Travelling in Monterey, Carmel by the Sea & Big Sur

After our day and a half in San Francisco we picked up a rental car and drove down to San Jose to see the Winchester Mystery House. It was really cool to see but unfortunately there are no photos allowed inside the house so you’ll just have to trust me about the absolutely bizarre architecture…windows that open to walls, a door that leads to a two story drop and super shallow stairs that go on for years just to go up one story.


From San Jose we continued down to Monterey where we stayed in another lovely airbnb. We drove along the 17 mile drive and absolutely loved it. The pictures definitely do not do it justice, it was surreal with beauty.


The lone cyprus tree was my favourite part of the drive.


This is a panorama view (thank you iPhone) of one of the stops along the 17 mile drive.


That evening we headed out to Carmel by the Sea. It was quaint and reminded me of Niagara-on-the-Lake. There was this sinful candy/chocolate shop that sold different flavours of turtles that were almost as big as your hand. Obviously we had to get one and opted for macadamia nut! I wish I bought 100 of them, but I didn’t so I’ll have to figure out how to recreate them 🙂


The next day we dropped by Point Lobos State Park before we headed down to Big Sur.



The drive down to Big Sur was breath taking. We stopped at various points along the drive just to stare at the beauty. One of those stops was obviously the well known Bixby Bridge.


bixbyview; siftstirandsavour

And here’s my fiance enjoying the view somewhere along the drive from Point Lobos to Big Sur.


Once in Big Sur we found pfeiffer beach and spent time enjoying the sun and chilly ocean.



My fiance was even brave enough to jump into the crashing waves.

beachswim; siftstirandsavour.comI, on the other hand, opted to only wet below the knees. Seeing that we didn’t have towels, I still stand by my decision 🙂


And that basically sums up our two days in Monterey, Carmel by the Sea & Big Sur. Next we drove over to Yosemite National Park, although we technically stayed in an airbnb in Oakhurst and drove into the park each day. Stay tuned for those stories & pictures!




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