LouLou’s Griddle in the Middle in Monterey

LouLou’s is a fun little cafe, right on Municipal Wharf 2 in Monterey, that is a fantastic spot for a home-cooked meal for the whole family, assuming you can find a spot at the counter. Come hungry as the pancakes are bigger than the plate and you will leave full. I got a chance to check […]

Point Reyes National Seashore Guide: Beaches, Elk, Seals & A Lighthouse

Point Reyes National Seashore is one of the most beautiful spots near San Francisco for outdoor adventurers to explore. It is full of breathtaking views, history, and trails that always leave you wanting more. While I have not explored it as much as others, I have been a couple of times and every time I […]

Elephant Seal Overlook Trail in Point Reyes National Seashore

At the end of the road in Point Reyes National Seashore sits the beautiful Point Reyes Lighthouse and the short elephant sea overlook trail. When I was recently there it was incredibly foggy, and the lighthouse couldn’t be seen, but I was able to take the elephant seal overlook walk and marvel at the hundreds […]

Pigeon Point Lighthouse in Pescadero

Located on historic Highway 1, the Pigeon Point Lighthouse has been guiding ships since the late 1800’s. Even though it is no longer able to be climbed, it is still a fun, quick stop along Highway 1. You can walk around the area, see the old lens, photograph the lighthouse from a distance and stay […]

Point Pinos Lighthouse in Monterey: Oldest Lighthouse on the West Coast

While spending time in either Carmel or Monterey, be sure to add a visit to Point Pinos Lighthouse to your list. This lighthouse is the oldest of all of the lighthouses on the West Coast, is well preserved, and has excellent docents that tell you about its history and help you learn about house lighthouses […]

Ano Nuevo State Park: Elephant Seal Viewing Up Close

While driving along Pacific Coast Highway you will have a lot of opportunities to see elephant seals, such as in San Simeon and Point Reyes, but for the best up close and personal viewing, I would recommend Ano Nuevo State Park. This park, located 30 minutes north of Santa Cruz, features miles of trails that […]

Shark Fin Cove: One of Northern California’s Best Beaches

If you have never seen Shark Fin Cove, then you are missing out on one of the best beaches in all of California. This beach, south of Davenport, is easy to get to, but you have to know where to look. When you see the fin coming out of the water, you will quickly realize where […]

12 Unique Places/Shops/Museums to Visit in Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay is located right on Pacific Coast Highway, about 45 minutes South of San Francisco. It is a beautiful town with a fantastic location on the coast and lots of fun activities and shops to keep you interested. There are many great places to visit for food such as Via Uno, It’s Italia […]

Glass Blowing Classes at Half Moon Bay Art Glass

I have always found glass blowing to be a fascinating type of art. Basically, you are manipulating glass with fire to melt it into a shape you want it to be in, and doing something like that is just impressive. I didn’t ever think I would do glass blowing myself, but on a recent trip […]

Devil’s Slide Trail: Hiking or Biking Old Pacific Coast Highway

When I heard about this spot, I was instantly excited about it and had to go experience it for myself. I already love Pacific Coast Highway, so to be able to walk a part of the road that is now closed to drivers and has been converted into a trail was just too awesome. I […]