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Monterey Peninsula: Great seafood, even where you don't expect it

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.

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Monterey Peninsula: Carmel, a Dog-Lover's Paradise

Carmel, Calif., is the dog-friendliest town I have ever visited in a long career of traveling with four-legged friends.

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Monterey Peninsula: The fairytale houses of Carmel-by-the-Sea

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.

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Monterey Peninsula: The majesty of Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

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.

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Monterey Pensinsula: History for the taking

When I’d set aside part of the day to explore the Monterey State Historic Park, I didn't have the weather in mind. I was hardly enthusiastic about spending part of this glorious day in a museum.

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Monterey Peninsula: Carmel's architectural masterpieces

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.

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Hwy. 1: Beer, views, and more in Half Moon Bay

The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company in Pillar Point Harbor, Calif., popular among locals, is famous for more than its beer.

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Hwy. 1: Gloriously foul elephant seals

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.

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Hwy. 1: Stand up (and fall down), a paddleboarding adventure

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.

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Hwy. 1: Exotic berries galore at the Swanton farm stand

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.

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