Old Fishermen’s Grotto: Awesome Clam Chowder in Monterey

While Cannery Row is the central area that people gravitate to in Monterey, the Old Fisherman’s Wharf is well worth the visit. It is mainly a collection of candy shops, restaurants, and bars, all with their own unique style and a few of which I often frequent. My favorite though has to be Fisherman’s Grotto. […]

Point Sur Lighthouse Tour in Big Sur

Ever since the first time I drove Highway 1 along the Big Sur coast, I have been intrigued by the small lighthouse on the hill that you see as you head north. The lighthouse is only accessible via a guided tour on the weekends though so it wasn’t until recently when I was finally in […]

Yosemite Falls Trail: Hiking to Upper Falls & Yosemite Point

Yosemite Falls is the tallest waterfall in North America and one of the ten tallest in the world. Because of that, it is a popular destination in Yosemite Valley for hikers. If you are looking to make it to the top though, be prepared for grueling uphill and downhill to reach the summit but an amazing view […]

Garrapata State Park Rocky Ridge Trail in Big Sur

Garrapata State Park is technically part of Big Sur, even though it is located more on the Monterey coastline than on the Big Sur coastline. This state park has some amazing trails to beautiful beaches and views, but it is not well marked so you have to know what you are looking for or you […]

Andrew Molera State Park Beach Trail in Big Sur

Andrew Molera State Park is one of the first parks you will see when heading south into Big Sur from Monterey. While it does not have a lot of the stark coastline beauty that some of the other parks have, it is still a great place to get out and do a short hike to […]

Nepenthe Restaurant in Big Sur: Best Cafe View on the Central Coast

Nepenthe is a fantastic restaurant located along the Big Sur coastline, and the staggering views and great food have been making it a staple of Highway 1 travel for decades. I finally got a chance to visit it a little while back, and I can say that it easily lives up to the hype with […]

The Monterey Hotel in Historic Downtown Monterey

This room was provided free of charge; all opinions are my own. The Monterey Hotel is situated right in downtown Monterey, a stone’s throw from Fisherman’s Wharf. It is a beautiful old Victorian building that is actually part of the Monterey Historic Park, and it was a great home base for two days of exploring […]

Sweet Maple: Millionaire Bacon in San Francisco

San Francisco is not hurting for good breakfast spots, but one of my favorite in the city is Sweet Maple. This unassuming eatery has what they call Millionaire Bacon and for my money, it is probably worth it. Add to that a full menu of items which includes standouts like a fresh crab benedict and […]

Dottie’s True Blue Cafe: Great Breakfast in San Francisco

When researching breakfast spots in San Francisco, no doubt you will see Dottie’s True Blue Cafe pop up time and time again. Located in a not very nice neighborhood in the Tenderloin area of San Francisco, Dotties True Blue Cafe always has a line, and it is always worth the wait. I have been a […]

California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park

Golden Gate Park comprises over 1,000 areas of prime real estate right in the heart of San Francisco and is a popular location to hang out at any time the weather is warm. This area also features a lot of great museums as well, with the California Academy of Sciences being one of my favorites. […]