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A September 2004 trip to Santa Cruz by Kindsis

Monterey Bay Aquarium Photo, Monterey, California More Photos
Quote: My boyfriend and I took a weekend trip with my grandparents, who were visiting from out of state. We went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Carmel, and, finally, to the Hearst Castle.

Cambria Pines Lodge

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Hotel

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We were very impressed with our accomodations and the staff at the Cambria Pines Lodge. The property is quite large with many two-story buildings with four to six units per building in each one. We had a king-sized bed with a gas fireplace in the bedroom and a livingroom and kitchenette with another fireplace and queen-murphy bed. The room worked great for us because we (my boyfriend and I) were traveling with my grandparents and wanted separate sleeping quarters without having to get two rooms. The furnishings are very comfy - knotty, pine style chairs and an oversized sofa for unwinding at the end of the day. One of the highlights of the hotel is the beatiful gardens on t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 4, 2004

Cambria Pines Lodge
2905 Burton Drive
Cambria, California 93428
805-927-4200

La Playa Hotel

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Hotel

La Playa Hotel Photo, Santa Cruz, California
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The La Playa hotel in Carmel is absolutely beautiful. It was built in the style of a Mediterranean villa back in 1904 as a wedding gift for a member of the Ghiradelli chocolate family. We rented a cottage for one night that was actually just down the block from the main hotel property. The cottage was cute, but I felt that it was very expensive for what it actually was. There was one bedroom with a queen-sized bed and a small and funky bathroom with a slanted roof. The latch on the bathroom door was broken and was apparently "fixed" with some kind of hardware. It was hardly fixed, and for $335 per night, I felt they could have had more high-quality furnishings. Additionally, the smal...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 4, 2004

La Playa Hotel
8th Ave & Camino RL Carmel
Carmel 93923
(831) 624-6476

Flying Fish Grill

Restaurant

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I ate at the Flying Fish grill in Carmel based on a reccommendation from our hotel concierge. The restaurant serves innovative, pacific-rim type seafood cuisine with a great variety of fish. My entree was a grilled escolar with a brushetta sauce on top (tomatoes, basil, and garlic). The fish was grilled to perfection and very tasty. The chicken spring roll appetizer was tasty, but a bit of a disappointment for $9. There were four pieces that were less than 2 inches long (and they were cut on the diagonal). They didn't vary too much from regular egg rolls, only in price. The restaurant itself is very small and intimate with a Japanese fishing theme inside. The walls are woo...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 4, 2004

Flying Fish Grill
Carmel Plaza
Carmel, California 93923
(831) 625-1962

Monterey Bay Aquarium

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Attraction

Monterey Bay Aquarium Photo, Monterey, California
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If you've never been to the Monterey Bay Aquarium before, you must go! The Aquarium is located on the edge of Monterey Bay on the central coast of California in the town of Monterey. The street it sits on is Cannery Row, made famous by the world-renowned author, John Steinbeck. It was formerly the site of a sardine canning factory and now, inside the aquarium, you can see some of the history and equipment they used. Once inside the aquarium the exhibits are broken up into sections with the downstairs area hosting two fascinating exhibits - Jellies in Art and the newest exhibit, Sharks Myth and Mystery. The Jellies in Art exhibit has a combination of pieces of art ranging f...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 4, 2004

Monterey Bay Aquarium
886 Cannery Row
Monterey, California 93940
(831) 648-4888