Monterey Peninsula is one of California’s most treasured gems, with the proud moniker of being the greatest meeting of land, sea, and sky. To truly understand the magnitude of its beauty, your journey does not begin upon your arrival, but rather on the coastal-hugging road that is Highway 1. As you cruise past sea cliffs, shorelines with crashing waves, and small coastal villages, you will feel like Dorthy in the Wizard of Oz, following the yellow brick road! With The Platinum Concierge as your guide, you will not only be exposed to the small details on your trip, but be paired with a true expert who can give you an in-depth look into the history and intricacies of Monterey, Pebble Beach, and Carmel-by-the-Sea. So join us, follow the scenic Highway 1, as we are off to see the bay, the wonderful Monterey Bay!
Our first stop down Highway 1, the ex-capital of California, the infamous Monterey! Known for its iconic views, deep rooted history, and source of inspiration for authors and filmmakers alike, few places can live up to their own mythology. Monterey is the exception to this rule, boasting not only esthetic beauty, but historical and cultural beauty as well. History buffs can walk along The Path of History, a two-mile walk through the city with 55 historic sites, and experience California’s rich heritage. Become lost at the Monterey Museum of Art, specializing in Californian art from the 19th century to the present, with rotating exhibitions, hands-on lectures and workshops. Expand your knowledge in the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, as you explore the many exhibits, admire your favorite animals, and discover new marine life hidden in the depths of the sea. Or simply visit the iconic attractions, such as the Cannery Row’s shops, art galleries, and restaurants, all under the guise of turn-of-the-century canneries. No matter what you are looking for, you can be assured it will be a picturesque experience.
Following down Highway 1 is another coastal landmark that is not to be missed, Pebble Beach! With many scenic views near the highway, there are even more awe-inspiring views within this small coastal community. Drive through one of the most famous scenic motorways in the world, the 17-Mile Drive, looping around Pebble Beach. With 17 stops, take your time as you are exposed to world-renowned golf courses, small hidden beaches, jaw-dropping coastal cliffs, green forests, and majestic views of the sky meeting the ocean. Then treat yourself to fresh seafood at a waterfront restaurant, enjoy award-winning wines, and simply bask in the beauty around you.
No trip to Monterey Peninsula is truly complete until you have visited Carmel-by-the-Sea. Founded over 100 years ago by artists and writers, Carmel is a true bastion of art, beauty and romance. With over 60 art galleries, unique architectural works that exude European charm, and over 20 wine tasting rooms, this one-square mile town is jam packed with things to do. With the special ambiance created by its unique styled homes and picturesque white sand beaches and sunsets, Carmel truly lives up to its reputation as one of the “World’s Best Cities for Romance”. Enjoy the views, the thrill of surfing waves, the warmth of a fire by the beach, or even the company of your family pet at Carmel Beach, a place “where every day is a work of art”.
With so much to see and do, Monterey Peninsula can at times feel overwhelming with its possibilities. With the Platinum Concierge, you can focus on your trip while your itinerary, bookings, and even transportation is taken care of. So give yourself the gift of true relaxation, of true enjoyment, enjoying the natural beauty around you instead of worrying about the details. Travel down the yellow brick road, and enjoy the sights all around you, not just what is in front.