Map of Monterey Pennisula

Lay Of The Land – Monterey Bay

Monterey Bay Water Sports

Monterey Bay H2O

Old Fisherman’s Wharf. Photo courtesy: SeeMonterey.comHeed the call of the waves and venture beyond the beach. By Jill K. Robinson Stand on any beach or bluff in Monterey Bay and look out across the water to the vast Pacific Ocean. The seascape here is an essential part of the culture and has inspired art, poetry, stories, songs, and films. It …

Monterey Bay Hiking Trails

Attitude Adjustment: Hiking Trails

Point Lobos Loop Trail. Photo courtesy: Gettyimages.comMatch your mood to these hikes, whether you want to soothe or sweat. By Blane Bachelor Monterey County is a hiker’s paradise, with a head-spinning array of trails showing off stunning landscapes: scalloped beaches, coastal bluffs, and redwood groves, just to name a few. With so much to choose from, it can be hard …

Monterey's 25th Anniversary Celebration

A Coastal Celebration

Colton Hall was the site of California’s 1849 constitutional convention.Photograph by Christopher von SteinbachMonterey’s 250th Anniversary Celebration Travel back in time as Monterey marks its 250th anniversary. By Renee Brincks Six years before delegates signed the Declaration of Independence, Spanish explorers gathered under an oak tree overlooking Monterey Bay. On June 3, 1770, along the same sweep of scenic coast …

Humpback whales

Anatomy of a Humpback

Humpback whale. Photo courtesy: Gettyimages.com/UWPhotogThe superstars stand out among the crowd of whales that call Monterey Bay home. By Dana Rebmann FLUKE In Monterey Bay, humpbacks often feed closer to shore, making it easy to spot those recognizable spouts from beaches, cliffs, and the decks at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Like a fingerprint, the underside of every humpback’s tail, or …

Monterey Wineries

Time for Wine in Monterey

Chalone Vineyard Photo courtesy: Monterey County vintners & Growers AssociationFast facts about wine in the Monterey Peninsula. By Jill K. Robinson Monterey County is a respected premier wine-growing region, and these numbers tell the tale — from history to the area’s importance in California’s wine production. 1771 Year Franciscan friars, at the Spanish missions of Soledad and San Antonio, planted …

Lovers Point Monterey Bay CA

Window to the Monterey Bay

Lovers PointLearn local history while you wander the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail. By Jill K. Robinson Photographs by Christopher von Steinbach A rails-to-trails triumph, the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail runs for 18 miles — from Pacific Grove north to Castroville — following the former Southern Pacific Railroad line. Start your journey on foot or bike at Lovers Point …

Extreme Monterey Sports

Most Extreme Adventures in Monterey Bay

Monterey Bay Peninsula Photo courtesy: Skydive Monterey BayBy Blane Bachelor From the Monterey Bay Aquarium to the superstar Pebble Beach links, Monterey County is brimming with ways to enjoy its spectacular scenery. But when you’re ready to amp up the action, check out these adrenaline-fueled options — and get ready to earn big-time bragging rights. SKYDIVING The only way to …

Cast of Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies in Monterey

Shailene Woodley, Reese Witherspoon, and Nicole Kidman in Big Little Lies. Photo courtesy: Hilary Bronwyn Gayle/courtesy of HBOStep into the scene at these local sites featured in the HBO series Big Little Lies. By Blane Bachelor The wind-swept beaches, rugged coastline, and moody landscapes of the Monterey Peninsula have as much of a starring role in the hit HBO series …

Monterey Coffee Shops

The Buzziest New Java Spots in Monterey County

Coffee at Captain + Stoker Photo courtesy: Captain + StokerBrewing everything from espresso tonics to lavender lattes, start (or end) your day with a cup of joe from these creative coffee shops. By Kimberley Lovato Whether it’s a morning ritual, an afternoon caffeine kick, or a warm-up when the fog rolls in, coffee is not only a daily essential, it’s …