I find myself in Cali quite frequently, but never had the pleasure of visiting the beautiful coastal town of Monterey – until this month. It’s a sleepy little town full of history and at the same time feels trapped in the past. If you find yourself in the S.F. area and can make the 1.5 hour trip south, then I highly suggest visiting Monterey. Be a tourist and walk around Fisherman’s Wharf, have dinner at Fish Hopper in Cannery Row and take a $12 Uber ride or $2.50 bus ride (#24) to Carmel by the Sea – by far the best part of my trip! When in Carmel, start by taking in the natural and spiritual beauty of historic Carmel Mission, then take a short walk (more like hike) from the mission to the heart of town. Stop in one of the many boutiques, walk down Ocean Drive to the beach – stay here and just take it all in. Hike back up Ocean Drive (it’s an uphill battle), stop in Cottage of Sweets to pick up pounds of licorice or rose turkish delights and finish or start your afternoon with lunch at Dametra Cafe. Next time, I plan to dine at Flying Fish Grill for dinner.
If you don’t want to follow my “guide”, or a typical travel guide, then I’d suggest grabbing an Anywhere Travel Guide. I received one from Uncommon Goods, which also sent me this cool map. Uncommon Goods is an online retailer that endeavors to feature unique designs and handcrafted gifts created in harmony with the environment and without harm to animals or people.
The Anywhere Travel Guide is a game designed to take you down the “offbeat path”. There are 75 cards with unique and interactive prompts and the only rules are to pick a card, follow the instructions and see what happens.
What happened to me? I stopped, closed my eyes and felt the weather; shared a meal with someone I wanted to get to know; looked behind, above and underneath to take in my surroundings and stopped in the first store I saw. In my opinion, this is a great gift for the traveler who has everything.
happy travels, tiffany
FYI, this is not a sponsored post.