My husband and I are finally getting around to taking our honeymoon (we were married last August) and will be travellling the California Coast from Oct 1 - 9th this fall. We're really into food and wine, but we're not pretentious, so we can do the super upscale and yet fully appreciate the hole-in-the-wall spots that we'd never know from our hotel.
Our itinerary includes Sonoma, Carmel/Monterey, Big Sur and L.A. Sadly, we're skipping Santa Barbara. I have put most of the itinerary together, but need some help on some restaurant recommendations. I'm trying to balance the evenings between foodie and casual so we don't end up having 8 nights of tasting menus.
So far I have the following:
Sonoma - Staying at Farmhouse Inn, Forestville
Dinner first night at Scopa, Barndiva or Willi's Wine Bar
Lunch at Spoonbar
Dinner second night at Farmhouse
*Do we splurge for Cyrus if we're doing tasting menu at Farmhouse?
*Someone else also recommended Kenwood Inn
Monterey/Carmel - Staying at Carmel Valley Ranch
Dinner first night at Pacific's Edge
Dinner second night at The Tap Room at Pebble Beach (my husband will be golfing that day)
*I have heard the restaurant at Carmel Valley Ranch is very good, but it looks like they changed chefs.
*Thoughts on Bernardus Lodge or L'Auberge Carmel?
Big Sur - Staying at Glen Oaks
Dinner first night at Detjeens?
Lunch at Nepenthe
Dinner second night at Ventana Inn?
L.A. - Staying at SLS Beverly Hills
Dinner first night at Katsuya Brentwood (we need some sushi somewhere on this trip!)
Drinks at Seven Grand
Dinner second night at The Bazaar by Jose Andres
I would be open to any alternate recommendations or swaying from my current selections. I have been reading review after review and am starting to lose my way.
Thanks in advance, you guys...
7871 River Rd, Forestville, CA 95436
Willi's Wine Bar
4404 Old Redwood Hwy, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
231 Center St, Healdsburg, CA 95448
109 Plaza St, Healdsburg, CA 95448