Monterey-Pacific Grove

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

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Few places on earth can live up to their own mythology, but Monterey is a notable exception. No matter what you’ve heard or seen in feature films, nothing can prepare you for the jaw-dropping beauty along Monterey’s fabled coast and village-like pedestrian thoroughfares. John Steinbeck was a frequent visitor, and drew considerable inspiration from area landmarks including Cannery Row, which he helped to immortalize in his novel of the same name. Today, restaurants,boutiques and attractions like the Monterey Bay Aquarium have helped make Monterey a favorite destination for visitors from around the world. (

I’m just sharing some photos from a recent 2-day trip to Monterey County. A friend and I played tourist as we leisurely walked along the Rec Trail through Cannery Row in Monterey out to Lovers Point Park and Point Pinos in Pacific Grove.

Monterey-San Carlos Beach area:

Cannery Row:

Monterey Bay views:

Pacific Grove, California has a classic Main Street, USA feel. With one of the oldest continually operating lighthouses in the country and a classic 1932 golf course partially designed by Jack Neville, Pacific Grove holds many old-fashioned charms. (

Pacific Grove-Lovers Point State Marine Reserve area:

Rec Trail murals:

Lovers Point Park/Beach area:


Point Pinos ocean views:

Point Pinos Lighthouse:

Dinner at Domenico’s at Fisherman’s Wharf-Monterey Bay Prawns with Linguine & Steamed Mussels: IMO-it’s the best seafood restaurant in town!

monterey bay prawns domenico's-1

Hit the road and make a day trip or two and enjoy this wonderful part of California!

*Some photos are courtesy of Vivian Wong

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