Top Things to Do Near Our Monterey Bay Hotel

Discover unique travel ideas at the endless number of interesting attractions, scenic drives, restaurants and outdoor adventures not far from our Monterey Peninsula hotel.

Hidden Treasures in Monterey Peninsula

A little known jewel of the Monterey Peninsula is the area known as “Sand City.”  Sand City is a green conscious, artistic community of about 200 people who live, work and play by the sea.  There is something for everyone in Sand City.  Residents and tourists alike enjoy biking through town or spending the day shopping and visiting one of the local eateries, artists’ studios or magnificent coastal views.  Sand City used to be the “industrial” cul-de-sac of the Monterey Peninsula, but as industry struggled to survive the economic changes of the Peninsula, the large, vacant warehouse and production spaces of bygone industry became attractive to artists and independent designers who were being priced out of Carmel, Monterey and Pacific Grove.  The old industrial spaces were perfect for sculptors of large pieces, clothing designers, mural painters and many other creative types, and they were affordable to rent.  Take an afternoon and visit the studios and creative production spaces of Sand City, maybe taking in a lunch or dinner at one of Sand City’s excellent restaurants.  There is so much art to look at and ponder that you won’t forget your visit.  Ask one of our Front Desk Associates for directions.

Reference to Sand City:  http://www.sandcity.org/

Local Favorite Restaurants and Activities, Monterey CA

 

Visiting the Monterey Peninsula is always a special occasion, you do exciting things throughout the day such as whale watching or wine tasting, activities that allow you to explore, sense and feel the essences of the Peninsula.  When evening starts to draw down it is our nature to seek out places of warmth, security and relaxation.  Certainly, your room at our hotel fits all of those requisites, but we need to eat and make a little merry at the end of the day in a warm place.  There are three out-of-the-way areas that locals frequent to get away from the mainstream and chill a bit.  If you are partial to ocean views and fresh fish, the Sandbar and Grill is easily accessible from the commercial fishing wharf and welcomes fish-lovers of all types with fresh fare.  On North Fremont St., Monterey Cookhouse represents one of the best places for wood-fired, smoked cuisine.  Close to the center of Downtown Monterey, the Cookhouse prides itself on steaks and fish cooked in their unique way.  For a taste of Old Monterey, Restaurant 1883 is your best bet; their menu is varied and offers fish, meat and vegetarian options.  Restaurant 1883’s wine cellar is storied to be one of the largest on the Peninsula.  The Monterey Peninsula sports over 250 eateries of all description and one is sure to fit your taste.

The Sandbar & Grill:  http://www.sandbarandgrillmonterey.com/

 

Monterey Cookhouse:  http://www.montereycookhouse.com/

 

Restaurant 1883:  http://www.restaurant1833.com/

 

Monterey on a Budget

A weekend getaway on the Monterey Peninsula often involves kids and keeping them occupied.  A great getaway doesn’t always mean big or expensive events, a getaway can be as simple as getting out of the city for awhile and visiting Monterey.  Obvious choices are a day on the beach at Del Monte Beach or Lover’s Point Cove in Pacific Grove.  However, there are alternatives a-plenty.  Ask our Front Desk Associates about places to purchase a sumptuous picnic lunch and make a day of it at Lake El Estero right by Old Monterey.  There, you can rent paddle boats or kayaks and spend the day on the lake.  Another use for that picnic lunch would be to visit the playground at Dennis-the-Menace Park—also by Lake El Estero—where there are picnic benches, grills and a large play area for the younger set complete with swings, jungle gym and other play-inspiring toys.  Afterward, finish off the day with dinner at the kid-friendly Bubba-Gump seafood restaurant in Cannery Row.  Return that night to a comfortable room at our hotel with accommodations for the whole family. Maybe just relax and watch a movie on our new Flat Screen TVs, or relax at the Poolside or if you want to get some exercise use our fitness room.  In the morning, enjoy our complimentary  hot served daily 7am to 10am.

 

Free Things in Monterey

There is nothing like getting a free ride, no parking hassles and stress free sightseeing. So, make a day of it, start in Old Downtown Monterey, lunch in Cannery Row and catch the Pacific Grove trolley for a view of the ocean and the bay, taking the FREE Monterey trolley back from the aquarium into Downtown Old Monterey. Spend an innovative day visiting the places the locals visit.

Catch the free trolley-buses between the hours of 10 AM and 6 PM daily. Visitors can enjoy Monterey Peninsula and have a chance to see things that they might miss when driving or don’t know the area. This year, there are two trolley lines running that will take you all over the Peninsula. Park at the downtown parking lot and catch the main trolley line that runs from Downtown Old Monterey to Old Fisherman’s wharf, through Cannery Row and stops at the Monterey Bay Aquarium before returning to Monterey. Second, for those that want to see more of the Pacific Ocean and visit Old Pacific Grove and take a drive along the bay, there is the trolley-bus for Pacific Grove. Both trolley-busses intersect at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, making it convenient to transfer from one bus to the other. Remember, these trolleys are FREE and you can get on and get off the stops at your leisure.

http://www.monterey.org/Portals/1/parking/pdfs/trolley_map_color.pdf

http://www.monterey.org/en-us/departments/parking/thewavefreeshuttle.aspx

California Redwoods – Coast Drive

Hyperion is the name of the tallest redwood tree located in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, measuring a staggering 378 feet. Ever wonder why redwoods are so special? The coast redwood, or California redwood grows only in northern California and the southwestern most part of Oregon. Groves of coast redwoods dot the landscape from Big Sur California to the Oregon border, from the coast to as far as fifty miles inland. These trees depend on the moisture in the sea air and dense coastal fogs to thrive and reproduce. A victim of heavy logging, the number and acerage of these trees has shrunk dramatically since the 1800’s. These trees are a wonder to see, their diameter can be as large as 26 feet and they live 1200 to 1800 years. They are also the tallest trees in the world reaching up to 378 feet high. A few groves of these redwoods can be seen in Big Sur, just south of Monterey and they are definitly worth a day-trip.

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