WITH THE TIDES: 24 HOURS IN MONTEREY
This past weekend, I was lucky enough to be invited to stay The Monterey Tides hotel. We drove down to Monterey after work and, although we were afraid that we we going to get stuck in rush hour traffic, we made it there in about 2 1/2 hours.
When we arrived at the hotel, we could hear the crashing of the waves and saw that we were so close to the water (as in, right next to it) We got to stay on the top floor with a gorgeous view of the ocean. Also on our floor was the newly-launched Vizcaino Waterfront Food + Drink restaurant. We stopped in for a late meal and admired the beautiful, cozy decor. After settling in at our table we ordered whiskey cocktails and a few smaller plates to share. The standout of the night to me was the chocolate chip cookie baked in a cast iron pan. I will be having dreams about that for awhile.
After returning to our room very full and sleepy from a busy week at work we fell asleep to the sound of the waves outside of our front door (which is something that I could certainly get used to)
The next morning we ordered room service (one of my favorite things to do at a hotel) and lounged around in our robes. There were seagulls outside and the rain was pouring down. For a Northwest girl, it felt just like home.
After reluctantly getting out of our robes and putting real pants on, we headed to the old fisherman's warf in downtown Monterey. My friend Brooke had never been to Monterey so I wanted to drive through Cannery Row, show her the aquarium and the main sights in the downtown area. We found Water and Leaves through Yelp and were happy to find such a beautiful, relaxing space among the chowder samples and tchotchke shops at the pier. After looking around a bit, we were on the road again.
We made a few less-bloggable stops at the local Old Navy and Target. Sometimes you have got to savor that suburban lifestyle. Then we were back on our way home north on highway 1 to Pescadero for a pit stop at my favorite general store, Arcangeli Grocery Co. to pick up fresh from-the-oven garlic artichoke bread and my favorite jam.
We returned back home by 6pm on Saturday night feeling like we had an entire vacation in 24 hours. I loved staying at the Monterey Tides Hotel because of its beautiful location and accommodations. I can't wait to go back soon. To see all of the trip details, watch the full video below and subscribe to my channel (duh!).