Monterey County is an area full of history and pristine nature, in addition to its renowned food and wine scene. Millions of visitors come from around the world, to this historic and rugged coastline, for its beautiful bay, unique beaches and jaw-dropping landscape.
The smell of redwood, pine trees and ocean air, can soothe even the most restless soul. Numerous award-winning restaurants, many of which are oceanside, offer fresh seafood and excellent wine pairings. The shopping is unique and plentiful, with plenty of local art and kitsch.
Monterey offers diverse interests, including bakeries and coffee shops, abound with delicious treats, while art lovers flock to the area to visit a wide variety of art galleries. From shopping, to almond croissants, to tide-pools and water sports, Monterey County is a destination to be desired and never forgotten.
Big Sur stuns with its dramatic beauty, while Pacific Grove and Carmel transport you to simpler times, with not a fast food chain in site. Carmel Valley, and even Salinas Valley, offers a more country setting, with fun times to be had at the Rodeo or numerous wine tasting venues.
The Monterey Bay, sitting at the heart of the Central Coast, is surrounded by the freshest produce, seafood, beer, wine and any other food you can think of, straight from farm to table. It is no wonder, that restaurants such as L’Auberge in Carmel or Sierra Mar at the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, have received numerous accolades for their locally sourced and creative fair.
Give yourself time to visit Monterey County, go for a hike, swim in the frigid Pacific Ocean, see a show at the famous Monterey County Fairgrounds, go watch famous people golfing at the Pebble Beach ATT&T and dine at a different restaurant every night. Just be sure to wear layers for the cool, overcast summers and the warm winters.