Smattering of photos are in the Carmel Gallery
First, the hotel verdict? 3.25*'s
Olympia "Motor" Lodge1
Much nicer than the name implies.
- Pillowtop mattress, very comfy
- Nice Duvet- I'm all about the blanket
- Comfy armchairs good for sitting in for prolonged time
- Cable tv with food network and such
- cushy new carpet
- decor wasn't bad at all. New stuff all around except the bathtub.
- Toiletries were scanty and low quality
- thin ceilings. Ask for an upper floor room
- noisy wooden walkway. Ask for an upper floor end unit
- Advertised continental breakfast was orange juice, bananas, and a few pastries. Had some coffee and tea (lipton)
- Your door may be a sliding glass door, depending on where you are situated. You could probably make your room demand very specific and ask for an upper floor end unit with a patio (those have a little table outside) facing Lighthouse.
- At check-out time, 11 am, the receptionist was nowhere to be found, nor was there a note indicating that we should just leave our keys, wait 10 minutes, or call a number. That was a bit remiss.
- Driving on 68 at night when it is misty and being tailgated is not very fun. Take a different route into Pacific Grove.
Ate. Where did we finally decide to eat dinner? Forge in the Forest where I can honestly say, just AWESOME. I know people rave about the fine dining at Passionfish but we wanted something a little less fancy. We got great food at Forge, where we sat outside on the patio without reservations. Simply walked in a bit before 6 pm. On a Sat. night. Score!
- Steamer Bucket. Great mussels with no seafood taste at all. The sauce was so good we soaked it up with our hot rolls (delivered steaming to the table)
- Gnocchi with Pesto - Pasta of the Night. Creamy gnocci with tender chicken.
- Angel hair with garlic meatballs- Very yum yum
^^ were all delivered hot and in large quantities. Normally you don't see big plates in Carmel, but we had to take half of our entrees home, even though we were hungry.
- Creme Brulee. Good, though not earth shattering. Big enough for two to share, which is what we did. Is Creme Brulee always cold? Ours was served cold.
And yes, we hit Ghiradelli for the Brownie Sundae (this one is a good one, not too sweet with a moist brownie) and the Clam Chowder stand for Clam Chowder Bread Bowls.
Heh. Of course! I got a small black leather Coach3 handbag which doubles as a wristlet.
And no trip would be complete without a visit to a yarn store.
Knitting by the Sea2 which carries the KFI/Knitting Fever line. Lots of alpaca, cotton, and some novelty. Also has Curious Creek. Sock yarns were Regia Opal and Sockotta. Needles carried are Clover and Addi Turbo.
The shop is well lighted and the salespeople are really nice. They had some interesting huuuuge skeins on the table but they were too big to fit in my stash box so they stayed there. Check out the carmel photo album for a photo of the shop's interior.
Last stop- Gilroy Premium Outlets. We decided we had enough time to stop here and wandered through Gap, Banana Republic (with the most solicitous sales people award from us), J.Crew, Coach (again) and etc.
Final Verdict- Wonderful!
1 Olympia Motor Lodge | 1140 Lighthouse Ave. |Pacific Grove CA 93950 | (831) 373-2777
2 Knitting by the Sea | On 5th between Mission & Junipero (across from Forge in the Forest) | (831) 624-3189
3 Coach at Carmel | San Carlos St & Ocean Ave Carmel, CA 93923| (831) 626-1777