LA by Diana - Personal Style blog by Diana Marks: Enjoy Life and Experience Monterey


May 13, 2016

Enjoy Life and Experience Monterey

One of my new years resolutions this year was to be more adventurous, spontaneous and to make the most out of life. Not just every day, but every hour, and every moment. In other words, to embody the spirit of Grabbing Life by the Moments. That's when the best memories happen anyway! So when my friend asked me to go join her on a road trip along the California coastline back in April, I immediately said yes. I would normally take a few weeks to think about it and plan everything out, but this time we decided to be spontaneous and fun. We had no particular plans and no hotel reservations. We just took Highway 1 and drove. And it turned out to be one of the greatest experiences of this year so far!
I got to discover places in California that I didn't even know existed. My favorite part of that trip was definitely visiting Monterey County. That's where we spent most of our trip anyway! Even though we didn't have even remotely enough time to see everything Monterey has to offer, we were mesmerized by the little that we saw. From scenic views along the coastline on Highway 1, to breathtaking beaches and cutest beach towns, there are countless things to see and do there. Whether you are going on a local food and wine tour, outdoor adventure trip (biking, hiking, scuba diving, kayaking, hang gliding, horseback riding and surfing are just a few of the adventures that lure visitors there), or a family and friends road trip, Monterey County is the best place for all of it! 

My personal favorite little town was Carmel-by-the-Sea. I can definitely see myself spending a week getting lost there. This world-renowned little town had inspired artists, sparked romances, and attracted celebrities for decades. Rated a top-10 destination in the US year after year, Carmel-by-the-Sea is an amazing, European-style (perhaps that's why I like it? ;)) village nestled above a picturesque white-sand beach where everything is within walking distance from your charming hotel or inn. 
As for the strongest appreciation and connection with nature, I think Big Sur was my favorite place. Words cannot describe how enlightening and purifying it feels to be there.
Check out, which has official travel info for Monterey, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Big Sur, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Carmel Valley, Salinas Valley, Moss Landing, Marina, Sand City, Seaside, Del Rey Oaks and Salinas.
They are also given away 5 pairs of tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium! Comment on this blog post to enter! Explore your moments and plan your getaway today!
This post is sponsored by See Monterey, but my love for Monterey County is all my own.


  1. Beautiful photos... have fun :)

  2. Красивые фотографии! Удивительное место, чтобы побывать там! Столько живописных пейзажей, яркой и насыщенной красками природы, позволяют не только наслаждаться, но почувствовать единение с природой и получить умиротворение и благодать каждому человеку! Красота и наслаждение!

  3. Beautiful pictures! This is an amazing place that causes pleasure and inspiration! I hope to visit there!

  4. Beautiful pictures! Like to travel to such places! I get pleasure from such scenery!

  5. Beautiful pictures! I love your blog!

  6. This is a great place! Happiness in nature!

  7. This post is absolutely beautiful! xxx