>I think sometimes the best way to travel is to make few plans and have even fewer expectations. Such was our impromptu trip to Monterey this January. We were amazingly fortunate with the weather, warm blue skies and a three day holiday. So last minute, we piled up the buggy and headed north. The only things on the agenda – a stop for lunch and quick hug for my daughter in San Luis Obispo, and a visit to the world famous Monterey Aquarium.
Now, I may sound carefree, but I do like to know where I’m going to put my head at night, especially during a long holiday weekend, so we did our due diligence. After weighing our preferences and our budget, we settled on the Hotel Casa Munras, a boutique hotel about a 10 minute walk to the pier. Nothing is perfect and the reviews on the hotel had included some negative comments, so I made sure when we got our room to ask for one that was quieter. Research does pay off, and we got a sweet little room just over the pool and rose garden. And though the room did smell a little bit musty (you get used to it), the bed was very comfortable and the bathroom had just been remodeled, and I quite loved our little L’Occitane bath soaps.