InterContinental The Clement Monterey
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... Flagged up as the love nest of Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth it could be interesting?
No. They bought it, but never even spent one night there. Talk about using someone's name!
It was voted off the agenda.
Pebble Beach however, was voted on; so we drove through Carmel by the Sea and then through Pebble Beach before finally reaching the Hotel in Monterey.
We had seen some wonderful sights: seals, sea otters, deer, elephant seals and, yes, whales!
... could picnic on the way. Then we headed for the coast road. We decided not to go to Hearst castle, but checked out Nitwit ridge instead. It's a mansion built from trash. We only saw it from the street as it wasn't open. Not very remarkable, but apparently quite a thing to see if it's open.
Next stop was to see the elephant seals living on the beach. Snorting and sparring, it was quite a spectacle.
The coast ...
... town that comes with the appropriate price tag. After a quick peruse of some of the chic art and fashion shops in the town, we found ourselves sipping Californian wine in small tasting shop - the Shale wine company. Delicious! We sampled a range of whites and reds and we were all surprised at how much we liked the lighter C******nays, typically being firm fans of NZ Sauvignon. The friendly chap running the place also told us all about their wine making process which ...
Up at a leisurely pace and made pancakes with bacon and eggs and maple syrup for breakfast. Loving the inbuilt griddle on the oven in this house (also the 12 cup Mr Coffee coffee maker which you can time to wake you up in the morning!) Headed off to the aquarium and avoided queues round the block by strolling in through the members' entrance thanks to the passes supplied with the house. In all honesty, although the aquarium was amazing and easily the best I've ever visited, ...
... many different crops grown and harvested there. Unfortunately, this is all there is in Salinas! So our last night on the road was spent very cheerfully in Denny's diner, drinking beer, putting the world to rights, and eating burger and fries. For our final day on the road we left Salinas fairly early and drove up to Santa Cruz, aiming to arrive at brunch-time. We parked up in downtown and had a wander around the shops, including a stop for some food at Walnut Street Cafe - ...