Fred Brack   Fred Brack  
Raleigh, NC
Picture of the Cape Hatteras lighthouse

Fred and Kathy's Trip to California Wine Country
October 2011


The next morning we drove from Sonoma to Muir Woods, then on to Salinas, Monterey, and the 17-mile drive in Pebble Beach.  We'll skip Salinas, since it was business, and there's not a whole lot to see there!  One thing we must mention first, though:  On the way to Muir Woods we stopped to pickup a lunch to go in a little shop in Stinson Beach called The Lunch Box 5-star reviews on Yelp.  Absolutely the finest sandwiches we have ever eaten!

Muir Woods

Muir Woods redwoods
It is difficult to capture the majesty of the redwoods in Muir Woods -- you have to visit!
Kathy in Muir Woods Deer in Muir Woods

The 17-Mile Drive at Pebble Beach

You enter the 17-mile drive (a toll road) at Pacific Grove just south of Monterey.  The entrance is hard to find, but the drive is worth it.  We ate an expensive but delicious lunch at The Lodge at Pebble Beach along the way.  Wonderful view, too.  They credit your toll to the bill, which helps a little!

The Pacific Ocean The Pacific Ocean
Enjoy the scenic views of Spanish Bay and the Pacific ocean from pullouts.  Watch the video of this scene.

The Lone Cypress The Lone Cypress
Probably the most famous view:  The Lone Cypress.


Jellyfish Jellyfish closeup
Monterey is famous for its aquarium.  Very expensive admission, but we fortunately had passes.  Especially great for kids.
Penguin habitat Penguin closeup

Thanks for joining our travelogue.  THE END!