Best of Monterey Bay® Visitors Guide

ARTS & CULTURE Eleven 19th-century structures, including the Pacific House Museum and original Custom House, may be seen on interpretive tours or walk the marked history trail at your own pace anytime. 20 Custom House Plaza, Monterey. (831) 649-2907, Moto Talbott Museum Some 170 motorcycles from 17 countries, all part of the Robb Talbott collection. There are vintage racers, custom rides, rarities and many surprises (how about a Chinese copy of a Soviet copy of a BMW?). You can examine a 1911 Harley Davidson Peashooter, a 1929 Scott Flying Squirrel, a 1950 Ducati 60 Sport and more. Plus there are vintage artifacts, images—a bit of everything. 4 E. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley. (831) 659-5410, National Steinbeck Center This organization celebrates Salinas author John Steinbeck with a permanent gallery displaying interactive exhibits revolving around his books, archival and research materials, and also hosts special events. It’s one of the largest literary museums in the United States dedicated to a single author. 1 Main St., Salinas. (831) 775-4721, Open Ground Studios An artists’ collective in an accessible and funky collaborative space with well-equipped communal and individual studios featuring printmaking, painting, book arts, workshops and private lessons. For public events, there is also a gallery; tours by appointment. 1230 Fremont Blvd., Seaside. (831) 204-8578, Pacific Grove Art Center The spacious galleries of this storied venue feature regularly rotating exhibits of sculpture, paintings, mixed media, metalwork, ceramics, monoprints, woodcut prints and photography, representing a range of artists and a range of styles. It houses four galleries with a variety of art forms; exhibits change every other month. The building houses artist studios and the center also offers art classes. 568 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove. (831) 375-2208, Pacific Grove Heritage Society All the colorful Victorians, bungalows and kit houses have a history and many of their current owners celebrate that past by renovating their homes to historically accurate standards laid out by this foremost authority on historic buildings. Visit their Ketcham’s Barn museum that just reopened after a two-year break. Ketcham’s Barn, 605 Laurel Ave., Pacific Grove. (831) 372-2898, pacificgroveheritage. org Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History Pacific Grove’s landmark museum is an immersion in the county’s ecology. It opened in 1883, but its diversity of Central Coast 125 A CANNERY ROW TRADITION PIZZA SEAFOOD PASTA 660 Cannery Row 2nd Level of Steinbeck Plaza on Cannery Row 831-648-8500 FREE Clam Chowder Present this COUPON and receive ONE CUP of our Award-Winning Clam Chowder with the purchase of an entree. Limit two per table. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Code: CRVG Trip Advisor Lunch & Dinner Daily louie_1-3v_VG23_gk.indd 1 6/14/23 4:18 PM Voted Monterey County’s Best Antique Shop OVER 140 DEALERS 21,000 SQUARE FEET The Largest Antiques and Collectibles Mall on the Central Coast 471 WAVE STREET MONTEREY (831) 655-0264 P M ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES “ANTIQUE MALL OF THE YEAR” Professional Antique Mall Magazine ’22 CR-antique_1-3v_VG23_gk.indd 1 5/25/23 5:01 PM