It’s been four years since Josh and I moved back from California, so when Matt suggested heading out to Monterey for the boys’ 30th birthday, we were totally in.
We flew into SFO, Wednesday the 23rd, and after a crazy long wait for the rental car (the worst part of the whole trip), we made our way to the closest In-N-Out. Unfortunately, we were staving and the line was out the door so we decided on something else, but made a pact to hit it up later in the trip.
We made our way out to Half Moon Bay first. Josh and Matt had golfed there previously and didn’t pick up a souvenir bag tag at the time, so we stopped by the golf course to do so. From the Clubhouse, we made our way down to the beach.
We took Highway 1 all the way down to Monterey. We rented a house right on the bike/walking trail. The location was amazing and the views were spectacular. This was out the living room window looking at Monterey Bay.
Thursday, after a bicycle hiccup, we headed over to Carmel. First, we went right down to Carmel Beach.
Then we hit up some of the shops in Carmel and the Farmer’s Market. The Farmer’s Market. Oh my gosh. Best strawberries we’ve EVER eaten. Amazing. We also picked up some veggie’s for our stay at home dinner that night.
That afternoon, after the bikes had been repaired (from the morning hiccup) we took them down to the commercial wharf to buy some fish for dinner.
It was wholesale, so we pretty much bought the fish directly from the people who caught them. Our dinner that night was really good, really fresh and really inexpensive.
Friday morning it rained. Josh and Matt played at Spanish Bay (Josh will write a separate post about the golf). Brie and I headed to the spa for facials and a steam.
We were able to check into the Inn early, which was great since we had to check out of the Monterey rental house. We had our rooms upgraded for free and they were really nice. This picture doesn’t do it justice, because the rooms were on the top floor and the ceilings were vaulted.
For lunch, we made the trek over to Salinas (25 miles) to get In-N-Out. Josh and I got our usual order and enjoyed every bite.
We took a ride down 17-Mile Drive to see the sights, and couldn’t miss The Lone Cypress.
Friday night, we met up with Josh’s college buddy Matt Forsman and his wife Erica for dinner in Carmel. Then we tried to check out the sunset down at Carmel Beach and ended the night back at Spanish Bay for drinks. Matt and Erica planned to be in California at the same time so that Matt could join the boys and Brie to play at Pebble Beach.
Saturday, the boys played Spyglass Hill. Brie and I joined them for the first six holes that have ocean views. After they finished, we all had lunch at a Mexican restaurant. No California trip is complete without hitting up a Mexican restaurant.
That afternoon we participated in the Lexus Driving Experience. Basically, Spanish Bay has 4 Lexus vehicles that you can sign up to drive for 2 hours. Josh and I spent most of the time just parked at Asilomar Beach watching the waves come in and talk about how we missed Warner!
The Inn at Spanish Bay features a bagpiper every evening at 5:45-6:30. We hung out on the back patio to watch Saturday evening.
Saturday night we did a Ghost Tour of Old Monterey. The tour featured gruesome history from the area with a few stops at historical buildings and a stop at the cemetary.
Sunday, Josh, Matt, Matt and Brie golfed Pebble Beach while Erica and I walked along. After the round, we all went into Carmel for a late lunch, before the 4 of us headed up to the Bay Area for the night.
We made it up the Chinatown for dinner.
Our flight home Monday morning was early, but we were happy to come home to find our baby boy and pups waiting! Big thanks to the grandparents for baby/dog-sitting!