The Weekend Getaway | Monterey, California

Sometimes you just need a weekend away; especially after the stress that comes with traveling a straight month for work. Even just one night can be enough to relax and revitalize that tired body and it’s a fantastic excuse to get some alone time with your lovely boyfriend.

Deciding where we wanted to go proved difficult because we wanted the outdoors, the beach and great restaurants; and California offers plenty of cities with those options. We eventually settled on Monterey, with gorgeous Highway 1 drive down the coast it’s only a little over 2 hours away and offers everything we wanted out of our weekend. After tons of research I came up with the essential Monterey list of where to eat, what to do and where to stay. So go ahead and plan a weekend with your honey or your friends; life is meant to be enjoyed!



Hula’s Island Grill622 Lighthouse Ave

Insider’s Tip: Make sure to try the Maui Wowie chips and the Zombie cocktail

The Sardine Factory | 701 Wave St

Insider’s Tip: This place is old school Monterey, there are lots of different rooms but our favorite is the Conservatory. Also the Abalone Bisque is amazing.

Compagno’s Market & Deli | 2000 Prescott Ave

Insider’s Tip: The sandwiches are HUGE, like really. Also make sure to get the Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Cake, it’s heaven.

Lallapalooza | 474 Alvardo St

Insider’s Tip: Get the duck fat fries. You’re welcome.

Crystal Fish514 Lighthouse Ave


Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa | 400 Cannery Row | $$$

InterContinental The Clement | 750 Cannery Row | $$$

Spindrift Inn | 652 Cannery Row | $$$

Ventana Inn |48123 CA-1, Big Sur | $$$$

Post Ranch Inn | 47900 CA-1, Big Sur | $$$$

Insider’s Tip: Post Ranch Inn is by far my favorite place but it’s def a big splurge

Things to Do

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Lovers Point Park | 17th St & Ocean View Blvd

Cannery Row

Bella on the Bay | Boating

Monterey Coastal Trail

Old Monterey Market Place

Insider’s Tip: This market is only open Tuesday’s from 4-8PM

17 mile drive | The Lone Cypress 

Insider’s Tip: The drive costs $10 and they only accept cash!

– Stephanie

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