Weekend in Monterey

by Kelli H. on October 26, 2013

 Last weekend I went to Monterey with my mom, Aunt Shellie, and cousin Kaleh. We hadn’t done a girls weekend getaway ever, so this was a really fun experience. I remember when we were little kids, we’d try to do something together as a girls night, but that didn’t last too long.

We left Saturday morning at 7 am and arrived to Monterey in the 10 o’clock hour. Luckily we were able to check in early, put our bags away, and start exploring. We headed over to Cannery Row which Kaleh kept referring to as Canary Row, it totally cracked us up.We walked around, looked at a few menus outside restaurants, and decided on The Fish Hopper, which was right on the water. We sat outside and enjoyed some drinks, and my mom and I ordered a crab cake appetizer and each a bowl of clam chowder. The bloody mary’s we ordered were almost a meal on their own! Three prawns, olive, green bean! Wouldn’t a piece of bacon really have topped it off?!

After lunch we headed to the aquarium. It was soooo packed and pretty expensive, I thought. I’d heard such great things about the aquarium, but I think the aquarium in Maui is much nicer. So much quieter and just as much to explore. So, I wasn’t too impressed, though looking at the fishies is always interesting and makes me feel so miniscule in this large world.

After the aquarium, we saw a sign for a pyschic. Kaleh and I were intrigued, and decided spending $20 on a reading would be fun. Kaleh did the tarot cards, and I did the palm reading. Our readings were completely different. I really felt she read me like a book! Though, I don’t know how legit Ms. Laurie really is. Mine was less a reading about my future and just more about who I am as a person. I think it was worth the $20 just for the experience. It’s something I’ll probably always remember.

After the reading we Shellie & I decided to do a wine tasting at Carmel Ridge Winery tasting room. For $10 we tasted 5 wines, 2 whites and 3 reds. I wasn’t a huge fan of their whites, the pinot gris was a little too fruity for my liking on a fall day, but I was impressed with all their reds. I ended up buying a bottle of the 2010 Pinot Nior. It was a tad more money than I’d usually spend on a bottle of wine, but it seemed worth it since with a purchase of a bottle they waive the tasting fee. I really think all tasting rooms should do that! I remember I was so mad at Simi in Healdsburg when I found out they didn’t do that. After hanging out at the tasting room, petting the black lab mix there, and talking to the guy pouring the wine about dining recommendations, we decided to head back to the hotel, and take a break before deciding on dinner.

Back at the hotel, we looked up one of the recommendations the guy from the tasting room mentioned, 1833 Restaurant. I was able to book us a reservation at 8:45 which is pretty late for us. We decided to go to Peter B’s Brewpub for a beer tasting. We sat outside by the tiny little fire in the middle of the “tables”. We were freezing and service was slow, but we weren’t in a hurry by any means, luckily. I really enjoyed their pale ale, ipa, brown ale, and pumpkin beer, but the chocolate porter aged in pinot barrels was not my cup of tea.

We left the brewery with still lots of time left before dinner. We just hung out in their room for a bit until we finally decided to walk to the restaurant and try to sit at the bar until our table was ready. Luckily, there was a huge space open for us to sit at the bar, which was really pretty! The 1833 Restaurant is in an old house built in 1833 (duh). The restaurant looks really old and has lots of books and other items that were owned by the previous owners. There’s a myth that the house is haunted and they try to play that up. It’s such a cool restaurant. The drinks were really great. I ordered a Moscow mule that they called Sister Sarah’s Mule and it was served in a mason jar — so cute, of course! Anything mason jar is cute, right?! As for the food it was all delicious, like seriousllllllyyyyyy delicious. I heard they were nominated for a James Beard award. If you’re in the area I highly recommend this restaurant. It’s reason enough for me to go back to Monterey. Shellie ordered absinthe at the end of dinner. They have an awesome cart they wheel over with a huge array of absinthe, then they light it on fire to caramelize it, and then you inhale the alcohol fumes? Then sip it in fresh squeezed orange juice. Honestly, I don’t even really know, but it was hilarious, and after that things got a little silly. We walked back to the hotel and pretty much called it a night.

In the morning we went to Trailside Cafe for breakfast. It was alright, but really not anything that special. The latte was good! After breakfast, we checked out, put our bags in the trunk, and walked around town a little. We grabbed another coffee at Plumes, hung out outside, and then decided to go home. We were on the road by 1. We had some traffic, but the drive really wasn’t too bad. That was my first time to Monterey, and I really enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to going back with David in the future.

Overall, it was a fun adventure, even with my mom’s broken foot and her on crutches, and Kaleh’s very strict diet while she preps for her bikini competition. Sometimes there is nothing better than being with family. I even learned a new word from my Aunt Shellie “doohickey”. I love it! I wanted to write down our trip, so I can remember it, and share it with them. Hopefully this will be a reminder to go on a girls weekend once a year!

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~A. Shellie~ October 27, 2013 at 2:09 am

Kelli, I loved reading about our girls weekend…it was so much fun to get away and eat, drink and laugh. I loved the 1833 and would go back to Monterey just to eat and of course get another Absinthe drink!!! πŸ™‚ Cant wait to see where we go next year!

Aunt Shellie


mOm October 27, 2013 at 3:54 pm

I agree with all Shellie said! Thanks for writing it all down so I can remember it, too. We definitely packed a lot in for a short trip!


Sarah Cook October 29, 2013 at 4:15 am

What a fun weekend! I have been wanting to make it to Monterrey and Carmel for some time now, hopefully next year.

I’m skeptical of Psychics but I think it could be fun. That’s interesting that she just told you about yourself. Um, tell me something I didn’t know, right? πŸ™‚


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