Monterey: A Love Story

Across the street from the bitter-cold waters in Monterey Bay is the only hotel we’ve ever stayed at twice.

In fact, we’ve made Lover’s Point Inn our home-base for our annual new year’s trips for the past 4 years. Its unassuming pink exterior and seaside kitsch are unexpectedly charming. It’s 80 bucks a night, overlooks the ocean and, most importantly, is in one of our favorite places in the world: Monterey, California.

The Monterey Peninsula is as great as the famous destinations surrounding it. While it is the perfect jumping off point for day-trips to explore the Big Sur Coast, drink wine in the Lucia Highlands or trek through caves in Pinnacles National Park. Much closer, you could drive to Point Lobos, bike through Pebble Beach and walk to one of the country’s best aquariums – all in one day.

STAY

Lover’s Point Inn
Our aforementioned favorite is steps from the cypress-lined beach and a short walk to Cannery Row. The in-room fridge, microwave and coffee machine are perfect for weirdos like us who bring our own coffee and oatmeal to save cash on trips. Whether you make it yourself or grab it from the lobby, you’ll want something warm to sip for sunrise photos on the beach.

EAT

Hula’s Grill
Local wine, sweet potato fries and a version of the menu that’s entirely gluten free – that’s why we love Hula’s. We gravitate towards fish tacos and they have solid ones. A bitchin’ happy hour helps too.

Happy Girl Kitchen
Get your probiotic fix at this cafe/pickling workshop. Ask to top your morning steel cut oats with their housemade jam, then sip your Blue Bottle coffee while pursuing their jams, pickles and shrubs all made from locally sourced ingredients. ↓

Ocean Sushi Deli
While sushi made from local fish is the star, we couldn’t pass up a good udon soup on a cold winter night. Pairs well with organic hot sake too.

EXPLORE

Asilomar State Beach
Between Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach, Asilomar State Beach features coastal trails and boardwalk through natural dune habitat. Sneak into the lodge at the Asilomar Conference Grounds after your morning stroll to relax by the wood fire in the hotel check-in area.

17-Mile Drive
Bike or hike onto 17-Mile Drive to skip the entrance fees. From there, follow the road past immaculate golf courses, scenic coastline, rare Monterey cypress forests and sea otter viewing outlooks.

Point Lobos State Reserve
California coast meets the Pacific Ocean in the most splendid way possible in Point Lobos. Hike through the Preserve to view sea caves, otters, whales and the Monterey cypress tree in one of two places in the world where it grows naturally. ▲

California coast meets the Pacific Ocean in the most splendid way possible in Point Lobos.

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