|Looking down on Cannery Row from our room.|
We were here in late April and let me tell you, everything colorful was in bloom. I don’t think there is a more gorgeous time to visit. However, Monterey Bay is just amazing anytime of year.
Some snaps from the beautiful Clement . I was in love with the flowers, the rooms and the sea urchin light fixtures…
This hotel had service as well as style. Everyone made you feel so welcome. We checked in early and stretched out a bit in the pretty and spacious room. I liked the fireplace for chilly nights, it had a desk or vanity to work on and my favorite thing was the chair and ottoman by the window.
I snuck in a bit of reading here with the fire on while the boys went to the pool with my husband. They have a rooftop pool and jacuzzi which was perfect. Monterey is cool a lot of the year, but the pools were warm. There is a pretty spa as well as a workout room overlooking the pool. If you have smaller ones and want a night out, there is a kid’s activity club with a large climbing wall.
My son on his way back from the pool looking out over Cannery Row from The Clement’s bridge. I appreciated all the details like little lights that look like portholes and ocean themed design throughout.
While the boys hung out, my husband and I went downstairs to the bar for happy hour and listened to the live guitar music. You can take your cocktails outside and sit on one of the patios overlooking the bay. I loved how kayakers paddled by and sea otters were floating and relaxing in the kelp maybe 30 feet from the deck.
The next morning we had an ocean view breakfast watched the otters while eating. Excellent breakfast. I had the yogurt, California fruits and granola.
After checking out, we wandered along the coast all the way to Pacific Grove. This is one of the best parts of the Monterey coast. Once you hit Pacific Grove, you are bordering the Del Monte Forest with it’s cypress trees and little deers wandering about. We stopped at one of my favorite beaches at the end of the path, Asilomar. There is a wooden path starting here that follows along the Spanish Bay golf links. The sand is so white and soft and this beach has wonderful tide pools. Also lots of surfers out here. We flew a kite and meandered on the trail.
If you have the time, go a little further past Asilomar beach and you will hit the entrance gates for the famous 17 Mile Drive. You pay a toll to get in, but it’s worth it to stop at these beaches which have lots of picnic spots for lunch. You can view the sea lions along here and this time of the year are just birthing their babies, so there are shelters in place.
The drive includes a fantastic view of the Pebble Beach golf course and others and you’ll see some unbelievable homes. There is the famous lone cypress tree along here and myriad photo stops. Right when you start the drive, you can catch The Inn at Spanish Bay on your right. There’s a fun place to have a drink here overlooking the golf links by fire pits. You can also have dinner at Roys there and if you are there at sunset, hear the bagpipers play.
Coming back here and seeing the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February one year is on my bucket list for sure.
|One of the beaches along the drive and the famous cypress tree below.
So many gorgeous homes to spy on this drive.
This time we opted to stop at Pebble Beach Resort near the end of the drive, and grab a bite. You should not miss a walk into the lodge. The view is legendary. You can have lunch at a few spots here including the clubby Tap Room.
|The Lodge at Pebble Beach|
We had lunch at a new restaurant here called The Bench. First of all, the design of this place…swoon!
|The Bench at Pebble Beach|
I was in love with the white marble, white tiles, open pantry, navy banquettes, and a glass roof. This could be my dream kitchen!
If that wasn’t enough, they had me at ice tea. Look how mine came…
I’m a sucker for these kind of details. Did I mention the waiter’s chic bow-ties? You can choose to sit outside on some very comfy couches as well, over looking the bay. We had wood-fired pizzas, caprese salad, potato leek soup – all delicious. I do think The Bench was reasonable for a fancy resort and I’d venture to say that you could probably eat for the same price as buying sandwiches at the Pebble Beach Deli and Market, also on resort property.
I thought the name was strange, but my oldest read the menu (apparently while I was covertly sneaking photos) and told me later there once was a bench where the current restaurant is and that was where the deal was made to buy the Pebble Beach resorts back from foreign owners. (Gee, I think I’m shocked when they actually read the menu!)
Another view from the main lobby…
You know if you are on the drive it’s really worth a stop here. Even if you can’t afford to check in, the lodge alone is worth a visit to see the history here and the views! There are also some terrific shops in a small outdoor shopping arcade.
Of course there are many wonderful golf courses and if you cannot swing Pebble Beach there is Pacific Grove, Poppy Hills, Spyglass, Cypress Point and Spanish Bay! They are all fabulous and front the same ocean and forest area.
I’ve only touched on a bit of Carmel and Monterey. There is even more to see and do. Next getaway posts, I’m going to share some other favorites including wineries, more shops and restaurants, and the Big Sur area as well.
Thanks so much for reading!