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, …

Best of the bay

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 – Pebble Beach Golf

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 …

Trotter Galleries

Art And Soul

Trotter GalleriesPhoto courtesy Trotter Galleries. By Mark C. Anderson The late, great S.C. Yuan, one of many beloved, historic artists on display at Trotter Galleries, noted that “art should have something to say to the viewer, and only then is it honest art, which has permanent value.” Terry and Paula Trotter take that to heart. The couple have been at …

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 …

Monterey Bay Restaurants

A Bite of Monterey Bay

Foodies near and far appreciate the region’s celebrated chefs and eclectic menus — and its commitment to sustainable food. Thanks to the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program, established in 1999, many restaurants serve only ecologically conscious catches. This same philosophy carries over into the locally sourced produce that makes its way from the fields of the Salinas Valley to …

craft cocktail

Magic in a Glass

Montrio Bistro’s Anthony Vitacca concocts creative sips with equally inventive names. Anthony Vitacca was crafting his own maraschino cherries and steeping his own bitters long before the word “mixology” became mainstream, and his Montrio Bistro in Monterey remains a perpetual cocktail destination. His latest drink menu provides another tidal wave of wow, with creations like “If You’re Not Into Yoga” …