Andrew and I went away this weekend to celebrate his birthday and the end of his finals week and to have some quality time together before he leaves for a big poker trip. I’ve been dying to take Andrew to Monterey for a few years now — even though he’s lived in California for five years, we’ve never gone. It was the perfect chance to sneak away.
We had an awesome weekend. For his birthday dinner, we had steak at Chart House where we were seated by a window and got to watch sea otters play as we enjoyed our dinner.
The next morning, we woke up early and had an amazing brunch at First Awakenings. I had the most amazing pesto omelet ever, plus some awesome potatoes. Seriously, if you go to Monterey, don’t miss this place. We liked it so much we ate there twice:
After breakfast, we drove about 45 minutes into Big Sur for a hike. We did a long-ish loop (about 9 miles!) at Andrew Molera State Park. It was definitely a “challenging” trek, but the views were reward enough:
It was awesome. We headed back to our hotel before heading out for dinner, and of course, a delicious post-hike reward:
Sadly, I’m 99% sure this will be the last time I eat dairy, but trust me, that peanut butter and chocolate deliciousness was almost worth feeling sick all night. So amazing.
We took some silly photo booth pictures, because Andrew has never done it, and hello, they’re the most fun!
We closed out the trip by doing the famed 17 Mile Drive which boasted views like this one:
In short, it was amazing. It was such a great break from day to day life, and it was awesome to have a chance to just talk and relax together. I’m so glad we had a chance to go.
How was your weekend?