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Big Sur, Pebble Beach

Big Sur, Pebble Beach

After breakfast, get back on Highway 1 and stop at the Big Sur Bakery for fresh bread and other baked treats for the road. The bakery was founded in 1936 and has operated continuously since then. You’ll want to take the next 25 miles slowly, as the road is windy and the views of steep hillsides jutting into the ocean are simultaneously exhilarating and majestic. There are ample pullouts for stopping to marvel at the scenery.

Plan to arrive in Carmel-by-the-Sea for lunch at Folktale Winery and Vineyards. After a couple light wine tastings and small bites, head over to Big Sur Adventures for a guided VIP e-bike tour of the famous 17-Mile Drive around Pebble Beach. These bikes make touring easy, since a motor obviates the need to pedal. Instead, sit back, relax, and soak up the views as you motor past Spanish Bay, golf greens, cypress trees, and crashing surf, at up to 20 mph.

That evening, head east into the oak-studded Carmel Valley and check into your last hotel for the trip, the Carmel Valley Ranch. This luxury resort offers suite-style accommodations with private decks and soaking tubs. You’re practically bound to see deer and turkeys wandering past. Enjoy dinner at the resort’s Valley Kitchen, where the sommelier will pair your courses with Monterey County wines.