BEST WESTERN Salinas Monterey Hotel
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Our first stop after a few hours at the outlet stores is Salinas, a great base to explore the Bay of Monterey.
Day two is going to be a big one as we drive the Big Sur. We started with a drive in to Monterey, through Carmel and on to the Big Sur. The pictures do not do justice to the most beautiful coastline, with mountains to the left …
... into Carmel itself to see the art shops and visit the Hogs Breath Inn (dedicated to a certain Clint Eastwood). Unfortunately it was closed for a private party but Julie managed to wangle her way in for a few photos. Then decided to go back to Mission Ranch for a scrumptious dinner on their patio listening to some splendid ...
... the surf was poor this morning. Carmel is charming with many arty shops and very good, very cheap coffee. Claims to be the most laid-back town in California which seems about right to me.
Dogs are big here, there was even an art shop that paints portraits of your dog, only $200. Houses cost $700,000 to $6.5million. You can rent a holiday let for $1,800 per week. Everyone works very hard at being charming, so we have been equally charming. ...
Wow - did we get rain!! It was like monsoon season most of the night and late into this morning. Thought it would never stop.
We scrapped our plans to go to Hearst Castle because it was raining so hard. We figured the tour would have been okay but walking in the gardens in the rain might not have been much fun. So we lazed about all morning - it was kind of nice not to be on the move.
Lunch rolled around and the sun began to peek through, even ...
... br> We ate homemade sandwiches at the harbour in Monterey and booked on to a 5 hour whale watching trip tomorrow. Monterey seems like a very nice place. So nice that we could not find a motel within budget so we drove inland to Salinas. Very heavy traffic meant that it took us about an hour and a half to drive 20 miles. Still, the motel is cheap and we've found a quicker route back to Monterey for tomorrow.
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We stayed three nights and found the staff to be friendly and helpful. The rooms were clean and comfortable. It was a great place to explore the Bay of Monterey from.
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