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 …

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 …

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.

Palo Corona Regional Park - Big Sur Land Trust

Saving Big Sur

By Peter Fish “Big Sur is an incredibly iconic region,” Jeannette Tuitele-Lewis says. “Amazing and beautiful. We’re so lucky here.” Anybody who has experienced Big Sur will agree. Stretching south from Monterey for more than 70 miles, Big Sur’s cliffs and coves and crashing waves, its wildflower–dotted hillsides and redwood canyons combine to create the most beautiful coastline in the …

Carmel-by-the-Sea California

Spotlight: 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

Spotlight: 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 …

Pacific Grove California

Spotlight: 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, …

Pebble Beach CA

Spotlight: Pebble Beach

For nearly 100 years, The Lodge at Pebble Beach has offered seasoned golfers — and visitors craving luxury — some of the finest courses and accommodations in the world. The Lodge will always impress with its 500-square-foot Garden Rooms featuring a fireplace, marble bathroom, and outdoor patio or balcony overlooking private gardens. We recommend booking far in advance. Nestled between …