Tuesday, 12 June 2012

California Dreaming: Monterey

Our West Coast USA road trip on iconic California State Route 1 took us from San Francisco (A) to Monterey (B), through the Big Sur and on to Santa Barbara (C), a stop in Venice Beach (D), a quick hop across the state boundary in to Las Vegas (E), back to Los Angeles (F) and on to San Diego (G), before saying goodbye to California and flying home. Part two, Monterey, is below, or click here to read about part one, San Francisco.

The route!

On leaving San Francisco (see my post here) , we jumped in the drop top Mustang and drove south to Monterey along California State Route 1. Monterey is a cute little seaside town, on the sleepier side of lively, filled with charming little restaurants, bars and hotels.

A quick pitstop whilst wandering in Monterey

Keeping Monterey locals on time

Cute old school buildings...
... with some pretty new-school interiors!

We took a long walk on our one day there down in to the “town centre” which was basically a street lined with old industrial buildings (mainly fish canneries), converted in to a high end hotel or two, boutiques and a few bars, drank a few Victoria beers (of course) and then wandered back. Apparently in the time we were away, the town came alive and a few “MontereyOktoberfest” market stalls came out to play and street party was in full swing on the streets. We spent some time inhaling the sights and smells of locally produced food and then made our way back to our hotel, Casa Munras, for some sundowners and tapas on the terrace before getting ready for a relaxed dinner and an early night in preparation for our early start driving the Big Sur!
Sundowners at our hotel
Stay tuned for The Big Sur and Santa Barbara...

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