Our drive to start off the day, took us through some of the most beautiful parts of California I’ve ever seen. From the Paso Robles area, we drove on the 101 for a bit longer than hopped onto Highway 1 for the rest of our trip north. Even though in miles we weren’t far from the Monterey area, the drive took us quite a few hours because Highway 1 is only one lane each way and very curvy with lots of hills. We also stopped quite a few times to enjoy the scenery and take pictures.
Our first stop we made was in San Simeon to take a look at the elephant seals (see above). They mostly were just lounging and soaking up the sun, but there were some adorable baby ones who were too cute to watch as they were fluttering around and trying to bury themselves in the sand.
We stopped for lunch in Big Sur at Cafe Kevah. Honestly we stopped there because we were starving and it was one of the first places we came across. We couldn’t get a phone signal in the area, so we weren’t able to look up other places, but it looked pretty popular and had breath-taking views, so it won us over. The food was pricey (which we expected) and fine. Nothing spectacular, but the view made up for everything.
After lunch, we got back on the road. Here are a couple of shots I took while traveling up Highway 1.
About mid-afternoon we reaching our final destination and home for the night – Pacific Grove Inn. Again, my BFF Hotwire found us this gem. Pacific Grove is a hop, skip and a jump from Monterey and on it’s own is a cute coastal town that was fun to explore. The Inn is a few minute walk from the main street and the ocean. There was a complimentary wine and cheese hour and at night they put out fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies. They also have a huge selection of VHS tapes (yes, you remember VHS, right?) and microwave popcorn for you to enjoy a movie in your room. Our room was on the third floor and I think my favorite part were the towel warmers in the bathroom. I fell in love with towel warmers on my honeymoon in Italy and one day I want to install some in my house. There’s nothing better than a warm towel! Our stay also included a wonderful breakfast – much more than your typical free continental offering. I would definitely recommend this place and stay there again.
That evening we walked from our hotel to Monterey and back. Total it was a few miles and pooped me out, so once we got back into our room we picked some VHS tapes from the lobby and settled in for the night. The next morning we had our breakfast at the Inn, checked out and headed toward the 17 Mile Drive before we started the long trip home. Here are some photos from the drive…
After the scenic drive, we headed home since my husband had to work early the next morning.
Overall, my first multi-day road trip was a success! I can’t wait for the next one!
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