17 Mile Drive and Monterey

Between Carmel and Monterey there are two of the world’s most prestigious golf courses. You can drive along the 17 Mile Drive for $10. You get fabulous views of the golf courses and the coast. But if you were driving up the Highway 1, it’s not really worth the extra 10 bucks. You can only really see the Spanish Bay Golf Course, but not the more famous Pebble Beach.

But first we walked through Monterey to get our daily omelette at First Awakenings. There are some historic buildings left from the days of the fishing boom.

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Intercontinental The Clement Monterey

We first had booked a Best Western Motel in Carmel, but found a really good rate of around $200 through the Family & Friends discount for Intercontinental Hotels. The hotel was fairly new and was built right in the middle of historic Cannery Row. We didn’t want to use valet parking for $25/night, as street parking around the corner is free from 8PM – 9AM, so we only had to pay $4.50 for the remaining 3 hours. The problem was, that there was no registration parking. Fortunately street parking right in front of the hotel opened up as we arrived.

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Highway 1 Cruising

Driving through the mountains with a constant gorgeous view is just great. When we left San Siemeon we refused to pay $4.79/gallon to fill up our nearly empty gas tank. Needing to save gas when the car in front of you is a nervous braker is nerve wrecking. I got a 97% eco driving rating by the on board computer anyway… We bought 1 gallon for $5.79/gallon in the mountains, which was more than enough to get to Carmel safe and filled our tank for $3.45 there…

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