As we drove towards Monterey and our hotel for two nights it was still light so we made a snap decision and continued on to do the 17-mile scenic drive around Pebble Beach taking in the famous Pebble Beach Golf Course. The drive took us through dramatic landscapes overlooking the sea as well as imposing residences with their own outlooks. Luckily we saw a most dramatic sunset as we headed for the hotel.
The next day (Saturday) we visited the 18th century Carmel Mission founded by Franciscan monk Father Junipero Serra originally from Mallorca. Although the Mission fell into ruin dedicated followers built it up again to the structure it is today. The Mission includes not only small museums documenting this rebuilding campaign but also well the beautifully maintained grounds with gorgeous examples of Monterey cypress.
From there we headed into Monterey towards Cannery Row and Pacific Grove. Although Cannery Row is a busy scene Central Avenue to the north has some great restaurants and cafes with a more local edge. After a chowder and fish lunch at Vivolo's on Central Avenue we took the Pacific Grove drive around the edge of the Monterey Peninsula and then inland.Sunday we
If the thought of the journey rather than the destination makes you want to say travelicious then climb aboard and join us- two retirees Pat and Chris as we pack our suitcases and hoist our backpacks to start a new trip. We like quirky places off the tourist track, good food and wine, art, architecture, classic cars and great places to photograph.... full info