Point Lobos State Reserve
Lone Cypress in Pebble Beach
Garrapata State Park in Carmel, CA
Bixby Bridge in Big Sur
Pfeiffer State Park in Big Sur
A picture really is worth a thousand words, especially when traveling in Central California. Back in August, we spent a week wine tasting, hiking, and eating our way through Carmel/Big Sur and San Francisco. These pictures are just a few of the amazing ocean views, hiking trails, and scenic city scapes that we enjoyed on our trip. Here are a few of our favorite spots and places that you simply cannot miss when you travel to Central California.
Carmel/Big Sur: We stayed at the Tickle Pink Inn at Carmel Highlands and loved it. The views are gorgeous and the quaint, thirty-five room Inn felt private and cozy at the same time. Do not miss Garrapata State Park. This park is right off Highway 1 ~18 miles north of Big Sur. The beach is picturesque with waves crashing on the shore and the coastline is scattered with beautiful flowers. Pfeiffer Beach, not to be confused with Pfeiffer State Park, is a hidden gem. It's not the easiest to find, but worth every second on google maps trying to locate it. Picture huge waves crashing around rocky archways on an expansive, sparsely populated beach. If you only have time to eat at one place in Big Sur, make it Nepenthe. The views are unimaginable. Grab a beer and dine outside overlooking the coast. If you are staying in Carmel, be sure to grab dinner at La Bicyclette. This rustic French-Italian restaurant has an awesome relaxed atmosphere and the food is phenomenal (you can't go wrong ordering the wood-fired pizza).
San Francisco: This was the last two days of our trip and my first time in San Francisco. For the most part, we walked around the city and tried to see as much of it as we could in a short time. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and leave your heels at home (at least during the day). We had dinner at Rich Table and I highly recommend it. We lucked out with an awesome table facing Gough Street (perfect for people watching). The restaurant is warm and inviting and the food was spectacular. San Francisco is definitely on our list of places to revisit. It's worth mentioning that if you drive from Carmel to San Francisco, you will pass right by a Lululemon outlet store. Just sayin'.
If you're thinking about making a trip out to California, definitely consider the Central Coast. We cannot wait to go back.