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Lay Of The Land – Monterey Bay

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 …

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 …

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 …

Palo Corona Regional Park - Big Sur Land Trust

Saving Big Sur

Palo Corona Regional Park. Photo courtesy: Guru Khalsa/Guru.fotoAt the Big Sur Land Trust, Jeannette Tuitele-Lewis helps protect the most beautiful coast in the world. 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 …

Local Tips Monterey Bay CA

Local Tips

Gettyimages.comEssential local tips from influential Monterey County luminaries. By Renee Brincks Lisa Maldonado Bradford California State Parks Interpreter Top hiking spot? “Jacks Peak Park. One trail has stunning Monterey Bay views, and there’s plenty of wildlife — banana slugs, hawks, and sometimes even a mountain lion.” Favorite historic building? “The Stevenson House in Monterey State Historic Park has a beautiful …

Carmel-by-the-Sea California

Spotlight: Carmel-By-The-Sea

The Butterfly House (named for its midmod roof) is perched along a stretch of rocky reefs that protect the waters from a moderate swell, making it a popular diving spot. Photo by gettyimages.com/pgiamArchitectural Digest recently named Carmel-by-the-Sea California’s “prettiest town.” This pet-friendly outpost is revered for its elegance, lively art scene, and prominent dining and shopping experiences. Hotels Class and …

Monterey California

Spotlight: Monterey

Red bottlebrush flowers in front of Fisherman’s Wharf, originally constructed in the 19th century for passenger and freight service. Photo courtesy Alli & Bobby Talley/Traveling NewlywedsLong ago, Monterey was the capital of California. Its regal allure remains intact. These days, the seaside haven is the go-to for the great outdoors, ocean conservancy, fresh seafood, and a reinvented downtown scene. Hotels …

Pacific Grove California

Spotlight: Pacific Grove

Downtown brims with quaint mom-and-pop gift shops and boutiques with Victorian façades. Photo by gettyimages.com/frankixCharming Victorian homes and a monarch butterfly habitat turn heads in this small town that thrills with a thriving dining scene and an eye-catching, historic coastal trail. Dining La Mia Cucina, an 11-table bistro that exudes European elegance, reaches the top of our dining list this …

Pebble Beach CA

Spotlight: Pebble Beach

The outdoor terrace at The Inn at Spanish Bay affords some of the best views of the resort’s rolling Scottishstyle links and welcomes after-dinner mingling around the fire pits. Photo courtesy Sherman Chu / Pebble Beach Company.Home to the renowned AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, this community’s luxurious, world-class lodging; award-winning cuisine; and celebrated oceanfront golf courses continue to attract awestruck …