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Jun 21, 2011 07:18 PM

25th Wedding Anniversary planning help needed

My husband and I are headed to Northern California(from SF to Big Sur) for a week. Long overdue trip and not alot of time to do research.

Any and all recommendations for fabulous restaurants, gourmet shops, bakeries, etc are needed. We are planning on 2 big splurges. I am thinking Post Ranch Inn for maybe one of them....any thoughts?

Our plan is maybe to have more nice lunches and to hit up Gourmet food shops for evening picnics(location suggestions for this would be great also.

Really appreciate any and all help possible to make a memorable trip.


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  1. You may need to visit the SF forum and perhaps re-title your thread as to location preferences requested?

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    1. re: glbtrtr

      Posted first on SF board and it was suggested I post the same request on here!

      1. re: Terriwth4

        Here is a very short thread on that 30 miles. I haven't been to Nepenthe in40 years but it's still there and the view, I assume, is unchanged as is its history.

        1. re: wolfe

          Thnx wolfe....some one has recommended Rocky Point Restaurant, south of Carmel enroute to Big Sur....looks fabulous

          These posts always seem to get you where you need to go so thank you for taking the time to contribute....keep the information flowing;)

          Rocky Point Restaurant
          Highway 1, Carmel, CA 93923

    2. Terri, try this site for lodging suggestions for each specific area where you will be staying. You will get lots of info from locals as well as frequent visitors.

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      1. re: Gail

        Thank you.....I use trip advisor all the time.....looking more for food/shopping ideas on Chow!

        1. re: Terriwth4

          I should read more carefully...
          Carmel evening picnic supplies: Nielsen Bros Market & Deli, Bruno's Market & Deli, Safeway (& it's not your mother's Safeway), The Cheese Shop.
          Monterey: Whole Foods
          Splurge: Post Ranch Inn for sure. However, I would go for lunch to enjoy the scenic drive. Also, should wine or cocktails be enjoyed at dinner, I would not advise that drive at night.
          Highland Inn might also be a thought. Lovely view!!
          Roy's if you like the menu, we do. Fun in the evening to sit around the firepits with cocktails.
          Moderate, but fun:
          Mission Ranch Inn. Clint's place that serves basic, good food. Has a piano bar frequented by visitors and locals alike. Beautiful pastoral views with in or outside dining. Brunch and dinner only, no res.

          Mission Ranch Restaurant
          26270 Dolores St, Carmel, CA 93923

          Bruno's Market & Deli
          PO Box 7006, Carmel, CA 93921

          1. re: Gail

            Gail, didn't think about the driving at night part......drinking is obvious to avoid but night driving in an unfamiliar place can be just as dangerous!

            Your advice and suggestions are right up our alley....Thnx