A quiet Christmas Day but we made up for it on Boxing Day!
Driving through the quaint and very rich town of Carmel-by-the-Sea (what recession?) we made our way to Pacific Grove – “Butterfly Town, USA” and started the day with brunch & mimosas at the Red House Cafe.
Pacific Grove is home to the overwintering migration of thousands of Monarch Butterflies clustering together on pines, cypress, and eucalyptus. These trees provide the “microclimate” they need: proper humidity, light, shade, temperature and protection from the wind. Each year beginning in November, the Monarchs return to spend the winter within a few select acres in this town. An estimated 24,000 butterflies are residing there now.
You can’t come to this area without a trip to Pebble Beach and a tour of 17-mile drive. The area was a hub of activity – surfers, golfers, sun bathers, dog walkers, swimmers, tourists and locals all out enjoying the gorgeous sunshine and blue sky!
This was a great area to spend Christmas. We’re leaving in the morning and heading towards L.A. – and the Rose Bowl Parade!