What we have always loved about heading down to the Monterey Peninsula for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am is that while the golf is a lot of fun, there are so many other things to do on the Monterey Peninsula.
Heading to Carmel-by-the-Sea following the golf on any given day is always a fun-filled trip as the dining, the wine, and the thirst parlors are always a nice way to unwind.
Looking for place to get a bite after leaving the course, here are a few of my favorites.
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Flaherty’s is a tradition of the area and even though locals may shy away because of the tourists, don’t let that sway you! You want seafood? Head here!
Andre’s Bouchee is another stop where the ACES team has enjoyed quality food and is somewhere to put on “must do,” list.
La Balena Cucina is a hidden gem and one well worth finding. Featuring fresh rustic Italian food, it is extremely popular tournament week.
Of course, when we stay in Pacific Grove the tournament, the trip is never complete without a stop at Passionfish. Billed as sustainable, award-winning, local seafood, it never disappoints.
Want some wine after the golf? My go to is always Galante Vineyards! Situated off Dolores St. between Ocean and 7th, it is located just off a courtyard, so you must find the tasting room as you are not going to just roll by it. Once you do, you have the found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!
KORi is another favorite of ours. Owner Kori Violini was in the grape growing business, then eventually decided she wanted to make wine she liked. A great, fun stop!
Shale Canyon is another winery that has helped Carmel-by-the-Sea into a growing wine region.
Wrath is another tasting room and it’s located right by the iconic Cheese Shop, a spot where you can find just about any cheese you want and can taste before buying!
If you are looking for a couple of places to stay right downtown, check out either the Hofsas House or the Pine Inn! Both are in great locations and allow the park your car for the night and enjoy the town on foot.
Finally, if you want to get in a round of golf yourself and have never taken on the Pacific Grove Golf Links, then you are missing out on the “Poor man’s Pebble Beach.”
Carmel-by-the-Sea is one of my favorite places to spend some time and if you get the chance to explore, I think you’ll find it the same!
By Dennis Miller