Travel about 1 month ago by Liz Adams

Our Trip to Pebble Beach

A couple weeks ago Dave and I flew to California so Dave could play Pebble Beach! The trip had been planned for almost 8 months with our old neighbors/best friends. The entire trip was centered around golf but my girlfriend and I were able to explore all of the beautiful coastlines and charming towns around Pebble Beach and it was such a treat. That area is truly one of the most beautiful coastlines I have ever seen. I have been to California a few times but had mainly stayed in San Francisco, LA and Santa Barbara/Montecito areas. The views, the ocean, the homes – talk about a dreamy part of the world.

This is definitely not going to be a guide to the area because in all honesty we didn’t try too many spots since our husbands were golfing and we would meet them at their courses to grab lunch after or just ate at the hotel. But the spots we did visit were delicious! We flew into San Francisco, rented a car and drove down Highway 1 to Pebble Beach. We stopped at the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay for lunch on our way and it did not disappoint!

Carmel-by-the-Sea is the cutest ever ever. We had so much fun popping into little restaurants and shopping! So many great recommendations from this wonderful community – a few of our favorite restaurants were:

La Bicyclette
Stationaery
Seventh & Dolores
Stokes Adobe (in Monterey)

We got the coziest drinks at Hogs Breath Inn (old school bar with fire places), shopped at Girl Boy Girl and Somewhere in Carmel and popped into so many cute little spots along the way. The entire town is filled with galleries, coffee shops, home stores and beyond. Camel is the perfect little town to roam around all day long!

Every morning my girlfriend and I would walk along 17 Mile Drive (one morning we walked 9 miles!) and admired the incredible homes on the cliffs, the soaring Cypress trees and magical ocean views. Truly one of the most beautiful walks ever and something I highly recommend. We stayed at The Lodge at Pebble Beach (you can also stay at Spanish Bay) and walking this was so easy. Once you walk through the winding roads lined in some of the most insane homes I’ve ever seen, the coast opens up and there are miles of paths along the water. We saw seals, surfers and literally just sat to breathe in the oxygen filled air as the waves crashed into the rocks. So so beautiful!

This trip had been a bucket list experience for Dave and it was so fun to explore a new place together! Since having kids it has seemed like most of our travel is to visit family and experiencing a new place we had never been. It was sort of a doozy travel day from Charleston and the time change is never easy for a short trip but I’m always reminded just how beautiful that part of the country is. I can’t wait to take the kids when they are a little older!

If you have any recommendations or things I should add to this post, leave them in the comments! I’d be happy to fill in with reader recs!