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Category: Monterey CA Attractions

This area of the blog reviews the attractions in Monterey CA nearby the Carmel Mission Inn.

Tall Ship Lady Washington

  • November 2-16, 2017
  • Location: Moss Landing Harbor District, 7881 Sandholdt Road, Moss Landing, CA
  • Price: $5 donation
  • Description:
    The tall ship that starred in the 2003 Disney movie Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl has scheduled a three-week visit to Moss Landing Marina. The ship is scheduled to arrive on Nov. 2 and offer public tours, sailing excursions, and educational programs through November 16. The ship is the official ship of the state of Washington, and it is a U.S. Coast Guard-inspected passenger vessel.

Monterey Jazz Festival

The Monterey Jazz Festival
September 15 – 17, 2017

The Monterey Jazz Festival, the longest continuously-running annual jazz event in the world, began in 1958 with San Francisco jazz radio broadcaster Jimmy Lyons as its founder. 38,000+ fans are expected to attend the 59th edition of the two-day and three-night celebration that takes place September 15-17, 2017. The Festival features over 500 artists performing on eight stages spread over the 20-acre Monterey County Fair and Event Center in Monterey, California.

July 4th

Fourth of July Holiday
July 4th
Location: Monterey County
Description: Celebrate Independence Day (and your day off) this year where California was first born! Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel-by-the-Sea and Salinas are each throwing their own hometown bashes.

Check the events here: 4th of July Events in Monterey County

Toro Park Spartan Race

Spartan Race

  • June 3rd
  • Location: Toro Park, 501 Monterey-Salinas Highway 68, Salinas, CA
  • Time: 8am
  • Description: Spartan RaceTM, the global leader in Obstacle Racing since 2005, was designed by seven insane ultra athletes and a Royal Marine. If you have tried trail races, mud runs, tough mudder runs, or a warrior dash, it’s time to step up to a brutal Spartan Race obstacle course. You can tackle a Spartan Sprint, a Super Spartan, maybe even attempt a brutal Spartan Beast, but only a few of you will have the heart to graduate up to our Death Race; the world championship of obstacle racing, and an endurance race like NO other. Want a front row seat to all the Spartan action? Spectator tickets are available for $20 online.

Pebble Beach Food and Wine

  • The Tenth Annual Pebble Beach And Wine
  • Recurring daily
  • Location: Pebble Beach Resorts, 2700 17 Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, CA

Pebble Beach Food & Wine returns to the iconic strip of the California coastline and Pebble Beach Resorts for the tenth year. Continuing its reign as the premier food and wine event in the world, guests can expect an unprecedented lineup of more than 100 renowned chefs and 250 distinguished winemakers at this first-class, four-day celebration.

The History of Cannery Row Monterey, CA

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Words and Photos by Scot Hampton

Along the craggy Northern California coast, there’s a stretch of rocky peninsula that jets out into the cool blue of the Pacific ocean. It’s here you’ll find unforgiving waves crashing upon a shoreline with it’s own salty secrets.

Carmel… God’s Home Of Golf

11480095_sHaving played golf courses all over the world, many people have asked me what my favorite place to play is. In a simple answer, Pebble Beach is always first on my list. The problem with Pebble Beach is that it cost about $500.00 to play the course. I would highly recommend that every golfer do it one time. If you don’t have the financial resources, there are other options that are much more affordable in that area.

Point Lobos State Reserve – Whalers Cabin

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The Whalers Cabin

For over a hundred and sixty years, “the shack” has stood the test of time against the elements. This shack, now known as the Whalers Cabin, overlooks Whalers Cove and Carmel Bay in the Point Lobos State Reserve. The Whalers Cabin survived the rise and fall of the whaling industry and has been preserved as a cultural museum.

Dive into the Wonders of Point Lobos

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A beautifully-colored rock with starfish clinging to it.

Photo by Kip Evans

Imagine swimming into a forest of giant kelp, feeling the warm sunshine on your back and the cold waters all around you. Point Lobos State Marine Reserve provides a chance for divers to explore wonders of the Pacific Ocean. Located to the south of Carmel by-the-Sea, Point Lobos is located on the north end of the Big Sur coastline. It is a less than ten minute drive from the Carmel Mission Inn. Point Lobos is widely considered California’s best dive spot due to the rich marine life, clear water and interesting topography.

Hiking in Paradise

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Beautiful View of Point Lobos Coastal Trail

Photo by Dave Evans

Point Lobos State Reserve is a hidden gem along the California Coast. Point Lobos can sometimes be overshadowed by the popularity of Big Sur, which is just a few miles further south along Highway 1. Boasting a rich wildlife and beautiful landscape, Point Lobos is an excellent destination for hiking.