Pacific Coast Highway – Thanksgiving Trip


Hi Everyone,

Driving on the Pacific Coast Highway has been a dream of ours for a long time. This Thanksgiving seemed like the perfect opportunity to finally check out California Highway 1. I love when the forrest meets the ocean, so based on the photos, this area seemed like paradise to me. Well, it exceeded our expectations. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. This post is going to cover the first day and a half of our trip. 🙂


(Plus it was the best idea to be on the road on Thursday and Friday, far away from the dinner table, all kinds of pies and of course, Target (because of all the madness))

We started our drive Thursday morning and headed to Monterey, California. We did not plan our trip to the tee, we just decided to get on the road, sleep where the night gets us, and just see whatever we feel like seeing. The only thing we planned was renting a car from Alamo. We picked the car up Wednesday afternoon, Alamo always has the nicest service. They are always kind and joke around.

Well, due to getting mis guided by Siri (yes, I blame you Siri) the night/late afternoon got us in Monterey. But we also stopped at some places and took it very slow so it may be not Siri’s fault entirely.

But let’s rewind a little bit to Thursday mid day. Even though I was happy we did not have almost unlimited access to delicious Thanksgiving food, we had to stop and eat a Thanksgiving meal for lunch.

So after a gazillion hours of driving, when we needed a little break anyways we stopped in Bakersfield, CA and went to grab lunch at Mimi’s Cafe. I love that place so much.


They had a pretty awesome Thanksgiving meal, Ben and I split one meal because we thought it would be too much. Yes, this amount is only half of the original individual size.


I had a pretty bad headache and was craving some coffee. So after lunch we stayed there for a little longer just talking while I had a cappuccino.


When we got to Monterey, we found a cute little hotel, just 10 minute walk away from the beach.


After sitting down and relaxing for a little we went for a walk. Most restaurants were closed here too and the city looked like a ghost town. A very beautiful ghost town tho. We walked around a bit, checked out Fisherman’s Wharf where everything was still open (well more than anywhere else). Fisherman’s wharf is packed with seafood restaurants, ranging from casual to formal indoor places. We got some clam chowder, fries and fried calamari, ordered to go so we can get back to the hotel and rest. Since it was already dark we couldn’t see too much but it just felt good walking around a little bit after being in the car for so long.

The next morning we woke up around 7:00 am so we could go for a morning walk around town, grab a cup of coffee with warm pastry and still get on the road in a reasonable time.

We stopped by a cute little place, called Wild Plum Cafe and Bakery. I love having freshly baked pastries for breakfast (unfortunately) and I miss that about home a lot.


What we didn’t realize the previous night was that there was a beautiful park just across the street from our hotel. We walked Echo there so he can get some energy out before we hit the road again.






We got in the car and as we were leaving town we saw a spot close to Fisherman’s Wharf where we could check out all the seals. So we stopped to take a quick walk to the shore.





We decided that our next stop to spend the night at is going to be Los Angeles. Even though, it was supposed to be only 6 hours and 35 minutes, we knew that with all the stops we were going to make, it was going to take much longer. We ended up leaving Monterey around 9 am and arrived to Los Angeles at 8:30 pm.


Well I am going to stop here because this post could be 15 times longer. TO BE CONTINUED with the actual coast drive and the photos, but before I say bye here are some


  1. Have you ever been to Monterey?
  2. Have you ever done the Pacific Coast Highway Drive?
  3. What was your favorite part?


Go to Part II of the trip by clicking here.

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