Monterey, CA

Traveling as a couple is amazing and wonderful, but every once in a while, a girl needs a dedicated weekend to talk non-stop with her girlfriends! That’s what brought me and a few friends to Monterey, California.

Wandering around in the early morning, you feel like you’re in a sleepy little fishing town. As the day goes on, though, the well-known Cannery Row begins to fill with people taking in the restaurants, shopping, and stunning views.

Monterey feels like a little fishing village because that’s historically what it was. From 1909 to 1959, Monterey was at the center of the sardine industry. I know what you’re thinking – sardines…eww. But before you go there, remember the importance of preserved, high nutrient food during World War I, the Great Depression, and World War II. While much of the world was struggling through these events, Monterey was flourishing. And that’s how we ended up with the current day Cannery Row.

Where modern day beauty and historical industry combine in perfect fashion.

Let’s start with where we went on arrival: our hotel, the Clement Monterey. Admittedly, I have a soft spot in my heart for Intercontinental Hotels. But regardless of the brand, The Clement – located at the heart of Cannery Row with incredible views of the ocean – was the absolute right choice in lodging.

From the ideal seaside exterior, identifiable by its sage green and bright white colors, to the incredibly situated fire pits, The Clement made a great home base for the weekend.

Monterey is the perfect place to wake up early and greet the day.

Wish your best to the local wildlife,

And embrace the rosy hue of a new day.

Follow Cannery Row past the world-famous Monterey Aquarium, and you’ll end up on a very easy and very picturesque shoreline path, where the views are nothing short of spectacular.

Suddenly a one-mile walk turns into a 3-hour adventure, highlighted by the snoozing seals of course.

As the sun begins to rise, the ocean will wake and put on a bit of a show for you.

The waves crash against and burst over the rocks. Reminiscent of a fireworks show, smaller bursts of water build up to spectacular finales of several foot high walls of water and foam shooting up into the air.

Ooh and aah your way along the coast, pausing often to absorb the beauty and inhale the salty air.

And that’s only the start of the day. As the little town wakes up, stop into Lilly Mae’s for a fresh and hot cinnamon roll to energize your shop hopping. When you’re ready for a break, order up a fru fru drink at one of the oceanside establishments, like Fish Hopper.

And listen to the calming sound of the neighboring waves.

Just don’t get too sleepy (or if you do, take a quick nap), because Monterey picks up as the day goes on. Enjoy a wonderful meal by an oceanside restaurant.

We chose Lalla Oceanside Grill, where you have a perfect ocean view safe from the cool evening breeze.

Then, if you’re up for it, pop into Sly McFly’s to enjoy their nightly entertainment, most likely, The Money Band.

Sing along to 80s hits like no one can hear you, and break out your dance moves like no one’s watching. After all…you’re just stopping by for a few days, and no one will remember how off key or off beat you were! (I hope!)

21 thoughts on “Monterey, CA

  1. Monterey is such a beautiful place. I love the sound of the breeze and the waves in 17-mile drive. ❤

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    1. It is very beautiful. There was nothing better than spending a few hours each morning listening to the waves.

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    1. Thank you. It’s easy when a place is so photogenic.

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  2. Nothing like hanging with your girls. Thanks for bringing another beautiful place to my attention .

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    1. It’s always a great way to spend a weekend! All the better when the surroundings are so idyllic!

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  3. “Sardines…eww”. Are you joking? I love sardines, I would eat them morning, noon and night.

    That is a beautiful coastline and your photography has certainly done it full justice.

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    1. Then Cannery Road is right up your alley! I bet you would really enjoy The Sardine Factory – it’s a seafood restaurant, but I definitely saw sardines on the menu.

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      1. It sounds like it may indeed be my kind of place.

        I heard a story once that sardines, also known as pilchards here although I am not sure if they are exactly the same fish or just similar, were so called because they were very plentiful off the island of Sardinia.

        The best sardines I ever had were in Portugal. My then girlfriend was half Portuguese and half Indian and her cousin had marinated some in quite a hot chilli marinade which I suppose we would now call peri-peri although I had never heard of it then. We built a fire of scrap wood from a nearby building site, jacked up a grill rack on some bricks from the same building site and barbecued them. Some freshly baked bread and a couple of bottles of vinho verde and it was a meal fir for a King.

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      2. That’s it…I am sold on sardines! Those sound pretty tasty!

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      3. They were great and I know they were fresh as I had gone to the fishmarket myself the day before and Manoel had marinated them overnight. We had literally done everything from scratch and it made it all the tastier. The beautiful evening weather didn’t hurt either.

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  4. Monterey, CA is so beautiful. I have only been once but I wish to go back again.

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    1. I think I was planning my next trip as I was in the airport leaving!!

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      1. I completely understand.

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      1. You’re welcome o

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  5. Beautiful pics and lovely memories!

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    1. Thank you! Very wonderful memories!

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  6. Such a good Monterrey roundup! That town is so scenic.

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    1. It is such a beautiful place! Very fun to experience!

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