CA Coast: Santa Cruz, Carmel, & Big Sur
And then it was on to Santa Cruz! We were sad to leave Napa Valley, but excited to start traveling the coast.
We stopped in Santa Cruz around lunch time. To get the full tourist experience, we picked a place out at the end of Municipal Wharf, Stagnaro Bros., a restaurant that also has a larger location back on the mainland.
Santa Cruz, CA
Ph - 831.423.2180
The Mr. ordered the fish and chips, and I got the chowder. Both great and especially tasty since we were sitting on the pier while eating!
After checking out the amusement park on the Santa Cruz boardwalk, we jumped back in the car and headed toward Carmel.
Carmel is a darling little town on the coast, and although we didn't spend much time there, I would've loved to have had the time to try out a restaurant and do some shopping. For the ladies, stop in Carmel if you have the chance!
For the dog-lovers, I'm pretty sure Carmel is a very dog-friendly town, and many places allow you to bring your furry friends with you.
Our accommodations in Big Sur demand your attention. I know I'm supposed to stick to food and drink, but how can I not cover this???
Check out Don Loui's website for more pictures. It was absolutely amazing -- like nothing we had ever seen before!
Before we knew it, our one night in Big Sur was over, so we packed up our hiking shoes and started driving again. Since we wanted to fuel up for our longest drive of the week, we stopped at Big Sur Bakery & Restaurant.
BIG SUR BAKERY & RESTAURANT
Big Sur, CA
ph - 831.667.0524
How cute is this little picnic area?