Hey everyone! So if you follow me on social media, you will have seen Justin and I just got back from our mini babymoon to the California coast. We both have super busy schedules but wanted to go have a little romantic time before the bub gets here.
We chose Monterey because its one of our favorite ocean spots that is within driving distance, has great food, and has more indoor choices of things to do than other nearby destinations in case of rain.
Our usual favorite hotel, The Monterey Hotel in the downtown area, was completely booked so we decided to try The Wave Inn by cannery row instead, and it was great! The Monterey Hotel is still my all time favorite place to stay, but the Wave Inn is a bit more affordable and had other perks that made it amazing. Check in was super easy, we ended up being on the top floor which gave us an ocean view from the front window, and the bed was ridiculously comfy which is so nice for my very sore pregnant body. They renovated the place recently so all the furnishings are new and very clean, they even have nice little chairs and fire pits outside. The location is right on Wave street, which parallels Cannery Row making for super easy to walk to restaurants and other fun. It was a five minute walk total to get to the nearest Starbucks, which of course is a huge bonus. Hotel coffee just isn’t the same!All in all, I would def book this spot again and recommend it for a stay whenever you are in the area!
Food time! So as soon as we pulled into town we were absolutely ravenous and needed a snack right then and there, so we ended up eating at the ever delicious In-N-Out before we ventured to the aquarium. We walked around the Fisherman’s Warf after than and none of the restaurants really sounded great, so we decided to head to our room and pick something on cannery row we could walk to. We decided on an ocean side restaurant called “The Fish Hopper”, it had good reviews and a good menu selection so we headed off. Honestly? Food was very disappointing. My husband started with “award winning” clam chowder that was just “eh”, his shrimp tasted very odd and upset his stomach immediately, and his pasta was quite sub par. I Ordered the fish n chips with local Halibut, it was pretty good but the fish had a baked not fried bread crumb texture and the fries were just crinkle cut freezer style. It wasn’t the worst that we have had and honestly the ambience and service was great, but for the pricey ticket on the food it didn’t feel worth it. I would suggest maybe looking at some other spots! We made up for it by finishing off the night with some dessert from Ghiridelli Chocolate and Ice Cream, which was fabulous.
The true food gem came the next day, our absolute favorite place for seafood, Phil’s Fish Market & Eatery. Located 20 minutes north of Monterey, this hole in the wall place is ridiculously good. We got in no problem because we came during the week, but beware on weekends it gets VERY busy. It has an awesome variety of seafood dishes accompanied by all sorts of delicious things, and it is my personal favorite clam chowder ever. Seriously drooling thinking about it. Everything is incredibly fresh and well put together, the spot to go to for quality seafood. I mean, just see for yourself:
As I mentioned before, we went to the aquarium which as usual, was awesome!
The last fun thing we did besides just walking around the busy areas was driving south along the coast to the area of lovers point beach, it was GORGEOUS and walking along the beach paths there was so surreal. There are tons of tide pools to check out and so many benches to sit and relax on.
That’s it for our trip to Monterey! I hope this brings you some coastal trip inspo in your future travels.
Ill be back soon with more reviews!