Road Journals Blog—My favorite restaurant in Monterey is by no means elegant. While plenty of restaurants in town offer sweeping views of Monterey Bay, my favorite has no views at all beyond glimpses of the parking lot. It’s not even conveniently located.
My sister’s in-laws have a lovely summer cabin in Charlevoix, Michigan. The first time I visited, I was delighted to discover dozens of fanciful houses in town, dubbed “mushroom houses,” designed by local architect Earl A. Young in the 1920s.
I had just stepped out of the car at Whaler’s Cove, one of the first stops along the drive through Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, when I saw it: a magnificent California brown pelican, standing on a rock 30 feet out in the water.
Stroll through the tree-lined neighborhoods of Carmel-by-the-Sea and you’ll pass dozens of eye-catching houses, from froufrou gingerbread Victorians to thatch-roofed bungalows straight out of a fairy tale.
A highlight of my trip up Hwy. 1 for my VIAmagazine.com story was a stop at Ano Nuevo State Park, home of seals, sea lions, otters, and the animals for which the place is best known—the massive elephant seals.
I stopped at the Half Moon Bay Kayak Co. in Pillar Point Harbor. While they specialize in kayaking (as the name suggests), they are also at the forefront of the newly popular sport of standup paddleboarding.
Driving north on Hwy. 1 between Santa Cruz and Pacifica isn’t all about staring at the views over the ocean to the west. Look to your right and you’ll see acres of cropland, with many family-run farms that have been in the area for generations.