I’ll admit it, we are so lucky to live near the Monterey California area. I know I’ve said this before, but just last week we were able to take a two-day trip to one of our favorite mini-getaway locations the precious town of Pacific Grove, California in Monterey County. Here are my latest photos of that trip which will hopefully inspire you to #GrabYourMoment and visit Monterey for yourself.
When we stay in Pacific Grove, we always stay in this little hole-in-the-wall location called The Borg’s Motel right next to Lover’s Point.
The hotel has all the basics – it’s clean, has hot water, free wifi and cable tv, but I tell you, the biggest draw is it’s location. Right on the water – with most of the rooms having Ocean Views and it’s within walking distance of the cutest downtown area of Pacific Grove.
Pacific Grove has plenty of views to take in, streets to stroll along, restaurants to dine in and fresh air to breathe in. Oh, and, of course, little shops to browse for local treats.
Bring your bike if you like and you can jump on the waterfront trail that will take you into downtown Monterey or, head the other way, towards 17-mile drive, Pebble Beach and Carmel. We’ve biked it all and it NEVER gets old.
This trip, we left our bikes behind and strolled through the charming (and sometimes funky) neighborhoods of Pacific Grove. I would seriously own a house here if I could. A vacation house would be even better, but I would then always want to be on vacation there! Here are some examples of the sweet, little places we viewed.
We had dinner at a DELISH little Mexican restaurant we haven’t tried before called Peppers.
People, listen to me here….if you go, try their Blood Orange Margaritas – the are so stinkin’ yummy!!! Oh, and if you know me then you know I believe all meals should have chips of some sort – and ones with delicious chips and salsa are even better!!!
Because here in Monterey County, Pacific Grove is pretty near Castroville the home of the Artichoke Festival (and I LOVE artichokes), the menu had the most divine artichoke enchiladas on it, so, of course, I had to try them!
AND some super yummy veggie fajitas too!
The weather was just perfect, the meal divine, the views some of the best in the world – how blessed are we?!?!?
Day 2 – we start with breakfast and then a walk through the town. The local breakfast joint Toasties never disappoints!!
And here are more views from our morning walk:
What a start to a day. Then we set off to drive along the coast, along 17-mile drive and into Pebble Beach. Here are some shots from our journey:
We stopped for a bit at the main lodge and Pebble Beach shops – turns out Jimi’s never stopped here – how is that possible?!? So, we had a snack lunch and walked around watching all the cool golf people – and the views weren’t so bad either!!
Of course, most people come here to play golf, but what do we do? We play chess in the pro shop.
Then it was time to head back home – and enjoy the views along the way.
One of the essential stops is this pottery shop in Moss Landing (another cute town in Monterey County with precious antique shops that’s also worthy of a trip).
Thanks for following along!! AND if you get to the Monterey area, please let me know what your favorite stops are!! Need a little more motivation? @SeeMonterey will be giving away 5 pairs of tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium! Simply leave a comment below and they will be selecting the top 5 comments to determine the winner. Tickets to expire 7/31/16.
P.S. if you’re wondering, all shots were taken with my iPhone.