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/

Antiques – Monterey, Monterey California

Looking for a reason to stage an impromptu getaway to the Monterey Peninsula?  Have a penchant for old things that may be valuable?  Then come to the Monterey Peninsula for the antiques.  After all, Monterey is over 200-years old, and Pacific Grove and Carmel are at least a hundred years old.  That a lot of stuff in the antique malls and little out-of-the-way shops that clutter the Peninsula and Moss Landing.  From jewelry to buttons to clothing to furniture, the Peninsula has it all.  Spend a day visiting the antique malls and shops, then treat yourself to a splendid dinner on Fisherman’s Wharf or Cannery Row before retiring to admire your antiquing discoveries in one of our deluxe rooms in our centrally located hotel.  From our hotel you have easy access to the Cannery Row Antique Mall, the Holman Antique Plaza in Pacific Grove, Trotters Antiques on Lighthouse Boulevard and Orientations by Lake El Estero.  Come spend a day and night with us on the Monterey Peninsula antiquing.  The things you find may surprise you.

Cannery Row Antique Mall:  http://www.canneryrowantiquemall.com/

Trotters Antiques:  http://www.trottersantiques.com/

Orientations (Asian antiques):  http://www.orientations.us/

 

Speed Racing and Horseback Riding in Monterey

Let’s say that you’ve been to visit Monterey several times and you love it here, but you are wondering what there is to do that’s fresh and new?  It’s time to start thinking “outside” the city.  Maybe you have a thing for fast cars.  At the Laguna Seca Speedway, noted driver and race winner Skip Barber maintains a unique school for driving racecars.  You get to experience speed at its rawest in some of the fastest vehicles on the speedway today.  For a more gentle experience but no less unique, the Monterey Bay Equestrian Center offers horseback riding in several locales.  You can even get a carriage ride for that special someone’s birthday or anniversary.  It’s all about thinking out-of-the-box.  There is a cornucopia of things to do on the Monterey Peninsula, but every now and then, we want just a little bit more.  Don’t forget to book a room at our comfortable, centrally located hotel.  Book early and save cash.  Ask our Front Desk Associates about other unique and different things on the Peninsula.

 

Skip Barber:  http://www.skipbarber.com/MazdaRaceway.asp

 

Horseback Riding:  http://www.montereybayequestrian.com/

 

Heaven on Earth, Steinbeck style

Ever wonder where great novels come from?  Think community.  Monterey and its surrounding environs, especially Big Sur, are well known as a highly literary, audacious community of productive writers.  Not just novelists reside here, but poets and columnists too.  The Monterey Peninsula’s history is well populated with writers as well.  Ever wonder where Robert Lewis Stevenson got his idea for Treasure Island?  It was the time he spent sitting and writing at Lover’s Point in Pacific Grove.  Of course, there is John Steinbeck (“Cannery Row”), probably the most well-known writer this area has produced.  Visit the John Steinbeck Center in Salinas to learn about his history and have dinner at the house he was born in, now a museum and restaurant.  Touring through Carmel and its wealth of restaurants, there are many writers’ hangouts to be found, such as the Hogs Breath Inn, a classic example of a place where writers used to congregate.  Next time you plan a getaway, make a little time to pursue the environs of writers and don’t forget to book a room at our hotel early, the weather is warming up and walking tours are a must, or take a driving tour of Hunter Thompson’s (“Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”) Big Sur.

The Steinbeck House:  http://www.steinbeckhouse.com/

National Steinbeck Center:  http://www.steinbeck.org/

More about Historic Monterey:  http://www.historicmonterey.org/literature.html

Summer Activities and Getaway Ideas!

Feeling Blue or Jazzy? Take your pick, Blues Festival in June or jazz Festival in September at Monterey Fairgrounds, Monterey CA.

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People seem to think whales migrate South in the winter, but the truth is that whales migrate all year long, different types migrating at different times and, don’t forget, that they have to do a trip back up to the North also, which happens in late spring and summer. So, any time is a good time to go whale watching from Monterey. To celebrate whale and its impact on Old Monterey, every third Saturday in January ( this year Jan 21, 2012), is devoted to the Monterey WhaleFest, a celebration of the whale and its migration. As such, it is also a celebration of Old Monterey, with entertainment, food stalls, art and music all coming together to make for one nice afternoon and evening. For me, this is a nice break from the daily drudgery of winter. Definitely a top 10 things to do in Monterey. Whale watching packages available: http://www.stayatmonterey.com/special-pkg/monterey-whale-watching-pkg.aspx

Big Sur Half Marathon

Although I don’t run in marathons or otherwise, I have a couple of friends who run for fitness’ sake. One of these friends has run the Big Sur Half Marathon for the past few years and swears by its interesting sights and beautiful bay and ocean vistas. Out of curiosity, I took a look at the map of the race on the Big Sur Half Marathon website and discovered that not only is it not in Big Sur (as is the full Marathon), but the course runs through many of the prettiest bay and ocean areas of Monterey and Pacific Grove. To me, the course is very familiar, as it runs through areas I like to walk when I go for my daily stroll. I suppose you could say that I’ve “walked” the Big Sur Half Marathon several times since my arrival on the Monterey Peninsula eighteen years ago. I recommend to visitors to the Peninsula take a look at the race map on their website and do a little walking tour of their own when they are in town. http://www.bigsurhalfmarathon.org/

Top 10 Monterey Attractions

Top things to do in Monterey include the Monterey Aquarium, Fisherman’s Wharf and world famous Pebble Beach golf course among many other Monterey attractions.

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