Sunday, October 17, 2010
Weekend in Monterey
On Saturday, we dropped Evie off at camp & drove down to Monterey to celebrate our anniversary. We stayed at the Portola Hotel & Spa near Fisherman's Wharf.
I booked the hotel directly through the hotel site, online, & we received a great rate PLUS, a discount on the restaurants on the property for booking in advance. The rooms were comfortable and the beds were super soft!
After checking in, we went down to Peter B's, the brew pub on the property. Erik tried the sampler and I had a Hefewizen. We also shared buffalo wings, the crab cake sliders, and Erik had the fish & chips.
We watched the Yankees/Rangers game, too. I credit the Yankees with bringing Erik & I together. I was went to a Yankees game the night I met Erik and was wearing my Yankees shirt when I met him. They were in the play-offs that year and made it to the World Series. So, ironically, here we were - seven years later, watching the Yankees in the playoffs! Maybe if we get married, we should do it in Yankee stadium as a thank you. hahaha.
After lunch, we strolled around Fisherman's Wharf.
Despite our hot weather week, the weather was "back to normal" by being gray & in the 60's.
First, we checked out the boats in the marina
There is something very calming about being in a marina or near boats. We would love to own a boat!
Then, we helped this fisherman pull in some fish.
We saw some adorable seals in the water!
We walked down the wharf & saw this cute sign. Very true!
Posed for a pic
Then, headed back to the room to relax before dinner!
We stayed on the property & went to Jack's
Kind of a funny pic using the self timer!
Jack's was pretty good. It had an old-fashioned feeling to it but a solid menu & wine list. Erik had the mushroom ravioli(delish) and I had the halibut which was just OK. Our dessert was awesome though - apple & pear tart!
This morning, we checked out & then drove down to Carmel Valley Village. We had brunch at this cute little place called, Toast.
This place has only been open for a few weeks but it was good. We each had the egg omelet with cheese, spinach, & mushroom. It came with a side of potatoes & a biscuit. The biscuit was amazing. I am still thinking about it & wish we asked for some to go!
We drove home & picked Evie up. She promptly passed out in the car. Actually, it's 730pm right now and she is still dead tired. That is a beautiful thing!
Here is a pic I found of Erik & I in 2004. I think we look exactly the same. haha