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Thursday, February 16, 2012

MoS Travels: Monterey, California

Hello Matters of Style readers! My name is Kate and you can find me blogging at Daffodils about my life in Monterey with my handsome husband and two little boys. I am so excited to be here today and take part in MoS's travel series. Matters of Style was one of the first blogs I ever read, so it is really quite an honor to be here!

Last summer, my family and I moved from Winston-Salem, NC to Monterey, CA and since the move, we have been taking advantage of this adventure and trying to see and do as much as possible. My husband is in the military and we will be stationed here for two years, so we know our time is short and we want to make the most of it.

Monterey is a small town on the Central Coast of California. We are about 2 hours south of San Francisco and 5 hours north of LA. My favorite thing about it is, of course, waking up to the ocean everyday.

My personal photo, taken from the highest point in Monterey.

But as stylish MoS readers, I know I need to share more about our sweet little city than just the views. Since I know the series is about showing off 'world class desintations', let's start our tour in Carmel-By-the-Sea.

With several blocks of first rate shopping, you could spend an entire day here (and a lot of money too). The streets are lined with crowd-favorites like Tiffany, Anthropologie, J.Crew and Cole Haan, as well as small art galleries, antique stores and independent boutiques.
We love stopping by Carmel Bakery for lunch and a special treat.

Next, in order to walk off your brownie and give you wallet a little rest, you can head down to Carmel Beach. For golf lovers, there might be a spot where you can climb on to Pebble Beach Golf Course and pretend to tee off.

My brother and my son practicing for the AT&T classic this weekend!
As an East Coaster, I was painfully unaware of California's rich history. We learned much about it at our church, the Carmel Mission. It is so special isn't it?
My personal photo, Carmel Mission church, founded in 1771
After our time in Carmel, we can head back into Monterey for some literary history, antiquing and wine tasting.  Made famous by John Steinbeck's Cannery Row, the area now houses restaurants, bars, shops and even the Monterey Bay Aquarium in old canning warehouses.
My personal photo-Cannery Row at night

The Cannery Row Antique Mall is one of the largest in the area and I have found so many goodies there. I know the MoS girls would love it!
After a some more shopping and perhaps a wine glass or two at one of the many tasting rooms on Cannery Row, it is time for a little stroll along the ocean. Monterey never really gets warm enough to go to the beach, but it is always warm enough to enjoy the beauty of the water, especially at sunset.

My personal photo. Sunset in Pacific Grove.

I hope you enjoyed our time in Monterey and that some of you will pop over to Daffodils and say hello.
Thanks for having me ladies!


ArchitectDesign™ said...

I spent my birthday week in Carmel 2 years ago and just fell in love with that whole area. You are so lucky to live there!

Anonymous said...

I love Monterey. John Pisto has a restaurant right in town. Order anything with mushrooms. My daughter and I still talk about our meals from his restaurant. Biking along the coast over toward Pebble Beach and then horseback riding tours at Pebble Beach. Great Trip enjoy.

Anonymous said...

I'm from Monterey, living in Washington, D.C. now. I miss "Pepper's" mexican cuisine in Pacific Grove... please go have the salmon tacos for me! Yum! I miss Pepper's so much!

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