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Let me set the scene, my husband and I are celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary, we have always dreamed of staying in one of the B&B’s in Monterey or Pacific Grove, California. Many years ago, when we were in our early 20’s we lived in the area and would drive around gawking at the beautiful places around the Bay. We made reservations to stay back in the late 90’s or early 2000’s for our December birthdays, but had to cancel due to a conflict with a church program that needed us to be there. I have always regretted that!
Fast forward to 2017! Eric and I planned this over 6 months ago. In April, we made our reservation, paid, and knew we were not going to cancel no matter what! When November 27th, rolled around, we were packed and ready to hit the road.
Monterey Bay is a little under 3 hours away from our home. So a small road trip was delightful and the weather was perfect. We arrived at the Seven Gables Inn in Pacific Grove and checked into our Ocean Mist room. Just opening that door and seeing that perfect view was breathtaking and made us so happy. We were given a tour of the facilities and then made our way back to unpack and just sit in those two chairs looking out the window for a few hours. We were drawn away from the crazing waves by the promise of cheese and wine in the drawing room. We both tried a glass of the Pinot Noir, and made a plate of cheese, crudites, fruit, dips and even a chocolate candy. So far this Anniversary was headed in the right direction.
We were supposed to dress and go to dinner that night, but after our snack in the main house, we retired to our room for the night. We turned on the fireplace, made ourselves a glass of wine, and continued to enjoy the view from the Ocean Mist room. We didn’t even make it over to the main house for cookies that night. A perfected evening just enjoying our fabulous and spacious room. We might of gotten a little hungry around 11 pm, but The Seven Gables staff had left us a snack and drinks in our room, so we made due. We also were going to be so ready for the big breakfast in the morning. The sunrise was at 6:30 to 7 a.m. so we didn’t want to miss it and set the alarm before climbing into our big king sized bed.
In the morning we had a fabulous view of the rising sun and then showered, dressed and made our way to breakfast. This inn is spectacular! Fully decorated for Christmas in every room, including the breakfast house. Our breakfast was amazing and didn’t disappoint our hungry tummies. We were even surprised with mimosas. The hot breakfast, pastries and fruit, along with all the drinks, were very satisfying. This inn really knows how to treat its guests.
After eating, we were headed out to enjoy the area and all it has to offer. Since today was our anniversary, we spent the morning and afternoon driving the famous 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach. Lunch was had on the 18th hole at one of the many restaurants in the Lodge. It was a beautiful view of the ocean and the Carmel beaches. We had a seafood lunch of course.
That night we were given tickets by The Seven Gables Inn to attend the Christmas at the Inns celebration. Two nights of touring the Victorian Inns in Pacific Grove, and enjoying the old 1880’s architecture and beautiful Christmas decorations, not to mention cookies, cookies and more cookies. How delightful to be staying in one of those inns, and also get to view the rooms in other inns. Eric and I have always delighted in touring old homes and viewing the history of them. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening. If you are ever in that area, during this time of the year, be sure to get tickets.
On the following morning, after another fabulous breakfast we set out to walk down to Cannery Row. We had quite the adventure and lunch. On our way back to the Inn, we met a woman on the trail that pointed out Sea Lions sunbathing on the beach. We took photographs and enjoying learning about the Monterey Bay sea life. After we jump in our car and took another drive down the coast towards Big Sur. It is such a beautiful area and so iconic. We stopped a lot for photographs and loved the Highway 1 drive. We are already making plans for another trip down the coast or up, depending on where we start! We also made it back to Pacific Grove just in time for a sunset by the ocean.
We really can’t believe how lucky we are to have such a fabulous life. We are very blessed and look forward to many more adventures. We will for sure, be checking in again at The Seven Gables Inn. Pacific Grove was a delightful way to spend our 30th Anniversary and many of the guests at the Inn (they have 25 rooms/suites) were also celebrating their anniversaries. It is a very romantic place.
Until our next trip!
Eric and Susan
When the summer hits our Central Valley in California, one of the best places to travel to, is the Central Coast. Temperatures drop from the high 90’s to the high 50’s in just a few short hours as you travel to the Coast.
Eric and I decided to jump in the car and travel to Morro Bay, California to spend some time at the Beach. The foggy beach day is just what we needed to escape the heat during the summer months in Fresno. Our first stop was the Morro Rock. It is iconic for the coastline in California. The beach is really nice and nothing beats the sound of crashing waves on the shore as you walk along picking up shells and sand-dollars. We enjoyed it very much and worked up an appetite.
Lunch was seafood, of course. We had a glass of Pinot Noir (I’m sure Grigio is more appropriate with seafood, but we like red!) with our cups of Clam Chowder and shared a dinner of Fish, Shrimp and Calamari, while sitting next to the glass window and looking out at the Morro Bay. It was a delightful time and the sea otters in the bay seem to be enjoying their dinner also, as they floated by the window. The only down side is you start thinking about moving to the coast so you can enjoy this daily, which would be expensive and who likes moving? Not me. 🙂
After lunch we did a little shopping in the near by shops and then decided to drive south towards Avila Beach to see if we could find some sunshine to watch the sunset over the coast. This is one of our favorite pastimes whenever we are near the beach. It is just too beautiful to take in and luck was on our side that day. We found a great spot a few hours later as we ate some delicious ice cream and snapped pictures of the golden sunset. Retirement is on the horizon for us, and these moments make us beyond excited for the traveling and sights to come. We feel very blessed to live in a State that offers so much beauty and nature for us to soak up. Where will we end up next? Can’t wait to find out!