About 6 months ago my brother moved to Monterey, California. We’re pretty close and see each other every month or two. So, him leaving was such a crazy feeling. I was really excited for his new career opportunity but definitely bummed he would be so far away. So, I just promised myself I would travel to visit him often!
And a couple of weeks ago, I made the trip and I’m so glad I did. Monterey is completely magical and full of charm. A good portion of the city is covered by gigantic, moss-filled pine trees. When the fog rolls in it covers the city in a majestical haze. And then there’s the ocean. The waters along the way to Big Sur, the beaches in Monterey, and the beaches that line the Point Lobos hills are unreal. The prettiest white beaches meet rich oceans that are a full of clear, green and deep blue colors. There’s a reason they filmed ‘Pretty Little Lies’ in Monterey, it’s so mysterious and serene.
I only stayed with my brother for two days, but we sure stretched the trip out. We slept in (this is the holy grail for us moms-haha). Went to brunch (when’s the last time you went to brunch with kids)? Spent hours hiking the beautiful trails of Point Lobos (without kids whining the whole time-lol). And made the drive to big sir and the 17 mile drive in pebble beach. I even got out of my comfort zone and kayaked. The seals and otters you see in the cove are so worth the effort! Oh and the food-it does not disappoint.
Traveling to Monterey was everything I didn’t know I needed! I had an incredible time on my trip but it was also super beneficial to my family. Taking time out for myself to travel allowed me to get a break from the everyday grind. By the end of the trip I was so refreshed, rested and restored. I was ready to tackle all of my responsibilities back home with a renewed sense of joy and excitement. I missed my kids and my husband and couldn’t wait to get back home.
I can hear you and the mom guilt from a mile awhile ladies. Haha! Don’t feel guilty for traveling without the kids. It’s so important for you to take time for yourself and invest in yourself. But even more important than that; we need to teach our children how to take time for themselves and take care of themselves. There’s no better way to teach it, then to show it!
In case you’re visiting Monterey, California soon. Here’s a list of all my favorite things to do in Monterey:
- Visit Carmel and the surrounding cities. Monterey is nestled right in the middle of a bunch of great cities! So extend your travel and see a few more place-it’s totally worth it.
- Take the Drive to Big Sur. Check out the pictures above of the drive to Big Sur and you’ll totally get why you need to make the drive! If you are going between now and September be sure to check for road closures because of the recent mud slides Big Sur has had some road damage.
- Hike Point Lobos. It is a pretty easy hike. The terrain is fairly smooth and there’s not many steep hills. The ocean view during the hike is breathtaking and if you’re lucky you’ll get to see seals and otters frolicking around.
- Take the scenic drive ’17 Mile Drive’ in Pebble Beach. It’s a beautiful and relaxing drive that includes the Lone Cypress Tree. This drive can take about an hour from beginning to end but it’s well worth the hour.
- Restaurants I loved: Vesuvio, From Scratch (as seen on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives), The Wharf Market Place and Alvarado Street Brewery.
- Coffee Shops: Bright Coffee, and Carmel Coffee Roasters
If you visit Monterey be sure to let me know what your favorite part was.
Ps. If you haven’t read ‘Pretty Little Lies, I highly suggest you do so! It’ll be the perfect book to read before you head to Monterey. Or for your next kid-free trip, Mom 🙂