We left San Francisco around noon and drove south to Carmel. When we got hungry for lunch, we used our iphone Yelp application and located Nonno’s Pizza and Pasta in Redwood Estates along Highway 17. Nothing fancy, but good sandwiches and pasta.
We rented a small house in Carmel. After checking in, we went to the local Safeway and picked up some breakfast foods and snacks for our stay. We had dinner that night at Dametra Café – a greek restaurant on Ocean St. The staff was very friendly and the food was good. The chef came out of the kitchen and lead the entire restaurant in singing a Greek happy birthday song to one of the diners. It was really fun.
We spent the next morning window shopping in Carmel and then grabbed some sandwiches and soup at Bruno’s deli and market for lunch which we took across the street to the park and ate. The food was surprisingly good and a lot less expensive than most of the places in Carmel. It looked like most of the customers at Bruno’s were locals, not tourists like us.
We then drove to Monterey and then south along the coast until we entered the 17-mile drive. We stopped several times along the drive for photos and visited the Pebble Beach Golf club. We took the Carmel exit and drove to the Carmel Mission.
My wife and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary that evening at Casanova’s in Carmel. We had a great time, but it was pricier than we are used to. Total bill for 4, including wine and tip, was $300.
The next morning we packed a picnic lunch and went to Point Lobos Park. We had a blast! This is such a beautiful place. We spent 4 or 5 hours hiking the coastline and took a lot of great photos. In the afternoon we headed over to the Tuesday Monterey Street Market. We spent a couple of hours walking the market and bought kettle corn, barbeque, olive oil, various fresh baked goods, fried calamari, fresh squeezed fruit drinks, fruit, and dessert crepes. Lots of fun.
We went back to our house, picked up a bottle of wine, some cheese and fruit, and then headed to the Carmel beach to watch the sun set. We lucked out because there were 4 or 5 dolphins in the bay that evening. One of the locals told us she had lived in Carmel for 32 years and had never seen dolphins before. It was really cool. My only regret is that we did not come prepared to build a camp fire on the beach like others were doing.
The next morning we headed to Cambria via the Big Sur coastline.