Monterey California Attractions... Discover the Beauty of the Central CoastWith miles of breathtaking coastline, dramatic ocean scenery, beautiful beaches, pristine forests, endless shopping and dining, unique attractions, championship golf courses, charming wineries and tasting rooms, and historic landmarks, Monterey is a captivating vacation destination on the Central California Coast. Explore exciting attractions such as historic Cannery Row, Monterey Bay Aquarium and Fisherman's Wharf.
Discover coastal treasures such as 17-Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Pacific Grove and Point Lobos. Kayak, cruise or sail into the Monterey Bay Marina Sanctuary, enjoy whale watching adventures, discover historic lighthouses and missions. Enjoy shopping, dining, and wine tasting on Cannery Row and Old Monterey. Play on beautiful white sand beaches, walk along the beautiful Coastal Recreation Trail, explore the Monterey Wine Country and enjoy the Monterey Jazz Festival. Discover spiritual adventures at Big Sur and Carmel Valley - all a short drive from our Monterey Bay hotel.
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Monterey California Things To Do & See
Cannery Row -Framed by Monterey Bay and the Coastal Recreation Trail, Cannery Row is the waterfront playground of Monterey with historic shopping, dining and entertainment. This legendary waterfront marketplace features wonderful restaurants, cafés, bars, shops, outlets, boutiques, galleries, spas, tasting rooms, entertainment venues, recreation and beaches with breathtaking views of the Monterey Bay.
Enjoy delicious cuisine, live music, dynamic nightlife, exciting events and attractions like the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Monterey Wax Museum. Cannery Row offers 25 waterfront restaurants, including Bubba Gump Shrimp Company and The Sardine Factory and 85 boutiques.
Stop for a glass of pinot at A Taste of Monterey or the Scheid Wine Lounge. Enjoy live music and fun at Sly McFly's Refueling Station and Blue Fin Café & Billiards. Visit www.canneryrow.com.
Monterey Bay Aquarium -Anchoring Cannery Row, Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the most highly regarded aquariums in the world, celebrated for its interactive marine exhibits and diverse sea animals. Explore natural exhibits and habitats on the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary - one of the world's most diverse marine ecosystems. See the Outer Bay exhibit, a one-million-gallon sea water tank with hammerhead sharks, bluefin tuna, sea turtles, enormous sunfish, and jellyfish.
Discover fascinating aquarium exhibits such as Coral Reefs, Giant Pacific Octopus, Enchanted Kelp Forest - one of the tallest aquarium exhibits in the world - and the Rocky Shore of sharks, rockfish, and penguins.
Dive into the Splash Zone, featuring live ocean animals you can touch. Check out the Secret Lives of Seahorses, the largest collection of seahorse species in the country, marvel at the Life on the Bay exhibit with ocean view decks, or take the Behind-the-Scenes tour. Visit www.montereybayaquarium.org.
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Historic Old Monterey & Monterey Path of History -The heart of Historic Downtown, Old Monterey is a beautiful tree-lined neighborhood with charming shops, restaurants, cafés, bars, theaters, hotels, businesses and historic landmarks. Walk down Alvarado Street, the city's historic main street, to the Old Monterey Market Place, the Tuesday farmers' market with fresh organic produce, Baker's Alley, and dozens of unique arts and crafts vendors.
Wander along the Monterey Path of History that encircles downtown Monterey and see the rich history of Monterey in adobes, mission bells, gardens and lighthouses. Discover Monterey landmarks such as Cooper-Molera Adobe, Custom House, and The House of the Blue Gate. Visit http://oldmonterey.org/.
Monterey Bay Coastal Recreational Trail -Stretching for 18 miles along Monterey Bay - from Castroville in the north to Pacific Grove, the waterfront Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail is a scenic path for walking, jogging, biking, skating, rollerblading and sightseeing. Hugging the northeastern coastline of Monterey, on the converted tracks of the old Southern Pacific Railway, Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail is a popular route to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, American Tin Cannery shopping and outlet mall, Maritime Museum, and Fisherman's Wharf. Enjoy sightseeing on the separate walking and cycling paths or rent bicycles from Blazing Saddles located in front of the hotel - go to www.blazingsaddles.com or Visit www.seemonterey.com/recreation-trail.
17-Mile Drive -One of the most scenic drives in the world, 17-Mile Drive winds along the Pacific coastline through Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach, to the Del Monte Forest. This coastal landmark on the Monterey Peninsula offers jaw-dropping views of beaches, coastal hills, forest, Spanish Bay and the beautiful Pebble Beach golf courses.
Discover nature's treasures, such as The Lone Cypress and Fanshell Overlook, with breathtaking views of Fanshell Beach.
Stop at Spanish Bay, Point Joe, Seal Rock, Cypress Point Lookout and Carmel Bay. Encounter scenic turnouts and the emerald fairways of The Links at Spanish Bay, Spyglass Hill and Pebble Beach Golf Links. Stroll along the Pacific surf, enjoy dining at Roy's Restaurant, and stop at The Market outside of the Lodge at Pebble Beach for a picnic at Point Joe or
Monterey Wine Country -Blessed with rugged mountains, historic villages, idyllic beaches and beautiful vineyards, Monterey County is a wine lover's utopia. Located on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, the Monterey Wine Country is one of the premier wine growing regions on the California coast with nine appellations - Monterey, Santa Lucia Highlands, Arroyo Seco, San Lucas, Hames Valley, Chalone, Carmel Valley, San Antonio Valley, and San Bernabe.
From the slopes of Carmel Valley to the rolling hills of the Santa Lucia Highlands and Gavilan Mountain Ranges, Monterey Wine Country is home to 175 vineyards and 85 wineries that craft 42 exceptional wine varietals including Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, and Sauvignon Blanc.
Tour Monterey wineries and enjoy charming tasting rooms, including Galante Vineyards, Bernardus, Chateau Julien, and Robert Talbott. In November, the Annual Great Wine Escape Weekend features wine and food tasting, winery tours, and winemaker dinners. Visit www.montereywines.org.
Pebble Beach -Perched above the Pacific Coast, Pebble Beach is a gorgeous coastal community and resort destination in Monterey County. Drive along the Pebble Beach coast and discover magnificent coastal scenery, breathtaking beaches, dramatic rocky cliffs and attractions, such as 17-Mile Drive, The Lone Cypress Tree and Pebble Beach Resorts.
Pebble Beach is home to seven celebrated 18-hole golf courses - Pebble Beach Golf Links, The Links at Spanish Bay, Spyglass Hill, Poppy Hills, Cypress Point Club and Monterey Peninsula Country Club's Dunes Course and Shore Course.
Pebble Beach Resorts' four championship golf courses are celebrated for their breathtaking beauty, history and intensity. Considered the most spectacular oceanside course in the world, Pebble Beach Golf Links hugs the rugged coastline and offers emerald fairways, breathtaking ocean views and the most challenging holes on California's Central Coast.
Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary -One of the world's most diverse marine ecosystems, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is a protected marine area off California's central coast. Venture into the world's largest protected ocean habitat, and encounter diverse sea and land life.
Encompassing a shoreline of 276 miles and 5,322 square miles of ocean, Monterey Bay is habitat to diverse mammals, fish, seabirds, invertebrates and plants.
Sail through indigo waters or board a sport fishing boat to catch tuna and salmon. Dive and snorkel into the calm bay waters and lush kelp forests. Kayak and canoe bay waterways with dolphins, seals and gray whales. Explore the underworld mysteries of the Bay and meet playful sea otters.
Carmel-by-the-Sea -With its European-style charm, artistic vibe and natural beauty, Carmel-by-the- Sea is an alluring seaside village on the Central California Coast. This charming coastal town is loved for its jaw-dropping scenery, white sand beach, quaint shops, wonderful restaurants, performing arts, spas, and art galleries in Tudor buildings.
Stroll stone-paved alleyways in historic Carmel to charming shops, boutiques, art galleries and outdoor plazas, such as Carmel Plaza with shops and restaurants in a beautiful courtyard, and Carmel Valley Village.
Enjoy coastal cuisine at waterfront eateries, and have a pour of pinot noir at charming tasting rooms. Relax on Carmel Beach, hike the trails of Point Lobos, enjoy concerts and shows at the Sunset Cultural Center and historic Sunset Theater, and explore the magnificent Carmel Mission - California's second oldest Spanish mission. Whether you discover local art or savor fresh seafood on the beach, Carmel is a spirited adventure.
Point Lobos State Reserve -Jewel of the California State Parks, Point Lobos State Reserve is a coastal treasure with kaleidoscope skies and breathtaking seascapes. Located on the central coast of California in Monterey County, Point Lobos encompasses 750 acres of shifting seas and 550 acres of trails, headlands, coves, colorful meadows, archeological sites, geological formations, rare plants and incredible flora and fauna of sea and surf.
Enjoy scuba diving, hiking, sightseeing, bird watching, and photography. Enjoy scuba diving in one California's richest marine habitats, a colorful underwater world with 70 foot-high kelp forests, rare plants and invertebrate animals. See the whales and dolphins off the coast, and hear the sound of the seals on the offshore rocks at Punta de los Lobos Marinos. Visit www.pointlobos.org.
Monterey Fisherman's Wharf -Located on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula, the Old Fisherman's Wharf is a festive waterfront marketplace in downtown Monterey with unique shops, wonderful restaurants, theaters, whale watching, fishing, and cruises on Monterey Bay.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of Monterey's past as you shop and stroll along the Wharf with a cup of clam chowder. Enjoy waterfront restaurants serving fresh Monterey Bay seafood, get your face painted or enjoy a peaceful sailing cruise. Embark on a glass bottom boat tour, deep-sea fishing trip or whale watching cruise, or photograph the sea lions and otters playing in the gentle harbor waters. Visit www.montereywharf.com/.
Monterey California Adventures & Attractions
Point Pinos Lighthouse -www.ci.pg.ca.us/lighthouse
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca -www.laguna-seca.com.
Carmel Mission -www.carmelmission.org
Big Sur -www.bigsurcalifornia.org
Carmel Valley -www.carmelvalleycalifornia.com
Monarch Grove Sanctuary -www.ci.pg.ca.us/monarchs
Pacific Grove -www.pacificgrove.org
Monterey Golf Courses -www.montereypeninsulagolf.com
Scheid Vineyards Wine Lounge -www.scheidwines.com
Whale Watching & Fishing Tours -www.seemonterey.com/whale-watching
Monterey California County Events & Festivals
Pebble Beach Food and Wine -April 4-7, 2013- www.pebblebeachfoodandwine.com
Big Sur International Marathon -April 28, 2013 - www.bsim.org/site3.aspx
Monterey Bay Aquarium Cooking for Solutions -May 17-19, 2013 - www.montereybayaquarium.org/vi/vi_events/cooking
Carmel Bach Festival -July 13-27, 2013 - www.bachfestival.org
Pebble Beach Concours d' Elegance -August 15-18, 2013 - www.pebblebeachconcours.net
Monterey County Fair --August 28 - Sept. 2, 2013 - Monterey County Fairgrounds - http://www.montereycountyfair.com/
Monterey Jazz Festival -Sept. 19-22, 2013 - Monterey County Fairgrounds www.montereyjazzfestival.org