Take time to smell the sea spray on this beautiful ride
Pacific Grove’s rocky edge is made for cyclists. From Lovers Point, riding west threads you along a designated bike lane on the beach-side road for a nice, easy 4.7-mile ride. Stop often to watch foamy waves crashing over the rocks and sea otters at play. BYOB (bring your own bike) or rent one from Adventures by the Sea (from $7 per hour; 831/372-1807).
Pull off at Point Pinos, where kids look for seastars, hermit crabs, and turban snails in one of the world’s richest tidepool habitats. Afterward, take a quick detour down Lighthouse Avenue to visit the circa-1855 Point Pinos Lighthouse (free; on Asilomar Ave. between Lighthouse Ave. and Del Monte Blvd.; 831/648-5716).
Asilomar State Beach is a mile-long stretch of powdery sand and rocky coves backed by 26 acres of dunes. Surfers flock here; so do waterfowl, seals, and sea otters. Stretch your legs with a trek up the rickety boardwalk into the succulent-covered dunes.
P.G. is filled with restaurants committed to serving sustainable seafood, but the consensus is that Passionfish ($$; 701 Lighthouse Ave.; 831/655-3311) surpasses all. Reserve a table beforehand at this elegant but unpretentious favorite so you can savor the pepper-crusted sablefish, scallops cushioned on tomato-truffle butter, or local spot prawns (pictured) that you earned on your ride.