Las Vegas is the greatest city on earth; nevertheless, sometimes it’s good to get away. I recommend clearing your mind and going on a road trip. Lucky for us, California is a short 5-8 hour drive away depending on which spot you are driving to. Monterey, Carmel and Big Sur are perfect areas to visit. There is so much to do; from whale watching, eating the famous clam chowder on the pier, walking down the beautiful streets of Carmel, cruising Highway 1, hiking Big Sur, to driving the well-known 17 miles road at Pebble Beach. Disconnecting from everything gives the body and soul a chance to reboot and that is exactly what I did. It was truly a rejuvenating experience… Try it! I knew it was going to be beautiful; but when I got there it took my breath away. There are two great hotels in the area. They are the Hyatt Regency Monterey and Hyatt Carmel. The views from the balcony of the Hyatt Carmel are spectacular. Their suites are furnished with a full kitchen and for those cold nights there’s a fireplace. It’s very romantic and the perfect hotel for couples. All of their rooms sit high above the trees. This makes waking up in the morning a true delight. The breathtaking scenery of trees and the ocean lifts the spirit up. It doesn’t stop there. Their restaurant overlooks the ocean making the breakfast experience unforgettable. Make sure to have their pancakes in the morning. They’re Delicious! Definitely a 5 star hotel in my book. Hyatt Regency Monterey is the perfect environment for families with kids and pets. They are the most welcoming hotel at which I have ever stayed. This hotel is enclosed and everything is within walking distance; the pool, spa, golf course, allows the kids to roam around free. The staff is friendly, accommodating and entertaining. While I was enjoying the great breakfast buffet, Carl, one of the waiters, performed a trick. This trick amazed me. He gave me a penny to hold, which turned into a very small penny. How did he do it? No clue! But it definitely made my morning. For the adults, make sure to try the spa and book a round of golf. There is truly something for everyone. What I loved the most is the way they treat pets. They have a bowl of water outside the main lobby. Feel free to bring your pet, making it a true family vacation for everyone. While you are in the area you must visit Carmel. You cannot help but fall in love with its charming streets, stores and their love of pets. Where most places shy away from pets, they welcome our furry friends. No wonder they are known to be the friendliest pet city in the world. Activities everyone can enjoy are hiking Big Sur to see the magnificent Redwood trees. Driving the Pebble Beach 17-Mile Drive has stunning views of the Pacific Coastline and the views are magnificent. Take your bike and a basket of food and make a day of it. Park by the ocean and listen to the waves crashing on the rocks. One can feel the stress of life leaving the body. Don’t miss visiting Rocky Point Restaurant, the best Pacific Ocean view and the Elephant Seals, four miles north of Hearst Castle on California Highway 1. I assure you, once you visit; you will want to come back every year, which is exactly what I am going to do.
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