Good afternoon everyone, I hope your week is going well. Yesterday (July 27) was my 1 year wedding anniversary – what a crazy year it has been! If you are unfamiliar with our love story, please read Quick Update Regarding the Old 150x British Airways Avios & Match.com Promo. Long story short, I joined Match.com because British Airways was running a huge promo and offering thousands of British Airways Avios. In the end, I didn’t get the Avios, but I did get the girl and we got married in Sonoma, CA on July 27, 2019. Last weekend, we drove down to Carmel / Monterey / Big Sur for our anniversary. Here is where we stayed and ate during our trip…
For the first 2 nights, we stayed at the Hyatt Regency Monterey using a free night certificate from Laura’s Chase World of Hyatt Credit Card and 15,000 World of Hyatt Points (category 4 Hyatt). Thanks to 2 current Hyatt promos, Laura received 2,500 World of Hyatt Points from the Elite Member Bonus and she should receive another 3,750 World of Hyatt Points as part of the 25% rebate on award stays (15,000 x 25% = 3,750). We have stayed at this hotel many times and this hotel is a great deal if you have a Hyatt free night certificate available. The hotel is a 5-15 minute drive to various parts of Monterey County.
We then spent 1 night at the InterContinental Clement Monterey on Cannery Row. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is currently closed, but most other businesses and restaurants are open. This hotel used to charge 60,000 – 70,000 IHG Points per night, but right now, the hotel has off-peak pricing and can be booked for as low as 40,000 IHG Points. I was able to use a free night certificate from my Chase IHG Rewards Premier Credit Card (you can only use the free night certificate at hotels that charge 40,000 IHG Points or less). The hotel is in a great location if you want to hang out around Cannery Row and the rooms are very nice.
Our favorite breakfast place is a short distance from both hotels. It is called The Wild Plum Cafe and they have great breakfast options (I always get a large chai tea and the basket of fresh baked pastries) but Laura loves the breakfast burritos and egg dishes. Don’t let the 3.5 star Yelp review deter you from visiting (it also codes as an AMEX Small Business).
Another favorite restaurant of ours is Tarpy’s Roadhouse. They have plenty of outdoor seating, also code as an AMEX Small Business, and it is a great spot if you want to watch planes land at the nearby Monterey Regional Airport.
We also love going to Fandango Restaurant and splitting the seafood paella and creme brulee dessert. They have many other great dishes to choose from and also code as an AMEX Small Business (lots of these businesses in Monterey County).
Laura had never been down to Big Sur, so we drove about 45 minutes from Monterey down to Big Sur. We drove by the Ventana Big Sur (just to check it out) and stopped at Pfeiffer Beach for a few hours to walk around, watch the surfers, and look for pretty shells.
We had a great weekend in Carmel / Monterey / Big Sur and can’t wait to visit again soon. If you are married, what did you do for your one year wedding anniversary? Let us know in the comments section. If you have any ideas on how we should spend our second wedding anniversary next year, we would love to hear your suggestions too. Have a great day everyone!