For decades, the tranquil beauty and gorgeous scenery of Monterey has inspired painters, musicians and writers, most notably John Steinbeck. (In fact, Monterey’s famed iconic Cannery Row gets its name from the Steinbeck novel.) Today, Monterey County is home to some of the best surfing and whale watching in the United States, as well as one of the largest wine growing regions in California. With over 80 vintners producing chardonnays, pinot noirs and more, be sure to go on a wine-tasting tour or enjoy a glass of cabernet sauvignon at one of Monterey’s acclaimed restaurants, many of which specialize in using local organic ingredients and sustainable seafood. Play 18 holes at Pebble Beach Golf Links, rated the greatest public golf course in the United States, or just hang out at the 19th hole, and watch the pros practice.
Monterey, California At a glance