Monterey Bay Water Sports

Monterey Bay H2O

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 influences the weather, romance, local wine, and what shows up on the dinner table. One of …

Monterey Bay Hiking Trails

Attitude Adjustment: Hiking Trails

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 to narrow it down. These hikes will suit your state of mind.

Monterey's 25th Anniversary Celebration

A Coastal Celebration

Colton Hall was the site of California’s 1849 constitutional convention.Photograph by Christopher von Steinbach 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 where native Rumsien …

Monterey Wineries

Time for Wine in Monterey

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. Smaller American Viticultural Areas (AVA) located within Monterey County Acres of planted vineyards Total vineyards in Monterey County Different varietals used in local wine production Bonded wineries in Monterey County Tasting …

Lovers Point Monterey Bay CA

Window to the Monterey Bay

Lovers Point 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 in Pacific Grove, where the seascape meets the rocky shore and inspires visitors from around the world. View from Lovers …

Extreme Monterey Sports

Most Extreme Adventures in Monterey Bay

By 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 SCUBA DIVING RACE CAR DRIVING

Cast of Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies in Monterey

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 Big Little Lies as the A-list cast, which includes Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz, Laura Dern, and Meryl Streep.

Monterey Coffee Shops

The Buzziest New Java Spots in Monterey County

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 also an experience in Monterey County, where these new favorites bring their A-game to each cuppa. Located in Seaside, urban edge and an onsite recording studio (open to all who dare) at …