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Steve’s 70th Birthday


25th Anniversary

Of Swimming the English Channel

Carmel, CA June 6th - 9th

Where to Stay? Cypress INN



Thursday: Cocktails Cypress INN Bar 5:00pm to 7pm (Dinner on your own!) Suggestions Below

Friday: Planned Dinner @ IL Fornaio (Cocktails at 6pm, Dinner at 7) (Walking Distance from the Cypress Inn) 2 Blocks

Saturday: Planned Dinner @ The Beach House at Monterey Peninsula Country Club (Transportation provided)

  • 5:45pm - Be Downstairs for the Buses to pick up at Cypress Inn

  • Cocktails 6:30pm to 7:30pm

  • Dinner @ 7:45pm

  • Buses Return @ 10:45pm


(Links attached on the Restaurant name)

Breakfast - Carmel Belle (Fresh Juices, Smoothies, Eggs, Avocado Toast etc)

Lunch - The Bench at the Lodge in Pebble Beach - Water Views & Outdoor Fire Pits (It’s June Gloom Season - Might be foggy in town, which is normal this time of year).

Lunch option 2 - Bernardus Lodge & Spa (In the Valley) Wine & Bocce. Always sunny in the Valley - Chase the Sun! (20 minute drive)

Cocktails - Mission Ranch - Clint Eastwood’s Place. (Watch the Sunset and Wild Sheep run around) Opens at 4pm

Dinner Option 1 - La Bicylette - California French Cuisine (Wood Fired Flat bread Pizzas, Salads, soups. Reservations required for all Dinners options.

Dinner Option 2 7th Steak (Upscale California Cuisine) Adair & Joaquim’s Favorite (Great Fish, filet mignon burgers, Jamon Iberico & Cheese Plates)

Dinner Option 3 - La Balena (Authentic Italian with a California Flare) (Amazing Pasta and protein dishes)


Carmel Valley WINE TASTING: Downtown Carmel is full of Wine Tasting Rooms. You can also Uber 20 minutes out to the Valley for a Casual fun wine tasting. Eat Lunch at Bernardus lodge then Uber 5 minutes to the Valley Village where there are about 8 tasting rooms to walk around. Careful They all close at 5pm in the Valley. Listings Here

For Serious Wine Tours - Hire a driver to take you out to Soledad or Santa Lucia Highlands for all of the River Road Wine Trail - This is a full days trip. (50 min drive) Many of the same Wineries have tasting rooms in Carmel. However, if you are looking to hang on the wineries itself - this is the place to be! Listings HERE

Wine Tasting Rooms Downtown Carmel - These wine tasting rooms stay open later till 7pm. Fabulous Wines! Carmel/ Monterey / Soledad is known for their Pinot’s! Tons of Pinot Rose’s as well. They are infamous because the grapes heat up so much during the day by the Valley Sun, then get cooled by the fog at night, which makes them ripe very uniquely! Most of the tasting rooms have limited production, so many are organic and biodynamic - making it easy to drink with less of a hangover or headache - So Be Careful - It Goes down fast ;) Go in the Order Below: All Listings See Here

Day 1 Downtown Tasting: My Favorite and in order of walking - All Super Close to Cypress INN - (Schneid, Dawn’s Dream, Scratch, Caraccoioli)

  • Day 2 (Silvistri, HAHN, Wrath, Albatross)

SPA DAY - Pebble Beach Has a spa with upscale prices. I Personally love The Refuge at CVAC (10 minute drive) Halfway between Carmel and Carmel Valley. They have outdoor Sauna’s, cold and hot tubs, Steam rooms. All Co-ed and supposed to help you detox! Deborah is not a fan - haha, but it’s great if you are into it. Third Option - Enjoy the Spa at Bernardus lodge. Perfect place for lunch, after you eat, hit the spa, while your Husband plays bocce and sits at their outside bar and fire pits. WIN WIN FOR ALL.

BIG SUR DRIVE- Drive Highway 1 south for an hour! Scenic Views, Hikes, Stop for a casual Lunch at Nepenthe or Upscale Lunch at The Post Ranch Inn’s Sierra Mar

Big Sur Hikes: My Favorite is the Andrew Molera Loop - Hikes Listed Here