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Located a few miles from Monterey, Castroville is a town in the Monterey County of California. Named after its founder, Juan Bautista Castro, this town calls itself the ‘Artichoke Center of the World’. Considering that it supplies about 75 percent of the artichokes in the country, one would think the town has earned its pride, and it celebrates this pride in the annual Castroville Artichoke Festival. Of course, the town also has other things to offer besides its bounty of artichokes, being one of the oldest towns in the county. Do pay a visit and discover for yourself the charm of Castroville.
This gorgeous state beach is the perfect setting for an afternoon of family fun in the sun. From swimming, fishing, boating, making sand castles, flying kites, kayaking and more, the range of outdoor activities are endless here. Be prepared for cold weather, the fog rolls in quickly here, so be sure to pack an extra layer of clothing!
The Jose Eusebio Boronda Adobe is a historic structure spread across an area of 5 acres (2.0 hectares). Built in 1846 is shows the Monterey Colonial style of architecture. The building was used for residential purposes, but is now operated as a division of the Boronda History Center.
The Pacific Biological Laboratories was a lab built in 1937 which used to make specimen microscopic slides and sell preserved animals. This historic facility became a part of the National Register of Historic Places in 1994 because of its rich past.
Cannery Row is a fantastic waterfront street a mile down the coast from Fisherman's Wharf. The street is featured in John Steinbeck's book Cannery Row and Sweet Thursday. Cannery Row is named after old sardine canning factories, but those factories are no longer operational and instead house stores, restaurants and bars. You can easily spend days shopping and eating at wonderful restaurants. This area is also a marine sanctuary, so you'll probably see California sea lions sunning themselves. If you want to learn more or help the sea lions visit the Friends of the Sea Otter shop. And no trip to Cannery Row is complete without visiting the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium.
This winery's Monterey Zinfandel and Chardonnay have both won several silver and bronze medals throughout the years. The family-owned operation has been in existence since 1925, and the tasting room in Cannery Row attracts many locals as well as tourists and wine connoisseurs. Step up to the marble bar and taste samples from all of California's grape-growing regions. The winery's California Merlot and Chardonnay make up the Scenic Cellars Collection, and the varieties of reds and whites in the standard collection are impressive.
Laguna Seca Recreation Area is a scenic park offering magnificent views of the Salinas Valley and hillsides. Managed by the Monterey County Parks Department, the park offers camping facilities in its serene environment. The park gets a lot of visitors from the surrounding areas of Salinas Valley, Carmel Valley and Monterey Peninsula. A rifle and pistol range is also available for all you shooting buffs. The park provides a perfect backdrop for wedding parties, corporate dinners and events.
This iconic beach is at the foot of 17th Street, and is known its stunning beauty and variety of outdoor activities. From kayaking, surfing, swimming, scuba diving, windsurfing, to land activities such as beach volleyball, hiking, picnicking, and more. Bicycle rentals, public restrooms, and snack bar are also available. Lovers Point Park hosts the annual Feast of Lanterns pageant and fireworks festival.
This city park sprawls out over 45 acres, with lush lawns, walking paths, a picnic area with barbecues and tables, and El Estero Lake. Paddle boats are available for rental at the concession stand, making it the perfect outdoor activity for the whole family. The park also features a workout course and restrooms.
This winery has won more awards than any other winery in the country, the Dry Chenin Blanc and the Riesling being the biggest winners. The same team of winemakers has been here for over two decades and the aesthetic is European with a California flavor. The winery carries a wide stock of whites, reds and varietals. The property also has a retail store and a tasting room where you can sample the many award-winning wines. The winery grows their own grapes and in the last decade has planted over half a million new vines.
Located near the Fisherman’s Wharf, the Custom House Plaza is named after the historic Custom House that is located here. This building was built by the former Mexican administration in the 1820s, and was used for the collection of taxes. This plaza is a very prominent square in the city, and is the venue for several major events, like the Monterey Greek Festival. So, do pay a visit to this attraction when visiting the city.
This modern museum is dedicated to the maritime past Monterey is known for. Built in 1991, this local museum is over 17,000 square feet, it contains numerous artifacts, a large ship photography exhibit, scrimshaws and other such historic items. Located adjacent to the Custom House Plaza, this waterfront museum is the perfect way to learn more about the seaside community of Monterey.