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Romantic Pacific Grove Weekend

Destination(s): Monterey

October through February is monarch butterfly time in Pacific Grove. "PG" is a lot quieter than Carmel or Monterey, and yet close to everything. It's less than 1 mile to the Aquarium and Cannery Row from here, and only a short drive to the beaches. This is a central, moderately-priced location for access to the entire coastal area. You can do the crowded tourist things on Cannery Row, including the must-see Monterey Aquarium, and yet spend the next day discovering the more intimate treasures of Pacific Grove. For a little extra romance, check out what Romantic Room Designs (www.romanticroomdesigns.com) can do for you. read more about Romantic Pacific Grove Weekend

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium

  • 886 Cannery Row
  • (at the corner of David Avenue)
  • tel:(831) 648-4888
  • Visit website
  • Monterey, 93940

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a world class facility located in the heart of Cannery Row, housed (somewhat ironically) in a repurposed sardine and squid cannery at the ocean's edge. The exhibits are mesmerizing, engaging, entertaining, and simply beautiful. The interactive areas (touch pools, under-the-sea themed play area) are a huge hit with children. This is a must, especially for families. To avoid long lines and heavy crowds, buy tickets in advance (to queue in the "have tickets" line) and visit during the fall and winter months (other than holidays) between 2 and 6 P.M. During peak summer months, mid-week is best. To save money, find on-street parking around Foam St. and David St, and pack a lunch for the aquarium's picnic area. For an extra $10, get a behind-the-scenes tour. If you are visiting during the holidays, don't miss the New Years Eve black-tie gala. read more about Monterey Bay Aquarium

Cannery Row

Cannery Row

Cannery Row is a waterfront street steeped in history and immortalized by the eponymous book by John Steinbeck, where it was described as "a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream…". It was once a blue-collar industrial zone full of tin-roofed canneries packing sardines like… well, sardines. Due to overfishing and pollution, the sardine population languished, and the canning industry followed. Since the mid-20th century, the focus of "the row" has shifted from fishing for sardines to fishing for tourists. In recent years, the kitsch of Cannery Row's t-shirt and taffy stores has yielded somewhat to more tasteful development. On any given day or evening, the street is relatively crowded and the restaurants, bars, galleries and stores bustling. If you have an eye for history and literature, you might stumble upon old Doc Rickett's lab and some of the diminutive row houses where the cannery workers once resided. read more about Cannery Row

Pebble Beach Golf Links

Pebble Beach Golf Links

  • 2700 Seventeen Mile Drive
  • (The Inn at Spanish Bay)
  • tel:+1 800 654 9300
  • Visit website
  • Pebble Beach, 93953
A Taste of Monterey

A Taste of Monterey

  • 700 Cannery Row
  • Suite KK, upstairs
  • tel:831.646.5446
  • Visit website
  • Monterey, 93940

In terms of wine production, Monterey County is to Napa and Sonoma what skiing in Alta or Big Sky is to Aspen… a less famous (and less pretentious) alternative of equal or greater quality. Over 85 vintners and growers call Monterey County home – and there's no better place to get acquainted with them than at A Taste of Monterey. Here you can sample wines from over 40 local vineyards in a room perched above the ocean with floor-to-ceiling windows. Finding the room can pose a challenge, as it's tucked away on the 2nd floor of an old cannery building. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and the atmosphere is inviting and festive. Tastings (6 wines) cost $5, which can be used towards a purchase. You can also find guides to the county's wineries, as well as a plethora of wine-related regalia and paraphernalia. A Taste of Monterey will impress you with its intoxicating view and leave you with a new appreciation for Monterey's unique and world class terroir. read more about A Taste of Monterey

Pebble Beach Golf Links

Pebble Beach Golf Links

  • 2700 Seventeen Mile Drive
  • (The Inn at Spanish Bay)
  • Pebble Beach, 93953