Welcome to Monterey!!! I’m a 45 minute drive north, but Monterey is a common weekend spot for me. In fact, two Tuesdays from now I’m driving/chaperoning my son’s Monterey Bay Aquarium school field trip! I don’t care how old I am, I’ll always have a great time there. Especially when they have the penguins. I’m a sucker for penguins. Check out Carmel if you have the time! It’s so cute– the houses all have names, not numbers. Totally cute! Hope you and Ben have a great time up here!!