For Thanksgiving we traveled up to Big Sur and then onward to Monterey, where we spent two nights on a ‘homestead’ outside of town, which I rented from AirBnb. We found Monterey to be a delightful town full of charm, some nice architecture, a lovely natural setting and some delicious seafood.
Not to be missed is the aquarium, which is conveniently located at the end of the famed Cannery Row, which is now just a tourist trap selling trinkets and t-shirts to tourists.
Farther afield, be sure to check out neighboring Pacific Grove, which is full of great Victorian architecture and quaint little shops. Down the road a bit are two things I’d skip-the 17-mile drive and Carmel, the first being overly priced for what it is and the later a faux village with little soul.