One of my spouse and my favourite locations to go for a romantic getaway is the Monterey Peninsula. We have spent one thing like half of our anniversaries in the world. Here are some romantic issues to do on a weekend for 2 in Monterey, Pacific Grove, and Carmel.
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Stay In an Inn
There are some nice lodges on the peninsula, together with some proper on the water in Monterey or in the center of touristy Cannery Row, however for my cash, a keep in one of many many inns in Pacific Grove is extra romantic.
Quite a few Victorian-era houses and boarding homes in Pacific Grove have been transformed to inns. The Seven Gables Inn, the Martine Inn (see my evaluation), and the Green Gables Inn have nice places proper on the water between the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Lover’s Point.
They are additionally some inexpensive choices inland a few blocks together with the Gosby House, and our perennial favourite, the Centrella Inn. For an additional splurge on the Centrella e book one of many cottages or the Lover’s Loft. This is the form of place the place you may get a glass of wine and a deal with with the opposite visitors in the night and an awesome breakfast in the morning. This shouldn’t be a spot you go to watch motion pictures on the TV… as a result of there isn’t one.
Go for a Drive on Seventeen Mile Drive
Seventeen Mile Drive has been attracting vacationers since earlier than I moved to Monterey County in the Nineteen Sixties. If you’re a golfer, a go to to Pebble Beach is almost necessary, though whether or not that matches in a romantic weekend I would depart to you and your sweetie.
Stop on the Lone Cypress for a photograph alternative at what’s reputed to be probably the most photographed tree in the world. Be grateful that not like the Cypress you aren’t alone.
Take a Walk Along the Shore
While Seventeen Mile Drive could also be an enormous draw, it’s largely mansions and golf programs. I might suggest a stroll alongside the shore in Pacific Grove as a substitute. Our favourite stroll is the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail from Lover’s Point to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. You will definitely see harbor seals on the Beach by the Hopkins Marine Station. You are additionally probably to see sea otters floating on their again among the many kelp, so convey binoculars. Sea otters mate for all times. Be impressed by that.
If you’re down in the world on the weekend you’re probably to see a marriage or at the least a marriage celebration or two taking photos at Lover’s Point or someplace alongside the trail. I can consider worse locations to suggest you probably have a thoughts to do this.
You can mix a stroll with a dinner on the Beach House which has a few of the greatest views of the coast or at one of many eating places close to Cannery Row. For a high-end splurge restaurant, you possibly can attempt The Sardine Factory or Chart House.
Take a Bike or Surrey Ride
You can lease a motorcycle or perhaps a surrey and discover additional on the coast path. The path continues on from the Aquarium to Fisherman’s Wharf after which miles up the coast to Marina. The a part of the path from Lover’s Point to Fisherman’s Wharf is flat and is the prettiest part. But additional north alongside the bay is the place you can see giant sand dunes, beginning across the Monterey Tides Hotel.
Rent a Sea Kayak
Whether you’re taking a guided sea kayak tour or simply lease a kayak, nothing can fairly check your love for one another than making an attempt to maneuver a double sea kayak collectively (there’s a motive some guides name these divorce boats). Even you probably have to lease two separate boats for the nice of your long-term relationship, exploring the coast of the bay from a kayak could be a nice expertise.
Go for a Drive on Highway 1
In my opinion, a greater drive for two is down the coast of California on the long-lasting Highway 1. You can drive Highway 1 as a manner to get from one finish of the state to the opposite… when you could have time, however what I’m beneficial here’s a drive from the Monterey Peninsula down to the Big Sur space and again as a highway journey.
If you do that drive go away sufficient time to get out of the automobile to stroll to a waterfall at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park or stroll to the seaside at Andrew Molera State Beach.
Pack a picnic to take pleasure in alongside the way in which. Get a bottle of wine from an area vineyard, some Monterey Jack (sure it was invented right here) and prime at one of many parks and even simply one of many pullouts alongside the way in which to take pleasure in a lunch with simply you, the one you love, and a picnic.
Stop for a romantic dinner at one in every of a handful of eating places close to Big Sur. My favourite is Nepenthe which is simply south of Big Sur. Nepenthe has been round for the reason that Forties. Sit on the terrace in the again with nice views of the rugged shoreline. The meals is nice and the ambiance is best.
End your drive with a cease on the Highland’s Inn in Carmel Highlands for a drink on their terrace as you watch the sundown. You don’t need to be driving Highway 1 at evening so getting again to Carmel Highlands earlier than darkish is a superb thought in any case.
Take a Hike
There are quite a lot of nice state and regional parks in the world however the gem is Point Lobos State Reserve. This level is roofed with gnarled Cypress timber and Spanish moss. It has stunning walks alongside the coast. What it doesn’t have is parking. So that is the park to go to for the early risers. Those of you who like to sleep in may have to park alongside the freeway and stroll into the reserve.
There are not any unhealthy hikes at Point Lobos however one in every of my favourite brief hikes is out to Sea Lion Point with a view of Sea Lion Cove. You used to give you the option to swim in the chilly water at this cove till the Sea Lions laid declare to it.
Jacks Peak is the best level in the world at 1,068 ft which has made Jacks Peak Park a well-liked spot with locals for hikes. The newer Fort Ord National Monument has opened up mountaineering trails between Salinas and Monterey on what used to be the house for the seventh Light Infantry Division. These trails and the paths in close by Toro County Park will likely be hotter as a rule than these on the coast.
Try Wine Tasting
Carmel used to be nearly artwork galleries, eating places, and small outlets however it’s laborious to run a small store in the times of Amazon.com. A brand new development in Carmel is wine tasting rooms. There are at the least 16 totally different wine tasting rooms in Carmel today. Many of the wineries will wave the price of a tasting while you purchase a bottle.
Our favourite tasting room is the comfy De Tierra the place you don’t have to stand on the bar. We know we are going to undoubtedly choose up a bottle of their crimson wine mix Franan, however we’d additionally uncover one thing new. During COVID tasting rooms and eating places in Carmel every acquired a parking house or two to transfer exterior.
If you need to go to a vineyard and never only a tasting room, you don’t have to drive all the way in which to Napa and Sonoma. The two nearest areas for wineries are Carmel Valley and the Santa Lucia Highlands close to Soledad in the Salinas Valley. See my evaluations of Folktale in Carmel Valley and Hahn Family Winery in the Santa Lucia Highlands.
If you possibly can’t discover an awesome restaurant for a romantic dinner on the Monterey Peninsula you then simply should not making an attempt.
For seafood, you possibly can attempt one of many eating places on the wharf like Old Fisherman’s Grotto or one of many native favorites like Monterey’s Fish House on busy Del Monte Ave or the Fishwife off the overwhelmed path in Pacific Grove.
If your finances is about on “splurge”, The Chart House on Pacific Grove has been there longer than I’ve been alive, however nonetheless will get good evaluations. The Beach House at Lovers Point has probably the greatest views however in a extra inexpensive worth vary. Our favourite is Peppers Mexicali Cafe in Pacific Grove.
Attend the Monterey Jazz Festival
Of all of the occasions that occur on the Monterey Peninsula, the Monterey Jazz Festival appears to me to be probably the most romantic. The Monterey Jazz Festival is held in September throughout regular years. Other festivals and occasions in the world embrace the Carmel Bach Festival, the Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival, Monterey Festa Italia Fisherman’s Festival, and the Castroville Artichoke Festival.
Play Golf with Two
Golf shouldn’t be my sport. I maintain the course report for the municipal course in Salinas… for probably the most strokes. But should you and the one you love are each golf followers there are legendary programs in the world like Pebble Beach and Spyglass. You could make a reservation to play a spherical of golf however do properly so in advance.
If the value of a spherical of golf at Pebble Beach is exterior of your finances think about the Pacific Grove Municipal Golf Course which has been known as the “Poor Man’s Pebble Beach”. The again 9 is alongside the coast with nice views.
See the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Any record of issues to do in Monterey looks as if it wants to embrace the world’s primary tourism attraction which is the aquarium. But what, you ask, is romantic about an aquarium. I’ll grant you that watching the jellyfish or watching the sharks swim by way of the kelp forest might not appear romantic, however let me say two phrases: sea otters. Nothing says cute and cuddly like sea otters and chances are you’ll simply be fortunate sufficient to see one as you stroll alongside the coast, however you’ll actually see some on the aquarium.
Take a Food Tour
If the best manner to a person’s coronary heart is thru his abdomen, how a few meals tour of the Monterey space that focuses as a lot on what to eat because it does what to see. Get a dose of historical past however served with a facet of beer, pizza, wine, chocolate, ice cream, and pasta or another mixture of native meals. Do this at first of your weekend to uncover the place to return later.
A sundown cruise could be a nice romantic deal with however do choose your cruise with care. While deep-sea fishing is out there, it may not be the appropriate journey to pitch to your sweetie. Similarly, a Monterey Bay whale watching journey may be nice enjoyable… however these journeys do typically head out of the calm bay and into rougher seas. Getting seasick may not be the spotlight of your journey so convey Dramamine or examine the climate first.
A greater choice could be boarding one of many native crusing boats with a captain and exploring the attractive Monterey Bay.
See a Sunset on the Beach
Monterey really faces largely North so it’s most likely not the very best place to see the sundown. You can get some higher sundown views from the white sand Carmel Beach or additional north at Fort Ord Dunes State Park.
My favourite seaside for sunsets is Asilomar Stare Beach which is a bit additional alongside the coast from Lover’s Point. Here you possibly can see the sundown in addition to watch the waves crash alongside the shore. During the COVID pandemic, we introduced camp chairs and simply sat and watched the ocean at this stunning spot.
That’s 15 issues you are able to do in the Monterey Area. There are many extra. We have been coming to Monterey for over 30 years and we aren’t uninterested in it but. What would you add to my record?