Back in March, I asked Cake for advice about a (then-upcoming) trip to the Monterey area and Big Sur...
The community came through with some excellent advice, and I wanted to share a bit of what we saw.
We got started in Pacific Grove, which was lovely. Pretty much the entire coastline from downtown Monterey all the way around the peninsula is a walking path, so we spent several days just walking and exploring. We never got sick of the view, and would often find ourselves stopping for ten or fifteen minutes just to watch the waves from this or that section of the path.
One thing that struck me about the town of Pacific Grove: it is clearly a town that is loved by its inhabitants. We quickly noticed that there were abundant benches along paths, and that each one was dedicated in memory of somebody's relative, friend, teacher, etc. What took us longer to notice was that each bench had been very precisely situated to make the most of whatever viewpoint it was at. Seriously, it was uncanny. We would be stopped, enjoying an amazing view, and then notice a bench a bit further down the path, and darned if that bench wouldn't turn out to be in exactly the optimal spot. The obvious inference to draw is that the people in that town love their views, and take them very seriously.