On one of our hikes along the shore on our semi-vacation, we saw a sign that mentioned that many years ago Monterey was a large fishing town and sardine canning area (and therefore would have stunk pretty badly) and Pacific Grove had been a religious retreat. This gave rise to a local saying at the time:
“Carmel-by-the-Sea, Monterey-by-the-Smell, and Pacific Grove-by-God!”
Not surprisingly, as Monterey stated packing in and pickling tourists rather than sardines, it now prefers to be known as “Monterey-by-the-Bay”.
Wildlife was everywhere. A colony of large harbor seals sunned themselves on the beach only a few blocks from where we stayed. It was fun watching them.
Anyway, we’re back home after a truly delightful semi-vacation. We loved it so much that we’ve already made two more sets of reservations to stay in the same place later this year and early next year.