We stayed in Pebble Beach in December 2014, guests of three cats whose owners were away. Pebble Beach is a gated community
in the Del Monte Forest on the Monterey Peninsula. There are about 4,500 residents and eight public and private golf courses.
There is a 17 mile long scenic drive along the coast through Pebble Beach, with several places to stop to look.
Visitors must pay a fee at the entrance gate. One must stop is the Lonely Cypress, on the left. It is probably
about 250 years old, supported by cables for 65 years, and is said to be the most photographed tree in the US.
There is a special staircase to a viewing platform to see the Lonely Cypress.
Trees, rocks and the ocean.
Dan feeding our gracious hosts. They wandered around and came to check on us throughout the day and night.
The cats were very affectionate and relaxed.
Pebble Beach is famous for its golf courses, this one is close to where we stayed. Seems deer may be a hazard.
The clubhouse of the Monterey Peninsula County Club where Dan played.
The first hole of the Monterey Peninsula County Club Shore course.
Some holes are close to the sea, and golfers can sometimes see whales.
The Pebble Beach Lodge has shops and restaurants. The restaurant building to the left faces the sea. The
Lodge is popular with local residents and many tourists come also – there were busloads when we visited.
The restaurant building to the left. To the very right is the Carmel by the Sea, where Clint Eastwood was once mayor.
The house where we stayed had a lovely garden running down to a creek. There were lots of birds, and lots of bird feeders.
Anna’s hummingbird. It is hard to fill the feeders with hummingbirds hovering around your head. They were not shy! And they consumed a lot of sugar water.
The other feeders were also quite popular, here some finches.
The garden had a little bubbling water fountain which attracted small finches.
Seeds that dropped from the feeders were eaten by quails …
.. and a squirrel.
Several turkey vultures came on our last day, possibly for something they had spotted in the creek at the end of the garden.
We stayed close to Bird island, just off 17 Mile Drive.
There are information boards about the animals seen and binoculars to look at the birds on the island.
Bird Island is a very popular stop.
A bit surprising though is that there seem to be more seals than birds on Bird Island.
One wonders how the seals make it up the island, through the rough waters and up the steep cliffs.
There are many birds along the coast, here a group of pelicans.
A real “pebble beach”, along the coast just north of Bird Island.
There are paths on the side of the road so you can walk along the beach through “pebble beach”.
Annette and Leila walking along the beach.
There are benches to sit on and watch the ocean.
Warning. The sea can be very rough even when there is little wind.
It is difficult to survive if you are dragged into the sea by the waves, because of rough water and slippery rocks.
A perfect spot for a selfie.
View of Pebble Beach from Carmel. The Lodge restaurant and shops complex lies on the bay in the center of the picture.
View of Carmel beach, popular for a Sunday walk.
The coast south of Pebble Beach is not so dramatic, but still scenic.
We stopped at a café and restaurant near Big Sur, designed so all guests could see the view while eating.
South of Pebble Beach.
The coast north of Pebble Beach is more dramatic.
The coast road north to San Fransisco.
The open fields we saw were full of ground squirrels.
A creek full of calla lilies along the road. A perfect stop to get down to the beach – see the stairs in the background.
We had a wonderful stay at Pebble Beach, and we miss the cats.
Did the cats notice when we left?