Weekend Guide to Carmel by the Sea & Monterey California

Where do I begin? At the end of January 2017 I fell in love…with Carmel California and a certain someone. I went on a 4-day trip to Monterey Bay, Carmel and Big Sur California and never wanted to leave. Leading up to this trip California had record rainfall. The forecast called for storms, but upon arrival we were greeted with sunshine and blue skies! We were sooooo lucky.

The trip was a complete sensory overload. Everything was beautiful. I mean everything. From the whales in Monterey Bay to the cliffs at Pebble Beach to the sunsets at Carmel by the Sea to the wild woods of Big Sur. The California coast line is magical. There is so much to see and do in this region you won’t be disappointed. Below is just a snapshot.

IMG_2320IMG_2358IMG_2353IMG_231417-Mile Drive is a must. There are two entrances you can start from depending on what direction you’re going. You will need to buy a pass to go on this drive through the neighborhoods of Pebble Beach. You can stop at the Pebble Beach golf course club house and pull over to snap shots of the amazing scenery like the iconic Lone Cypress.



IMG_0910IMG_0519IMG_2560Hotel Carmel is a great boutique hotel in the town of Carmel by the Sea. It’s quant and cute. The contemporary remodel makes it an insta-worthy place to stay. Their free daily breakfast is amazing. Fresh bagels and local cream cheese, juices, granola and coffee will fill you up before you head out for a hike. The fireplace area and hot tub is ideal for the end of the day relaxation. You can easily walk to restaurants or the beach from the hotel.






Point Lobos State Natural Reserve will blow your mind with beauty. Originally we went to hikes in Big Sur, but because of all the rain many of the trails were closed. Instead we found ourselves here and went on a leisure hike. What’s great is you can feel like you’re in the woods one moment and the next you’re on the cliffs watching whales spouting in the ocean.

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Sister Trip in Sedona



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Arabella Hotel



The Hike House





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Open House

Blogging fail. I go on a good posting run and then well, I don’t. So here are some quick captures from my house that I’m slowly turning into a home. I’m taking a different approach this time around with how I decorate. I’m trying to work with what I have and selecting pieces that make me pause and not move forward until it’s mine (hmm sorta like dating). Just not pausing a lot for that right now. Anyway, that escalated quickly. Welcome to my home. I promise I’ll let you leave.


After holding onto this console table for nearly ten years I was ready to get rid of it prior to this move, but for now it works and staying put. The art work is an original from a silent action and sets the color palate for the rest of the house. The lamp is one of my all-time favorite vintage finds from a local flea market. It’s original teak wood with a marble base. The other accessories are pieces I’ve collected along the way from California, Mississippi to Crate & Barrel. Yeah that’s where I got that not-real coral from. Or maybe it’s real. Whatever it look good.


So this room. I went around in my head on what to do to make the dining room come together. There are two huge walls and I thought oh sure I’ll just put a mirror up there and call it a day. But I miiiggghhhhhttttt have a mirror (and lamp) obsession so I knew I had to try something different. I have art, photography and mirrors so I figured let’s go with some words. So I went to my friend and co-worker who has some hand-written talent with a bag of In ‘n Out burgers and asked her to help. She obliged and killed it! I’m so in love with this message and how it really completes the room. Table and chairs are Jonathan Adler and I just propped that plant in a Target basket there because it felt right.