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Monterey, California

Things To Do In Monterey

Contemporary galleries complement the old-world elegance and lavish rose gardens of this gorgeous, historic estate. Located in one of Monterey's oldest neighborhoods, La Mirada began as a modest stone adobe in the Mexican period. It was later remodeled to become an elegant home where the great stars of silent film were entertained.

720 Via Mirada
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 831-372-3689

Visitors of the Monterey Bay Aquarium can explore award-winning exhibits, participate in fun activities for all ages and learn more about life in the oceans. Discover why the Monterey Bay Aquarium is recognized as the nation's finest aquarium and in the top three best-rated family attractions in the United States. Between the award-winning interactive Splash Zone, the newly-expanded Enchanted Kelp Forest, the Coral Reef Kingdom, the Rugged Rocky Shore gallery and rotating special exhibits, there is always something new to discover. Plus, each visit supports the Aquarium's efforts to inspire conservation of the oceans. Ongoing Exhibitions Splash Zone: Ocean Homes houses blackfooted penguins and other favorite animals, such as cuttlefish, seahorses and tropical fishes, many of which are ready to meet children of all ages. The Secret Lives of Seahorses includes nine species of seahorses and their relatives in galleries that focus on seahorses' development and growth, courtship and mating, and their unusual reproductive cycle in which the males become pregnant and birth the babies. Mission to the Deep: Exploring the Ocean with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute highlights research technology and lets visitors pilot underwater robots on one of three "missions" to explore extreme ocean depths. Daily 50-minute Behind-the-Scenes tours allow visitors to find out what it takes to care for animals from an expert guide for an additional $10.

886 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 831-648-4800

Since 1919, golfers have relished this spectacular ocean-side course designed by Jack Neville and Douglas Grant. The signature holes and breathtaking scenic beauty have led many to consider Pebble Beach Golf Links the number one public course in America. Course highlights: *First opened in 1919 *Host of the 2010 U.S. Open *Chipping and putting greens *Blue Tee Rating: 74.7 / Slope: 143

17 Mile Drive
Monterey, CA 93942
Phone: 831-622-8723

Even before the first commercial automobiles were made, 17-Mile Drive was one of Monterey County's top scenic drives. It began as a carriage road for guests at Monterey's Hotel del Monte in the early 1880s, and since then has been lauded for its magnificent scenery. You'll see beautiful beaches, wildlife such as seals and sea lions, the famed Lone Cypress, astounding mansions, several championship golf courses and of course the legendary Lodge at Pebble Beach.

17-Mile Drive
Monterey, CA 93940

Even before the first commercial automobiles were made, 17-Mile Drive was one of Monterey County's top scenic drives. It began as a carriage road for guests at Monterey's Hotel del Monte in the early 1880s, and since then has been lauded for its magnificent scenery. You'll see beautiful beaches, wildlife such as seals and sea lions, the famed Lone Cypress, astounding mansions, several championship golf courses and of course the legendary Lodge at Pebble Beach.

Contemporary galleries complement the old-world elegance and lavish rose gardens of this gorgeous, historic estate. Located in one of Monterey's oldest neighborhoods, La Mirada began as a modest stone adobe in the Mexican period. It was later remodeled to become an elegant home where the great stars of silent film were entertained.

720 Via Mirada
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 831-372-3689

Food & Drink In Monterey

Cafe Beach Restaurant at Beach Resort Monterey offers a unique California dining experience with an enjoyable and casual atmosphere. The menu features sustainable seafood, prime meats, fresh local organic produce and delectable desserts. Cafe Beach Restaurant offers panoramic views of the Monterey Bay and the city lights beyond making for Monterey's only Restaurant with stunning sunsets. Enjoy a delicious meal and watch the abundant sea life while relaxing at your table.

2600 Sand Dunes Drive
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 831-394-3321

Located on Historic Old Fisherman's Wharf with stunning views of the Monterey Bay, Shake's Old Fisherman's Grotto is a must visit restaurant. Serving a variety of fresh sustainable Seafood, Certified Angus Beef, Pasta dishes with an Italian flare, Chicken Piccata and fresh Dungeness Crab year round. Indulge in one of our freshly baked desserts, with over 25 to choose or enjoy a bottle of wine from our Enthusiast Magazine Award of Distinction Wine list with over 200 selections. Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce 2009 Business Excellence Award Winner in Food and Dining. 2010 1st Place Winner in the "West Coast Chowder Competition" 2006-2011 Winner for "Best Chowder" in the Monterey County's Weekly Magazine "People's Choice Award"

39 Fisherman's Wharf
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 831-375-4604

Cafe Fina's has been serving diners on Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf since 1989. We specialize in Italian cuisine, make our pastas and raviolis in house, grow our own seasonal organic home-grown vegetables, and serve a variety of only the freshest seafood from the Monterey Bay. Our wood-burning oven prepares excellent pizza, and the quaint Italian decor and ocean views make dining at Cafe Fina a memorable experience. Cafe Fina is a full-service fine dining restaurant, serving lunch and dinner. In addition to our award winning food, we also feature a wide variety of wines, including the best of our local wines, the finest wines that Napa valley has to offer, and a fine selection of Italian wines. Dominic's cooking has enabled Cafe Fina to be the sole caterer for John Madden's induction ceremony into the Football Hall of Fame in 2006 and has earned him visits from Rachel Ray and other TV stars.

47 Fisherman's Wharf
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 831-372-5200

Experience the beauty of the Pacific Ocean, combined with world class dining on historic Cannery Row, within walking distance to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and fine shops. The Fish Hopper, once an original sardine cannery building, offers spectacular panoramic views of the beautiful Monterey Bay from every table including our heated outdoor patio. The Fish Hopper specializes in fresh sustainable seafood, certified Angus steaks, pastas and live shellfish. Some of our menu favorites are the fresh abalone from the Monterey Bay, the "Island Sampler"(fresh seared Ahi tuna from Kona served with coconut shrimp and a crab cake), Macadamia-crusted halibut, our famous "Tomahawk Chop" long bone-in Rib Eye, or fresh Dungeness Crab available year round. 2011 West Coast 1st place winner for our famous clam chowder soup. In addition to our fabulous menu indulge in one of our many exotic cocktail creations. While enjoying a delicious meal watch frolicking sea otters at play and even see the occasional whale.

700 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 831-372-8543

The Famed Whaling Station, Monterey County's Prime steak dinner house, has a fresh new look for the 21st Century. International television chef, John Pisto, has taken the best of the 35-year tradition and made it even better. The restaurant decor now reflects a more casual, yet sophisticated dining experience featuring the County's finest selection of USDA Prime beef (exclusively) and fresh seafood as well as specialties created by the celebrity chef himself. Those familiar with Pisto's television show on the AmericanLife Cable Network and Comcast Cable, "Monterey's Cookin' Pisto Style", enjoy being able to taste the creations they have seen on the screen and may even ask to meet the chef, who is often in the kitchen. Located in a historic building, perched above famed Cannery Row, this totally fresh dining experience will bring you back again and again.

763 Wave Street
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 831-373-3778

A local favorite for almost thirty years, Domenico's on the Wharf features wild sustainable local and Alaskan seafood. The restaurant, located on Monterey's Old Fisherman's Wharf, is known for its formal, yet friendly, ambiance and impeccable service, as well as its one-of-a-kind menu. We invite you to select from our award winning wine list while you sit and take in the striking views of the Monterey Harbor. One visit to Domenico's on the Wharf and you will find yourself returning time and again. We are open for lunch and dinner, and offer Happy Hours seven days a week. Reservations are recommended.

50 Fisherman's Wharf
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 831-372-3655

1833 is located at the historic Stokes Adobe house. They have reinvented this landmark to offer modern, sophisticated yet casual American dining.

500 Hartnell Avenue
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 831-643-1833

TusCA is a casual Tuscan style restaurant with a California influence. TusCA specializes in cheeses, salads, pasta, pizza and oven-baked home style dishes prepared fresh daily in our spectacular show kitchen. Our chef uses only the freshest local ingredients available served in a modern and comfortable setting. TusCA's wine room and cellar features Italian and California wines with a beautiful glass wine display and a hearty selection of world class cheeses. The dining room at TusCA offers delightful views of the spectacular Del Monte golf course, as well as the immaculate show kitchen. The adjoining Fireplace Lounge features Live Jazz on the weekends and comfortable fireside seating. A glass of wine and selection of cheeses in the afternoon or a hot drink and biscotti in the evening, the Fireplace lounge is the perfect place to relax anytime. TusCA also offers a private dining room to accommodate up to twelve guests. Located in the heart of Monterey at the beautiful Hyatt Regency

1 Old Golf Course Road
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 831-657-6675

With Kids In Monterey

Cannery Row in Monterey, California, is one of the most popular vacation destinations on California's Central Coast. This historic waterfront district on Monterey Bay was made famous by John Steinbeck. The best of Monterey hotels, attractions and recreation, authentic Monterey restaurants, convenient shopping and exciting Monterey nightlife are found on Cannery Row, Monterey.

649 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 831-372-8901

Visitors of the Monterey Bay Aquarium can explore award-winning exhibits, participate in fun activities for all ages and learn more about life in the oceans. Discover why the Monterey Bay Aquarium is recognized as the nation's finest aquarium and in the top three best-rated family attractions in the United States. Between the award-winning interactive Splash Zone, the newly-expanded Enchanted Kelp Forest, the Coral Reef Kingdom, the Rugged Rocky Shore gallery and rotating special exhibits, there is always something new to discover. Plus, each visit supports the Aquarium's efforts to inspire conservation of the oceans. Ongoing Exhibitions Splash Zone: Ocean Homes houses blackfooted penguins and other favorite animals, such as cuttlefish, seahorses and tropical fishes, many of which are ready to meet children of all ages. The Secret Lives of Seahorses includes nine species of seahorses and their relatives in galleries that focus on seahorses' development and growth, courtship and mating, and their unusual reproductive cycle in which the males become pregnant and birth the babies. Mission to the Deep: Exploring the Ocean with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute highlights research technology and lets visitors pilot underwater robots on one of three "missions" to explore extreme ocean depths. Daily 50-minute Behind-the-Scenes tours allow visitors to find out what it takes to care for animals from an expert guide for an additional $10.

886 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 831-648-4800

Part of what makes Asilomar so unique is its true connection with nature. Biking, bird watching, and strolling along the boardwalk are just a few ways guests can relax and enjoy the day. In winter, guests can also admire the thousands of majestic monarch butterflies that migrate to the butterfly trees of the Monarch Grove Sanctuary in Pacific Grove. Sports lovers can choose from an array of outdoor activities including cycling along miles of beautiful shore, kayaking, surfing, scuba diving, deep sea fishing or horseback riding.

800 Asilomar Boulevard
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Phone: 831-372-8016

Carmel Valley Ranch is unlike any other resort you've been to. Sure, it's a perfect place to let your shoulders rest, sit by the pool and enjoy the good life. But more importantly, this is the place where you'll sneak away to tap into that elixir of life-play. All kinds of play, for all kinds of people. We have a collection of indoor and outdoor facilities that no other resort can match. Programs and experiences designed specifically to help you rekindle romances, rethink companies, reconnect with friends and family, and of course, revive spirits.

1 Old Ranch Road
Carmel, CA 93923
Phone: 831-625-9500

Nightlife In Monterey

Enjoy more than 70 rock star beers, 30 small batch bourbons, great burgers, steaks and seafood. This historic building is everything you want it to be - cool setting, lots of TV's and outdoor fire pits.

95 Prescott Avenue
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 831-643-2722

Esteban promises a unique culinary experience where guests can "sip, savor and share" Mediterranean tapas and Spanish-inspired cuisine. Serving traditional dishes with a pinch of adventure, Esteban is the ideal place to socialize with friends. Whether dining on the outdoor patio, in the lounge by the stone fireplace or sitting at the bar with a view of the exhibition kitchen, Esteban's unique Mediterranean cuisine can be enjoyed for lunch, dinner or late night dining. Private dining for up to 60 people can be accommodated. The Esteban menu features local seasonal ingredients paired with an array of fresh seafood, grilled meats and vegetables. In addition, Esteban's mouthwatering menu offers traditional favorites such as an organic beef burger and Monterey Bay salmon. Complementing the menu is a wine list consisting of premier local and global wines specially selected to harmonize with the flavors of the cuisine, tantalizing Sangria and signature cocktails.

700 Munras Avenue
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 831-375-0176