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Old 01-24-2011, 09:59 AM   #16
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I've spent some time in Santa Cruz but never Monterey, so any restaurant recommendations would be great.
Best seafood restaurant is The Fishwife. They have two locations -- go to the Pacific Grove location right off Asilomar - much more scenic than the Seaside location. When DW & I lived in PG, we'd go often to get their Sea Garden Salad. Great value, huge huge salad with a big piece of fish (of your choice) across the top. Best seafood value on the peninsula.

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Old 02-09-2011, 08:27 PM   #18
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You know, living here, you don't get to sample many hotels. So I can name many, but have no direct experience with them.

In downtown Monterey, the biggest are Marriott and the Portola.

On Cannery Row, you have the Intercontinental/Clement, Monterey Bay Inn, and lots of other smaller properties.

Pacific Grove has lots of quaint B&B's, and they tend to be situated near the water in very scenic locations. Seven Gables, Green Gables, Martine come to mind.

Carmel has lots of motels and B&B's, mostly very pricey.

There are cheaper motels along Munras Ave in Monterey. Those are mostly average quality. Stay away from motels in Seaside, mostly on Fremont St. They tend to be seedy.

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For Pacific Grove, this is the best: http://www.lhls.com/

In addition to being a nice hotel, it also has a light dinner (BBQ burgers and salad) included.
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Old 02-09-2011, 08:28 PM   #19
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We are planning to drive from San Fran to LA along the coast raod and spend 2 nights at hotels along the way. Any suggestions on where is nice to stop and stay?

Thanks for your help
Solvang is a fun stop between San Francisco and LA:

http://www.solvangusa.com/
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Old 02-20-2011, 12:56 AM   #20
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I did the exact same drive a couple of years back and agree with spending the night in Monterey and Cambria.

A couple of other stops we made along the way

Point Lobos State Reserve

Just north of Cambria and Hearst Castle is an elephant seal rookery. Also highly recommended. It's just a quick turn off and can be completed done in less than half an hour. Not to be missed, especially if your trip is during the birthing season.

oops. I just realized that I can't link yet so both can be found in yelp. You can find the rookery by entering elephant seal and cambria in yelp.
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I did the exact same drive a couple of years back and agree with spending the night in Monterey and Cambria.

A couple of other stops we made along the way

Point Lobos State Reserve

Just north of Cambria and Hearst Castle is an elephant seal rookery. Also highly recommended. It's just a quick turn off and can be completed done in less than half an hour. Not to be missed, especially if your trip is during the birthing season.

oops. I just realized that I can't link yet so both can be found in yelp. You can find the rookery by entering elephant seal and cambria in yelp.
Thanks I'd not heard about the elephant seals, i'll look that up.
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