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I am so excited to finally share some of my photos from my trip to Northern California. Brandon and I were invited to our dear friends wedding in Big Sur. A Northern California road trip is one of the destinations on our pre-baby bucket list so we saw this as an opportunity to make the most of the trip by extending it and exploring. Our friends, Jenny and Nick—the newlyweds!—are truly wanderlust souls. They are some of the funniest people to travel with and planned some really fun events during the few days we were with them. Brandon and I flew into San Jose, rented an SUV, and drove to Monterey to meet up with everyone for our first night. Monterey is a fun, little tourist town right on the water. I definitely suggest taking a bit of time to time walk around Cannery Row, hit up a tasting room, or dip your toes in the water. That night we all ate at Lalla Oceanside Grill and enjoyed crab cakes and ahi with the most breathing-taking ocean view.
The next day we drove a quick 10 minutes to Carmel for a group, walking wine tour. I highly recommend purchasing the wine tasting passport for $65. It’s well worth it! The drive was just gorgeous! Brandon and I stopped to snap photos and take in the beauty of the blue ocean so many times. Carmel was one of my favorite spots in Northern California. It’s the quaintest, little, European-style village by the sea with picturesque white-sand beaches. You definitely need an entire day to walk around and explore the secret passageways and lush gardens.
On your way to Big Sur we drove the scenic 17-mile drive in Pebble Beach. Just a heads up, it’s $10 to drive and the gatekeeper only excepts cash. It’s a gorgeous costal landmark with some of the most beautiful views I’ve ever seen. We stopped at Pebble Beach for breakfast at the Stillwater Bar & Grille that overlooked the 18th green. Brandon was in complete heaven. The food was delicious and the views are some that I’ll never forget. We will definitely be heading back to stay and play Pebble Beach.
We continued our way down the coat on Highway 1 to Big Sur. Little did I know, but Big Sur would become one of my favorite places of all time. The cell service sucks, the wifi is spotty, but the views: absolutely incredible. It was heaven disconnecting from the social word to truly appreciate the beauty of big sur. Big Sur isn’t what I expected at all. There is no real town, just pit stops along the way on Highway 1. We stayed at Big Sur River Inn in little cabins that sat on the Big Sur River, amid the towering Redwood trees. There is a restaurant and convenience store on site and a bar and local shops within walking distance. Some of my absolute must-sees in Big Sur include McWay Falls, the Bixby Bridge, and Pfeiffer Beach.
The wedding itself was at the Ventana Inn and was by far one of the prettiest weddings I’ve ever been to. When we go back to Big Sur, I will definitely stay at the Ventana Inn or the Post Ranch Inn. Both look amazing! Another must-do in Big Sur is Cafe Kevah for breakfast and Nepenthe for lunch or dinner. They are located in the same spot but with the most breath-taking views you’ve ever seen. The craziest thing was how close we were to the wildfires there. The fire was just on the other side of the mountains so there were constantly firemen and trucks driving by. The interesting part was watching all of the helicopters suck or scoop up fresh water near the ocean and carry it to the fires. There were so many helicopters! God bless the firemen out there—definitely NOT an easy job. Stay tuned for more of my Northern California travel guide as we head up the coast to wine country!