We left for our trip on Tuesday. We had a leisurely morning at home, packed up the car, then hit the road around 8am. No use in leaving any earlier since we would just end up stuck in traffic. The road trip was smooth and fun. We took turns driving, listening to music and just talking. We even took a little detour through the back country on our way to Carmel Valley and Monterey. It was a curvy, windy road with only one lane at times, but it was so beautiful. We arrived in Monterey around 430pm....just in time to check in and relax before going to dinner. We stayed at the wonderful, historic Old Monterey Inn:
We stayed in a room located on the third floor called Rookery. It had a fireplace and sky light and the warm and cozy feel of a home. I wish we could have stayed longer!
|our cozy room...messy bed because I forgot to take one when it was all pretty!|
|the fire we had going every night|
After settling in to our room and enjoying the free happy hour downstairs (wine for Matt and sparkling cider for me) we headed out to the wharf. We drove through Cannery Row and along the water, then walked along Fisherman's Wharf. It was absolutely gorgeous out, so we spent some time enjoying the view and watching the seals before eating.
For dinner we went to a nearby Italian restaurant called Cafe Fina. It was really yummy and had a great view of the water. Then we checked out the little shops and had to stop in and grab some candy and coffee on our way back to the Inn.
Wednesday morning we slept in and enjoyed an amazing breakfast at the Inn. They made crepes with a ton of fresh fruit! I wish I had taken a picture of it. It was beautiful and delicious. We spent the rest of the day checking out the city, the nearby town of Seaside, the beaches (lots of sand dunes!) and everything the city had to offer. We had perfect weather too. That night we enjoyed another great meal, this time at a local place called Restaurant 1833. I had lamb and Matt had gnocchi. Both were wonderful, but nothing compared to the s'mores dessert I had! YUM! I was stuffed by the time we made it out of there and ready to relax in our room. We enjoyed a fire, a little tv, and then fell fast asleep.
Since we needed to be in the city by 11am on Thursday, we were unable to enjoy another Inn breakfast. But they did pack us a little breakfast on the go. Muffins, trail mix, fruit and juice. It was a great little touch. We loved everything about this Inn and highly recommend it!
|our breakfast bag :)|
|us and the bridge!|
Then we stopped for lunch at the Cliff House:
Saw "The Thinker" sculpture....and another view of the bridge!
|can you spot Matty?|
After all that touring fun, we met up with Grandma and Rachel for drinks at the View, a bar on the 39th floor of our hotel.
Then it was finally time for dinner! We took a cab to a local Italian restaurant that was recommended to us by my coworker...Trattoria Contadina. It was so good! Baby Clute sure loves her pasta! And after our wonderful meal we rode the cable car back to Union Square. I hadn't been on a cable car in years and it was Matt's first time. It was a lot of fun!
And finally, on Friday morning, before heading out of town, we stopped to check out the painted ladies....aka the Full House house. :) It was a gorgeous day and the perfect spot for a 23 week baby bump photo!!
|baby girl is getting big!|
Stay tuned....Tomorrow is all about our time in Modesto and the wonderful baby shower!!!