Monday, June 13, 2011

Teacups and Monterey

My husband and I celebrated our 27th wedding anniversary last week in Monterey. We found a lovely boutique hotel right on the water in the heart of Cannery Row. The room was decorated with romantic colors and fabrics, and of course I took lots of pictures.

There were Cd's in the room of soft music, John Trent's "Monterey Nights" which I kept playing the entire time. Breakfast was served to our room every morning; this I thought was particularly nice (I'm a mom of five boys...that never happens at home!)

There were no teacups involved with breakfast, but the coffee was good!

We spent some time in the rooftop garden while the sun was shining.

One day we decided to rent bikes and ride along the bike trail that travels through the entire town. As we were riding along, I spotted a huge barn-like structure with the word ANTIQUES across the front. Before I knew what happened, my bike bolted off the trail and stopped abruptly in front of that antique store. My husband was very understanding about the detour and even offered to stay with the bikes while I had a look inside. I stepped through the door and all around me were shelves covered with beautiful old things...vintage beauties. Dishes, doilies, tea pots and teacups to name a few. It was almost like heaven (but not, because heaven has Jesus and He is even better than teacups and pretty things:). There was so much to see, I had to leave and come back later with the car. When we went back, I found this teacup and my husband purchased it for me.

I love having something like this to add to my memories of the trip.

A few days after coming home I visited my mom and brought a bouquet of flowers home from her garden. Her roses are in full bloom.

I enjoyed the flowers and the teacup on my deck.

Teacups and roses seem (to me) like the perfect pair!


  1. How perfect to be travelling and come across this wonderful barn of treasures. I love what you came home with. And the bouquet for you mother is just gorgeous.

    Love Dawn xx

  2. What a wonderful anniversary you had! Exciting and finding a beautiful tea cup to remind you of your trip and celebration. Perfect! Happy Tea Day!

  3. Looks like a beautiful trip! The teacup is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing with us!

  4. What a beautiful place to visit! I love your pretty teacup and the bouquet is beautiful. Blessings, Pamela

  5. Hello Charlotte, Your trip looks fabulous! I love the room you had and would love to visit there too. Would you mind sharing the name of the hotel?
    Your newest tea cup is gorgeous! Really! I love every detail of it. What a delightful way to come upon it.

  6. First of all, Happy Anniversary, Charlotte! What a lovely place to spend some time. The room is very pretty and girly; just the way I like it. I love the pink and green theme.
    What a treat to have breakfast brought up to you! I raised three boys so I never had breakfast brought to me either.
    Your new tea cup is darling and a sweet momento of your trip. Love the roses too; so vibrant in their colours!
    Your tea post is just delightful and thank you for sharing it with us for Tea Time. Hope you have a wonderful week.


  7. Happy Anniversary! Your trip sounded great and I feel refreshed just looking at your pics!

  8. Hello Charlotte,
    Happy Anniversary to you and your husband. That was a nice trip for that event! Lovely hotel and heavenly breakfast. Thank you for sharing this nice pictures.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  9. Happy anniversary! Teacups are such a special remembrance. The lovely memories brought to mind as you sip a cup of tea from the teacup. We had our honeymoon 37 years ago in Carmel and visited Monterey as well. Went to see The Sting at the cinema on Cannery Row on evening. Such a lovely place we always loved visiting.

  10. Terri asked if I would share the name of the hotel we stayed in...of course I will. It was the Spindrift Inn on Cannery Row. There are rooms with ocean veiw or Cannery Row veiw. The price is higher for ocean view. You can get more information and read some reveiws on (we always use this site before booking a hotel)

  11. Happy Anniversary! What a lovely getaway, teacup and gorgeous flowers!

  12. Hi: What a wonderful tea cup and trip. I love to have a keepsake of any of the trips I have taken. It is so wonderful to think back on them again. Blessings, Martha

  13. your tea pot has many spots of beauty thanks for allowing me to visit you

  14. Congratulations on your wedding anniversary! It sounds like you had such a marvelous time - what a lovely, relaxing place to be together! How wonderful to find the antique store and for your husband to purchase that teacup - to treasure! Lovely bouquet - your mother must have a lovely garden,
    God Bless,

  15. Happy anniversary. your teacup is so pretty. I love it.

  16. Happy Anniversary!! The hotel looks wonderful and the view beautiful! What a gorgeous teacup you found. Looks perfect with the flowers from the garden.

  17. Happy Anniversary!. We were there last year for our 31st. I loved Monterey, all those seals. Your teacup is jsut beautiful, what a sweet memory. Thanks for stopping by my blog and your comments.
    Blessing, Sheila


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