From Los Angeles, Monterey is just about perfect for a weekend getaway. Not too far away so that you spend a good deal of your precious weekend just driving to and from your destination but far enough that you really know you’re not in L.A. anymore.
Across the street is Asilomar, an expansive conference center with lodge-like accommodations. In fact, if you can get a good rate here, this historic hotel would be my preference in the area. Boardwalks will let you get across the adjacent sand dunes over to the ocean and the beach that separates Pacific Grove from Pebble Beach.
Let me explain that a bit because it sounds as if I steered you to a food counter with good food. Nothing could be further from the truth. Passionfish is a beautiful dining room with great waiter service, but they will serve food on plain china that they got at a discount, or put wine in pretty generic stemware…things like that. What results is extraordinarily good food (and wine) at prices around 20% below comparable competitors in the area.
Stay tuned for Part 2...
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