The first week of October my family came to visit me in Monterey. I spent four days living like a tourist in and around my home town with hotel stays, sightseeing and several restaurant meals. Here are some photos from my drives to Big Sur along California Highway 1.
Locals tip: Drive to Big Sur on a weekday to avoid the far heavier Highway 1 road traffic on weekends.
When it comes to dining in and around the Monterey Peninsula, look no further than the local’s recommendations in the annual Monterey County Weekly 2019 Best of Monterey County winners for best restaurants to eat. Some of the places listed below are my personal favorites for dining in the area.
Old Monterey Cafe, Alvarado Street Monterey
From Scratch, Carmel Barnyard
The Red House, Pacific Grove
Nepenthe, Big Sur
Rocky Point Restaurant, 10 miles south Carmel
The Fish House, Monterey
Old Fisherman’s Grotto, Monterey Fisherman’s Wharf
Whaling Station (upscale)
Post Ranch Inn Bar, Big Sur
Chart House Happy Hour, Monterey Cannery Row
California Market, Carmel Highlands Inn
Carmel wine tasting
Carmel Valley wine tasting