A pink-hued Blue Moon over Burlington.
When I was in New Orleans for Alison’s wedding earlier this summer, Laney mentioned that she was going to be at a conference out in Monterey, California at the end of July. Her husband couldn’t join her, would I want to come?
Um let me think about that for .0001 seconds, YASSSSS!
It was epic….♥HIGHLIGHTS♥
Neither of us had been to that area, so we decided to fly into San Francisco, rent a car, and drive down Highway 1 into Monterey.
We arrive, and both of us are starving (of course). After some frantic googling for In-N-Out Burger, we realize there aren’t any near us or really much of anything food-wise, and yet we magically stumble into Duarte’s Tavern, a James Beard award-winner in Pescadero.
California lunch of champions: Local brew, $6 hamburger, homemade Mexican slaw. Unpictured: Olallieberry cobbler, and no, I’d never even heard of that variety of berry before. DEEElish!
And then off for more California coast exploring!
End up getting into Monterey, meet up with some of Laney’s coworkers, and hit up 1833 –> favorite spot in that town!
Just above Monterey is the start of the 17-Mile Highway, home to many 36 million dollars mansions and the famous Pebble Beach golf course. We woke up early and beat the crowds. It started off foggy and turned into a picture-perfect blue sky day by the time we got to the Pebble Beach area.
Gah the cuteness of this little town. Its houses are named after fairy tales, the beach is stunning, and we had some knock-out cocktails @ Porta Bella.
BIG SUR, CA
The views on this drive:D
Stopped at Nepenthe for lunch and more gorgeous scenic spots, checked out uber dreamy McWay Waterfall, and hiked the Ewoldsen Trial in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.
WARNING: I think I backed up off the trail to take a photo and got, like, the worst case of poison oak. It was at the end of the trip luckily, but I needed to go to the doctor twice back in Vermont. Ahhhh!
Poison oak aside can’t wait to meet California again!