Tuesday, September 29, 2009

I've Been a Bad Blogger/My Dark Confession

I've been a bad blogger this month. Not only have I broken my promise from last month of blogging more (this is only my second post in September), I'm also cheating on my blog topic. I usually travel to California for my vacations, which gives me more pictures and stories for my blog; however, I have not gone to California on vacation. Shocking, I know. This time I've taken my vacation on the opposite coast...I'm in Charleston, South Carolina. As much as I love California and as much as there is left to explore of it (quite a lot), I needed a change of venue. I enjoy Charleston. There's a lot to see and do here. It's a pretty city situated on the Atlantic Ocean (well, technically it's on a peninsula jutting into Charleston Harbor.) I may just break topic and post a few articles about Charleston. It's a great destination...did I say there are tons of things to do here?

One of the things I love about travel to the East Coast vs. the West Coast is the difference in history. There is so much history in this part of the country...not that there's not a lot of history on the West Coast, but it's different. It's not any less interesting, it's just different. The scenery along the Atlantic Coast is a lot different than on the Pacific Coast. I must say that I prefer the Pacific Coast, but the Atlantic Coast has its good points, too. Sometimes being away from things makes us appreciate them more...not that I'm not generally away from California unless I'm on vacation, but maybe a different vacation destination will make me appreciate my next trip to California that much more.

Stay tuned for a break from California to learn a little more about Charleston. I'll call it the slightly more historic Monterey of the East Coast.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa Fall Special

The Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa is offering a package special for $299 a night plus a $75 resort credit for each night if you book an ocean view room Sunday - Thursday (until October 29.) The Plaza is the only Mobil 4-star rated hotel in Monterey and is located on Cannery Row. The hotel offers spectacular views of the ocean, as well as wonderful spa amenities, and great dining in their various restaurants.

Early Fall is a great time to go to Monterey as the peak tourist season has died down and the weather is still great, although fog is a possibility. I've been to Monterey a number of times in late October and definitely recommend going then. The first time I went the weather was cool and foggy, but the other times the weather has been sunny and pleasant. With less tourists in town, the attractions, shops, and restaurants are not as crowded, thus making for a more relaxing and enjoyable vacation. For more Monterey tips and information, check out my previous blog posts relating to Monterey and Monterey Bay.