Carmel – 8/30/2012.

We made it to Carmel and checked into Lobos Lodge which is right in downtown Carmel. Perfect for walking to the local shops and restaurants. We didn’t really take any pictures this night, but we had dinner at AW Shucks. We both got margaritas, oysters, and the fish tacos. The food was fresh and the service was fast. We asked our waitress for a nearby bar to get a beer at and she recommended a place that was a little too fancy for what we were going for at the time, so we ended up stumbling upon Brophy’s which reminded us of a bar we use to hangout at in college, but with an older age group. We ended up making friends with two locals at the bar until I told one of the guys that works at a golf course that I think Robert Pattinson is a bigger celebrity than Tiger Woods.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚ This is the only picture I can find from our first day/night in Carmel. I had the bartender take a picture of us because one of the guys reminded me of someone Kraig and I know back home. For those of you Hingham people that know me in real life – it was the guy all the way to the right. Who do you think he looks like?

Last day in Big Sur 8/30/2012

I was sad to leave Big Sur, but we had to check out of Treebones and continue on our journey. We made a pit stop at Nepenthe for lunch. Nepenthe has gorgeous views

and delicious food.ย  Kraig got some kind of steak sandwich.

I got their tomato soup which was creamy and cheesie! Yum!

With full bellies, it was time to hit the road again. Next stop Monterey and Carmel!

Big Sur Day 2 – 8/29/2012.

Day 2 of our Cali trip and I woke up to this view in the morning.ย  One of the nice things about staying in Big Sur besides the gourmet food and ocean views is the no cell phone service. It was a blessing in disguise to enjoy our engagement the first night without having contact with the outside world.

We had a leisurely breakfast at Treebones and then hit the road for some more sightseeing.

We made a pit stop at Big Sur Bakery for lunch and some treats. I got the Roasted Turkey Breast Sandwich and Kraig got the Smoked Salmon. I also had to get a sweet treat from this bakery so I bought a chocolate chip scone and a mixed fruit danish. The danish was out of this world delicious with an in season mix of berries for the filling. Their were also homemade donuts being sold here, but I couldn’t buy everything on the menu. I will get a Big Sur Donut the next time I travel there! This place has a very laid back atmosphere (minus the INTENSE manager training a poor young girl on our visit). I wanted to eat every meal here, but that wasn’t realistic because it was a 40+ minute drive from our hotel. We had shotty cell phone service in Big Sur, but noticed that we got reception on our lunch break. We took this opportunity to call our immediate family and some close friends to share our ENGAGEMENT NEWS. ๐Ÿ™‚

After about an hour and a half of phone calls we decided the rest of the world could wait because we wanted to explore more in the area.ย  We headed to Julia Pfeiffer State Park to walk around. We actually went to this Park earlier in the day too, but the lighting was off in the morning, so we came back later in day for better pictures.

On our drive back to the resort we noticed a lot of people on the side of the road pointing out to the ocean. We pulled over to get a glimpse of what was going on and saw tons of whales shooting air through their blowholes! It was a pretty amazing sight and I didn’t even have to go on a Whale Watch to see something like this.

When we got back to the resort, we enjoyed some beers at the pool/hot tub area for a while. Showered up and then watched the sunset again. ๐Ÿ™‚

We stayed at Treebones for dinner which was nice because it didn’t involve any driving.ย  Driving on the Pacific Coast Highway at night can be spooky.ย  Here’s some more pictures from our second day in Big Sur. Enjoy!

Next up…our last day in Big Sur and our time in Monterey/Carmel.

California Dreamin’ – Big Sur Day 1 – 8/28/2012.

It seems like Kraig and I were waiting forever for our big trip to California. I couldn’t wait to drive along the Pacific Coast Highway in our convertible with a scarf wrapped around my head, vintage looking sunglasses, and the wind in our hair. We flew into San Francisco, picked up our car rental, stopped in Monterey to pickย  up our sleeping rentals from REI, then made a pit stop for lunch at Compagno’s. This was a random find for us and their sandwiches were a killer monster size. The man working there was also very friendly with a quirky personality. They had amazing looking homemade cakes, but I wasn’t allowing myself any cake since we had a nice dinner reservation planned for that evening. Plus look how big their sandwiches are! I will admit that I kind of regret not getting the cake since I still have the Oreo one on my mind. ha.

With full bellies, it was time for us to hit the road to BIG SUR!

This was the most jaw-dropping part of our whole trip to California. Nothing can compare to this area

This is our last picture as a couple before we got engaged hours later!

We also had a pretty sick ride for the week.

We made our way down to where we were staying at Treebones Resort. We stayed in the Sibley Tent and rented mattress pads/sleeping bags from REI for our stay there. The Sibley Tent has privacy and a great view of the ocean.ย  We were enjoying the sunset with red wine at our glamp site before Kraig got down on one knee to propose to me!

I said Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We finished off our evening with a wonderful dinner at Deetjen’s. Details on the rest of our trip to come soon. Here’s a picture gallery from the first day of our trip. I didn’t include every picture because I wanted to spare you all.