Aug 24

Monterey is among the famous tourist destination in the United States features some of the finest attractions, places to see, festivals and events. This year Monterey Jazz Festival will be held at Monterey County Fairgrounds on September 18 to 20. The Jazz Festival is the long-lasting running annual jazz event held in the world.  First premiered in1958 on October 3, with San Francisco jazz radio broadcaster Jimmy Lyons founder of this great event, since than it become world famous. Over more than 40,000 fans and visitors have already attended the 57th edition of the two-day and three night celebration last year. The Festival features over 500 artists and performers on eight stages spread over in a 20-acre ground i.e. Monterey County Fair and Event Center nestled in Monterey, CA.

58th Monterey Jazz Festival 2015 225x300 Enjoy the 58th Monterey Jazz Festival 2015 Motive of the Festival: The Monterey Jazz Festival is a three-day event and the main  purpose of the festival is to fund jazz education programs throughout the United States just not for not for profit. Much amount of money is raised each year by the Festival and its associated activities, which provides scholarships for learning and promising young musicians. Top and brilliant student musicians are also invited and called to participate in the “Next Generation Festival” each spring.

Music at Festival: For the music and art lovers the Monterey Jazz Festival is the ideal place to attend. Whether preferring for jazz, folk, blues or American song, the discerning jazz music, visitors will sure find both old favorites and visionary new artists. Last year favorite performers at Festival includes Shawn Colvin, Herbie Hancock, The Roots, Michael Feinstein, Marcus Miller, and the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra and over more than 500 performers scheduled to grace the eight Monterey Jazz Festival stages.
 
Famous Children’s Activities: At the Monterey Jazz Festival on September 21st is Family Day which includes extended activities and entertainment featuring famous Percussion Play-shop, Jazzy Jumper, and the Instrument Petting Zoo, where the young ones and children can got chance at hands-on experience playing professional-level instruments. The Family Day celebrates as the youth of today and the musicians of tomorrow with school jazz bands, the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra and the top ensembles from the previous Festival.

Other Activities: The Monterey Jazz Festival has plenty of other activities to keep visitors entertained all time except live music and performances. Other things like popular The Taste Tent features best beer, wine and delicious food from several local Monterey restaurants and foodies. This great festival also features an auction of unique jazz items and memorabilia, jazz-related vendors, an exclusive displays on the history of the Festival complete with memorabilia, DJs, jazz movies and more.

Monterey Jazz Festival Tickets: Different price ticket are available in which, daily Grounds Tickets are available for advance purchase from $45 for adults and $20 for children. Grounds Ticket prices further increased when purchasing after Monday, September 16. Full-on event Arena 3-Day Packages, available from $290. 3-Day Grounds Packages, starting at $125, consist of three Grounds Tickets.

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Aug 10

Located along the pacific coast in central California, Monterey is one of the most attractive places that have something for everyone. It is located in the middle of a great quantity of native trees such as the Monterey Pine and the Monterey Cypress. Being accepted as one of the most romantic travel destinations, California and North America, Monterey is an exceptional choice. There are many amazing activities to do while in this pacific coast city that has the magnetism of a small town.

Monterey, California is one such admired vacation choice and this stands to reason. It has stunning scenery to view and prosperity of coastal area to discover. There are lots of contented accommodations to pick from, exquisite meals to taste, and pleasurable leisure activities to involve you in. There is a feel about the place that will plot you to revert to.

Monterey with a temperate climate year round is located on the central coast of California. It is a waterfront community where you can enjoy the Kayaking, scuba diving, surfing and whale watching. These beach activities are just an awesome thing that everyone enjoyed in and around Monterey. Apart from those waterfront activities you can also enjoy the Golf , shopping, and driving the spectacular coastline to Big Sur which is a few of the many land based adventures. Most of the people know that Monterey is famously home to the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium that delights and educates millions of visitors every year. This is not the end just step outside the Aquarium and you’re on Cannery Row where John Steinbeck, well-known novelist who drew inspiration for his novel about life in Monterey. Today “the Row” is lined with hotels, so need not worry about the stay in Monterey.

Apart from many hotels near such wonderful Monterey attractions, you can also enjoy the shopping and restaurants and features fun activities with the entire family. There is more to explain about the Cannery Row, but you can’t feel it from there. From Cannery Row, you can walk along the scenic Recreation Trail to Fisherman’s Wharf where you’ll see harbor seals, sea otters and pelicans in natural habitats on the dazzling waterfront of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Such because of these interesting and world famous destinations, Monterey is one of the most historic cities in California where you can also found the original adobes on many street corners. Some are open for tours while others house contemporary businesses.

Fisherman’s Wharf :

Originally, the Fisherman’s Wharf was a fish market in the 1960′s, today it is the home of many wonderful tourist attractions. The Fisherman’s Wharf is a great way to spend a lazy afternoon, visiting art galleries, purchasing handmade candy from one of the candy shop, or purchasing gifts from one of the very few areas in Monterey Bay that sell souvenirs. For the avid fisherman in your life, he can enjoy one of the many deep sea fishing trips, and take his chances at catching sharks, King Mackerel, or one of the many seasonal fish in the area.

 Great Vacations at Monterey : Fishermans Wharf You do not have to pack your own fishing gear, as they have plenty of rods, reels, tackle and bait for use, and you will not need a fishing license for one of the deep sea fishing trips. For those that enjoy the sea life but do not want to spend their day trying to catch it, you may find that you and your children will enjoy one of the several boating tours. These include dolphin tours, whale watching or sea lion tours. Many of these boating or sea life tours include full snack bars and drinks that you can purchase, if you start to feel the need for something sweet to munch on. Once your day is complete, you can enjoy a dinner from one of the many restaurants in the area that range from indoor dining to outdoor clam bars. A day at Fisherman’s wharf will be one that you wish to return to again soon.

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Jul 27

With its dramatic coastline, forests, farmlands Monterey County encompasses some of the world’s most beautiful scenery and offers the visitor a range of comforts. One of them is Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, a seven-mile division of the Monterey Bay. It is one of the 28 National Estuarine Research Reserves, established as a pasture laboratories which was used for the major scientific research and estuarine learning. The reserve is managed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and operated by the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and linked with non-profit organization as named Elkhorn Slough Foundation. Also located few miles drive from east of Moss Landing.

Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve1 300x200 Exploring Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research ReserveThe Research Reserve Slough spreads out in a 1,700 acres area which is a beautiful land conserves with natural habitats. It is one of the relatively few coastal wetlands remaining in California. It offers visitors many walking trails and kayak tours through salt marshes and tidal flats. More than 400 species of invertebrates, 80 species of fish and 200 species of birds is a home to this wildlife, in total it includes salt marsh, mud flat, freshwater pond, oak woodland, and grassland habitats.

Habitation:

Most of the wetland habitats in the reserve is covered with salt marsh plants. Pickle-weed, Macroalgae, alkali heath, the succulent janmea, salt grass are some of the salt marsh plants which were mostly seen. Upper mudflats covered with dense mats of green algae. Much of the upper slough is covered with pickle-weed, coast live oak, mixed winter grasses, salt grasses and willow trees. Eel grass almost covered large areas around the mouth and inland of the slough area. Named a few Hemlock, thistle, harding grass, wild mustard and many other non-local species that are mostly grown. At the start point of the slough, the channels, mudflats and salt marshes there is a wide rich-species, abundant marine invertebrate and fauna inhabits are in extreme quantity. Several other marine species inhabit Elkhorn Slough, including seals, sea lions, sea otters and more. Shorebirds includes the western sandpiper, dowitchers, willet, least sandpiper, marbled godwit, American avocet, sanderling, black-bellied plover and long-billed curlew. Terrestrial mammals includes raccoons, opossums, striped skunk, red and gray fox, longtail weasel, brush rabbit, California ground squirrel and various other rodents. Some of the rare species also found here as the California brown pelican, Santa Cruz long-toed salamander, California least tern, southern sea otter and American peregrine falcon. Perches species includes Staghorn sculpin, English sole, starry flounder and several.

Operational Hours:

Open Wednesday – Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Closed Monday and Tuesday.

Admission:

For adults 16 and older: $4.12

Children: free

Lands pass is available at $22.92

Admission is free to the Visitor Center and picnic areas.

Trails:

The Preserve is home to 5 miles of hiking trails that meander through a variety of habitats. Only the short Overlook Trail is considered to be accessible that leads from the visitor center to an overlook with sweeping views. Other dirt and grassy trails, especially Parson’s Slough Overlook Trail is available as to motorized wheelchairs and manual chair riders. Elkhorn Slough Overlook Trail and Five Fingers Loop Trail are two most common trails of short way. It is a surprisingly beautiful hiking spot, with easy, largely flat trails that are perfect for an easy walk.

Directions: Take Highway 1 to Moss Landing. Turn east on Dolan Road. After 3.5 miles, turn left on Elkhorn Road. The Reserve gate will be on your left in 1.9 miles.

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Jul 13

One of the best things about Monterey is the abundance of open spaces and beautiful attractions which provide a breathtaking scenery and inspiring natural surroundings. Whether you’re planning trip for leisure or plan to hike along the ocean recreational trail, camp, bike, ready for a family picnic, or simply want to kick back, Monterey is the best place for all ages. Let Monterey’s majestic nature revitalize you and your trip. As for the visiting purpose, Monterey is also well known for its sea food and international cuisine. You could take a stroll through the famous streets to check out the fast food centers, restaurants and even stop for a drink at a pub. top rated Resturants in Monterey1 300x300 Top rated Resturants in Monterey Fisherman’s wharf, cannery row is a great place and popular attraction full of lovely restaurants with tasty food caught fresh from the sea, a glass-bottom boat ride and also plenty of shops to get trinkets. Snacks, food abound and you’re liable to catch some of the very good street entertainment along with great artists who sit and create for your amusement and entertainment.With lovely and beautiful views of the sunset on Monterey Bay are supposed to compensate for mediocre food, all too often served in seafaring surroundings.

Some of the Popular Restaurants are:

1. Monterey’s Fish House: Located in Monterey at 2114 Del Monte Ave, The Monterey Fish House is always our first stop when visitors arrive in the area. It is all about fresh seafood and features home-style seafood entrees & desserts. Specialty Dishes are Oak Grilled Oyster, Sicilian Holiday Pasta and many more. They have some cheap wine options also.

2. Fifi’s CafeBistro: Located in1188 Forest Ave at Pacific Grove is the most trusted restaurant for the visitors and as well as locals. The bistro known for its generous wine pours and French cuisine. The onion soup is the most succulent dish in the area. Dinner specials offered from Sunday through Thursday.

3. Hula’s Island Grill: Located at 622 Lighthouse Ave in Monterey, it serves the freshest fish, great steaks, seafood with a hint of Asian, a dash of Latin and a touch of Caribbean, all with great inspiration. Also having wide variety of preparations for the fish choices should suit all tastes.

4. Old Fisherman’s Grotto: Located at 39 Old Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey, this is Wharf’s premier restaurant. It serves the finest cuisine in a superb atmosphere and service. Food featuring fresh seafood from sustainable sources including Macadamia Crusted Halibut, Abalone, Hawaiian Swordfish, Ultimate Seafood Pasta, live Crab and Lobster, award-winning wines and many more.

5. Chart House: Located at 444 Cannery Row in Monterey, offers panoramic views of Monterey Bay & the city lights beyond. It is totally dedicated to providing the ideal dining experience since 1961. Name a few are famous dishes as Spiced Yellowfin Ahi, Macadamia Crusted Mahi & Slow-roasted Prime Rib. It also caters an extensive collection of fine wines and decadent desserts as well.

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May 18

Monterey is beautifully situated on Monterey Bay. From 1770 to 1822 it was the capital of Spanish California. It is a beautiful and modest town on the Central Coast of California, decorated with gorgeous Cypress trees, constantly refreshed with a cool ocean breeze and blessed with exquisite oceanic scenery.

Monterey 300x153 6 Amazing Things to do in MontereyToday tourism is the main focus and there is much to entertain visitors. The town is visited by people around the world, attracted to its mellow Mediterranean climate and pleasant attractions.

Monterey Bay Aquarium: One of the fairly recent developments in Monterey was the building and opening of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The site features the lovely and sometimes imposing sea life of Monterey. Not that you can’t see the wildlife out on the ocean almost everywhere you go in Monterey. However, the Aquarium offers views of this sea life, with an educational experience along with the ambiance of the exhibits.

Cannery Row: Cannery Row, made famous by novelist John Steinbeck, is located down the street from the Aquarium. The area is historic, site of old fish canneries. It is a waterfront street that originally served as a fish packing area and now operates as a tourist attraction, with shops and restaurants, as well as a beach of golden sand. Definitely worth giving a look.  Today visitors will find a relatively up market row of chain shops, some boutiques, plenty of restaurants and a great place for a stroll.

Fisherman’s Wharf: Probably one of the most popular attractions at Monterey, Fisherman’s wharf has lovely restaurants with tasty food caught fresh from the sea, a glass-bottom boat ride and plenty of shops to get trinkets. Snacks abound and you’re liable to catch some very good street entertainment too, along with great artists who sit and create for your amusement. You can view the sea otters, sea gulls and other creatures of the ocean all along the wharf for free. In addition, there are various historical sites you will see in the vicinity, some of the oldest sites in California. You also might catch one of the many cultural festivals that occur in the Monterey area that are often held by the wharf. You will also have the opportunity to stroll along the beach just adjacent to the wharf, and it’s very refreshing after a tour of the wharf to take a dip in the ocean.

Lover’s Point and Ocean View Blvd: Lover’s Point is one of the loveliest beaches in the area, actually located in Pacific Grove which is right up against Monterey; it’s almost like the same town.

The beach fantastic and if you follow the road along the beach, called Ocean View Blvd, you will be traveling a very scenic and majestic ride along the ocean. The nicest thing about touring the scenery along this road is that there are spots along the side of the road where you can park, get out and sit on a bench to view the ocean or take a walk down the rocks to get a closer view.

Monterey Museum of Art: This is the Museum of Art has a large focus on California art and artists. There are two separate locations which comprise the Museum of Art. The Pacific Street location, simply called the Monterey Museum of Art – Pacific Street, is a rather austere looking building featuring eight galleries. Here you will find early American and California collections, including paintings, photography and contemporary art.

Fort Ord: If you’re in for something a little unusual, it is a fascinating trip to tour the old grounds of the Army base called Fort Ord, located where the city of Seaside meets Monterey. The base has been closed since the 1990s, so what you will see there now is primarily boarded up and abandoned army housing and training halls, among other things. It is fascinating, educational and gets the mind pondering.

And as you continue up the road on the Fort Ord grounds you will eventually run into the California State University, at Monterey Bay. So, is it any wonder Monterey is one of the most popular tourist spots in the world, attracting visitors across the globe, adding to its diversity and charm. The cool ocean breeze, the lovely surroundings and the entertaining activities will keep you coming back for more.

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May 04

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca previously known as Laguna Seca Raceway is a paved road racing track in central California used for both auto racing and motorcycle racing, built in 1957 near both Salinas and Monterey, California.

The racetrack is 2.238 miles long, with a 180 feet elevation change. Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is an 11-turn, 2.238-mile road course best known for The Corkscrew, a one-of-a-kind turn in motorsports, with an elevation change equivalent to 5 ½ stories. Its eleven turns include the “Corkscrew” at Turns 8 and 8A. A variety of racing, exhibition, and entertainment events are held at the raceway, ranging from super karts to sports car racing to music festivals. Seca is a not-for-profit organization run by the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP) which hosts five world-class race weekends each season, with elite road racing series from around the world visiting the Monterey Peninsula every year. Each year SCRAMP donates approximately $250,000 to charities and groups in the area. Along with these donations, it is estimated that Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca generates roughly $120 million dollars annually to the local economy through its major events schedule.

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca 300x200 Enjoy Racing at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey County History of Laguna Seca:

Laguna Seca was built in 1957 on the Fort Ord military base in order to move the officially sanctioned Pebble Beach Road Races off public roads and onto a track. Originally, the track had nine turns, with Turn Two making a beeline for present-day Five. In 1988, the track was lengthened from 1.9 miles to 2.2. The straightaway between Turn 11 and the start/finish was lengthened, and Turn Two became the Andretti Hairpin, creating the infield section consisting of corners Three, Four, and Five which is originally Turn Three.

At the Laguna Seca Recreation Area, visitors can camp on the surrounding hillsides for a serene view of the Salinas Valley.  Both RV and tent camping are available in a clean, friendly environment.  The park is just a short drive from the Monterey Peninsula, Salinas Valley, Carmel Valley and Big Sur.  In addition to great camping facilities, Laguna Seca Recreation Area has a Rifle and Pistol Range.  The new Track view Pavilion i.e. Red Bull Energy Center is available for rent and is a beautiful venue for weddings, retirements, corporate dinners, conferences, etc.  The Recreation Area is also home to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Skip Barber Racing School, Sea Otter Classic Sports Festival, Cherry’s Jubilee, 24 Hours of Adrenalin and Redline Time Attack. Laguna has hosted Can-Am, Trans-Am, IMSA, Champ Car, ALMS, Grand-Am, and MotoGP, which is the F1 of motorcycle racing. It also hosts some of the best historic racing in the world.
 
Track Guide:

Laguna Seca is probably best known for “the corkscrew”, the blind S-turn that features a hefty drop in elevation, and there’s almost no cue to indicate when to brake and steer, at turn 8 / 8A. To enjoy the racing start the race and you rush toward the Andretti Hairpin, which is actually two separate but close 90 degree turns. Cut through the corners to gain a few positions as you cut right to do turn 3, then 4 and 5. Slow down enough for turn 6 as you enter the Rahal Straight and climb for the corkscrew. The only warning is a slight kink of the road to right then the rapid left/right turn with the huge drop. That leads to the Rainey Curve, then turn 10, with a very sharp turn back to finish line.

Visitors and participants alike can enjoy the permanent camping facilities of the Laguna Seca Recreation Area where the race track is also located. Or perhaps they can enjoy the comfort of Monterey Hotels and Carmel Hotels nearby. There are also numerous Monterey Hotels that are quite accessible from the Monterey Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

There are several events at Laguna Seca that are held annually which include the American Le Mans Series, Moto GP, AMA Superbike, and the Sports Car Series.

The Monterey Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca can also be rented if it is not hosting major events. The Sports Car Club of America holds two club races in it annually for the Bay Area Region. Also, different car clubs rent the raceway to enable their members to drive their own cars at speed. One of trivia for those who love racing games, the Monterey Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca was featured in the video game hit Gran Turismo and the Moto GP series.

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Apr 20

Whale watching in Monterey Bay is the marine equivalent of going on a safari in Africa. The diversity on the Monterey Bay is pretty amazing. In addition to the whales that migrate seasonally through the area, such as humpbacks, blue whales and gray whales, many other whale species are visible throughout the year. It’s not unusual for whale watchers to spot a fin or minke whale. The rarely observed beaked whale, which dives for up to an hour at a time, has been known to make a cameo appearance, as has the occasional sperm whale.

Imagine standing on the deck of a boat with your camera, as you witness one of the most fascinating sea mammals surface the waters. Whale watching is a unique and educational experience for both adults and children.

Whale Watching in Monterey Bay 300x185 Enjoy Whale Watching in Monterey BayMonterey Bay is a popular whale watching location due to the fact that it contains the largest and most productive canyon in North America. The canyon reaches an amazing depth of 12,000 feet, allowing deep water species such as whales to migrate to and feed on the abundance of fish and squid. Other marine animals such as dolphins and sea lions can also be seen in the same area.

The whales will give you a performance of your lifetime, slapping their tails 500 feet away from the boat. They exert different motions, including slapping their fins against the water, lie on their backs, and hop vertically above water. Keep your camera and camcorder ready to catch them performing an acrobatic movement called breaching, propelling their massive body really high above the water. Sometimes they twirl around and slap the water on their way down.

Among the whales that are seen, the most commonly observed are humpback Wales. Humpback whales are very intelligent and curious animals, and often approach the boats. By law, the captain cannot move the boat until the whales have moved away.

Tips for First Time Whale Watching:

1. Best time to go is April-Nov: During the summer/fall months of April-November, you will be able to see different types of whales, including the humpback whales, minke whales, killer whales, mighty blue whales, as well as different species of dolphins. Other sea mammals also feed in the area including sea lions, seals, pelicans, sharks, and sea turtles.

2. It’s always much colder on the water than it is on land. If it looks sunny, it’s often colder because of a breeze on the bay. Weather conditions can be different than on land. It’s a good idea to wear a waterproof jacket, gloves, and even a beanie. Wear sunscreen and shades. You will be exposed to the sun since the boat is going to be out in the middle of the ocean. It’s extremely bright and sunlight will reflect off the ocean. Bring sunglasses and sunscreen! Remember, you can still get sunburn on a foggy day.

3. Take sea-sickness medication: Prepare for your whale watching excursion by taking seasickness medication at least an hour before boarding your boat. This will give the medication time to take effect and ensure that you can enjoy the whale watch without getting queasy. If you prefer to avoid medications, ginger tea or capsules can be an effective and natural anti-nausea remedy.

4. There are snack bars available on the boats, but you can also bring your own food. Wear flat, rubber-soled shoes. The deck is likely to get wet as you sail, which can be slippery and dangerous. Wear rubber-soled shoes! Do not wear leather-soled shoes, flip flops, or high heels.

5. Secure your camera or binoculars. Make sure your camera, camcorders, or binoculars have a strap.

General Prices:   $40-Adults, $27-Children

FREE for children less than 3 years of age

The Boat Tours in Monterey for Whale Watching:

The boats take you to the whale viewing area where you’ll experience the thrill of 45 ton whales surfacing near your boat. The experienced captains know how to approach these animals safely and encourage them to come closer. The tour guides, also called “naturalists” on board will entertain you with some fascinating facts about the animal’s behaviors, different species classifications, and their migration patterns. This is a great opportunity for your children to learn about the wildlife.

Many whale watching companies are open daily throughout the holiday season except Christmas Day. Some of the most famous are Monterey Bay Whale Watch, Princess Monterey Whale Watching, Randy’s Whale Watching Trips, Chris’ Whale Watching and many more.  Experience adventures on the high seas where you can participate in deep sea fishing or catch a glimpse of migrating gray whales.

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Apr 07

Colton Hall Museum: Colton Hall is the place where California became America’s thirty-first state. The place is in the Monterey. Soon after the American occupation in 1846 of what was then called Alta California, a prominent local businessman named Walter Colton was appointed as alcalde of the Monterey district. Alcalde is the local name where it is known as Chief Magistrate. During his three years’ service in this capacity, among other accomplishments he directed the construction of the first American public building in California. It was ultimately named Colton Hall in his honor. From September 1 to October 13, 1849, Colton Hall was the site of a convention to draft California’s first constitution.  Forty eight delegates had been elected from ten districts and they debated many issues. California’s eastern boundary had to be decided upon. Slavery was forbidden in the new state. After much argument, the city of San Jose was chosen as California’s first capital.

Colton Hall Museum 300x163 Colton Hall Museum and El Estero Lake in Monterey, California

More history

On October 13, 1849, the new constitution was signed. It was ratified by the people on November 13 and California was ready to be admitted to the Union. However, word of this then had to be sent to the American government for its approval. This was done by ship; southward along the western coasts of the continent, “around the Horn” at the tip of South America and northward through the Atlantic Ocean to Washington, DC. The trip took three months. As time-consuming and arduous as it was, it was still considered safer and more certain than any route overland at the time. The issue then had to be debated and voted on by Congress. Ultimately, on September 9, 1850, California was admitted as the Union’s 31st state under the administration of President Millard Fillmore. Of course, word of its admission then had to be sent back around the Horn, which took another three months. In the meantime, the state capital had moved to San Jose as specified in the constitution and Colton Hall was put to other uses. The local school district established a grade school there in 1873 and the building continued to serve this purpose until the school moved to larger quarters in 1897.

Today, Colton Hall is part of Monterey’s city hall complex. The first floor is occupied by the offices of the Planning and Building departments. The second floor contains the Colton Hall Museum which was established by the city in 1949, one hundred years after California’s constitution was created there. The museum is open to the public every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., free of charge, and a museum attendant is available for tours and information. Check out more about Colton Hall Museum and know more about California State and its formation. Read more on other attractions in the below paragraphs.

El Estero Park 300x137 Colton Hall Museum and El Estero Lake in Monterey, California

El Estero Park: El Estero Park is centered on Lake El Estero in Monterey. The place is a popular destination for both locals and visitors. El Estero Park is full of ways for small children to play and burn off excess energy. The location is very much known for children play. The El Estero Exercise Course, which wends around the lake, is a great way to get exercise while enjoying the area’s natural beauty. So what you are waiting for. Come and check out the place where your children will definitely love it. Skaters also love the park where it is designed by local skateboarders. Anglers can fish off Lake El Estero’s fishing piers, while birders can check a few more avian species off their lists. Check out more options for entertainment in Monterey in the parks.

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Mar 23

History: Monterey, California sits over a hundred miles south of San Francisco. It’s a small quaint city of about 30,000 which anchors a larger metropolitan area including the towns of Seaside, Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove, and Carmel. Well known for its golf courses, seaside mansions, and outstanding coastal scenery the city got its start when a Spanish presidio and mission were established in 1770. By 1821 Monterey became the capital of the Alta California province under a newly minted Mexican republic which broke from Spain.

Monterey city 300x193 A city tour to Monterey, CaliforniaThings to Know: The Monterey State Historic Site has a number of buildings mostly concentrated around Custom House Plaza which offer self-guided tours. Pick up a brochure at the Pacific House. There is also a museum with free admission. Follow the bronze markings on the sidewalks, known as the Path of History, which takes you on a self-guided walking tour. The best way to see Monterey is with the sidewalk underfoot. Park the car and get out and walk, it’s small enough, with the exception of maybe driving to Cannery Row about .75 miles to the north. But even that’s walk able with enough time and energy and there are things to see along the way.

Monterey Sea Life: Scenic Monterey County is one of the richest ecological regions along California’s central coast, as proven by the diverse species that call it home. Sea Otters, harbor seals, and sea lions inhabit much of the stretch of the Monterey peninsula and are easily spotted from points close to shore and especially those with sheltered coves. This makes Monterey an ideal spot to view these creatures as the city is not accidentally situated in a cove within Monterey Bay. The offshore area provides federally protected Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the largest of its kind in the United States and it covers a section of the ocean that extends out to sea for 30 miles and along the coast for about 276 miles. Kelp forests are the most celebrated aquatic plant life and they can grow to towering heights beneath the water’s surface.

Place to see the popular sites: Start at the Monterey State Historic Site which is just behind Portola Plaza along the waterfront. Much of the Monterey Old Town Historic District, an eclectic assortment of Spanish colonial and early Anglo-American buildings, is found within the Monterey State Historic Site. Walking the Old Town is easy because of the bronze medallions that self-guide the visitor. Known as the Path of History, these sidewalk inlayed markers can be followed or you can simply make your own path. Whatever path you choose, proceed first to Fisherman’s Wharf to get views of the ocean and often provided gratis at the entrance to various restaurants. A bit far, Old Custom House, a beautifully restored building, and one the city’s oldest, which dates from 1827. Colton Hall is also located on Pacific Street at the Civic Center and it was in this building that California’s first state constitution was written in 1849. Other honorable mentions worth a look in Monterey’s Old Town are the Larkin House known for its distinctive and eclectic Monterey colonial style. About a ten to fifteen minute walk from Colton Hall, there is famous Carmel Mission which is located about five miles south in the town of Carmel.

About midway between Cannery Row and Custom House Plaza there is the entrance to the Presidio of Monterey an active U.S. Army installation which houses the Defense Language Institute. There is a gate open to visitors who can access the Presidio of Monterey Museum and the monument in Lower Presidio Park which has great views of the city and bay. After a short walk, you will come to Cannery Row, a blessing with mixed reviews. The alternative to the high varieties of glitzy retail outlets, luxury hotels, and seafood restaurants.

Enjoy the ocean views and otter watching from numerous seafood restaurants that line the sea cliffs before taking in perhaps California’s most famous aquarium, it too built in the remains of an old cannery, the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The Aquarium highlights marine life, both mammal and fish, of the waters off northern California in general and Monterey Bay in particular. You will also see the Spirit of Monterey Wax Museum and Steinbeck Plaza.

Best Time to Go: Summers are very crowded in general and weekends in particular. Summer weather can also be foggy as warm air on land collides with cooler ocean air forming coastal fog. Winter can bring intermittent rain with cooler temperatures.

If you are looking for hotels in Monterey, visit the Stage Coach Lodge, offering you free continental breakfast daily and great rates on rooms.

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Mar 09

Monterey is a beautiful and modest town on the Central Coast of California, decorated with gorgeous Cypress trees, constantly refreshed with a cool ocean breeze and blessed with exquisite oceanic scenery. The world famous 17 Mile Drive from Monterey to Pebble Beach is a scenic route that takes you to the beautiful California coastline with several beaches on your way to the legendary Pebble Beach Golf Course. The area where the land meets the sea is packed with mini-stops and attractions for tourists to take photos and observe the history of Monterey and Pebble Beach.

17 Mile Drive 271x300 17 Mile Drive Monterey – A Beautiful California CoastlineThe Lone Cypress:

For more than 250 years, Cypress tree has remained alone on the rocky shoreline and has become a natural landmark along the California coastal region of Monterey Bay. This solitary tree has even become the symbol for the Pebble Beach Company. Be sure to stop a little and capture some photos of this coastal treasure  as it is one of the most distinct exhibits and has become an icon of the 17 Mile Drive.

Cypress Point Lookout:

The Cypress Point Lookout has provided some of the most breathtaking views of the ocean along the 17 Mile Drive. Although it may temporarily be closed from time to time to protect seals during breeding season, this scenic stop is a must see for those driving through the region.

Spyglass Hill Golf Course:

Named after Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, Treasure Island, Spyglass Hill has become known worldwide as one of the most beautiful and challenging golf courses in the world. After opening in 1966, Spyglass Hill Golf Course has been listed as one of the best golf courses in America and in the world for over 40 years while hosting events such as the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Pebble Beach Invitational, and U.S Amateur Championship etc.

Pebble Beach Golf Links:

Being known as one of the best public golf courses in the United States is quite the title to hold, and Pebble Beach Golf Links lives up to its reputation. You can feel the prestige as you step onto the green for the first time, knowing that the best golfers in the history of the game have enjoyed some of their best moments on the very grass you are standing on. Pebble Beach Golf Links has been the host to the U.S Open Championship many times.

Spanish Bay:

This is a great area to get out of your vehicle and take a walk along the beach to soak in the natural environment and enjoy the legendary setting. Spanish Bay is also home to “The Links at Spanish Bay,” a Scotland themed golf course that closely replicates the country of Scotland with its shoreline appearance.

Fanshell Overlook:

Fanshell Overlook is a great place to stop and observe wildlife, especially the seals in the spring season. If you are lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, then there is nothing like the sight of newborn seal pups playing with their moms and friends in the shallow shore waters.

Huckleberry Hill and Shepherd’s Knoll:

Huckleberry Hill and Shepherd’s Knoll are located on top of the hills as you enter one of the 17 Mile Drive entry points. Take in a breathtaking view of the shoreline before you make your descent to the coastline full of beaches and other scenic views of the Monterey and Carmel coasts. The famous Pebble Beach awaits you at the bottom.

Pescadero Point:

Pescadero Point is a tip of land on the Carmel side of the 17 Mile Drive that is always sure to give many visitors the gift of a pleasant ocean view. It is just one of the many scenic stops that allow you to take in the shoreline experience along the 17 Mile Drive.

Bird Rock:

Appropriately named, Bird Rock is the hang out spot for many species of birds as well as seals and sea lions that bask in the sun on top of this rocky structure. Be sure to bring the camera with you to see rock that is covered with birds.

China Rock:

The Chinese settled in local fishing villages around this location near the end of the 19th century, and as a result, has been named “China Rock” in their honor. This landmark exposes the scenic shoreline to visitors all year long and is a sure place to take a couple snapshots to bring home as memories of the magical coastal features.

Point Joe:

The Point Joe was the entrance to the Monterey Bay. Many ships bottomed out on the rocky coastline of Point Joe causing several shipwrecks. Now it has become one of the sights-to-see along the famous 17 Mile Drive through Monterey and Pebble Beach along the California coastline.

Crocker Grove:

Crocker Grove is home to some of the oldest trees on the Monterey Peninsula. While some of the trees in Crocker Grove may be lacking vibrant colors and features, they are attractive in their own ways. These trees of Crocker Grove present a different kind of beauty and a unique forest experience.

The Ghost Tree:

The tree has stuck in its roots and stood its ground over years of abuse from natural forces such as wind and ocean spray to become a point of interest along the 17 Mile Drive. That is the mysterious outlook that fits well with The Ghost Tree.

If you want to enjoy 17 Mile Drive then come and stay with us at the Monterey Stagecoach Lodge in Monterey County and get rooms at very affordable rates. Make your Monterey hotel reservations today.

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