Thursday morning we were back in the car again for the journey back to civilization. We left the serenity of the national parks behind us as we departed Yosemite enroute to the California coast where we were spending the rest of the honeymoon. A stressful 4 hour drive from Yosemite to Carmel due to the steep winding hills and some less than stellar directions (what a disappointment since mapquest.com was so good up until that point) but by afternoon we arrived at The TicklePink Inn.
The TicklePink Inn is nestled in the highlands of Carmel overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Our room faced the cove and had a beautiful balcony overlooking the hills and the water. The room was beautiful and luxurious, the bed was heavenly and the bottle of champagne that welcomed us was a terrific touch. We spent a day and half in Carmel walking the streets, browsing in the stores and the many art galleries that are in the heart of Carmel.
We had two dinners in Carmel – the first at the Flying Fish Grill. This restaurant is Asian Fusion and the fish was fresh and delicious. We started off with a California roll as an appetizer and then we each had the Ahi Tuna. The tuna was lightly seared and served over steamed rice with a mustard miso glaze. It was outstanding. The reviews of the restaurant called it romantic so Darren and I were expecting white table cloths, candles and an intimate setting. We were surprised however to find the decoration to be heavy wood, lots of booths and a louder atmosphere than what we expected. It was still terrific but not quite the little nook or hideaway we read about.
The second dinner was at Flaherty’s. Flaherty’s is a fish and seafood restaurant in the heart of Carmel as well. We read several good reviews and were in the mood for a healthier dinner so we thought we’d try it. Darren started with a jumbo shrimp cocktail and I had the Manhattan Clam Chowder. The shrimp were large and tasty and the clam chowder was flavorful and not skimpy at all on the clams. We thought we were in for a delicious entree. Unfortunately, that was not the case. Darren order the Cioppino and I had Little Neck Clams with tomatoes, spinach and herbs in a olive oil and garlic sauce over angel hair pasta. While the portions were generous in size, both dishes lacked taste. They were both so bland and blah that we were disappointed. I guess every meal can’t be a winner. Oh well.
Saturday morning we ascended upon San Francisco for our final night of the honeymoon and to celebrate Brian & Melissa’s wedding. We arrived early so we could check out a few art galleries and grab lunch with Darren’s friends down at Pier 23 before heading to the church. A bunch of Darren’s work colleagues came into town for the celebration so it was one big party. The reception was at the Fairmont and was beautiful. The band was amazing – not your traditional wedding band – but a true 80s band – The Poprocks. They had all the guests out on the dance floor, singing and dancing along with them. The night was a ton of fun and the perfect last night for our honeymoon! Congrats Brian & Melissa!!!!
We are now sitting at the airport in San Francisco awaiting our return to NY. It will be really hard to return to ‘everyday living’ after the amazing few weeks but we are excited to come home and see everyone and relive the magic of the last few weeks.
Pictures will be posted….as soon as Darren can find the camera cord!!!!