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Hello from lovely Monterey, California!

As I discussed in my final weblog submit, I’m out right here for a press journey that begins at this time, however I got here early to see my grad college buddy Lauren!

She lives in San Diego and drove as much as spend a whirlwind 24 hours with me earlier than needing to get house for work. So fantastic to meet up with her – it had been too lengthy! Final time I noticed her was when she came around DC shortly after I discovered I used to be pregnant. 🙂 

I arrived on Saturday mid afternoon and we made essentially the most of our fast go to! 

First up, after we checked into our lodge, was a fast hike at close by Level Lobos State Park.

point lobos state park

I’d been right here as soon as earlier than with Matt again in 2015 after we had been within the space for our buddy’s marriage ceremony, so I remembered it being pretty. 

It felt so good to stretch my legs after a billion hours of flying!

point lobos state park

We spent about an hour on the market earlier than the park closed on us. 

We headed to lovely Carmel by the Sea to seize dinner, and stumbled right into a cute Italian place known as Porta Bella that was in a position to seat us immediately. Good! Actually pleasant and attentive wait employees, too.

We shared all the things: a salad, a starter lobster ravioli (so good), and a salmon dish (good however I didn’t love the cream sauce – too salty). 

porta bella carmel by the sea

porta bella carmel by the sea

By the point we obtained again to the lodge it was solely about 9 west coast time, however contemplating that was 12 east coast time, I used to be achieved. Fortunately Lauren was down for an early bedtime. 🙂

We proceeded to sleep till eight the subsequent morning and it. was. amaaaaazing. Lauren obtained up a bit of earlier than me and went out to get us espresso and biscotti – so candy of her! 

After taking our time preparing, we headed out for a bit of jog. The cool climate felt so good after the loopy warmth + humidity we’ve had in DC recently! 

running in monterey california

There’s a path alongside the water in Monterey that’s pretty to run on – these views!

monterey california running

We discovered a cool seaside space after a couple of mile and a half and stopped for awhile to climb on the rocks and wander round on the sand. 

We determined to place our ft in – brrrr, that was some critically chilly water!

three miles – verify!

We ran straight to Wave Avenue Cafe for brunch/lunch, which I extremely suggest – cute place and nice meals! I had the shrimp tacos which had been deeeelish.

wave street cafe

After our feast, we determined extra out of doors adventures had been so as. Lauren and I like touring collectively as a result of we now have very related types – we each wish to do outdoorsy stuff all day lengthy, after which go to mattress early. 😉 It’s excellent!

Our lodge provided free bikes through a motorbike store throughout the road, so we snagged a pair and headed out to discover extra of the coast. 

biking monterey california

This was my form of bike experience: insanely attractive and largely flat. 😉 

The entire time we had been each like “omg, these views are ridiculous!”

It helped that the climate was gorgeous – the solar had come out and it was within the low 70’s – perfection.

monterey biking

We biked from downtown Monterey alongside the coast to Asilomar State Seaside, the place we stopped and watched the surfers for awhile earlier than heading again. 

asilomar state beach

I used to be starved after we obtained again so I obtained an egg and veggie wrap that hit the spot, plus a inexperienced juice. 

I used to be so unhappy to say goodbye to Lauren after we obtained again – want she may have stayed longer! What a enjoyable 24 hours – thanks once more for coming all this manner for such a fast go to, woman.

After Lauren left, I relaxed within the room for a bit and FaceTimed with Matt and Riese (there have been so many cute children on the seashores at this time and it made me miss her a lot!) earlier than preparing for dinner.

Then I did one thing I’m happy with as a result of it scares me: I went out to dinner alone.

As I wrote on Instagram, I don’t know if it’s as a result of I’m an extrovert or as a result of I’m frightened different individuals will decide me, however consuming dinner at a restaurant alone makes me tremendous nervous. I used to be contemplating doing takeout or room service, however determined to be a giant woman and deal with myself to a enjoyable solo meal at a pleasant restaurant as an alternative.

And I’m so glad I did, as a result of it ended up being pretty – so stress-free and refreshing! 

I went to a spot that was strolling distance from my lodge known as Osteria Al Mare. 

I began with the beet salad and a glass of prosecco…

osteria al mare

Earlier than shifting on to a scrumptious shrimp, scallop, and pasta dish. 

osteria al mare

It was such a beautiful dinner – nice meals, and I snagged a seat outside and parked myself going through the water, which was so calming.

I purposefully sat and watched the water and did nothing else – no utilizing my telephone as a distraction or as a “I’m tremendous busy and necessary and common despite the fact that I’m alone” decoy. 

And it was so, so good. 

After dinner, I walked across the marina space a bit exploring. 

Look what I discovered! So cute!

What a enjoyable deal with of a weekend. I’ll be again on Wednesday with a recipe, and within the meantime you’ll be able to proceed to comply with my west coast adventures through Instagram!

Have you ever ever been to Monterey? 

Does eating out alone make you nervous, too? For some purpose lunch doesn’t trouble me – it feels extra informal and socially acceptable, perhaps, to be alone? However dinner, eek!