- Check out the Monterey Aquarium, the nearby Cannery and the Museum of Monterey is not to be missed!
- The Cannery is a old fishing pier, filled with shopping, dining and other activities.
- Carmel, just 15 minutes away, is full of shopping in Carmel Plaza and Ocean Avenue, the Rodeo of Carmel. Don’t miss the Cottage of Sweets: http://www.cottageofsweets.com/ Also check out: Carmel Mission and the beautiful Carmel beach.
- If you are interested, take the 17 mile drive. This loop begins and ends at either Monterey or Carmel. On this drive, you will pass by some of the most famous golf courses in the world, including Pebble Beach, and The Lone Cypress. Stop for lunch or a drink at either the Lodge at Pebble Beach or the Spanish Inn.
- NOTE: I did this, and to be honest, I thought it was boring.
Dametra Cafe, Mediterranean food, popular with visitors and locals. South East corner of Ocean & Lincoln, Carmel, CA 93921 (831) 622-7766 www.dametracafe.com
Carmel Belle, organic French fusion, and very much a locals place! Doud Craft Studios, Ocean Ave & San Carlos, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921
(831) 624-1600 www.carmelbelle.com
Flying Fish Grill is an Asian fusion and sushi place. Good quality sushi (Californians and their sushi!), but also pricy. Mission St and 7th Ave, Carmel, CA 93921
One of the most well know restaurants on Cannery row is the C Restaurant (750 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940 831-375-4800). This is definitely a more upscale restaurant compared to some of my earlier recommendations. C Restaurant is in a historic hotel, and overlooks the water. Plates run $30 or so, and serve a variety of options.
A more casual option is Tarpy’s Roadhouse (2999 Monterey-Salinas Hwy. (Canyon Del Rey Blvd.) Monterey, CA 93940, 831-647-1444), which is about rustic, but excellent American Comfort food. Plates run $20-$25.