Trip Start Oct 16, 2010
58Trip End Aug 01, 2011
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So we arrive to the Coastview Inn in Santa Cruz and the accomodations are okay with a view of the ocean. The town was dead on a Wednesday night and so was the Boardwalk. What a shame since Ray really wanted to ride the Giant Dipper, an old wooden roller coaster from the early 1900's
There was a restaurant on the other side so after another mile of walking, we reach the two-story Nest Restaurant. Just in time for Happy Hour and all the Wednesday night specials! Why leave here when it's so much fun with music, dancing and cheap drinks! The cab ride back was great but we weren't ready to stop drinking yet but it was Wednesday and everything was dead/closed. Let's jump in the ocean! We got halfway down and realized it was freezing outside and even more freezing in the ocean and we should get a cab downtown to see for ourselves if everything was closed. Before we made it out, we passed out. Good thing cause the mimosas the next day may not have been so good otherwise.
After a nice walk on the Wharf we made our way to Monterey and the Hotel Abrego. The hotel had just been remodeled and the rooms were terrific
Dan recommended A.W. Schucks (aw schucks) in Carmel to us for oysters and man!, they were awesome! (expensive yet awesome) The bartender was very talktative but we couldn't stay there all night so we headed back to Monterey. We had okay Mexican food that gave us a belly ache and retreated back to the hotel bar to finsih watching the baseball playoffs. It was way to quiet before we arrived and the guests were happy to have the sound on too once we insisted we couldn't watch the game in silence. (there was no music or anything) Ray talked the manager into keeping the pool open late for us and Bee completed a dive for the first time, after belly-flopping multiple times. Yay!
Raymie needed to study before our upcoming trip to Tahoe so Ray and I took a walk on the Path of History throughout downtown Monterey. We saw everything we could (since all the museums were closed during History Weekend for some odd reason) including Fisherman's Wharf where we had multiple tastings of clam chowder. After a couple of hours, we swooped up Raymie and went to Cannery Row where the famous aquarium is and after trying to sneak in for 10 minutes we gave up and continued walking around. We strolled through many restuarants trying to find a place for lunch when we ended up the Cannery Brewery that had only been open for 3 months. Great tap room with Maker's Mark on tap and the only place in the world with Patron on tap. Yummy Beer Cheese soup. yay!