Well, it’s been a month since we went on our babymoon to Carmel and I am just now getting around to blogging about it. Whoops! Pregnancy brain is a real thing, people.
A little background on Carmel and why we decided to go there for our babymoon: we had been meaning to take Otis with us to Carmel for a while because not only had Chris nor I spent much time there before (crazy considering we’re both born-and-raised Californians), but it’s also known as one of the most dog-friendly towns in California. We planned to go the summer of 2015, but it didn’t work out, so when were deciding on a relatively inexpensive place to go for our babymoon, Carmel immediately came to mind since we had been wanting to go there anyway!
Some highlights from our trip:
- Carmel is truly a great place to take your dog if you live in California. There are so many dog-friendly hotels, stores, and restaurants to take your dog. We even found a restaurant where they offer a special menu just for dogs! Also, there are doggie water bowls and trash cans all along the sidewalks in case your dog gets thirsty or needs to do his business while you’re walking down the street.
- We ate a lot of good food while we were there. The two restaurants we splurged at for dinner were Basil Carmel and Anton & Michel. Carmel has TONS of fancy restaurants to choose from. I would love to go back someday when I have more money and just spend my time eating at all the fancy restaurants Carmel has to offer.
- Carmel even has a dog-friendly beach where dogs can roam around off-leash, so of course we took Otis. It wasn’t warm enough to swim in the ocean or anything, but we did manage to stick our feet in. Unfortunately, Otis was not a huge fan of the water!
- When visiting Carmel, it’s highly recommended to do the 17-mile-drive, a scenic route along the coast where you can get some great views of the ocean. We started the drive in Carmel on Sunday morning, and instead of doing the entire loop leading back to Carmel, we got off in Monterey where we stopped for some clam chowder bread bowls before heading home. Such a great way to end the trip!
My ONLY complaints about the trip were the cold, overcast weather (I was hoping to do some swimming in the ocean or our hotel pool) and the fact that I couldn’t take advantage of all the wine bars in Carmel. I definitely want to go back again when I’m not pregnant! I also wish the weekend had been a little more relaxing; even though we didn’t have a ton of stuff planned our over the weekend, it still felt like we did a lot of walking/exploring while we were there, so we didn’t really feel “rested” when we got home. Chris and I promised ourselves that the next just-the-two-of-us trip we go on will be somewhere where we’ll be forced to relax, like a resort or a cruise.
Overall, it was a fantastic little weekend getaway for the three of us. Chris and I loved being able to spend some quality time together in such a romantic little town, and Otis loved being able to literally go everywhere with us and explore a new place. I’m really glad we were able to make a babymoon happen before Baby M comes in December, because I honestly couldn’t tell you what our next travel plans are. My guess is Disneyland, but not until Baby M is at least 2 years old. I guess becoming a parent means putting travel on the backburner for a little while!
Have you been anywhere fun lately? Do you have any travel plans coming up?