I'm off to glorious Monterey for an Applescript training session the
first week of May and have the Wednesday free (Quark Xpress... pah! I
never script you again!) so beyond the aquarium (which doesn't count
for ww'ing) any recommendations?
Last time I was there (3 years ago?), the better restaurants were on the
pier by the Marina (across from the Hilton/Marriott/whatever the hell it
is now/ convention center. Alas, the Irish pub is closed up. The town
of Carmel and the seaside drive (it has a name but I disremember it) are
picturesque if you like that sort of thing. Probably worth a look at
least once in your life. The flight into the airport is always a
thrill, better if the wind is blowing. Lots of wineries around. Did I
mention you will need a car? Say howdy to ol' Clint.
They're $395 right now. I chose to sit on the balcony of the lodge, drink
a beer and watch a bunch of rich hackers chop up a beautiful course. Why
anyone that doesn't even know what par is would play Pebble Beach is beyond
17 mile drive is nice. The wife and I were collecting real estate flyers.
A 50 year old 1500 sq ft home was going for $2.4 million. A nice little
7000 square foot Mediterranean on the 2 hole at Pebble set you back $13.5
million. If you take the drive, be sure to get out at "Restless Sea" and
check the waves. Big and wild.
The Blue Fin is a great place to eat and shoot pool. It is on Cannery Row,
3rd floor up overlooking the bay. My wife had the chicken sandwich and I
had a burger with swiss and mushrooms. Good stuff.
While stationed at the language school I used to get a weekend
pass, walk to Carmel, buy provisions at the Mediterranean Market
(bread, cheese, and wine :), and laze on Carmel Beach for the
entire weekend (It's a beautiful beach; but don't let yourself be
tempted to swim there). One weekend there was a drop-dead
gorgeous blonde in the Market - looked like about a sophomore at
MPC - and this (then) 20-year old decided that I'd never forgive
myself if I didn't meet her and ask her out. It turned out to be
a 30-something Kim Novak. Not just a good actress and beautiful
woman; but also a beautiful and gracious person.
Probably the same madness that draws people to St Andrews in
It's been a while since I was last there. Greens fees were $50 -
more than I could afford on Army pay; but I enjoyed a
Thanksgiving dinner with a family whose home was surrounded on
three sides by the course (with the Pacific on the fourth).
Heh heh. When I was last there I was outraged that the 1500 sq ft
home was being sold for a whopping $25K. Shoulda bought. Of
course if I had, I'd never have been able to bear selling the
There's a point on 17MD where you can take your sandals off and
put your feet in the water - you can feel the Bering current
cooling your right foot while the Pacific current warms the left.
I can't remember the name of the point; but spent a lot of time
sitting there carving on driftwood.
It may not still be there; but my favorite spot in Monterey was a
place called Sancho Panza's. There was a table littered with
classic music LP's (pick one you like and put it on the record
player), a used bookshop upstairs, and they sold the best mulled
cider I ever tasted. I'd come back from Carmel Beach with my
current carving project and they'd keep me supplied with free
steaming hot cider for as long as I'd carve. Wood chips
everywhere - but I guess they enjoyed watching.
Portuguese. In my time (1962-63) it was USALS (Army Language
School). I doubt there were any nicer places to be stationed -
although at the time Monterey was much more a village than a
city; and Cannery Row was just a bunch of ramshackle old buildings.
I still don't love sea lions...
You have to pay a toll, about $7 I think, to go down 17 Mile Drive.
But a waitress in Carmel told me that if you tell the toll taker that you
are just going for the yard sales, they'll waive it. I'm just about
positive she was kidding. ;^)
Yes. I think so. I lived there for about 6 months. You can get
in free as a resident or if you are visiting but they often will
make a call to check. Golfers probably have a deal too.
I didn't meet Clint or hang out at his Hog's Breath Inn, I rented
a small room out by a swimming pool and did yard work for money.
I realized then that many rich folks were a miserable screwed up
bunch. How they got their money was a mystery to me. It still is.
Let me clarify...
I've been there before, and know the pier and Cannery Row for
restaurants, pubs and clubs, 17 mile drive, the trip south to Big
I was wondering about woodworking related visits.
Last I heard you had to stay at the resort at Pebble to even be
eligible for a tee time, but at well over $500 CAD for a round, well,
that's more than I pay for golf in a season here in ToonTown.
17 mile drive is pretty cool, though.
Poppy Hills? Black Horse? Carmel Valley? The weather is great right now.
The problem with wood related places is - what are you going to take back?
Baker Hardwoods, for California special hardwoods, but.... There's some
super shows coming up in San Francisco, but that's quite a day trip from
There MAY be something going on in Santa Cruz. Much more conducive to
woodworkers than the rarified atmosphere of Carmel prices....
a Bay Area guy, who goes to Monterey just to coast....
Well, if you go the Cannery Row Antique mall, you can sometimes find
some tools. There is a #4 smoother upstairs with a mishmash of
parts (Union lever cap, stanley body, unknown blade) and in poor
condition with a $150 price tag that you may wish to pass over.
(I did pick up a nice 604C there for $35, so not everything is
Some of the best dining (and one of the finest wine cellars in the nation)
is at the Sardine Factory, near the aquarium. Highly recommended.
There are a number of antique stores in Pacific Grove as well.
There is a branch of CB tool (Peninsula Power Tool) on Lighthouse, about
4 blocks from the aquarium. Fun to drool over the big iron.
Abalonetti's on the wharf specializes in calamari dishes and
serves farm-raised abalone ($50 entree :-). Try the roasted garlic
with the Calamari Siciliano (sauteed rings and tentacles in garlic,
butter and red wine).
If you have the time, I remember Hearst Castle having some interesting
furniture. Here is one piece:
It's about 90 miles south of Monterey. I also seem to remember a couple of
small shops in Carmel the had some expensive and interesting woodworking
related items. I believe a couple of the monasteries around there also had
some cool stuff.
Hope that helps!
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