We love living in Charleston and haven’t felt for a single moment like it wasn’t the right move for us, but it sure did feel good to be back in California for Christmas. Thomas and I both spent our entire lives there, so it will always hold a special place in our hearts, especially with so much family still there. We flew into San Francisco late at night and drove down to Monterey the following day to spend the holidays with Thomas’s family. The drive along the coast is so unbelievably beautiful and makes me so appreciative of the time that we had there. We didn’t have any crazy plans and with most of our meals at home, we didn’t eat out much either. Instead, we spent most of our time catching up with family and getting outdoors.
We spent most of our time in between Carmel, Monterey and Pacific Grove. It’s all pretty close together, making it easy to get around and explore. Thomas and I both have been to Carmel and Monterey many times before, but we actually had never made it over to Pacific Grove, surprisingly. There’s an area called ‘Lovers Point’ (see above on the left) that makes a great spot for sunrise, which we ended up doing multiple times. We also had a really yummy Mexican food breakfast at Bay Cafe (which is right nearby) that included lots of huevos rancheros and chilaquiles.
Carmel-by-the-Sea is so picturesque. The downtown shopping area is beautiful and filled with lots of good restaurants and small boutiques. We love La Bicyclette, one of our favorite places to eat when down there, along with the local boutique, GBG. You also can’t miss Carmel Beach and the surrounding neighborhood. After a leisurely Christmas morning, we all headed over to take a long walk on the beach and enjoy the beautiful sunny day.
Asilomar Beach (above on the right) is another beach we spent a lot of time at. It’s my mother in law’s favorite beach for it’s epic sunsets. We stopped by at least a handful of times during our trip.
It had been a while since we woke up for a sunrise, but we couldn’t not miss some of the pink morning skies that a clear day brings. The spot above on the right was in Pacific Grove along one of the small beaches, where we ended up heading a few times. It’s always easier to do sunrise in the winter when the sun rises later, too!