Romantic Weekend Getaway to Monterey

August 3, 2014 was our one year anniversary being married but since my husband was out of town that weekend, he planned a surprise trip to Monterey over Labor Day weekend to celebrate. For non-Americans, Labor Day is a celebration of the American labor movement. It’s always celebrated on the first Monday of September. Up to the day we left, I didn’t know where we were going yet, which made it hard for me to pack for the weekend. I just packed a little of everything so it all worked out in the end.

As we were driving south on I-280, I guessed we were going to Monterey, Big Sur, or Caramel. Guess I was right! Monterey is about 2 hours (124 miles) south of San Francisco. I didn’t know what to expect in Monterey since I didn’t think there was much to do. Little did I know how much fun I was going to have there.

Monterey 1My husband rented a convertible for the weekend 🙂Monterey 5We stayed at Spindrift Inn, which is a super cute inn in downtown Monterey. This is the street the inn is located on.Monterey 3This is the view from outside our room. Isn’t it so pretty? It was so nice to leave the windows open and hear the ocean.Monterey 4This seagull is hanging out on the window right below us.Monterey 2The first activity my husband had planned was horseback riding along the beach. The first time I’ve been on a horse was in girl scout and I didn’t have a good time since I was so scared. Because of this, I was actually dreading this activity but I actually had a GREAT time. My horse’s name is Angel and she was super sweet. I highly recommend this activity if you never done this before.Monterey 9The next activity we did was the 17 mile drive. The 17 mile drive is a scenic road through Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove on the Monterey Peninsular. It’s gorgeous driving along this route especially with a convertible ^_^.Monterey 16Cypress tress are common along the 17 mile drive. Doesn’t it look like the wind is blowing their branches?
Monterey 15We stopped by a restaurant on Pebble Beach for lunch. This was one of our favorite restaurant this weekend. The food was really good and we got to sit outside along the patio with the view of the golf course and ocean.Monterey 8Apparently Pebble Beach is suppose to be one of the most beautiful golf course in the world and I can see why!Monterey 14After the 17 mile drive, we dropped by downtown Caramel. This is a super cute town with a lot of cute shops. You should definitely check this town out!Monterey 11From there we went sailing along the Monterey Bay.monterey 10Look at all those sea lions just chilling on those rocks!Monterey 12The next day we went kayaking on the Monterey Bay. This is a great way to see the marine life in the Monterey Bay.Monterey 13Do you see those sea otters in the middle? They were just hanging out there amongst the kelp. You have to stay at least 500 yards away from them so you don’t disturb them in their natural habitat.

Overall this was one of the best weekend I had. I highly recommend you checking out Monterey if you haven’t been there!

List of places we went in Monterey:

Spindrift Inn
652 Cannery Row
MontereyCalifornia 93940 
Small, intimate inn in downtown Monterey. Our room overlooked the Monterey Bay and had a fireplace. Great place!
Monterey Bay Equestrian Center
119 Monterey Dunes Way
Castroville, CA 95012
Definitely book a horseback ride along the beach. Super romantic.
17 Mile Drive
You can take the CA Hwy 1 entrance or the Pacific Grove entrance. There’s a $10 USD per car fee to enter. If you spend more than $30 USD at any restaurant in Pebble Beach, they’ll deduct the $10 USD entrance fee. 
Bella on the Bay
Captain Christian is awesome! Super romantic sailing on the bay. There were 2 other couples on the sailboat so it was quite intimate.
Adventures by the Sea
We rented a double kayak with a tour at Lovers Point. Our guide was great and super informative on marine life in the bay.
Stillwater Bar & Grill
1700 17 Mile Dr
Pebble Beach, CA 93953
Our favorite restaurant this weekend. The food was delicious and the view was great. 
Bistro Moulin
867 Wave Street
Monterey, CA 93940
Solid French food. Everything was cooked perfectly.
Sardine Factory
701 Wave Street
Monterey, CA 93940
The appetizer was delicious. Highly recommend the wild California sardines and the abalone bisque (served at “Taste of America” for President Reagan’s Inauguration). Don’t get the beef since they are corn-fed (read this to find out why that’s bad for cows and you!).
Crystal Fish
514 Lighthouse Ave
Monterey, CA 93940
Solid Japanese food. Can’t go wrong with this place.
Paprika Cafe
309 Lighthouse Ave
Monterey, CA 93940
Delicious Mediterranean food. Make sure to get the garlic chicken. OMG so good! I asked the owner if the lemonade their lemonade was from a can and he was like no, that’s gross. They make their own lemonade and he said this will be the best lemonade I have. Wow. So true! It is one of the best lemonade I’ve had. never tasted anything like it. You definitely have to get the lemonade! Also there’s one table outside by the garden, sit there if it’s open. It’s hidden and so romantic. The owner is really nice too! He’s owned this restaurant for 20 years!
Bright Coffee
281 Lighthouse Ave
Monterey, CA 93940
Skip Starbucks located in downtown Monterey and walk a couple of blocks to this coffee shop. It’s worth it. Super cute coffee shop that makes delicious coffee. 
The Fish Hopper
700 Cannery Row
Monterey CA, 93940
Food was average. I think this place is popular because of the location (overlooks the ocean).

What’s your favorite weekend getaway spot?

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  • Monterey looks like a great place to visit. I am glad you had a great time with your husband. My favorite place to visit is a small town called Lamu

    • Thank you! Oooo i looked up Lamu and it looks lovely! If I ever make it out to Kenya I’ll have to ask you for advice! Hope you’re having a great week so far!

  • oh my gosh, you two did ALL the romantic things!

    • You should definitely check it out if you’re ever in the bay area! 🙂

  • aww this looks like so much fun!! 🙂 i’m going to send this to jacob so he can take me too! 😀

    • Yes!! You should totally go especially since you love the beach! I went once a couple of years back with a group of friends and we rented a house on Airbnb but that weekend was mostly just hanging out with each other instead of exploring the town so I didn’t know there was this many things to do in Monterey when David took me. Super fun!!

  • Aw you guys are so cute! This seems like such a fun weekend and all the activities you did wow! And the view from the inn is to die for, my gosh!

    • Thanks! Yes – it was an amazing weekend i love the inn we stayed at. Hope you’re having a great week so far!

  • That is such a beautiful place! I wanna do horse riding as well. Guess I need someone who prepares such a nice weekend for me, too 😉

    • I was actually kinda scare before the horse riding but it was more fun than I thought. Yes! If you can’t find someone to plan you a lovely weekend you should do it with your gfs! 🙂

  • Wow, you guys totally made the most of your getaway time! Love all the activities, and I’m taking note of that inn for the next time we travel that way!

    • I think the activities was just right – one per day – so you don’t wear yourself out. You should definitely check out the inn if you’re ever in the area! 🙂

  • Wow it definitely looks romantic! And so fun! Horseback riding on the beach?!? Beautiful 🙂

    • It was romantic! You should definitely do the horseback riding if they have that in europe!

  • Aw! Good job David! Looks like he planned a fun getaway. You deserve it girl!

    • haha i’ll let him know you said good job 🙂 Thanks girl!

  • Your smile is so infectious! I was smiling throughout the entirety of this post. I’ve never been to California, but would love to one day! Happy belated anniversary to you two!

    • Thank you so much!! You have to visit Cali at least once! It’s pretty wonderful here 🙂 Hope you’re having a great week so far! Halfway through!

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