Carmel/Big Sur: We stayed at the Tickle Pink Inn at Carmel Highlands and loved it. The views are gorgeous and the quaint, thirty-five room Inn felt private and cozy at the same time. Do not miss Garrapata State Park. This park is right off Highway 1 ~18 miles north of Big Sur. The beach is picturesque with waves crashing on the shore and the coastline is scattered with beautiful flowers. Pfeiffer Beach, not to be confused with Pfeiffer State Park, is a hidden gem. It’s not the easiest to find, but worth every second on google maps trying to locate it. Picture huge waves crashing around rocky archways on an expansive, sparsely populated beach. If you only have time to eat at one place in Big Sur, make it Nepenthe. The views are unimaginable. Grab a beer and dine outside overlooking the coast. If you are staying in Carmel, be sure to grab dinner at La Bicyclette. This rustic French-Italian restaurant has an awesome relaxed atmosphere and the food is phenomenal (you can’t go wrong ordering the wood-fired pizza).
San Francisco: This was the last two days of our trip and my first time in San Francisco. For the most part, we walked around the city and tried to see as much of it as we could in a short time. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and leave your heels at home (at least during the day). We had dinner at Rich Table and I highly recommend it. We lucked out with an awesome table facing Gough Street (perfect for people watching). The restaurant is warm and inviting and the food was spectacular. San Francisco is definitely on our list of places to revisit. It’s worth mentioning that if you drive from Carmel to San Francisco, you will pass right by a Lululemon outlet store. Just sayin’.
If you’re thinking about making a trip out to California, definitely consider the Central Coast. We cannot wait to go back.