Favorite Coffe Shop in Monterey Bay

After living in the Monterey Bay area for several months, I feel like I’ve gotten to know the area pretty well. I have found some of my favorite places and things to do. So I thought I’d share some of these places for anyone who is new to the area or will be visiting!IMG_2998

Since it was National (or International, not sure which one) Coffee Day earlier this week, I’ll start with my favorite local coffee shop!  Bookworks is located in the quaint town of Pacific Grove on the main drag Lighthouse Avenue.  Lighthouse Avenue is full of small businesses, eclectic shops, and Victorian architecture.  We were introduced to Bookworks by our favorite book loving, coffee drinking friends T & L (who I’m sure will be excited about this post).

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So why do we love Bookworks?  First of all, and most importantly, for the yummy coffee drinks they serve up!  Last weekend I had a delicious chai latte, and I also am a fan of their frappes.  They also have a variety of baked goods displayed on pretty cake plates, and other kid friendly snacks like those fruit pouches that it seems all kids love.  It’s easy to get a stroller in here, it is on the ground level (no stairs) and has plenty of seating including tables outside to sip your java al fresco and comfortable couches inside.  The coffee shop is also attached to a bookstore.  The bookstore has a nice selection of children’s books and puppets that can entertain your little ones after they get restless.

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Just catching up on the news at Bookworks!

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Lovingly cradling a fawn stuffed animal from the bookstore.

So if you find yourself in the area, stop in for your favorite coffee or tea and take a spin through the bookstore!  What other coffee shops in the Monterey area are your favorites?

Tea at the White Hart

I recently had the pleasure of attending afternoon tea at the White Hart in Pacific Grove.  The White Hart is a charming old Victorian home that has been restored and has just opened for tea service.  I wish I could’ve taken a tour of the whole house but apparently the owners actually live there, so I doubt they want their patrons wandering their private space!

We were seated in a light filled room overlooking Lighthouse Ave.  The table was set with antique floral china that reminded me of my grandmother’s own china set.    We were given menus to look over and decided to have the full afternoon tea which included 4 different sandwiches, scones with clotted cream, lemon curd, and strawberry preserves, and a selection of desserts.

Over the course of an hour or so my friend and I chatted over several cups of loose leaf tea and indulged in all the wonderful treats that were given to us.  It was a very peaceful and enjoyable afternoon.  I’m hoping to return to the White Hart again before we leave!  The White Hart will be open every 2nd and 4th weekend of the month and can also be reserved for private parties.  Check out their website HERE for more information and to make a reservation.

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