Monterey Bay

Monterey Bay California USA

Monterey delivers ample coastal adventures. Explore the waters via a boating excursion or take in the views at an oceanfront restaurant.
Photo Courtesy Monterey Bay Aquarium

COASTAL HAVENS

THERE WAS A VERY GOOD REASON icons such as John Steinbeck, Ansel Adams, Jack Kerouac, Jimi Hendrix, Doris Day, Steve Jobs, and Henry Miller all found refuge in and around Monterey Bay — inspiration immediately comes to mind.

However, let's be clear: Legends just gravitate toward stimulation; they know how to live well. Adams, for instance, considered Monterey and Carmel his muse and went on to photograph some of the most famous settings and landscapes the world has ever seen. Hendrix was stationed at Fort Ord Military Base not that long before he made heads turn at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. And Kerouac’s seminal work, Big Sur, published in 1962, recounts the acclaimed author’s time in the breathtakingly scenic coastal community with his pal and San Francisco Bay Area beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

Chances are, you, too, will revel in the refuge you find along Monterey Bay, a one-of-a-kind destination that attracts millions of people each year and always has extended an open-ended welcome. The best news: 2018 promises to be an unforgettable year for Monterey and its environs. It doesn’t matter what time of year you're here. Something downright impressive and unforgettable awaits.

That said, expect this issue of GuestLife Monterey Bay to act as your friend and tour guide, leading you toward all things scenic, entertaining, and rejuvenating. Having lived along Monterey Bay for 20 years, I can tell you: You are in for an incredible time. For starters, to be here is to "spa" here, and the following pages offer plenty of options on the best ways to do just that so you can relish stunning getaways and body treatments using the area's natural elements. Breathe.

No trip here goes without some form of entertainment, either. This is a good thing, considering the large volume of art galleries, museums, live music, and — we are not kidding — the best culinary creations you could ever experience along the California Coast. (Consider an outing to The Sardine Factory on beloved Cannery Row this year and you will be part of its remarkable 50-year anniversary celebration.) Bask.

Speaking of the coast and celebrations, you would be hard-pressed not to enjoy any number of coastal experiences, their dramatic views, and all of the illuminating opportunities to explore the area’s sea life. Absorb.

As another famous scribe, Anne Stevenson, once mused, "The sea is as near as we come to another world." Take it all in — and enjoy.

— Greg Archer