Monterey/Carmel-by-the sea Welge Travel Report – Lagniappe
Here’s a special report for WTR subscribers on a unique seaside “must see”.
WTR’s Winston Waterman thinks the best start to experiencing the Monterey Peninsula is to see the 17 mile drive
and whether you’re a golfer or not - Pebble Beach.
Then Winston suggests an immersion in your sea knowledge at the Monterey Bay Aquarium – Daily: 9:30 to 6, 886 Cannery Row where you’ll learn about the marine habitats of Monterey Bay.
Next you’ll catch up with WTR’s Wylie Walker at the Carmel River State Beach
The mile-long beach features a bird sanctuary in a lagoon (just before the Carmel River empties into the sea) featuring a wide variety of waterfowl and song birds.
Wylie also frequents the Scenic Road walkway
Scenic Road is the main waterfront drive in Carmel-By-The-Sea. Along Scenic Road there is a walking path that follows the bluff at the back of the beach. This pathway makes for a great sunset walk or a return route after walking south on Carmel Beach.
At the south end of the beach there is a set of stairs that goes up to the path. Several more stairways are provided along this road. Benches make it easy to stop at any time along the walk to enjoy ocean view. Parking spaces can be found on Ocean Avenue and Scenic Drive.
When you’re ready for breakfast or lunch WTR’s Carlota Cuisine insists that you go to Lafayette Bakery and Café – B & L: Daily, 3659 The Barnyard Suite E22, Carmel, 831-915-6286
This is your place for croissants, baguettes, quiche, brioche, mmacaroons and dozens of other wonderful French baked goods.
Carlota has dinner suggestions:
Cultura Comida y Bebida – D: Nightly, Br: Sa,Su, Dolores St, bet. 5th & 6th, 831-250-7005
Oaxacan specialties that Carlota likes are smoked mushroom quesadilla, the Cultura Mole and the Oak-roasted Steelhead trout. Dessert is the mescal white chocolate panna cotta. The wine list is well chosen high end – corkage is $20.
La Bicyclette – B,L,D: Daily, 20 Dolores St, 831-622-9899
Carlota thinks she could spend the day here starting with the Bohemian Benedict or the French Toast. Then lunching on a Gem Florette Salad and Wood-Oven Fires Pizza and dining on Shigoku Oysters and slow braised Short Ribs. WTR’s Winnie Winesnob says their list is big and international.
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