Why do all of my favorite road trips center around food? It’s bad for my waistline to go on an eating binge as I drive up and down Highway 1.
Take for instance my favorite road trip – driving from Santa Cruz to the Carmel Highlands.
You start out in Santa Cruz at Marianne’s Ice Cream. I get the cardamom pistachio ice cream. Yum! Can’t get this anywhere else. Or try any of their 40+ other delicious flavors like Oregon Blackberry or 50/50 which tastes just like a 50/50 bar.
Continue to Gayle’s Bakery in Capitola for an instant toothache. Order something beautiful and delicious. Scope out all the food in the deli and think about getting some nosh and wine for a picnic on the beach.
Continue down Highway 1. Stop at the fruit stands by the side of the road. Pick up delicious fresh fruits and vegetables. Plan a healthy, fresh dinner for the evening.
Get off Highway 1 to sample the cioppino at Phil’s Fish Market and Eatery where Phil beat Bobby Flay in a throw down for the best cioppino. Mmmmmm. Warms you up and is utterly delicious.
Back in your car, head down to Menterey and stop at Vivolos Chowder house. Have their award winning Clam Chowder in a Bread Bowl with a Garlic Cheese Lid. Oh, yum! Don’t even think about the calories, just enjoy.
Stop in to the Monterey Bay Aquarium for a lesson in all things marine in the Bay.
Continue to Lover’s Point and take a much needed walk along the cliffs on Monterey. Enjoy the sunset , if it’s time or just watch the waves pound the shoreline like they have for eons.
Now is a good time to share a kiss if you’re with someone romantic.
Take yourself a little way south on Highway 1 to Carmel. Exit on Ocean Avenue. Pull over and do a little shopping at their magnificent stores. Stop in at the Hog’s Breath Inn for a martini. Sit on the patio, if you can, and enjoy the fire. Sip and relax.
Back in your car, head south to the Carmel Highlands gas station. They have a little vault built inside with lots of great wine. Pick something out for your dinner tonight. Something special.
And those are the highlights from my gastronomical adventure down Highway 1.
I highly recommend you give it a try if you’re in the area.
- Marianne’s Ice Cream
1020 Ocean Ave. Santa Cruz, CA
- Gayle’s Bakery
504 Bay Ave. Capitola, CA
- Phil’s Fish Market and Eatery
7600 Sandholdt Rd. Moss Landing, CA
- Vivolos Chowder House
127 Central Ave. Pacific Grove, CA
- Lover’s Point
Ocean View Blvd. at 17th St. Pacific Grove, CA
- Monterey Bay Aquarium
886 Cannery Row Monterey, CA
- Hog’s Breath Inn
San Carlos St. and 5th Ave. Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
- Carmel Highland Gas Station
70 Highway 1 Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA