Growing up in California, Monterey is one of my favorite California locations. Living in northern California, we spent most of our family vacation time going to our cabin in the Lake Tahoe area. But during an encounter on a flight to Hawaii as a young child, I met an older couple from Monterey with whom I fell instantly in love. That chance meeting grew into a deep and lasting friendship. As I grew older, I would drive down with family or friends to spend time with them and enjoy the amazing beauty that I discovered during my visits to the area. This quickly became one of my go to destinations.