Well, it seems like a lifetime ago…..but in January we took a quick trip to Monterey, CA. January and February can be pretty dreary months in the northwest and 2020 was no exception. We aren’t winter sports people so the rain gets pretty tiresome.
The night before we left it snowed in Seattle on top of ice. Our flight was cancelled but we were able to grab another flight to San Jose. On our way to the airport, we hit ice and took quite a spin! Imagine our delight when we landed in sunny San Jose.
We lived in Monterey County for 9 years, back in the 90’s. We absolutely love the area and haven’t gotten back as frequently as we would like. After this trip, we are committed to make this jaunt more often.
We stayed in Monterey at the Casa Munras hotel and spa. It was a great spot. We had a very comfortable room and the hotel is centrally located so we could walk lots of places. We found a great place for breakfast, the Wild Plum Café, that was right across the street. We quickly became regulars.
We ate dinner out while we were there. Our friend, MC, recommended Epsilon which a Greek restaurant. We ate there twice. We also had dinner at Cibo which is on Alvarado, which is the main street in downtown Monterey. For old times sake, we also had sand dabs at the Sandbar, which is near Fisherman’s wharf. You might remember it from the 1971 Clint Eastwood movie, Play Misty for Me.
We had three full days to explore and spent one day driving Big Sur. The weather was gorgeous and sunny. We stopped at Nepenthe for lunch. We had one rainy day and dodged some raindrops to take a walk along the waterfront near Pacific Grove. We haven’t been to Pebble Beach in a while so drove 17-mile drive.
No trip would be complete without a stroll through Carmel by the Sea. I used to love the unique shops and galleries along Ocean Avenue. I must admit that this was the only disappointment. The shops aren’t what they used to be and it looks like the owners all go to the same gift show. I couldn’t get excited about anything I saw.
One of our highlights was meeting up with our friend JP and her husband. We rarely see each other but we were able to pick up where we left off without missing a beat. That is true friendship!
We loved this trip so much and the weather worked for us. We had plans to try and find a short-term rental in the area for January 2021. Unfortunately, that is not going to happen due to COVID 19.
But I haven’t given up hope for January 2022!
See you on Friday.