Start the day with a breakfast picnic of baked goods from Ad Astra Bread Co. and a latte from Stationæry, enjoyed on the rocks overlooking Carmel River State Beach. I love watching the tides and the pelicans that come and go with the change of seasons. The view never gets old for me. If I were feeling particularly adventurous, I would hit up a friend to boogie board with me on Carmel Beach, too.
In the afternoon, I would scoop up my husband Jonny and our kids and head to Nisene Marks State Park in Aptos. Nowhere makes me feel more at ease than in a redwood forest with my family.
*Editor’s note: Allow yourself an hour for the scenic drive between Carmel-by-the-Sea and Aptos.