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A November 2007 trip to Monterey by Big bear, Little penguin

Vivolos Photo, Pacific Grove, California More Photos
Quote: I love this place!

Clarion Collection Pacific Grove

Hotel | "Clarion Collection"

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Location: You feel like you're up in the mountain. Heading back to the hotel after dinner, we saw a deer by the street.Reservation/ Wait: No problem with reservation. Bed: We had a King-size bed and it wasn't comfortable... and I found two hairs on the bed.Bathroom: Clean and enough space for two. The counter is a little too small.Shampoo, etc: BYO shampoo and cond. Their soap is ok. Lotion was ok, but just use your own lotion.Amenities: No (locker) safe.Ambience: It was a little bit dark. Service: We didn't ask for room service or cleaning during our stay.Garage: We parked in front of our room.Pri...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 3, 2008

Clarion Collection Pacific Grove
1038 LIGHTHOUSE AVENUE
Pacific Grove, California 93950
1-866-422-7635

Vivolo's

Restaurant | "Vivolo's Chowder House"

Vivolo's Photo, Pacific Grove, California
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RESERVATION/ WAIT: We were seated promptly. APPETIZER: CalamariBoth: It was kind of bland. The breading on it had a weird taste.MAIN ENTREE:He ordered: Mussel and Salmon soup (with shrimp)Both reviews: Oooh. I want some more but I'm full!She ordered: Clam Chowder (Bowl). I just wanted some chowder. It look so good we forgot to take a picture before we devoured it.Both reviews: Yummy, yummy on my tummy!AMBIENCE: A nice place to eat dinner.SERVICE: It was ok.PRICE: $50.00 plus tax plus tip.OVERALL (ARE WE GOING BACK?): Yes especially if we're craving for some chowder. Check out our posted pics....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 3, 2008

Vivolo's
127 Central Avenue
Pacific Grove, California 93950
(831) 372-5414

Holly's Lighthouse Cafe Photo, Pacific Grove, California
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RESERVATION/ WAIT: We were seated right away. We went during lunch time.APPETIZER: Clam ChowderBoth: Oooh. I want some more!MAIN ENTREE:He ordered: Mushroom and Swiss BurgerBoth: Yummy, yummy on my tummy!She ordered: Pastrami on Rye (I chose Potato salad as a side dish.)His: It was good but I'm having my Mushroom Burger.Hers: It was good but I want the Mushroom Burger. The Potato salad was good, too.AMBIENCE: A nice and casual place to eat lunch.SERVICE: Friendly staff.PRICE: $$, affordableOVERALL (ARE WE GOING BACK?): Yes and we'll order two Mushroom Burgers. Check out our posted pics.1 dot...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 3, 2008

Holly's Lighthouse Cafe
602 Lighthouse Ave.
Monterey 93950
(831) 372-7006

Cafe Fina

Restaurant

Cafe Fina Photo, Monterey, California
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RESERVATION/ WAIT: We were seated promptly. We went during lunch time and they weren't busy. We were seated close to the window and enjoyed the view of the ocean and the beautiful houses. After few minutes, it was only us eating in the restaurant. APPETIZER: Deep Fried Monterey Calamari (breaded and served with cocktail and tartar sauce)Both reviews: Yummy, yummy on our tummy! We wanted some more. The calamari tasted good with either sauce.MAIN ENTREE:He ordered: Pepperoni Pizza (8"). Pepperoni wasn't on the menu but the staff gladly made it for him.Both reviews: Yummy, yummy on my tummy!She ordered: Tilapia with shredded almond.Both:...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 3, 2008

Cafe Fina
47 Fisherman's Wharf
Monterey, California 93940
(831) 372-5200

First Awakenings

Restaurant

First Awakenings Photo, Pacific Grove, California
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RESERVATION/ WAIT: We went for breakfast. We thought we had to wait but there was no line at all. (It was a Wednesday morning.) You can either sit outdoor and indoor, we chose outdoor sitting. They also let us sit on the table that we liked. One of the owners was working and greeted us when we came in. He also led us to our table. He was nice and friendly. They started getting busy when we were about to leave. MAIN ENTREE:He ordered: The Works. Ham, bacon, sausage, mushroom, onion, tomato, melted cheese, sour cream and chives.Both reviews: It was good but I'll try another pancake next time. He didn't like the potatoes. I did.She ordered: Blueberry pancakes. Plent...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 3, 2008

First Awakenings
125 Ocean View Blvd Ste 1
Pacific Grove, California 93950
(831) 372-1125

Monterey Bay Aquarium Photo, Monterey, California
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TICKETS: The tickets were purchased online but we picked them up from the Ticket Holder Entrance. We got there about few minutes after 3 pm and they close at 6 pm. We were thinking that we won't have time to go around so we were told by the attendant that the tickets were valid for a year from the day they were purchased. So we decided to just come back. After 3 months we came back.We enjoyed the SEA OTTERS, OUTER BAY, GLASS DOME filled with anchovies, WAVE TUNNEL, and the BAT RAY POOL where people can touch or pet bat rays. Check out our posted photos. I wish I can post the video since the photo doesn't give justice to how friendly the bat rays were to Big Bear over here....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 3, 2008

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

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RESERVATION: Big bear placed our reservation online.TIME: An hour drive out to the sea. An hour just enjoying the whale(s) and the sea. An hour drive going back. (3 hours)TRIP: Oh my goodness. It was our first whale watching ever. It was a good size boat and the sea was rough. It was rocking the heck out of the boat that day. I decided to sit in one place and enjoy the trip, and then suddenly I could feel it. I was getting sick. Meanwhile, Big bear was at the bow (is that how you call it?) enjoying how the boat was rockin' like he was on a roller-coaster ride. I'm not kidding! All he needed was a seat with a seatbelt. The way the boat was rocking was not side to side but ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 3, 2008