Before we said goodbye to beautiful Big Sur, we stopped for breakfast at the Big Sur Bakery & Restaurant – a Big Sur institution that has been feeding weary travelers since 1936! We dined on fresh-baked croissants that were buttery, flaky, and wonderful!
We also grabbed some Big Sur Bars from the General Store at our hotel (we kind of fell in love with these bars during our visit and wanted to have them in case we got the munchies before dinner) then we continued up Highway 1 towards the Point Lobos State Reserve in Carmel, CA. I had been lusting over pictures of China Cove and I couldn’t wait to go! I had heard that if you hit it during “pupping” season you can’t actually go on the beach, but you can see Mommy and Baby seals from the cliff overlooking it – so I felt like either way it was a win. As it turns out, we did hit it during “pupping” season so I got to see the too cute seals which pretty much made my day… and then some 😉
After a beautiful afternoon walking around Point Lobos we continued onward to Carmel-by-the-Sea! Our main plans for Carmel were 1. Point Lobos (check) and 2. The Carmel Wine Walk… You pay $65 and have the opportunity to sample wines from various local vineyards via their tasting rooms (all located within steps of each other) in downtown Carmel. Therefore, it was very important to find a hotel within walking distance of aforementioned tasting rooms.
Hotel: Carmel Village Inn for the location, $90/night was a steal! Smack in the middle of downtown and 2 blocks from the biggest cluster of tasting rooms. Our room was basic, but clean. The bed was incredibly comfortable and we probably would have had the best night’s sleep of our lives IF there was AC. Fortunately the daytime high was around 85 so it wasn’t TOO hot, but a little cool air and I would have slept like a toddler… who was wine drunk.
We walked around for a bit to scout out tasting rooms so we could come up with an efficient route. We then went to Cafe Carmel for some caffeine and a snack before we got ready for our night out.
Lenny & Eva Piece of the day: “Be” Small Sentiment & White Leather Cuff