An often-overlooked event venue down by the entrance to Fisherman’s Wharf is the Custom’s House Plaza. When Monterey was a trading seaport back in the 1800’s, this area housed the original Custom’s House, a warehouse, and several stores and trading businesses, as well as shipping companies taking goods to global markets and bringing in specialty items such as furniture and teas. Today, the Custom’s House Plaza hosts weekend festivals of every type on most weekends. There is the Greek Festival, art fairs and many more events to consider at different times of the year, such as outdoor ice-skating in the winter. Some events sell food, others highlight painting, jewelry, sculpture and clothing. Consider the Custom’s House Plaza as the starting point for a day of exploring Historic Monterey, as the Plaza offers tours of the original Custom’s House and the Plaza is surrounded by beautiful, manicured gardens with original adobes to investigate. Have a lunch on Fisherman’s Wharf, peruse the gift shops for that special trip memento and buy a bottle of wine for later in your room. The weather is perfect for leisure days in Monterey.
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