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Jan 30, 2013 02:44 PM

Monterey fine tuning, help please

Arriving in Monterey on Sun night with my SO. We're both big food and wine lovers. We love all food, but thinking seafood focus since we'll be on the coast.

Here's what I've found from the great CH posts. If anyone has suggestions I'd appreciate them (and monday's schedule is really flexible)

* Walk to breakfast at First Awakenings on Ocean View.

* Later pick up sandwiches to go at Compagno's
Head South towards Big Sur/17-mile looking for a place to hike and picnic. Any suggestions on the hike? We're fit, a couple miles would be easy for us. I've heard there are spectacular ocean view hikes in the area.

*After hike, late afternoon glass of wine at Nepenthe or ????

*Dinner at Passionfish.

Tuesday we're driving to Napa (she's got eats covered up there).
Thinking of an early lunch at the Sandbar before departing Monterrey. I've been there before. Or is there something better, unusual, etc on the way to Napa?


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  1. Just a word of caution, the breakfast portions at First Awakenings are very generous and enough to fuel us for the rest of the day. So breakfast and Compagno's sandwiches might be a bit much.

    A great morning walk to whet your appetite before breakfast is the Monterey Coastal Trail running from the Aquarium down towards Pacific Grove. An easy walk along the shoreline, you get great views of the ocean and beautiful homes, maybe see some seals and otters.

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    1. re: curiousgeo

      thanks! I guess if we go to FA we'll consider splitting breakfast. We're staying at the Intercontinental which looked like a nice walk to FA in the morning. Or split a lunch sandwich.

      1. re: jwwgonedy

        For me, I'd go with a full breakfast, see how I feel, then maybe split a sandwich. We love the Clement, hope you get a room with a fireplace.

        1. re: curiousgeo

          sounds like a good plan.

          Have you been to the Sunset Lounge at the Hyatt? Looks like a lovely place for a pre-dinner glass of wine at sunset.

          Also wondering how mobbed out the area will be with the golf tournament going on.

          Thank you!

    2. Hike at Point Lobos St the south end of Carmel...there are picnic tables at least at the end of one beautiful an area as you'll ever see and a major inspiration for photographer Edward Weston, his sons and grandson!

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      1. re: lapizzamaven

        had my eye on PL for the hike after seeing pics online. Looks beautiful.
        Thanks !

        1. re: jwwgonedy

          PL is my favorite spot in the world for a picnic, hiking etc.

          Campagno's sandwiches at PL is about as essentially Monterey Peninsula as you can get.

      2. Ed et al
        Everyone was spot on - we went to PL yesterday. Did most of the perimeter loop trail and had lunch on a bench on the south shore trail. It could not have been a more perfect day. We split a large Campagno's turkey, bacon, avocado sandwich, a side of olives, gorgeous views with whales spouting off the cost. (FYI - sandwich was huge. between us we did not eat it all)

        Dinner last night at Passion Fish was very yummy!
        We pretty much split the whole dinner. Mussels app with spicy tomato, cilantro broth. Warm salad- shaved brussel sprouts with Berkshire ham. Entrees - Potato encrusted sturgeon & Scallops with tomato truffle butter with a side of savory rice pudding! Finished with the desert of chocolate truffle torte with blood orange syrup accompanied by a glass of paired red desert wine (not sweet). Topped off the dinner with the leisurely mile or so stroll back to the hotel.

        All in all a perfect day to enjoy the beautiful coast, food, & wine.

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        1. re: jwwgonedy

          Nice pictures, the fish and scallops look delicious. Thanks for the follow-up.