For the holiday weekend, I decided to take a day trip down to Point Lobos and Carmel. We started the trip in San Jose with our destination as Point Lobos. A short hike at Point Lobos offers phenomenal views of the Pacific and wildlife. Otters can be seen playing in coves, along with seals and a variety of native birds. Since the weather in Carmel can be quite a bit cooler than in San Jose, I recommend bringing plenty of layers for this type of trip. The reserve at Point Lobos can be a bit breezy, particularly in the summer months.
After our hike, we opted to get food and drinks at one of the many fantastic restaurants in downtown Carmel. Starlight 65 Rooftop Lounge, located on the top of the Vesuvio restaurant, is a wonderful place to continue your outdoor experience and take in a little refreshment. Their cocktails and salads are absolutely delicious, and the waitstaff deliver excellent service. Another stop I always recommend is the Cheese Shop in the Carmel Plaza at the corner of Ocean and Junipero Avenues. This stop is an absolute must for artisanal cheese lovers and connoisseurs of fine foods.
Should you ever be in Carmel in time for lunch, I highly recommend the Hog’s Breath Inn. This is practically an institution in Carmel. Formerly owned by Clint Eastwood, the inn is now under new ownership, allowing visitors to eat both inside and on terraced patios with outdoor fireplaces and beautiful tables that each resemble a slice of a fallen tree. Local delicacies like artichoke are on the menu year-round in addition to hearty main courses and a solid selection of wines.
As fall approaches and promises the idea California coastal weather, I can assure you I will be sharing many more of my favorite coastal adventures with you in the near future.