3 Picturesque Weekend Getaways
Carmel. Photo courtesy of the Carmel By-the-Sea website.
We've put together a few ideas for some weekend getaways that are out of town, but not too far from home.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Contact: (831) 648-4800Location: 886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940
Tickets: Adult $49.95; Child $29.95 (Ages 3-12, under 3 free)
General Hours: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a destination spot for people both in and outside of California. Nestled in the foggy coast Monterey, the aquarium has unique animals such as otters, penguins, sharks, crustaceans and so much more.
Currently, they have a Baja Exhibit featuring flashy fishes., colorful crustaceans, and riveting reptiles. Meet them all in their new special exhibition, ¡Viva Baja! Life on the Edge, featuring animals from Baja's deserts, mangrove forests and coral reefs. Click here for more information about this exhibit.
For more information about other exhibits, hours, and pricing, you can visit their website.
Cannery Row Inn
Contact: (831) 649-8580
Location: 200 Foam St, Monterey, CA 93940
Located in the historic Cannery Row area on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula, Cannery Row Inn is within walking distance of the Row, the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium, Old Fisherman’s Wharf, downtown Monterey, the Monterey Convention Center, and all the historic adobes.
Their 32 rooms offer both modern comforts and convenient amenities. Each morning they will provide a complimentary breakfast. Guests can overlook the Monterey Bay and coastal trails on their own private balcony. They also offer rooms with cozy fireplaces to relax in after a full day of sightseeing.
For more information about the Cannery Row Inn, you can visit their website.
Cindy's WaterfrontContact: (831) 648-4870
Location: 886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940
Located at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cindy's Waterfront offers tasty American-style foods. Enjoy casual food that's perfect for the whole family including brick-oven pizzas, made-to-order burgers, fresh-tossed salads and mouthwatering desserts. All of our dishes feature the freshest, local ingredients sourced from Monterey Bay and the Central Valley.
Also offered at the Aquarium is a Cafe. Click here for more information.
Cannery Row Brewing CompanyContact: (831) 643-CRBC (2722)
Location: 95 Prescott Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940
Cannery Row Brewing Company is a family-friendly, beer-concept restaurant that offers the second largest number of beers available on tap in Northern California and is the largest single outlet beer account in Monterey County. In addition to the vintage beer paraphernalia décor, diners can view the 75-plus kegs behind the glass bar, or enjoy the fog-lifting fire pits overlooking the Cannery Row recreation trails and the Monterey Bay.
For more information, visit their website.
Carmel By-the-SeaWhether you have a day -- or two or three -- Carmel-by-the-Sea will reward you with some of the world's finest scenery, historic sites, art galleries, restaurants, and boutique shops. On foot, by car, or both, there's no lack of things to do. Carmel is one of the most beautiful coastal locations in Northern California. Known for having a beautiful contrast between beaches and mountains, Carmel remains one of the top destination spots for local-area people and travelers alike. Here are a few places to consider stopping by for a relaxing weekend getaway.
Location: San Antonio Between 13th & Santa Lucia
Located just steps from the white sands of Carmel Beach, Edgemere Cottages is the perfect setting for a romantic escape to the Monterey Peninsula. Blending European-style architecture with the beauty of the natural surroundings, Edgemere features three unique cottages, with one lovely room inside the Inn.
The Rosemont, Piccadilly and Devon cottages and the Patio Room each features a wide variety of modern conveniences, yet each retains the charm and character of an earlier era.
Visit their website for more information.
Carmel Fireplace Inn
Location: 4th & San Carlos, Carmel, CA 93921
The Carmel Fireplace Inn is an 18-unit Inn, located on a bright, sunny corner in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, just a short distance from the heart of town, shops, restaurants, and the beach. The inn has an abundance of charm and elegance.
As you enter the property you will walk down a beautiful shrubbery-lined path to the tiled patio in the rear of the inn. There, on all sides of the chairs and tables is a large array of flowers, shrubbery, vines and hanging pots.
The quietness and serenity of the surroundings is exceeded only by the uniqueness of 18 carefully designed and decorated rooms, each with its own personality and attention. Each and every room has its own fireplace (except #29 - Woodworth). No two rooms are the same, and many feature King beds. You'll also find unique furnishings and decor including Amish-crafted furniture. To view each of their rooms, please view their Units and Rates webpages.
For more information about this lovely inn, you can visit their website.
Forge In The ForestContact: (831) 624-2233
Location: SW Corner of 5th Ave and Junipero, Carmel, CA 93921
The Forge in the Forest offers an extensive menu of American cuisine featuring tantalizing appetizers and entrée selections that run the gamut from vegetarian to ribs, burgers to fillet mignon, pizzas to pasta, tacos to stir fry and seafood to salads.
The Grill on Ocean AvenueContact: (831) 624-2569
Location: Ocean Avenue Between Dolores & Lincoln
A warm, friendly and professional staff, generous diversified California wine list and full bar service... these are the additional elements that help make The Grill "the choice" for locals and visitors alike for lunch and dinner in Carmel. The menu celebrates fresh California tastes and virtuosity in bringing flavors together, finely tuned by the taste of a keen palate.
Napa ValleyNapa Valley is another popular California destination spot, with over 400 wineries to explore. Alongside the famous wine tastings, there are picturesque views, restaurants, shopping, and so much more to experience.
Wine TastingWine tasting at some of the hundreds of wineries and vineyards is a must if in Napa Valley. Here are just a few to consider.
Jamieson Ranch Vineyards
Location: 1 Kirkland Ranch Road, Napa CA 94558
Visitors to Reata at Jamieson Ranch are treated to a hospitality experience like no other in the Napa Valley. The property's relaxed, ranch atmosphere and welcoming, knowledgeable staff ensure that guests are truly transported. Formerly part of General Mariano Vallejo's Rancho Suscol, Jamieson Ranch & Vineyards is to this day a working ranch, featuring vineyards, cattle grazing on the hillsides, sheep amidst the vines for weed control and an apiary, from which they source their estate honey.
Experience their wines in their striking tasting room, or take advantage of an al fresco wine tasting or food pairing on our Overlook Veranda or in their picturesque organic gardens. The winery’s convenient location at the gateway to the Napa Valley makes it an ideal first or last stop for your wine country itinerary.
Enjoy their latest releases of award winning wines in a specially tailored wine tasting experience. Tastings are offered daily 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
For more information about this stunning winery, visit their website.
Contact: (707) 258 - 8599
Crosby Roamann is a boutique winery with a chic industrial vibe located in the Crusher Wine District in the City of Napa. We produce 1,000 cases a year from vineyards up and down Napa Valley. Our tasting experience includes a guided tour of the winery with the winemaker, sampling wines from barrel as well as bottle. A small plate of artisanal cheese and charcuterie is provided. The winery, founded in 2006, is a collaboration of the husband and wife team Juliana and Sean W. McBride, and is named for the winemaker’s maternal grandparents. The tasting fee is $20/person. We look forward to meeting you at the winery.
For more information about the winery, visit their website.
AccommodationsThere are so many lovely places to stay in such a lovely area, from Bed & Breakfasts to 5 star resorts. Here are a few for your consideration.
Napa Inn Bed & Breakfast
Location: 1137 Warren Street, Napa, California 94559
Visit their website for more information about this lovely B & B.
Location: 1045 Easum Drive, Napa, California 94558
Perfectly situated on the border of Sonoma and Napa at the gateway to the Carneros AVA, we rest under the shade of our own Redwood grove on a tributary of the Napa River.
We take pride in the fact our guests have chosen to spend their time here with us, and accordingly we're always looking to go the extra mile to make the stay more memorable. As locals, we’re invested in positive growth in our community and make it a point to be well-versed in the dining, tasting, shopping and lifestyle options at hand.
Just a few minutes away from the Inn are two wineries: Crane Family Vineyards and Truchard Vineyards.
For more information, visit their website.
What is our favorite weekend getaway destination? Let us know by contacting us, and it might be featured in our next addition!