Scenes Along 17 Mile Drive, Carmel Mission, Big Sur and The Whole Enchilada

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Carmel, Pacific Grove, Big Sur, Whole Enchilada
(Slide Show contains 14 images)

If ever a place existed for my ten year old grandkid, Isabella, to become acquainted with the ocean, it would be the area of the Pacific that hugs the shoreline along Santa Cruz, Capitola, Carmel, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Monterey, and Big Sur.  When daughter Tami, Isabella and I, left home last week to adventure in that direction, connection with the sea was the goal.

We weren't disappointed! 

To prove this recent coastal journey wasn't all about Salt Water Taffy as blogged a couple days ago, or the Monterey Fisherman's Wharf, this slideshow features other areas of the Monterey Peninsula and sites around Carmel. 

The first shot above is of the Seven Gables Inn at Pacific Grove.  Also photographed is the Lone Cypress at Pebble Beach - likely the most photographed tree in the world. 

The quaint village of Carmel, with its storybook dwellings and shops, gifts special delight.  Nearby, you can find a threshold of history at Carmel Mission, where Father Junipero Serra, founder of the Franciscan Mission Chain in California during the 1700s, is buried in the mission floor.  I blogged more extensively, about the Carmel Mission, last December.  You can Click Here to see a larger collection of mission photos and read more of its history.

In the last image of this slide show, I created a collage of photos I captured at my favorite restaurant in this area of the coast.  It is aptly named, The Whole Enchilada.   It is conveniently located at Moss Landing, along Highway 1, between Watsonville and Monterey. 

There were very few "must do" items on my list for this trip. . .But dinner at The Whole Enchilada was at the very top of that list.  Voted "Best Mexican Restaurant" in a number of area polls, they provide some of the best seafood dishes around. The catch of the day is right off the local fishing boats and prepared in the authentic Mexican coastal style.   The Whole Enchilada not only has the finest Coastal Mexican food available, it has the exquisite hospitality of the owner and host, Ray Retez.  Ray makes a point to visit each table and greet each guest, making them feel he has known them their entire lives.  Ray's son-in-law, Luis is the cook - an extraordinary cook at that!

The Whole Enchilada possesses a colorful, funky Mexican Tiki hut type decoration, picturesque boat masts visible across the road, large menu with reasonable prices.

Grandkid Isabella had Prawns cooked in garlic butter.  My daughter ordered up the Chicken Enchiladas, and I consumed the amazing Seafood Stuffed Chili Relleno.

All were wonderful. 


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Paul Peck
Peck Drywall and Painting serving Brevard County, Florida - Melbourne, FL
Licensed Drywall and Painting Contractor

Myrl, Great shots.

Well, it's probably hard to get a bad shot on that part of our planet. :) 

Thanks for sharing with us.


Jul 12, 2010 01:26 PM #1
Terrie Leighton
Ferrari-Lund Real Estate - Reno, NV
Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno

Myrl ~ I love the 17 Mile Drive along the Camel coast. Your pictures bring back wonderful memories of taking this drive. Spectacular.

Jul 12, 2010 01:43 PM #2
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Paul - You're right!  It is virtually impossible to take a bad shot in that part of the planet!

Terrie - I don't know why, but I fall in love with it more each time I visit!  It's nearly impossible to feel stress in that area of the world.

Jul 12, 2010 01:45 PM #3
Diane Williams
Pell City, AL

Myrl, Looks like a wonderful place to visit, I know you and your family had a wonderful time.   The pictures are beautiful.

Jul 12, 2010 01:48 PM #4
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Fantastic photos, Myrl.  I thought I recognized some shot of the mission from this winter.  Very spectacular coastal pictures.  This is the Carmel where Clint Eastwood was the mayor for several years?

Jul 12, 2010 02:27 PM #5
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Diane - It truly is an enchanting spot on the planet. . .And yes, we had a great time!

Bruce - Thanks for your kind words!  It's true - I visited the mission with a couple other grandkids right after Thanksgiving!  And Carmel is the town where Clint Eastwood was the mayor for several years.  I can sure understand why Clint would hunker down there:-)

Jul 12, 2010 02:55 PM #6
Geri Sonkin
Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103 - Merrick, NY
Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert

Myrl, you're photos always manage to make me feel I am where you are . . . and I often long to go back.  Wonderful, as always.

Jul 12, 2010 03:12 PM #7
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Myrl, all that in 17 miles?  What great scenery, Darcy and I are going to have to get up there one of these days!

Jul 12, 2010 06:32 PM #8
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Myrl, These photos are so terrific. I'm not that into the mexican food but would have loved being along for the ride. Just wonderful!! I did get a photo of that Bridge. Finding it, is a whole other thing, lol. Loved Carmel , the weather was rainy but I really love it there. Your trip must have been wonderful.

Jul 12, 2010 08:51 PM #9
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Hey Myrl, I love these photos and the town of Carmel, I want to visit now :) It really does look like a story book ..dream scape!

Jul 13, 2010 12:35 AM #10
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Myrl - this is such a BEAUTIFUL post, I have suggested it for a feature! Everyone needs to see this!!!

Jul 13, 2010 01:37 AM #11
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Yet another amazing post...I'm "suggesting" it! Thanks for the visual journey down the coast...

Jul 13, 2010 04:32 AM #12
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Geri -I know when I often gallivant, I wish that ActiveRainers were along for the ride.  I'm glad that sometimes it feels as if you are.

Tony and Darcy- The 17 mile drive is part of the coastal experience.  It's the 17 miles that hugs the coast between Monterey and Carmel.

William - A really wise man (you) once told me that it's important to "Get out of judgment and into curiosity."  We need to expand your culinary experiences. . .LOL

Laura - I think you would really enjoy Carmel.  It creates a delightful alternative reality.

Barbara Jo - Thanks for the suggestion. . .It's really appreciated.

JaneAnne - I'm so glad you enjoyed the post!  And thanks for your kind words!

Jul 13, 2010 05:39 AM #13
Steve Merson 512 412 1621
Keller Williams Realty - Austin, TX

Hi Myrl,

Well, those pictures are beautiful and that restaurant is making my mouth water. I'm just going to have to come and visit you one of these days!! 


Jul 13, 2010 07:08 AM #14
Jack Gilleland
Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton - Clayton, OH

The scenes are great and the photography too.  Time to enjoy the kids/grandkids is far to little and infrequent no matter how long or often.

Jul 13, 2010 07:17 AM #15
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Steve - If you haven't been to Carmel Valley, it's worth the visit.

Jack and Izzy - You're so right about kids and grandkids!  I'm fortunate that mine all live fairly close.

Jul 13, 2010 03:50 PM #16
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Hi Myrl, the photographs are just beautiful. Your trip sounds like so much fun and I would definitely want to visit the Whole Enchilada.  One of my favorite places to eat in Mazatlan features fresh seafood - much different than the "Tex-Mex" we have become accustomed to in Colorado. 

Jul 13, 2010 04:17 PM #17
Martha Brown
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403 - Annapolis, MD
Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent

The photos brought back memories of when I did the 17 mile drive a few years ago and Carmel was a place I visited way back when Clint Eastwood had a restaurant there called Hogs Breath i believe. The California coast is absolutely stunning

Jul 21, 2010 03:55 PM #18
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Mary - It was really a great trip, with wonderful food. . .and Salt Water Taffy!

Martha - Oh yes, Clint Eastwood was the Mayor of Carmel, and you're right about his owning "Hogs Breath."  I like your new photo avatar!

Jul 21, 2010 04:29 PM #19
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