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Category: Monterey CA Attractions

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

Monterey County – A Wine Destination

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By Richard Oh

Winemaker
Otter Cove and Oh Wines

The Pinot Grapes of Richard Oh

Beautiful ripe pinot grapes.

Monterey County has grown world class, quality grapes for many decades. The Wine Enthusiast magazine named Monterey County one of the ten best wine travel destinations of 2013.  Here is what Wine Enthusiast editor Steve Heimoff had to say about Monterey County wine country, “it has beautiful scenery, including Big Sur, the 17-Mile Drive and the Pebble Beach golf courses. It has the tourist venues of Cannery Row and Fisherman’s Wharf. It has the upscale galleries and bistros of Carmel-by-the-Sea.”

Monterey Bay Aquarium – Permanent Exhibits

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The aquarium's three story Kelp Forest is the centerpiece of the Ocean's Edge galleries.

© Monterey Bay Aquarium

In addition to its changing special exhibitions, the aquarium’s permanent exhibits include a towering three-story kelp forest; touch pools and other hands-on exhibits; the Splash Zone  family galleries; and the million-gallon Open Sea exhibit, home to sandbar and hammerhead sharks, sea turtles, ocean sunfish and on occasion, a Great White Shark.

Monterey Bay Aquarium – Tentacles Exhibition

Giant pacific octopus, Monterey Bay Aquarium

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Journey to a world of undersea magicians, masters of disguise and quick-change artists when Monterey Bay Aquarium opens its newest special exhibition, “Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes”, on April 12.“Tentacles” is just one of many special activities and events planned in 2014, when the acclaimed aquarium celebrates its 30th anniversary.

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

Lastly, if you only had time for one stop, without hesitation I’d tell you to visit Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

Located 27 miles south of the Carmel Mission Inn, this iconic scene sums up the beauty of the Big Sur coast in one iconic setting.

Soberanes Point and Wild Calla Lilies Grove

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Soberanes Point – Garrapata State Park

Soberanes Point – Garrapata State Park

Another favorite sunset location of mine is Garrapata State Park. On the northern end is an area known as Soberanes Point. Although not visible from the Highway, there is a cool arch (that I refer to as the Soberanes Arch).

Hurricane Point and Point Lobos State Reserve

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Hurricane Point

Once the light begins to fade from the Pt. Sur location, get back in your car and drive north for about a mile to Hurricane Point for sunrise light.

Hurricane Point gets its name from the strong updrafts that at times can make opening a car door a struggle; yet, in the early morning, winds are generally non-existent and the first light of sunrise will bathe the hillsides with warm light.

Garrapata State Beach and Point Sur

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Sunset over Garapata State Beach

A trip to the Monterey Peninsula would not be complete without a day spent touring one of the world’s most idyllic coastlines – Big Sur!

The Big Sur coastline is generally defined as a magnificent 98-mile stretch of land and sea from Carmel to the north, to Cambria at the southern end.

Carmel Mission Inn Features Monterey Bay Aquarium

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium is home to hundreds of incredible sea creatures. Discover another world under the sea when you watch our short video about this amazing local aquarium. In our short video tour of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, you’ll see colorful coral reef fishes, a giant green sea turtle, huge leopard and sevengill sharks, playful penguins, and elegant jellyfish and seahorses. We hope our video will inspire you to take a trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium on your next visit to the Monterey Bay Area.

The Beaches of Carmel, California

 

The Beaches of Carmel, California On your next vacation to Carmel, don’t forget to stop at the many beaches located only a short drive away from Carmel Mission Inn. Soft white sand, crystal blue water, and vibrant sunsets are just a few things you’ll have to look forward to as you enjoy another wonderful day on the beach. Watch our short video to discover just a few of the many stunning beaches in Carmel.

Your Carmel Adventure

This two minute whirlwind video tour takes you from Highway One to the Monterey Bay Aquarium with dozens of video clips gathered from across the Monterey peninsula. Here you will find highlights of the sites, sounds, and taste of Carmel and the surrounding area.