Day-Trip to Monterey
This weekend I was itching to get out of the house and lucky for me, the Bay Area does not disappoint in the day-trip scene. I was in the mood to visit the ocean, so my boyfriend and I set out on a 2 hour drive to visit Monterey. I'm not sure how we managed to fit so many adventures into one day, but we certainly kept ourselves busy. I thought I would share with you some of my favorite moments from the trip. And if you're ever in the area, you'll have a few new places to explore!
Lunch on Fisherman's Wharf
We kicked off our day by having lunch on Fisherman's Wharf. All along the colorful pier, restaurants advertise their most delicious interpretation of clam chowder by offering free samples. After taking 3 or 4 chowder shots, we decided on a restaurant with an old-school elegance, Old Fisherman's Grotto. Despite it being a sunny Saturday, we scored a booth with a gorgeous sea-side view. We caught glimpses of sea lions, kayakers, and ducks diving below the water's surface. Now obviously, I ordered a bowl of clam chowder. And let me just say, by the end of the meal I found myself wishfully scraping my spoon for more.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
I've been to Monterey quite a few times before, but never made it to the Aquarium. So when we bought our tickets I was pumped to check out the very aquarium that served as inspiration for Finding Dory. The hands-on experiences, educational marine life exhibits, and ocean side views make this a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Be sure to check out the Open Sea exhibit. You'll come face-to-face with sea turtles, giant tuna, swarms of glittering sardines, and funky fish you've never seen before. You won't be disappointed.
We rounded off our day by taking the famous 17-Mile Drive through Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove. This was a first for me, but it will definitely not be the last. As you wind through the perfectly paved roads, you play peek-a-boo with the glimmering sea. There are plenty of spots to pull over and park so you can take in the ocean views. My favorite pit-stop was Spanish Bay. As we stood along the shore, the white-capped waves came crashing down in tranquil repetition. We were lucky to catch the sun begin to set on the horizon; I was able to capture the sea mist converge with the rays of the setting sun in the photo above.
If you have any must-sees in Monterey, I'd love to hear them. I'm sure I'll be heading back very soon. The gorgeous views, delicious food, and kick-back vibes always entice me back.