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Hello from stunning Monterey, California!

As I discussed in my final weblog submit, I’m out right here for a press journey that begins immediately, however I got here early to see my grad faculty buddy Lauren!

She lives in San Diego and drove as much as spend a whirlwind 24 hours with me earlier than needing to get house for work. So fantastic to meet up with her – it had been too lengthy! Final time I noticed her was when she came around DC shortly after I came upon I used to be pregnant. 🙂 

I arrived on Saturday mid afternoon and we made essentially the most of our fast go to! 

First up, after we checked into our lodge, was a fast hike at close by Level Lobos State Park.

point lobos state park

I’d been right here as soon as earlier than with Matt again in 2015 after we have been within the space for our buddy’s marriage ceremony, so I remembered it being pretty. 

It felt so good to stretch my legs after a billion hours of flying!

point lobos state park

We spent about an hour on the market earlier than the park closed on us. 

We headed to lovely Carmel by the Sea to seize dinner, and stumbled right into a cute Italian place known as Porta Bella that was in a position to seat us straight away. Good! Actually pleasant and attentive wait workers, too.

We shared every little thing: a salad, a starter lobster ravioli (so good), and a salmon dish (good however I didn’t love the cream sauce – too salty). 

porta bella carmel by the sea

porta bella carmel by the sea

By the point we received again to the lodge it was solely about 9 west coast time, however contemplating that was 12 east coast time, I used to be carried out. Fortunately Lauren was down for an early bedtime. 🙂

We proceeded to sleep till eight the following morning and it. was. amaaaaazing. Lauren received up somewhat earlier than me and went out to get us espresso and biscotti – so candy of her! 

After taking our time preparing, we headed out for somewhat jog. The cool climate felt so good after the loopy warmth + humidity we’ve had in DC these days! 

running in monterey california

There’s a path alongside the water in Monterey that’s pretty to run on – these views!

monterey california running

We discovered a cool seaside space after a couple of mile and a half and stopped for awhile to climb on the rocks and wander round on the sand. 

We determined to place our ft in – brrrr, that was some significantly chilly water!

three miles – examine!

We ran straight to Wave Road Cafe for brunch/lunch, which I extremely suggest – cute place and nice meals! I had the shrimp tacos which have been deeeelish.

wave street cafe

After our feast, we determined extra outside adventures have been so as. Lauren and I really like touring collectively as a result of we now have very comparable kinds – we each wish to do outdoorsy stuff all day lengthy, after which go to mattress early. 😉 It’s excellent!

Our lodge supplied free bikes by way of a motorcycle store throughout the road, so we snagged a pair and headed out to discover extra of the coast. 

biking monterey california

This was my type of bike journey: insanely attractive and principally flat. 😉 

The entire time we have been each like “omg, these views are ridiculous!”

It helped that the climate was gorgeous – the solar had come out and it was within the low 70’s – perfection.

monterey biking

We biked from downtown Monterey alongside the coast to Asilomar State Seashore, the place we stopped and watched the surfers for awhile earlier than heading again. 

asilomar state beach

I used to be starved after we received again so I received an egg and veggie wrap that hit the spot, plus a inexperienced juice. 

I used to be so unhappy to say goodbye to Lauren after we received again – want she may have stayed longer! What a enjoyable 24 hours – thanks once more for coming all this fashion for such a fast go to, woman.

After Lauren left, I relaxed within the room for a bit and FaceTimed with Matt and Riese (there have been so many cute youngsters on the seashores immediately and it made me miss her a lot!) earlier than preparing for dinner.

Then I did one thing I’m happy with as a result of it scares me: I went out to dinner alone.

As I wrote on Instagram, I don’t know if it’s as a result of I’m an extrovert or as a result of I’m apprehensive different folks will choose me, however consuming dinner at a restaurant alone makes me tremendous nervous. I used to be contemplating doing takeout or room service, however determined to be a giant woman and deal with myself to a enjoyable solo meal at a pleasant restaurant as an alternative.

And I’m so glad I did, as a result of it ended up being pretty – so enjoyable and refreshing! 

I went to a spot that was strolling distance from my lodge known as Osteria Al Mare. 

I began with the beet salad and a glass of prosecco…

osteria al mare

Earlier than shifting on to a scrumptious shrimp, scallop, and pasta dish. 

osteria al mare

It was such a beautiful dinner – nice meals, and I snagged a seat outside and parked myself dealing with the water, which was so calming.

I purposefully sat and watched the water and did nothing else – no utilizing my cellphone as a distraction or as a “I’m tremendous busy and essential and widespread regardless that I’m alone” decoy. 

And it was so, so good. 

After dinner, I walked across the marina space a bit exploring. 

Look what I discovered! So cute!

What a enjoyable deal with of a weekend. I’ll be again on Wednesday with a recipe, and within the meantime you’ll be able to proceed to observe my west coast adventures by way of Instagram!

Have you ever ever been to Monterey? 

Does eating out alone make you nervous, too? For some purpose lunch doesn’t hassle me – it feels extra informal and socially acceptable, possibly, to be alone? However dinner, eek!