48 Hours in Monterey

Roger and I recently traveled to California for a much needed vacation, and I was blown away by how gorgeous the state is. Our California adventure was filled with breathtaking views that we want to share with you, including key highlights from our 48 hour trip to Monterey. This city most known for its laid back vibes, coastal views and mounds of sea lions. Monterey is centrally located, making it the perfect destination for so many activities.

48 Hours in Monterey California


We stayed at the Monterey Bay Inn and had a lovely room overlooking the bay. Our stay came with a complimentary breakfast including fresh local pastries. We also considered the Spindrift Inn and the ___ Inn, but loved how centrally located the Monterey Bay Inn was to everything.

Car Rental:

Renting a car is a must if you plan on doing lots of exploring. If you’re a Delta customer, they offer a 25% discount if you rent with Alamo. We were so pleased with Alamo’s customer service and plan to use them again in the future!


Lovers Point: Our hotel was a decent walk to Lovers Point, but we took the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail and enjoyed everything from charming cottages, wildlife, ocean views and rock climbing. This is quite a romantic walk especially at sunset!

Big Sur: Out of all the driving we did on our trip (and we did a lot), Big Sur was by far the prettiest. I’ll be putting together a separate blog post covering everything we did in Big Sur, so stay tuned!

48 Hours in Monterey California
48 Hours in Monterey California

Carmel: If you’re looking for a shopping destination and delicious restaurants, Carmel is the place to be! We only spent a few hours here but fell in love right away. There’s also a beach walking distance from the shops and restaurants, so you can make a day trip here.

17 Mile Drive: We didn’t have time for this coastal drive, but I hear it is a must see!

Monterey Bay Aquarium: Our days in Monterey were too pretty to spend indoors, so we didn’t make it to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. However, if you have a couple hours to spare, I hear it won’t disappoint.

48 Hours in Monterey California
48 Hours in Monterey California


Il Vechio: They had the best Italian food and make most of their pastas from scratch in-house. I couldn’t resist ordering the carbenarra, and it was amazing!

Bright Coffee: I was on a mission to try as many coffee shops as I could in every city we stopped. Bright Coffee is at the top of my “best California coffee shops” list. I ordered the spiced mocha and everything about it was perfect.

Paris Bakery: We stopped in for a sourdough baguette, and it was hard to resist all the delicious breads and pastries perched on the shelves.

I can’t wait to share details from our visit to Big Sure, Santa Barbara and Los Angelas.


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