I spent Thanksgiving weekend in Carmel, which has now become a family tradition. Even with the rain, we had a wonderful time together.
California highways and interstates can get very crowded around the holidays, but the five-hour journey between Los Angeles and Carmel does not have to be miserable when timed right. My wife, son, and I left around 5:00PM on Thursday, with full stomachs from a Thanksgiving feast.
It was a cold, wet Thanksgiving and we hit heavy snow driving up I-5 in the Grapevine area, though the roads thankfully remained opened. Without any drama, we made it around 10:00PM to the Hyatt Carmel Highlands, our favorite Hyatt property in California.
Augustine is now three year old, but it is still much easier to eat at home than have lunch and dinner in restaurants. What I love about the Highlands Inn is that Hyatt Globalists can use confirmed suite upgrades to book a townhouse spa suite, which includes a living room, full kitchen, and two bathrooms. That just makes life easier for traveling with children. My favorite part of the room, though, is the fireplace. We had a fire roaring all weekend.
The rain cleared (briefly) on Friday and we enjoyed a beautiful day. I’ve been sick for weeks with a lingering cold and the fresh air really helped to clear things up.
A highlight of this hotel is the breakfast/brunch. The food is really tasty and the menu changes slightly each season. The huevos rancheros were very good and the fish tacos also tasty. Great coffee as well, which is the most important thing to me.
On Friday, we had a nice hike at Point Lobos, a small but beautiful state park along the coast just a few minutes from the Hyatt.
Note Augustine’s rain boots:
It was a beautiful evening, despite the unexpected flurry of hail.
It rained Saturday and Sunday, but we still had a nice time driving down Highway 1 to Big Sur and doing some hiking along the ocean.
We took US-101 home and stopped at the Apple Farm in San Luis Obispo for dinner. Once of the highlights for Augustine was the old car outside the lobby:
Family traditions are a wonderful think and I look forward to my return to Carmel every November and February. Even rain could not spoil a wonderful weekend.
Tomorrow I will compare the Hyatt Carmel Highlands to the Alila Ventana Big Sur.