It's been a while since I've been here. Thought it was time to share some photos.
We recently spent the long Memorial Day weekend in Northern California in the Carmel/Monterey area.
I'd been there once years ago and we have friends who go frequently and keep talking about it. So we thought it was time to make our own exploring trip not too far from home since the long weekends are the only vacation time we get this summer (other than weekends in Portland).
And just like they say,
Carmel is gorgeous.
Filled with beautiful nooks and crannies,
there are shops and restaurants and flowers everywhere.
We asked in one of the shops for directions to the best cafe for coffee
and she directed us to the Carmel Bakery
where she exclaimed that they had the best pastries.
And truly, I had THE BEST COCONUT MACARON
I've ever tasted. It was huge, melt in your mouth
and partially dipped in chocolate.
The Chef took one bite to try it
and said, and I quote,
'Oh. My. God.'
Unfortunately, I did not get a picture of it.
But trust me.
The bakery was established in 1899
and is considered one of the oldest buildings
and definitely one of the oldest running businesses in the village.
The town itself was once known as a Bohemian artist colony...
which would explain some of the funky small places along the side streets.
We wandered about and enjoyed poking our heads in sweet little places
and snapping photos.
We canceled plans to go to Yosemite (long lines and hotel problems)
so we went to Big Sur that weekend instead.
Next time I'll have photos of the coastline and Monterey to share.
Hope you had a good holiday weekend
and kick-off to summer!
If you go, don't miss Carmel Bakery!
Ocean Avenue (betwn Delores and Lincoln Streets),
Open 7am daily