We always have a good and relaxing time whenever we go to Monterey and Carmel.
The weather report promised great weather that weekend so Mijo suggested that we drive down south and bring our overnight bags to Monterey. We both were getting off a busy week at work so we decided to take a break so off we went. We didn't have an agenda. We did make a hotel reservation but no specific plan of where to go and what to do. Both of us just wanted to get away.
Traffic was bad on the way to Monterey. We left the city a little after 9am and reached our Monterey hotel before noon. I could smell the ocean from where we were at.
After check-in, we headed to Monterey's Cannery Row. We've been here many times before but it always feels there is something new everytime we come here. We also had biked around Monterey through the Cannery Row before. I remember it was a very scenic ride.
We chose to have a light lunch at Schooners Coastal Kitchen and Bar. It was both our first time to go there.
They have a great selection of seafood dishes. Mijo and I shared this tasty Steamed Mussels. We both had a glass of their house California white wine. Not sure now if it was a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Chardonnay.
I wanted something light so I decided to get their Seafood Salad. Do not be deceived that this look too little because this salad is good for two because they give a generous amount of crabmeat, shrimp and seared tuna. In short, I got full. I recommend sharing next time.
Wonderful ocean views from Schooners! A good reminder that the California coast is simply breathtaking.
We wanted to try the Cafe La Strada which is next door to Schooners. They serve Peet's Coffee which is my favorite back in the city.
We decided to get this visually stunning fruit tart. The size is good for two people sharing. I like the chocolate oval tile with the Cafe La Strada printed on it. Cute touch!
Next, it was time to burn calories and walk the entire length of the Cannery Row and back. It was a nice walk because there are lots to see. Mijo and I do like our walks together especially when we are site seeing.
Tiny patches of beach along the way.
Can you see the California fog hanging on the horizon?
There is a cute little plaza tucked on the side of the corner of Prescott Street and Cannery Row. Lots of people were congregating here sitting and watching the ocean. Such a relaxing atmosphere.
These buildings used to be in sardines canning and by 1960 almost all the canneries had closed. The buildings now house boutique stores, souvenir shops, wine stores, cafes and restaurants.
At the end of the Cannery Row is the Monterey Bay Aquarium. We've been there before. This time we didn't go in because it felt like being indoors would be such a waste with this great weather.
There Cannery Row is also dotted with art galleries. I made a mental note that my birthday gift to myself next year is a painting by a local artist.
After our litle stroll through the Cannery Row, we decided to check out Carmel-by-the-Sea. It is another picturesque town 9 miles from The Cannery Row.
Carmel is known for the Mission Carmel, one of the many California Mission churches, planted by Father Junipero Serra during the Spanish era.
From the Mission Carmel, we headed back to the main strip of Carmel called Ocean Ave. While walking on our way to the beach, we passed by this store with a good coffee aroma. Carmel Bakery and Coffee Co was packed but we were lucky to find a table. Great timing, I guess.
After our coffee break, it is time to pay the Carmel-by-the-sea a visit. We were blessed with great weather that day.
We also dropped by to see the Lone Cypress Tree. This one, I have seen for the first time.
Lastly, we had dinner at Monterey Fish House. What an end to a wonderful day.
There are so many California coastal destinations within a couple of hours drive from San Francisco. Our favorites such as Santa Cruz, Monterey, Mendocino are only a few of these stunning places.