May 29, 2014


For Memorial Day weekend, my husband and I decided to take a last minute trip.  We were deciding between driving up the coast to Monterey; Joshua Tree; and New York (so random, I know).  Monterey it was.  We booked some last minute hotels via Hotwire (this will be a relevant point in a sec) on Friday night and left early Saturday a.m.  The plan was to spend one night in San Simeon to visit Hearst Castle and then continue on to Carmel and Monterey on Sunday and Monday.

We stayed at the Days Inn San Simeon.  As I just mentioned, we booked through Hotwire, so you don't really know what you're getting.  And apparently we got one of the last few rooms available.  The entire area was literally booked up, so we didn't have much to choose from.  I had really low expectations for the hotel and was practically holding my breath as we walked into the room.  But it was decent and clean (all I really care about, anyway).

Our first stop was the Castle, where we had booked a guided tour of the Grand Rooms.

The Neptune Pool was drained when we went because of a leak.  This was a little disappointing, as the pool was one of the things I was most looking forward to.  But imagine the pool parties...
Now that's a view.
 I guess it doesn't matter if your pool has a leak when you have an indoor pool as a backup...

After the Castle, we went to have an early dinner at Moonstone Beach in Cambria.  Then we checked out the Elephant Seals, which is a sight unlike any other.  There are literally thousands of them just chillin in on the beach.
 Ignore my denim-on-denim fashion faux pas.  It was cold and the only jacket I had!

We then watched the sunset and capped off the night with a visit to Linn's Restaurant, which is apparently famous for its olallieberry pie.  But since we're fat, we ordered a sampler plate of the olallieberry, banana pie, tres leches and carrot cake.  Linn's did not disappoint.  And the sunset wasn't so bad, either.   :-)


1 comment

  1. sounds like such a fun little mini vacation! it is posts like these that make me want to move back to california, you can get so many places in a matter of a few short hours. here it is like four hours to the next major attraction city, boooo.

    xo mk
    gold-hatted lover


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