Carmel-by-the-Sea California

Carmel-By-The-Sea

Class and elegance go hand in hand here. Favorite go-tos are L’Auberge, Monte Verde Inn, and Cypress Inn (the latter of which is owned by actress and singer Doris Day). Big perk: Pooches are more than welcome in all three. Tickle Pink Inn at Carmel Highlands, the original home of former U.S. Sen. Edward Tickle and his wife, Bess, overlooks …

Monterey California

Monterey

Victorian-inspired designs brighten The Monterey Hotel in historic downtown Monterey. The boutique inn charms with its hand-carved wood furnishings and plantation shutters. Portola Hotel & Spa is a Four Diamond swirl of splendor and bay adventure. Outdoor romps like scuba diving can be arranged here, as well as wine and beer tastings. For a complete decompression of the body and …

Sardine Factory

The Sardine Factory

The renowned Wine Cellar plays host to unforgettable private events.Photography courtesy The Sardine Factory Every city has that one restaurant you can’t miss, where celebrities feel at home and every other guest feels like a celebrity. Since October 1968, The Sardine Factory has enjoyed that cachet. World leaders, sports heroes, and entertainment icons have made a tradition of dining in …

Pacific Grove California

Pacific Grove

La Mia Cucina, an 11-table bistro that exudes European elegance, reaches the top of our dining list this year. Every dish is prepared from scratch (with many ingredients sourced from local farmers markets), and homemade pastas are created daily. The family-owned Fandango rests in the heart of downtown Pacific Grove, and its fine dining options — everything from lamb chops, …

Attractions — Best of The Bay

Photo courtesy Douglas Steakley. By Greg Archer Photo courtesy gettyimages.com/tupungato Landscape painter Francis McComas once referred to this coastal locale as the “greatest meeting of land and water in the world.” To be sure, few Central Coast spots compare to the stunning variety of sea creatures, hiking, diving, and whale and dolphin sightings that can be experienced here. Between the …

Pebble Beach Golf Links

Open Season

With five head-turning U.S. Open Championships already under its belt, Pebble Beach Golf Links has celebrated its fair share of golf’s greatest moments. In 2019, the holy grail of golf events returns once again — and during the course’s phenomenal centennial celebration. By Matt Jaffe Take the sacred grandeur of the Sistine Chapel and combine it with the refinement of …

Paul Seftel Studio

Mesmerizing And Memorable Paintings Of Things That Are Happening On A Worldly Level. Art makes up so much of the creative tapestry in and around Monterey Bay, but few studios in the region have the look, feel, and dynamism of something that could easily thrive in New York City. Paul Seftel Studio is a rare portal in that regard. With …

Monterey Bay Nature Trails

Trail Mix

Old-growth redwoods and magnificent waterfalls compete for attention with some of the most beautiful coastline in the country. One of the best ways to appreciate such natural beauty is by bike, hike, or horse. By Jill K. Robinson The Monterey region teems with vast, open spaces where outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy playing. Despite the landscape often taking a back seat …

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Attractions — The Big Small

By Elizabeth Limbach Ethereal, sunset-hued jellyfish drifting mesmerizingly in the current. Adorable sea otters intent on cracking clams open with a rock. Leopard sharks cruising through a towering kelp forest. Such are the jaw-dropping displays that the Monterey Bay Aquarium is famous for. Understandably, these flagship animals are so striking that visitors tend to beeline for them, overlooking anything else …