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Blue meets blue at the C restaurant + bar Located next to the Monterey Bay Aquarium The reimagined C restaurant overlooks a spectacular waterfront setting on the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary The C restaurant + bar, where every table offers a blue water view. Serving breakfast and dinner daily. Located at InterContinental The Clement Monterey, a 208 room hotel on historic Cannery Row. Do you live an InterContinental life? 750 Cannery Row Monterey, California 93940 831.375.4500 www.ictheclementmonterey.com Blue meets blue at the C restaurant + bar Located next to the Monterey Bay Aquarium The reimagined C restaurant overlooks a spectacular waterfront setting on the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The C restaurant + bar, where every table o ers a blue water view. Serving breakfast and dinner Wednesday through Sunday. Located at InterContinental The Clement Monterey, a 208 room hotel on historic Cannery Row. Blue meets blue at the C restaurant + bar Located next to the Monterey Bay Aquarium 750 Cannery Row Monterey, California 93940 831.375.4500 www.ictheclementmonterey.com The reimagined C restaurant overlooks a spectacular waterfront setting on the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The C restaurant + bar, where every table o ers a blue water view. Serving breakfast and dinner Wednesday through Sunday. Located at InterContinental The Clement Monterey, a 208 room hotel on historic Cannery Row.
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PROPERTY SPECIFICATION Gas fireplace in each room Modern Amenities 34 Room Facility Jacuzzi sized jetted tubs Free Parking / Free WIFI Continental Breakfast included This boutique hotel was custom designed and built by Rafael B Lopez and family. Posada De San Juan was open in early 1992 and for the past three decades the Lopez family has welcomed guests from near and far. Posada de San Juan is centrally located in the heart of beautiful San Juan Buatista, California. Whether you're looking for your next stay-cation or looking for a place to stay during any upcoming special event, Posada De San Juan is home away from home. CONTACT US (831) 623-4030 310 Fourth St San Juan Bautista, Ca. 95045 posadadesanjuanbautista.com PROPERTY SPECIFICATION Gas fireplace in each room Modern Amenities 34 Room Facility Jacuzzi sized jetted tubs Free Parking / Free WIFI Continental Breakfast included This boutique hotel was custom designed and built by Rafael B Lopez and family. Posada De San Juan was open in early 1992 and for the past three decades the Lopez family has welcomed guests from near and far. Posada de San Juan is centrally located in the heart of beautiful San Juan Buatista, California. Whether you're looking for your next stay-cation or looking for a place to stay during any upcoming special event, Posada De San Juan is home away from home. CONTACT US (831) 623-4030 310 Fourth St San Juan Bautista, Ca. 95045 posadadesanjuanbautista.com This boutique hotel was custom designed and built by Rafael B Lopez and family. Posada de San Juan was opened in early 1992 and for the past three decades the Lopez family has welcomed guests from near and far. Posada de San Juan is centrally located in the heart of beautiful San Juan Bautista, California. Whether you’re looking for your next stay-cation or looking for a place to stay during any upcoming special event, Posada de San Juan is home away from home. For discounts use keyword RBL2023 when direct booking via phone (831) 623-4030 • 310 Fourth St., San Juan Bautista PosadadeSanJuanBautista.com PROPERTY SPECIFICATIONS f P y • 34 Room Facility • Gas fireplace in each room • Modern Amenities • Jacuzzi sized jetted tubs • Free parking/ Free Wifi • Continental Breakfast Included
Chartwell School Aspires to show the world that young people with language-based learning di erences and neurodiverse learning profiles can be among the most creative, productive, and valuable members of any community. Small class sizes and individualized, targeted instruction Multi-sensory, project based learning approach Visit our website at www.chartwell.org For more information call (831)394-3468 or email email@example.com College preparatory program with 100% college acceptance Schedule an individualized tour to observe classes, learn more about our learning methodology for children grades 1-12, and find out how Chartwell can transform your child’s academic and social-emotional experience. 2511 Numa Watson Rd. Seaside, CA 93955 Chartwell School
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MonTereyBayVIsITors.CoM Before he became famous, Robert Louis Stevenson came to Monterey. He spent his days wandering the shoreline and hiking the rugged woods. In 1880 he wrote about the experience, noting that “on no other coast that I know shall you enjoy in calm, sunny weather, such a spectacle of ocean’s greatness.” But Stevenson was not the first to recognize Monterey County as a haven for visitors. On one of his journeys, he came across a new community of neat homes and well-kept streets. All of the houses appeared to be vacant. Eventually he encountered a pastor, who informed Stevenson that this hamlet was a Christian resort. That town—Pacific Grove—is now populated year-round, although it still has many vacation homes and Victorian inns. The county is known for its literary figures. John Steinbeck made Cannery Row in Monterey a destination. The area has served as a location for some 200 films and television series. Thanks to the Monterey Jazz Festival and newer events like the California Roots Music & Art Festival, great musicians frequent the county. It is also home to two global icons in the world of sports. WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca was built in the hills outside of Monterey in 1957. The world’s best drivers test their skills against the famed Corkscrew. Long before, in 1919, Pebble Beach Golf Links was laid out. The course is home in 2023 to the U.S. Women’s Open for the first time ever. But some, like Stevenson, will tell you that the area doesn’t need any help attracting visitors. There are the stunning vistas, the many trails and, of course, Monterey Bay. “I have never been in any place that seemed so dreamlike,” Stevenson wrote. This guide is a quick tour of what can be packed into a trip to Monterey County. For updates on local news and events, visit mcweekly.com or pick up a copy of Monterey County Weekly. And go have some fun. -Dave Faries 22 events Calendar 32 at Play 44 Golf 50 spa 52 Cannabis 56 food 66 Local Map 102 Drinks 112 Wine 120 arts, Culture & Music Founder & CEO Bradley Zeve Publisher Erik Cushman Project Editor Dave Faries Editor Sara Rubin Art Director/Production Manager Karen Loutzenheiser Contributing Writers and Copy Editors Tajha Chappellet-Lanier, Sheila Gibbons Hiebert, Kyarra Harris, Celia Jiménez, Pam Marino, Rey Mashayekhi, Agata Popeda, David Schmalz Photographer Daniel Dreifuss, except where noted Graphic Designers Alexis Estrada, Lani Headley, Kevin Jewell Advertising Keith Bruecker, Diane Glim, George Kassal Business Development Director Keely Richter Cover Photo Li Liu The information presented in this guide was collected in the spring of 2023. Some information may have changed since. The Best of Monterey Bay® is published by Milestone Communications, Inc., a California corporation. The entire contents are copyright 2023. No portion may be reproduced. 831-394-5656. www.mcweekly.com. WELCOME LI LIU 20 The Best of Monterey Bay ® 2023-2024 News Arts Culture Food and More SIGN UP TODAY: mcweekly.com/signup DISCOVER MONTEREY COUNTY NOW Local news and lively commentary delivered to your inbox. Subscribe to Monterey County NOW and get it DAILY. Local MCNOW_1-3v_VG23_kpr.indd 1 6/15/23 3:42 PM
WWW.MONTEREYCOUNTYWEEKLY.COM 21 Welcome to endless amazement. Wherever your adventure takes you in Monterey County, please follow all guidelines, leave no trace, and treat our beautiful destination with respect. Download the See Monterey App to make the most of your trip. SEEMONTEREY.COM you in Monterey County, please follow all guidelines, leave no Pacific Grove when everything else disappears. Sunday Blues in the Park July 8-August 5, 1-4:30 PM Laguna Grande Park City of Seaside’s 64th Birthday Party October 13 City Hall Lawn, 440 Harcourt Pumpkin Plunge October 20, 1:30-3:30 PM Pattullo Swim, 1148 Wheeler Halloween Bonanza October 31, 6-9 PM Oldemeyer Center, 986 Hilby Winter Wonderland and Tree Lighting December 14, 6-9 PM City Hall Lawn, 440 Harcourt Golden Egg Hunt April 20, 11-1 PM Oldemeyer Center, 986 Hilby Summer Kick Off May 25, 1:30-4 PM Pattullo Swim, 1148 Wheeler More Events and Programs: tinyurl.com/SeasideGuide Stay connected! www.ci.seaside.ca.us @SeasideCA @City_of_Seaside Free Events: Sunday Blues in the Park July 9th - August 6th, 1-4:30pm Laguna Grande Park City of Seaside’s 69th Birthday Party October 13 Oldemeyer Center, 986 Hilby Ave Oaxaca by the Seaside September 23rd 12-4pm City Hall Lawn, 440 Harcourt Ave Movies in the Park October 6th & November 17th, 6pm Laguna Grande Park Halloween Bonanza October 31, 6-9 PM Oldemeyer Center, 986 Hilby Ave Winter Wonderland and Tree Lighting December 8, 6-9 PM City Hall Lawn, 440 Harcourt Ave Golden Egg Hunt March 30, 11-1 PM Oldemeyer Center, 986 Hilby Ave Everyone’s Harvest Farmer’s Market Thursdays 3-7pm Laguna Grande Park More Events and Programs: tinyurl.com/SeasideGuide Stay connected! www.ci.seaside.ca.us f SeasideCA T City_of_Seaside P SeasideRecreation Sunday Blues in the Park July 8-August 5, 1-4:30 PM Laguna Grande Park City of Seaside’s 64th Birthday Party October 13 City Hall Lawn, 440 Harcourt Pumpkin Plunge October 20, 1:30-3:30 PM Pattullo Swim, 1148 Wheeler Halloween Bonanza October 31, 6-9 PM Oldemeyer Center, 986 Hilby Winter Wonderland and Tree Lighting December 14, 6-9 PM City Hall Lawn, 440 Harcourt Golden Egg Hunt April 20, 11-1 PM Oldemeyer Center, 986 Hilby Summer Kick Off May 25, 1:30-4 PM Pattullo Swim, 1148 Whe More Events and Progr tinyurl.com/SeasideGuid Stay connected! www.ci.seaside.ca. @SeasideCA @City_of_Seasid Free Events: Free Events: SEASIDE CALIFORNIA city-of-seaside_1-2h_VG23_hl.indd 1 6/15/23 10:21 AM
22 The Best of Monterey Bay ® 2023-2024 Monterey Bay F.C. March-October, 2023 Monterey Bay F.C. is part of the USL Championship, the second tier of professional soccer in the U.S. They play a counterattacking style with a rugged back line. Watch from the stands or the beer garden in a stadium on the CSU Monterey Bay campus. Cardinale Stadium, 4111 2nd Ave., Seaside. (831) 3242560, montereybayfc.com Monterey Amberjacks May-July, 2023 Minor league baseball in friendly confines, with a beer vendor and hot dog stand. What more do you need? The Amberjacks play in the independent Pecos League. Sollecito Ballpark, 851 Pearl St., Monterey. montereyamberjacks. com MotoAmerica Superbike Speedfest July 7-9 2023 This event promises speed as well as family fun. Watch the top motorcycle racers in the country tear around Laguna Seca’s turns, and keep the kids entertained with carnival games on the sidelines. WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, 1021 Highway 68, Salinas. (831) 242-8200, weathertechraceway.com Monterey Beer Festival July 8, 2023 Dozens of craft breweries, each bringing several of their signature beers, all packed into one afternoon. It’s a lot to ask of a beer aficionado. In fact, it’s unlikely anyone can sample the 80 or so different brews on tap. Besides, there are distractions, like live music and food vendors. Monterey County Fair and Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey. (831) 3725863, montereybeerfestival.com AHRMA Classic MotoFest of Monterey July 14-16, 2023 The AHRMA Classic MotoFest celebrates vintage motorcycles, with road racing, trials competitions, flat track and motocross racing taking place all in one weekend. There will also be a swap meet and a bike show at this familyfriendly event. WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, 1021 Highway 68, Salinas. (831) 2428200, weathertechraceway.com Carmel Bach Festival July 15-29, 2023 This annual festival celebrates 17th-century composer Johann Sebastian Bach (and beyond) and it is now in its 86th season. It all happens at the Sunset Center in Carmel and various other nearby venues, subject to their availability. (831) 624-1521, bachfestival.org California Rodeo Salinas July 20-23, 2023 The California Rodeo Salinas features four action-packed days of bull riding, team roping, steer wrestling and more await. The rodeo is a PRCA event, so that means the top cowboys and cowgirls will compete. Plus there’s music, a carnival, a saloon and a lot more. Salinas Sports Complex, 1034 N. Main St., Salinas. (800) 549-4989, carodeo.com Sand City Criterium July 23, 2023 Bike racing’s version of NASCAR on the streets of Sand City—fast, wheel-to-wheel and challenging, with 10 turns and a field so deep the pros must run qualifying heats. Pedal power all day, with food, music and plenty of beer to go along. The start/finish line is at 615 Ortiz Ave., Sand City. bikereg.com Salinas Valley Food and Wine Aug. 5, 2023 The largest city in the Salad Bowl of the World celebrates the range of vegetables—and fruits (think wine)—that grow abundantly throughout the Salinas Valley and power the local economy during this annual event. Oldtown Salinas. salinasvalleyfoodandwine.com Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Car Week Aug. 11-20, 2023 The world’s finest cars make for a bucket list event. Attendees can expect to see a juried lineup of beautiful and important cars at the Concours (also see and be seen by collecting’s who’s who). But there are modern supercars, classic muscle and so much more at events during the week. And bid on some one-ofa-kind beauties at auctions. The unusual Corkscrew Hillclimb caps off the week. The main event—the Concours d’Elegance—takes CalendarPebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Car Week
24 The Best of Monterey Bay ® 2023-2024 calendar place Sunday, Aug. 20. Various locations. (831) 622-1700, pebblebeachconcours.net Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion Aug. 16-19, 2023 This event brings historic race cars to the track at Laguna Seca as part of the broader Car Week happenings. Cars from the early 1900s to recent Formula 1 winners and everything in between take laps. Famous drivers appear, too. WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, 1021 Highway 68, Salinas. (831) 2428200, weathertechraceway.com West End Celebration Aug. 26-27, 2023 Expect to see a whole host of artists and artisans in the performing arts, visual arts, live music on multiple stages and more at this big, fun block party. This dynamic festival is a little bit different every year as it celebrates whatever local artists are making. Throughout Sand City. westendcelebration.com Monterey County Fair Aug. 30-Sept. 4, 2023 Carnival rides—lots of them. Wild fair food, and not just on a stick. Tours of the livestock competitions. Live music. It’s all on display at the county fair, an annual staple of summertime fun for the whole family. Monterey County Fair and Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey. (831) 372-5863, montereycountyfair.com Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey Sept. 8-10, 2023 The Firestone Grand Prix wraps up the IndyCar season, so the championship will be on the line for the likes of Scott Dixon, Pato O’Ward, Colton Herta, Josef Newgarden and all the other stars of America’s top open wheel series. Indy race cars twisting through The Corkscrew? How could anything be better? WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, 1021 Highway 68, Salinas. (831) 242-8200, weathertechraceway.com Northern California Renaissance Faire Weekends Sept. 16-Oct. 23, 2023 For most people living in England’s Medieval era, life was a cycle of disease, famine and violence. Sixteenth-century humans eased the horrors of their age by partaking in the pleasures of pints of ale, songs telling tales and observing bloodsport. The Ren Faire presents a chance to time travel, minus the suffering. Casa de Fruta, Highway 152, Hollister. norcalrenfaire.com Monterey Jazz Festival Sept. 22-24, 2023 MJF celebrates 65 years strong this September. The bill boasts 51 acts, highlighted with some of the genre’s most recognizable names. Herbie Hancock, Thundercat, Dianne Reeves, Snarky Puppy, Samara Joy, Jamie Cullum, Terri Lyne Carrington and Terence Blanchard are just some of the big names coming to perform. Monterey County Fair and Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey. (831) 373-3366, montereyjazzfestival.org Rennsport Reunion Sept. 28-Oct. 1, 2023 All things Porsche packed into an event unlike any other. Rennsport is an auto show, auto race, family fair, food and wine festival, seminar and gala all at once. The gathering of enthusiasts, legendary drivers and Porsche executives and interested people is the largest in the world. WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, 1021 Highway 68, Salinas. (831) 2428200, porscherennsportreunion.com Monterey County Artists Open Studio Tour Weekends Sept. 30-Oct. 8, 2023 This is an annual opportunity to see local art and also meet the artists and see where their creative process happens. Artists open their studios and exhibition spaces, welcoming guests for this self-guided tour showcasing the range of work that can be found all over Monterey County. It all takes place over two weekends in October—artists choose which weekend (or both) to participate in. Various locations. artshabitat.org Life Time Sea Otter Classic Monterey Jazz Festival
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California International Airshow Oct. 7-8, 2023 Aerial acrobatic teams and modern high-tech aircraft spin and glide through the sky as the audience looks up in amazement from the ground. The spectacle is back for its 42nd year, with a show by the Canadian Forces Snowbirds Military Jet Team as well as the USAF Thunderbirds. Salinas Municipal Airport, 30 Mortensen Ave., Salinas. (844) 647-7469, salinasairshow.com we. Mural Festival Oct. TBD, 2023 Sand City has long been a destination for artists looking for studio space. Since 2020 with the launch of this annual festival, it’s also become a destination for muralists. Watch them in action as they transform blank walls into a canvas. Throughout Sand City. wecreateart.co. Tor House Fall Festival October 13-15, 2023 The five-story stone tower that poet Robinson Jeffers built for his wife as a gift is normally accessible only by guided tours on Saturdays. But it opens up for an annual fall festival and is accompanied by events like beach picnics, poetry readings at sunset, live music and academic presentations on Jeffers’ work—a peek into Carmel’s bohemian past. Various venues in Carmel. (831) 624-1813, torhouse.org Rebels & Renegades Music Festival Oct. 6-8, 2023 Three days of left-of-center country, folk, roots—well, Rolling Stone praised the event as a “no genres allowed” spirit. This year’s lineup includes the likes of Turnpike Troubadors, Whiskey Myers, Wilco and Shakey Graves. But there are dozens of bands lined up. Monterey County Fair & Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey. (831) 372-5863, rebelsandrenegadesfest.com Greenfield Harvest Festival October 15, 2023 First Night Monterey and Greenfield Cultural Arts Center celebrate the end of the harvest season with a family-friendly outdoor event in downtown Greenfield. It starts with a small procession followed by music, dances and art activities. The event is free to attend and features dozens of food and craft vendors. (831) 373-4778, greenfieldartscenter.org Big Sur Food and Wine Festival Nov. 2-4, 2023 Big Sur Food and Wine is a celebration of local flavor, hospitality and personalities—and it is rightfully popular. Keep an eye on the website, AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am 26 THE BEST OF MONTEREY BAY ® 2023-2024 NorCalRenFaire.com WEEKENDS SEPT 16th thru OCT 22nd Children 12 & Under FREE Every Weeekend Jousting . Comedy . Music . Artisans & Crafters Food & Drink . Games & Rides
28 The Best of Monterey Bay ® 2023-2024 calendar or sign up for email updates, to hear when tickets become available. Venues throughout Big Sur. (831) 596-8105, bigsurfoodandwine. org Christmas in the Adobes Dec. 8-9, 2023 More than 20 historic downtown Monterey adobes, adorned in colorful lights and seasonal decorations, are open for festive evenings filled with music, and actors portraying the people who historically occupied Monterey when it served as the Mexican capital of the Alta California territory, as part of an event that’s been going on for three decades. This is a festive walking tour of downtown Monterey’s history by way of often-closed buildings, plus live dance and musical performances. Various locations in Monterey. (831) 649-7111, mshpa.org First Night Monterey Dec. 31, 2023 First Night Monterey is back with its signature family-friendly celebration with tons of live music and a festive vibe. This alcohol-free (but plenty celebratory) New Year’s tradition goes on rain or shine, with interactive art, music, dance and more happening both indoors and outdoors. Various venues in downtown Monterey. (831) 373-4778, firstnightmonterey. org Big Sur Foragers Festival January 19-21, 2024 This event is a celebration of the culinary delights of mushrooms—and includes events like a “Fungus Face-off,” during which chefs compete for the best foraged dish, and more. Various locations. (831) 667-2580, bigsurforagersfestival.org AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am February TBD, 2024 The Pro-Am was started by entertainment icon Bing Crosby in 1937; fittingly enough, the tour continues to be played by some of today’s top celebs. Rapper ScHoolboy Q has played. Bill Murray and Tony Romo rank among the regulars teeing off. On the professional side, golf’s biggest names compete to win the coveted title. This year it’s a PGA Tour designated event. At Pebble Beach golf courses. (831) 649-1533, attpbgolf.com Whalefest Monterey April 13-14, 2024 This event dedicated to the wonderful whale celebrates marine life, explores environmental issues and more. Expect to hear from leading marine experts and enjoy interactive exhibits and activities—the festival’s signature blend of science and fun. Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey. montereywharf.com Life Time Sea Otter Classic April 18-21, 2024 This celebration of all things cycling includes a little bit of something for everyone, from professionals to the kids. Watch the races, then head to the expo for food, drinks, the latest and greatest in bicycles and gear, and the chance to meet your favorite athlete. WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, 1021 Highway 68, Salinas. (800) 218-8411, seaotterclassic.com California Roots Music & Art Festival
WWW.MONTEREYCOUNTYWEEKLY.COM 29 FREE PARKING • SORRY, NO DOGS ALLOWED MOSS LANDING STREET FAIR 51ST ANNUAL Admission $5 All Day • Kids Under 12 Free Vendors Info: 831-633-4501 SUNDAY • July 30, 2023 • 7:30am-4:30pm ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES Over 200 Antique, Vintage & Artisan Booths BREAKFAST • LUNCH MossLandingChamber.com HALF WAY BETWEEN MONTEREY & SANTA CRUZ ON HWY 1 Nature Enjoy the natural beauty of one of the premier birdwatching destinations on planet Earth, and enjoy the unique wildlife distinctive to this area. Adventure • Beaches/Surfing • Sport Fishing • Whale Watching • Boating/Kayaking • Wildlife Tours • Birdwatching Lodging/Dining • Fresh Seafood • Eclectic Restaurants • Bed & Breakfast • Vacation Rentals • Camping Contributing Sponsors: Monterey County Weekly • Monterey Herald Santa Cruz Sentinal • Foolish Times Visit Moss Landing YOUR DESTINATION FOR FUN moss-landing_1-2h_VG23_kb.indd 1 6/13/23 11:45 AM See abundant and diverse wildlife aboard a custom built FULLY ELECTRIC catamaran! Tours run daily! Get your tickets at: www.montereybayecotours.com (831) 200-3454 Woodward--Eco_1-2h_VG23_kb.indd 1 6/14/23 4:19 PM
30 The Best of Monterey Bay ® 2023-2024 calendar Trans Am Speedfest April-May TBD, 2024 The muscle cars of the Trans Am series are meant for WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Mustangs, Camaros, Challengers and other high-horsepower beasts are on track for two days of racing in anger. WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, 1021 Highway 68, Salinas. (831) 242-8200, weathertechraceway.com Big Sur International Marathon April 28, 2024 A marathon is a marathon, except when it’s the Big Sur Marathon. Start training now in preparation for one of the most iconic and stunning running routes along the edge of the continent. Highway 1, Big Sur. (831) 6256226, bigsurmarathon.org Motul Course de Monterey May TBD, 2024 It’s IMSA racing. Hot Porsches, Ferraris, Mustangs, Mercedes and more. Prototypes— the most sophisticated and powerful sports cars—as well, all on the track at the same time. It’s a lot of action. WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, 1021 Highway 68, Salinas. (831) 242-8200, weathertechraceway.com The Quail Motorcycle Gathering May TBD, 2024 A lifestyle event as much as a concours, the gathering brings rare, classic and desired motorcycles, along with enthusiasts and anyone else, together for one day. Fine wines, food fit for white tablecloths, demonstrations and a lot of fun for all, even if you prefer four wheels. The Quail Lodge and Golf Club, 8000 Valley Greens Drive, Carmel. (831) 620-8879, peninsula.com Good Old Days May 4-5, 2024 This free-admission street festival overflows with bands and other performers across several stages, with arts and crafts, carnvial rides, plus food vendors to keep everyone fueled in a celebration of “America’s Last Hometown.” Lighthouse Avenue, downtown Pacific Grove. (831) 373-3304, pacificgrove.org Hipnic May TBD, 2024 Billed as three days of music and camping, this annual music festival expands on folk and brings the top performers from around the world to the redwoods of Big Sur. And the event sells out—quickly—every year. Fernwood Resort, 47200 Highway 1, Big Sur. (831) 6672422, fernwoodbigsur.com Salinas Valley Fair May TBD, 2024 Come for the animals, stay for the fried foods. Or, come for the carnival rides—your choice. This is classic, family-friendly fun in the heart of the Salad Bowl of the World. Salinas Valley Fairgrounds, 625 Division St., King City. (831) 385-3243, salinasvalleyfair.com California Roots Music & Art Festival May 24-26 2024 Cali Roots is reportedly the largest festival of its kind in the world—and it certainly draws in the best reggae, rock and hip-hop talent in the world. But what makes it special, fans say, is the whole vibe. Monterey County Fair and Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey. californiarootsfestival.com Artichoke Festival June TBD, 2024 It’s a beautiful vegetable, worthy of its own dedicated festival, featuring creative takes by chefs, plus live music and wine tasting. Monterey County Fair and Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey. (831) 633-2465, artichokefestival.org Monster Jam June TBD, 2024 Monster trucks bear names like Grave Digger, Megalodon and Zombie because they are capable of wild, unearthly feats. These beasts can balance delicately while clawing the earth. A pit party allows fans to get close before the action starts. Salinas Sports Complex, 1034 N. Main St., Salinas. (831) 775-3100, monsterjam.com Celia Jiménez Motul Course de Monterey
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32 The Best of Monterey Bay ® 2023-2024 Beaches Dress in layers. Visitors are often surprised to discover how cool and breezy Monterey Peninsula beaches can be, even in the summer. A 65-degree day can mean T-shirts and shorts or a fleece sweatshirt. The warmest months tend to be September and October. Yet area beaches are beautiful no matter the weather. Wherever you go, be aware of rip currents and changeable ocean conditions. Note: Call or check online to check current rules on whether bonfires are allowed on beaches. Asilomar State Beach This rustic stretch of soft, white sand and rocky promontories offers a variety of activities, from kite-flying to tidepooling to surfing. Asilomar also has a long boardwalk along coastal dunes laced with delicate vegetation. A popular place for sunset strolls and dog walks. Restrooms available. On-street parking. Dogs allowed on leash. Seasonal lifeguard. Bonfires and alcohol are prohibited. Beach wheelchair or walker reservations at (831) 372-8016. Adjacent to Sunset Drive, Pacific Grove. parks.ca.gov/asilomar Carmel Beach Fine white sands ringed by bluffs set off the aquamarine waters of Carmel Bay, making this famous beach a weekend and sunset destination. It’s one of the few beaches where dogs are allowed to run off-leash, and there are three beach volleyball courts. A good surfing spot, though waves are significantly affected by the tide—meaning it has unpredictable rip currents and rogue or sleeper waves. Restrooms available. No lifeguard service. bit. ly/mocobeaches Carmel River State Beach Where the Carmel River meets the Pacific Ocean lies a grainier, less-populated strip of sand frequented by locals, especially birdwatchers. Swimming in the surf is not advisable because of strong currents, but the lagoon on the river side of the sand offers more protected areas. Dogs allowed on leash. Restrooms and limited parking available at the intersection of Scenic and Carmelo, Carmel. parks.ca.gov Del Monte Beach The perfect family spot for a lazy day on the beach—or an active day, as you can walk for miles. Or play in the sand, or picnic, or go for A definition of outdoor “activity” in Monterey County can be quite broad. There are many serene spaces for meditative solitude to be found, with little activity necessary. Yet those seeking an adrenaline rush can take on nature’s challenges by land, sea or both. Still, the adventure hardly needs to be as strenuous as mountain biking in order to be rewarding. Hop on a boat and have an up-close encounter with whales in Monterey Bay. In one visit you can hike to the edge of the continent in Big Sur, learn to scuba dive in the waters off Monterey’s San Carlos Beach and climb the primeval spires found in Pinnacles National Park. Or just relax on the beach. It’s all good. At Play Pacific Grove
WWW.MONTEREYCOUNTYWEEKLY.COM 33 SANCTUARY CRUISES www.sanctuarycruises.com Whale tours depart daily from Moss Landing Call (831) 350-4090 For reservations and information “The humpback whale capitol of the world” C M Y CM MY CY CMY K sanctuary-half-page.pdf 1 6/24/2015 2:22:57 PM Sanctuary-Cruises_1-2h_VG23_kb.indd 1 6/8/23 3:48 PM Some Restaurants are Legends. Come see why. Signature Coastal Cuisine Hwy 1 & Moss Landing Rd. 831-587-9869 www.wenchilada.com Hours: Thur-Tues 12-7pm WholeEnch-XX_1-2h_VG23_kb.indd 1 6/15/23 9:58 AM
34 The Best of Monterey Bay ® 2023-2024 At Play a jog at low tide. There are numerous access points, and the best swimming option is at the western-most point adjacent to Monterey’s municipal wharf, which provides protection from waves and currents. A couple of miles up the beach, at Casa Verde Way, a boardwalk winds through the dunes. The beach rides along Del Monte Avenue. Dogs allowed on leash. Restrooms available. Paid parking at the wharf in Monterey. monterey.org Gibson Beach and China Cove Located within Point Lobos Reserve, these beaches are perfect for viewing otters and sea lions in their wild habitat. Both beaches lie at the bottom of a steep set of wooden stairs but are worth the trek. China Cove has emeraldgreen water and hollowed-out, rocky tunnels. Gibson Beach, located a bit farther back in the park, is less populated. Great for hiking and birdwatching. Picnic tables available. Dogs aren’t allowed. Restrooms available. Limited parking. Highway 1, 3 miles south of Carmel. parks.ca.gov/pointlobos Lovers Point Beach A protected cove makes Lovers Point a great place for a family swim. Picnic on the grassy bluff above the beach to keep the sand out of snacks and drinks. Beach volleyball, a snack bar and the children’s pool add to the fun. No dogs. Restrooms are available. Street parking along Ocean View Boulevard. Ocean View Boulevard at 17th Street, Pacific Grove. bit.ly/ loverspointpg Marina State Beach This popular beach has sweeping views of the Monterey Bay coastline and provides a great place to watch crashing waves and enjoy a long beach walk in either direction (and don’t forget to look for whales and other wildlife). It’s frequently windy here. No dogs allowed. Restrooms and limited parking available. Reservation Road, Marina. parks.ca.gov Fort Ord Dunes State Park A short trail through the dunes leads to four miles of beautiful beach, seemingly always empty. Old bunkers still make for unique scenery; bring your camera. It’s also easily accessible by bicycle from the Rec Trail. Some trails are wheelchair accessible. Dogs allowed on leash on trails only. Restrooms and parking available. Lightfighter Drive exit from Highway 1, Marina. parks.ca.gov Monastery Beach There’s excellent scuba diving off the beach just north of Point Lobos and across from the Carmelite monastery. The steep slope is great for skimboarding, but a scary undertow means experienced water-lovers only. Not recommended for swimming, diving or wading. Dogs allowed on leash. Highway 1, Carmel. parks. ca.gov Monterey State Beach This breezy beach is remarkable for its long, walkable stretches of sand and beautiful dunes below blue skies often populated with colorful kites. Check out the native plants and wildflowers at the dune restoration project in the Seaside stretch of beach. Dogs on leash only on south of Roberts parking lot. Restrooms available and limited parking. Canyon Del Rey Boulevard at Highway 1, Seaside. parks.ca.gov Moss Landing State Beach There is excellent wildlife viewing here, with sea otter and sea lion sightings common on the slough side. Don’t forget to look for whale spouts on the ocean side of the dunes. There are good fishing spots along this stretch too. Swimming and surfing for experienced waterlovers. Dogs aren’t allowed. Fires allowed at the south beach access trail. Restrooms and limited parking available. End of Jetty Road west of Highway 1, Moss Landing. parks. ca.gov Pfeiffer Beach Keep your eyes open for an unmarked road just south of Big Sur Station that leads to famously purple sands and lovely rock formations just offshore. Its a great place for photography, waking and tidepooling. Dogs allowed on leash. Restrooms available. Be advised there is limited parking at the foot of the narrow, windy road. Sycamore Canyon Road, 32 miles south of Carmel off Highway 1, Big Sur. fs.usda.gov Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge A dirt road off the highway leads through artichoke fields to an all-encompassing habitat, where freshwater meets seawater. This wildlife refuge offers excellent birdwatching (and seasonal duck hunting), and a path takes you alongside the Salinas River to where it empties into the ocean. No dogs allowed. Del Monte Boulevard west of Highway 1, Marina. fws.gov Salinas River State Beach It’s easy to find solitude here as people spread out along miles and miles of beach. To cover all of those miles, horseback riding is popular here. Swimming and surfing only for experienced water-lovers. Dogs aren’t allowed on the beach or dunes. Restrooms and parking available. Monterey Dunes Way, off Molera Road, Moss Landing. parks.ca.gov San Carlos Beach One of the smallest beaches, but easily accessible and popular for dive and scuba classes. Calmer waves and tides make it a good spot for beginners—as well as those going for a morning dip. Dogs are allowed. Paid parking and restrooms available. Cannery Row at Reeside Avenue, Monterey. monterey.org Sand Dollar Beach This is one of the few accessible beaches in southern Big Sur. It’s a good place to walk, either on the sand (you might find sand dollars) or on the bluffs above for a sweeping view, and it’s also a destination for surfers of varying skill levels, depending on conditions. A great place for barbecues and picnicking at the picnic area at the entrance. Dogs allowed on leash. Restrooms available. Fees for parking. Highway 1, 9 miles south of Lucia, Big Sur. fs.usda.gov Zmudowski State Beach Monterey County’s northernmost beach is a popular spot, with more than 177 acres open for exploring. Swimming and surfing not recommended. No dogs allowed. Restrooms and limited parking available. Jensen Road and Highway 1, Moss Landing. parks.ca.gov Diving, Snorkeling The nutrient-rich waters of Monterey Bay make for some of the best diving. On a good day the water is clear and the undulating kelp forests teem with sea life. Bluefish Cove/Whalers Cove Two miles south of Carmel on Highway 1, these gorgeous spots within Point Lobos State Natural Reserve offer easy beach access and a rich abundance of life inside a 750-acre proPalo Corona Regional Park LI lIu MIchael Sheehan Monterey Bay
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At Play tected underwater park. Reservations are required. Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, Carmel. (831) 624-8413, parks.ca.gov/pointlobos Carmel River State Beach Divers who venture out past the kelp will discover pinnacles with steep walls that are home to plenty of critters and creatures, small fish and nudibranchs. At the intersection of Scenic and Carmelo, Carmel. (831) 649-2836, bit. ly/CarmelRiverSB Lovers Point Divers can find easy beach access, plentiful parking and, in case of emergency, the Monterey region’s only diver-dedicated hyperbaric chamber in nearby Pacific Grove. As urchins have moved in, the kelp forest here has diminished in recent years, but there is still abundant and diverse wildlife. Also a popular swimming and snorkeling spot with lots to see by hugging the rocky coast. Ocean View Boulevard at 17th Street, Pacific Grove. cityofpacificgrove.org MBay Freediving Learn the basics of freediving in a two-day lesson that gets you into the ocean and on your way. Advanced courses are available, too, as is gear rental. 225 Cannery Row #27, Monterey. (831) 200-3485, mbayfreediving.com Monastery Beach This is one of the region’s most popular diving spots, and is a good place to meet new diving buddies. Deep water with dramatic drop-offs and severe undertow make this area best for more experienced divers. Opposite the Carmelite Monastery, Highway 1 south of Carmel. parks.ca.gov Otter Cove Here divers can find sea otters (of course), seals, rays and an abundance of other sea life out past the kelp forest. The sandy bottom features boulders near shore and large pinnacles about 150 feet out. Ocean View Boulevard and Sea Palm Avenue, Pacific Grove. montereyscubaboard.com San Carlos Beach One of the best spots for new divers is the breakwater at San Carlos Beach. You’ll see forests of kelp, octopuses, anemones, starfish and plentiful otters and sea lions, depending on the season. Coast Guard Pier, Wave and Drake streets, Monterey. montereyscubaboard.com Gear Rentals Aquarius Dive Shop 2040 Del Monte Ave., Monterey, (831) 375-1933, aquariusdivers.com Bamboo Reef Dive Shop 614 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey (831) 372-1685, bambooreef.com Beachhopper II Dive Charters 256 Figueroa St. (K-Dock), Monterey (408) 234-8445 Cannery Row Aquatics 225 Cannery Row, Monterey (831) 717-4546, canneryrowaquatics.com Kayaking, Standup Paddle Boarding, Surfing Navigating the waters in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary allows visitors and locals to get up close and personal with one of the world’s most pristine aquatic environments. If you happen to get up close and personal with wildlife, note that it is illegal to disturb marine mammals—so take a pause and watch nature’s magic unfold, from a distance. Prepare for changeable conditions and chilly water—a wetsuit is recommended—and be aware that this is not an amusement park. The marine wildlife is real. Adventures by the Sea 32 Cannery Row, at Coast Guard Pier, Monterey 299 Cannery Row, Monterey 685 Cannery Row (for launch at McAbee Beach), Monterey (831) 241-1125, adventuresbythesea.com Alma del Mar 398 Shasta St., Sand City almadelmar398.com Big Surf (831) 264-8008, bigsurfadventures.com Carmel Surf Lessons (831) 915-4065, carmelsurflessons.com Elkhorn Slough Kayak Connection 2370 Highway 1, Moss Landing (831) 724-5692, kayakconnection. com Monterey Bay Hydrobikes 2370 Highway 1, Moss Landing (831) 238-6764, montereybayhydrobikes.com Monterey Bay Kayaks 693 Del Monte Ave., Monterey, (831) 373-5357 2390 Highway 1, Moss Landing, (800) 724-2473 montereybaykayaks.com On the Beach Surf Shop 693 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey (831) 646-9283, onthebeachsurfshop.com Pacific Grove Adventures 624 Ocean View Blvd. (at Lovers Point), Pacific Grove, (831) 241-1125 The Wahine Project (831) 236-4642, thewahineproject.org Sailing, Fishing, Whale Watching Whether you’re trying to catch tonight’s dinner or simply basking in the awe of the biggest mammals on Earth, getting out on a boat is thrilling in a marine sanctuary teeming with this much life. Blue Ocean Whale Watching 7881 Sandholdt Road, Moss Landing (831) 600-5103, blueoceanwhalewatch.com Chris’ Whale Watching 48 Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey (831) 375-5951, chrisswhalewatching.com Discovery Whale Watch 66 Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey (831) 372-7064, discoverywhalewatch.com Elkhorn Slough Safari 7881 Moss Landing Road E, Moss Landing (reservations required) (831) 633-5555, elkhornslough.com Fast Raft Marine Eco-Tours 32 Cannery Row, Suite F2 (near Coast Guard Pier), Monterey (winter season) 2486 Highway 1, Moss Landing (spring-fall) (408) 659-3900, fastraft.com J & M Sportfishing 66 Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey (831) 372-7440, jmsportfishing.com Monterey Bay Whale Watch 84 Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey (831) 375-4658, montereybaywhalewatch. com 36 The Best of Monterey Bay ® 2023-2024 Marina State Beach Steve Zmak