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Published: November 14th 2018
We were able to enjoy the best night of sleep in a while, with no kids to wake us up early or the middle of the night. We didn’t start moving until after 9:00 and ordered room service for breakfast. Eventually, we decided to head out around 11:00, but not before being able to switch rooms to another King-bed that had a tub and view of Cannery Row and partially the ocean. Every interaction with the staff at the hotel has been superb, from the spa yesterday to the valet’s and room service, it has been friendly and better than any service at a hotel that we have had before.
We started off down cannery row and stopped at the Pebble Beach store to buy Steve a golf shirt and some other essentials that marked our memorable stay (Magnet, coffee mug, golf markers.) From there we headed towards Big Sur down Highway 1 and stopped on Ocean Ave in Carmel, or Carmel-by-the-sea, first. The town was a sweet little touristy town with lots of shopping. We found a Carmel Coffee Roasters shop and bought some good coffee to go and had some tasty Vanilla coffee and Vanilla Latte
for the drive. We started down the coast and passed some amazing landmarks along the way. The point lobos state park we decided not to hike today, it was near to see the “Tickle Pink” hotel where Steve’s parents had their honeymoon almost 40 years ago. The other place we stopped for pictures was in front of the famous “Bixby Bridge.” We had some salami, cheese, and crackers snacks as plenty of tourists were snapping pictures of the huge arched bridge. Despite Steve’s anxiety of crossing the bridge, we decided to drive over as he screamed in fear. We went a little farther and then turned around to head back to Monterey.
Back in Monterey, we passed a restaurant named after Steve, “Esteban’s Restaurant,” but weren’t hungry to go in because we had reservations at Chart House that night. We parked and walked around famous Alvarado Street a little bit and checkout out the Monterey Brit Pub. Eventually we went back to the hotel to our new room and were pleasantly surprised at the bigger space and nicer views to be able to relax in. We walked a few minutes away to Chart house for dinner and
had an excellent meal despite Tory not feeling hungry, probably do the fact she is 29 weeks pregnant and uncomfortable. We chatted with the waitress, who had 2 kids similar ages to us, and agreed on how great it was to have some adult time alone and uninterrupted sleep. Thinking about our future baby’s name if it was a boy of girl was fun conversation to have, as well as the nicknames and middle names that go well with a last name of Hervey. It was cool to see a Princess Cruise docked all day in Monterey, and the ships cabin lights lit up the ocean as it departed the port while we looked out the window at dinner. We headed back to the room to relax as Tory could take a bath now that our room had a tub, then had a quiet night and another good night’s sleep.
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