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Sunday, August 15, 2010

California Road Trip Day 5: Santa Maria to Monterrey

Day 5 began with a hazelnut latte at the Santa Maria Inn

I really loved the interior of this old historic English Country Inn, I took some pictures but they really don't do it justice...





Can't you just picture Lauren Bacall sitting here, sipping a cafe au lait and looking glamorous?!



After departing from Santa Maria, we began our journey across the Big Sur coast (Highway 1)

We took our first stop along the way at a chilly (but pretty) beach/park. I love this shot of my father walking across the bridge.



This was the view that I had for most of the day. The coast really reminded me of Hawaii (oh how I miss the islands!)



We took advantage of the lookouts along the way. You can see our rental HHR in the background, it was a good little car.



Here are some views from the lookout along the Big Sur:





For lunch, we stopped at Ventana. This place was gorgeous, had a nice view, the food was great AND it was affordable.

Ventana:
"A cocktail lounge with a copper-topped fireplace under exposed wood beams in a lodge-like dining room. An expansive terrace looking out over the mountains and the spectacular Big Sur coastline."




And here is that spectacular view they were boasting about:






We continued along Highway 1 until we got to our destination in Monterrey. We walked along Cannery Row, it was a very quaint (but now touristy) town.



As you can see here, this sea town still has dangerous pirates inhabiting the area.

Lots of sea lions lounging on the rocks



A neat old boat in the wharf




For dinner, we enjoyed a restaurant at the wharf. I was still so full from lunch that I was happy with some warm bread and butter and a glass of wine. We came back to the hotel and shared the Fess Parker Chardonnay from day 4 to celebrate the engagment one more time!




Travel Tips:


I learned on my trip that temperatures in California can be all over the place, Anaheim was in the 80s, Santa Maria was in the 70s, and Monterey was in the 60s! When you're traveling from destination to destination, layers seemed to be the answer for me. You can add more when it gets colder and take off in the sun. I started with just a cream colored short sleeve sweater in the morning, then needed an additional red sweater by afternoon, and by night I had another bulky knit on top.

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