Clement . I was in love with the flowers, the rooms and the sea urchin light fixtures...
This hotel had service as well as style. Everyone made you feel so welcome. We checked in early and stretched out a bit in the pretty and spacious room. I liked the fireplace for chilly nights, it had a desk or vanity to work on and my favorite thing was the chair and ottoman by the window.
My son on his way back from the pool looking out over Cannery Row from The Clement's bridge. I appreciated all the details like little lights that look like portholes and ocean themed design throughout.
While the boys hung out, my husband and I went downstairs to the bar for happy hour and listened to the live guitar music. You can take your cocktails outside and sit on one of the patios overlooking the bay. I loved how kayakers paddled by and sea otters were floating and relaxing in the kelp maybe 30 feet from the deck.
The next morning we had an ocean view breakfast watched the otters while eating. Excellent breakfast. I had the yogurt, California fruits and granola.
After checking out, we wandered along the coast all the way to Pacific Grove. This is one of the best parts of the Monterey coast. Once you hit Pacific Grove, you are bordering the Del Monte Forest with it's cypress trees and little deers wandering about. We stopped at one of my favorite beaches at the end of the path, Asilomar. There is a wooden path starting here that follows along the Spanish Bay golf links. The sand is so white and soft and this beach has wonderful tide pools. Also lots of surfers out here. We flew a kite and meandered on the trail.
If you have the time, go a little further past Asilomar beach and you will hit the entrance gates for the famous 17 Mile Drive. You pay a toll to get in, but it's worth it to stop at these beaches which have lots of picnic spots for lunch. You can view the sea lions along here and this time of the year are just birthing their babies, so there are shelters in place.
The drive includes a fantastic view of the Pebble Beach golf course and others and you'll see some unbelievable homes. There is the famous lone cypress tree along here and myriad photo stops. Right when you start the drive, you can catch The Inn at Spanish Bay on your right. There's a fun place to have a drink here overlooking the golf links by fire pits. You can also have dinner at Roys there and if you are there at sunset, hear the bagpipers play.
Coming back here and seeing the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February one year is on my bucket list for sure.
One of the beaches along the drive and the famous cypress tree below.
So many gorgeous homes to spy on this drive.
This time we opted to stop at Pebble Beach Resort near the end of the drive, and grab a bite. You should not miss a walk into the lodge. The view is legendary. You can have lunch at a few spots here including the clubby Tap Room.
|The Lodge at Pebble Beach|
|The Bench at Pebble Beach|
I was in love with the white marble, white tiles, open pantry, navy banquettes, and a glass roof. This could be my dream kitchen!
If that wasn't enough, they had me at ice tea. Look how mine came...
I'm a sucker for these kind of details. Did I mention the waiter's chic bow-ties? You can choose to sit outside on some very comfy couches as well, over looking the bay. We had wood-fired pizzas, caprese salad, potato leek soup - all delicious. I do think The Bench was reasonable for a fancy resort and I'd venture to say that you could probably eat for the same price as buying sandwiches at the Pebble Beach Deli and Market, also on resort property.
Another view from the main lobby...
You know if you are on the drive it's really worth a stop here. Even if you can't afford to check in, the lodge alone is worth a visit to see the history here and the views! There are also some terrific shops in a small outdoor shopping arcade.
Of course there are many wonderful golf courses and if you cannot swing Pebble Beach there is Pacific Grove, Poppy Hills, Spyglass, Cypress Point and Spanish Bay! They are all fabulous and front the same ocean and forest area.
I've only touched on a bit of Carmel and Monterey. There is even more to see and do. Next getaway posts, I'm going to share some other favorites including wineries, more shops and restaurants, and the Big Sur area as well.
Thanks so much for reading!