During a recent long weekend in Silicon Valley, some friends, my boyfriend, and I took a day trip to explore Monterey, California. After the triple digit temperatures at home, we greatly enjoyed the cooler ocean-side weather in Monterey. We started our day with a top-down convertible tour of Pebble Beach’s 17 Mile Drive. Here, we enjoyed the views of the Pacific Ocean, as well as the gorgeous Lone Cypress tree, world-famous symbol of Pebble Beach.
We happened to visit the weekend of the Monterey Car Week, and so the coastal town was packed–full of people and of gorgeous automobiles! What a bonus site for us to see while we were waiting on our wine trolley tour to begin! Our favorite of the wine spots we hit was Ventana Wineries, and we really enjoyed going from one tasting room to another throughout Carmel Valley Village to visit different wineries.
The specialties of this area were Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, and we came home with several bottles from Talbott, Joyce, Dawn’s Dream, and Boekenoogen Wineries. The last place was a highlight, as we were served our tasting from Mr. Boekenoogen himself! I highly recommend this tour, especially if the weather is nice enough to ride in the trolley.
We returned to Monterey in time for dinner on the wharf at Old Fisherman’s Grotto, which is famous for its chowder (and perhaps now famous for its pineapple-filled cocktails.) We then walked to the bustling Cannery Row, which is home to the wonderful Monterey Bay Aquarium. Our visit here–where we met glorious sea otters, dancing skates, and happy seahorses–was the perfect end to a wonderful day in Monterey.