With summer winding down, Urban Chic readers are looking for something to do before fully returning to the daily rituals of work, work, and more work. Well look no further, we have some suggestions for you.
Why dont you take a romantic drive up the coast? California is one of the most beautiful states in the country with an amazing coastline. Try leaving the Inland Empire heading north to the charming town of Pacific Grove. Nestled between its well-known neighbors, Carmel and Monterey, Pacific Grove offers a tranquil environment of fine foods and wines and excellent antiques shopping.
For lunch you can try Zocalo Mexican Restaurant. The shrimp tacos are amazingly fresh and their condiments include creams and spices often found in Central American dishes. Or make reservations for dinner at Taste Café & Bistro.
This cozy European Restaurant features herb-roasted chicken, grilled rabbit, pastas, fresh sausages, and exceptional soups and salads. And the brioche bread pudding and apple strudel should not be missed. The bistro also features live jazz music on weekend evenings.
Finally, no trip to Pacific Grove would be complete without spending the night at the Martine Inn overlooking the coastline of the Monterey Bay. Rated one of the eight best Bed & Breakfasts in Historic Homes by Bon Appetit, the Martine Inns lavish Victorian interior and incredible views coupled with some of the best service makes this a choice destination.
The inn features fine woodburning fireplaces in most rooms and beautiful antiques and museum quality furnishings in every room. The largest room, The Suite, features an outstanding view through corner windows of the waves crashing against the rocks, a corner fireplace, 1860s renaissance revival and parlor set, a china tub, ring shower, and elephant leg pull chain toilet.
Or ask to stay in the Edith Head room, named for the famed costume designer. The room features a 9-piece bedroom set made for her as well as a raised tub and hand-painted sink in the bathroom.
The inn also boasts several exciting common areas including a conference room, dining room overlooking the rugged coastline, hot tub, library, and game room featuring a 1890s billiard table. The grounds include a private courtyard, carriage house, and a display of the innkeepers vintage MGs.
Complimentary meals include wine and hors doeuvres every evening in the dining room, featuring Monterey County wines and a gourmet breakfast hand-served to each table. The innkeepers are quite attentive and the service is exceptional.
The Martine Inn was built in 1899 and purchased by Laura and James Parke of Parke Davis Pharmaceuticals in 1901. The original main house, carriage house, and two other buildings made up the Parke family compound. The total estate contained 59 rooms.
Over time the Victorian exterior was converted to a Mediterranean style house and from the very beginning remodeling was almost constant. In 1972, the current owner Don Martine purchased the house with the help of his parents. He spent twelve years renovating the mansion and the work is chonicled in photo albums located in the inns library.
Rooms were restructured or replaced and the ground floor was totally restructured. Upon completion of the restoration, Don researched authentic Victorian wall coverings, paint colors, and interior furnishings. All meals are served on the finest Victorian and Old Sheffield silver pieces.
To make your reservation, call 800-852-5588 or visit their website for a complete tour: www.martineinn.com.
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