Known as being home to some of the Golden State’s
must-sees including Big Sur, Highway 1, Pebble Beach, Carmel and the
world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey County it is firm fixture on a
California road trip.
However, there are plenty of reasons to linger longer
here – here are just a few for starters:
is best known as Steinbeck country and there are many ways that visitors can
follow in his footsteps, including renting his cottage in Pacific Grove.
However, this is a place that has inspired many more creatives. Henry Miller
made Big Sur his home and at the Henry Miller Memorial Library you can enjoy a
game of ping pong, one of his favourite pastimes, or contribute to the live
wall mural. It’s also said that one of Robert Louis Stevenson’s inspirations
for Treasure Island was Point Lobos - this classic tale celebrates its 140th
anniversary this year.
are one of the oldest known superfoods thanks to their powerful medicinal
properties. Monterey County produces two-thirds of the world’s crop and has a
dedicated Artichoke Trail to demystify this edgy veggie. One of the stops on
the trail is Castroville, known as the ‘Artichoke capital of the world’ and
where Norma Jean (or Marilyn Monroe) was crowned Artichoke Queen aged 22. Aside
from artichokes Monterey County is home to thriving agricultural industry in
the Salinas Valley which feeds restaurants across the region, and the US.
National Park was elevated to National Park status by President Barack Obama 10
years ago. The park is home to the 4 Cs of caves, camping, climbing and condors
all without the 5th C, crowds. Enjoy the wildflowers in spring, hike the trails
over and under the volcanic formations or become a citizen scientist reporting
sightings of the endangered California condors in the skies overhead. Pinnacles
is the only National Park Service site that releases these captive bred birds
currently managing 86 of them - at their lowest numbers there were just 27
remaining in the wild.
County is home to 10 wine growing AVAs and just under 350 wineries and 53,000
acres of vineyards. The varied microclimates and terrain are influenced by the
Blue Grand Canyon, an enormous submarine canyon 60 miles long and 2 miles deep
that creates a climatic pathway connecting the deep sea to Monterey’s wine
growing regions and a unique terroir.
here ranges from the sublime to the seasonal - many with deep roots in
sustainable and regenerative practices. In Big Sur alone there’s the Post Ranch
Inn, a luxury icon that was designed by an architect who camped out on the land
to ensure it blended in the with the environment; Deetjens, an historic guest
house which is the legacy of Grandpa Deetjen and recently successfully
crowdfunded to rebuild two rooms lost in the wildfires; and Treebones’
Autonomous Tents, two stunning and striking tents that push off-grid glamping
to new levels.
one, not two, but three new boutique hotels have opened in Carmel-by-the-Sea
this July! Enjoy a stay at Carmel Beach Hotel or one of Palisociety’s first two
guesthouses under their new Le Petit Pali brand at Ocean Avenue and at 8th
Avenue. These join Villa Mara Carmel which opened in 2022 to provide yet more
reasons to visit this picture-perfect village and explore its 41 hidden
passageways and courtyards.
Bay Aquarium lets you explore the wonders of the Pacific ocean on terra firma
but there are many ways you can experience the big blue IRL. From a leisurely
kayak around the sea otters, year-round whale watching or an eco-tour on an
electric catamaran all the way to diving in Monterey Bay to become certified in
kelp forest restoration.
Will just one more day be enough?
To find out more about Monterey County visit www.SeeMonterey.com