Merritt House Inn

386 Pacific Ave., Monterey, California, 93940, United States
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2 days - must see?

by tatemiak

My hubby and I will be spending two days in Monterey and two days in San Fransisco. We will be staying at the Monterey Plaza and we haven't finalized our arrangements in San Francisco yet. Since we won't be staying long, I want to make the most out of our time. What are the must see/do activities? We will only be renting a car for the drive between Monterey and San Fransisco. We will be there in mid September. Thank you for your advice--this is my 30th birthday present from my hubby and the first time these Ohioans have ever vacationed without our children!

Re: 2 days - must see?

by NorCal08

I suggest visiting Pt. Lobos State Reserve located immediately south of Carmel on Hwy 1 and have yourself a picnic. It's spectacular. Whale watching is another strong possibility, and there are many charters to choose from, all of which leave from Fisherman's Wharf where you are staying. For an outstanding meal, you may wish to try John Pistos Whaling Station in Monterey, it can be a bit pricey, but the food is excellent. Hope this gives you some ideas and have a great vacation.

Re: 2 days - must see?

by mcboonak

I highly recommend the Monterey Bay Aquarium It's truly wonderful.

Re: 2 days - must see?

by trvlrtom

I agree with the previous posts, except to say I'd think twice about going whale watching because it will take a good part of the day.
Also, walk Carmel Beach and downtown. Drive the coast from Monterey along Pacific Grove past Asilomar, stopping along the way to look into tidepools. Perhaps explore downtown Pacific Grove, which often gets overlooked because it isn't right on the coast or as touristed as Monterery and Carmel.

Re: 2 days - must see?

by KimberlyAnn

Like others have said, visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Point Lobos State Reserve for hiking and beautiful ocean views, and take a whale watching tour if it is the correct season for whales. The Monterey Bay Whale Watch is the best company for a whale-watching trip. As far as the length of the whale watching trips, if you take their shortest one it will last from 3 to 4 hours, so that will take up half of one day. I would suggest talking to the folks at the Bay Whale Watch before purchasing your tickets to see what kind of luck they have been having in spotting whales before deciding for sure that you want to take the time to go on one of these ventures.

Re: 2 days - must see?

by Ewingjr98

My must see and do activities in and around Monterey:

Carmel: Trendy shops and restaurants on Ocean Ave, the Mission, hiking at Point Lobos

Big Sur: just go for a drive, or even take the MST bus

Monterey: Take a peek at touristy Fisherman's Wharf and Cannery Row, but I'd recommend you spend more of your time in the historic downtown area (California's first Capital, dozens of old Spanish-era adobes, and a huge variety of good restaurants)

Pacific Grove: Quaint main street (Lighthouse Ave) and great coastal views from Ocean View Drive, including the oldest continuously operated lighthouse on the West Coast.

I would also recommend a few stops on the way down from San Francisco including Santa Cruz (laid back college town with a great downtown and wonderful beaches), San Juan Bautista (Spanish mission town with an "Old West" feel), and Moss Landing (small coastal fishing town with great restaurants, quiet beaches, and lots of wildlife).

Enjoy your trip!


Travel Tips for Monterey

Lone Cypress a Monterey Landmark

by cnango

I can not imagine a trip on the Monterey Peninsula without taking a picture of the Pebble Beach landmark, the Lone Cypress. Located on the private property of the Pebble Beach Co.(PBC) it is the only tree in the world to be copywrited, PBC actually owns all rights to it's image.So any pictures you take can not be used commercially.The 250+ year old Lone Cypress defiantly grows out of a solid rock foundation. It has been battered with strong winds and narrowly survived an arson attempt. So for many the tree is more than just the PBC logo but an image of strength and fortitude.

In the album on my Monterey intro page I have a collection of pictures that were taken over several generations so you can see how the tree has grown and changed since the 1930's.

Take the time to walk...

by helmuts

Take the time to walk Monterey's Historic Path The mixture of people thanks to the various Military instalations and speciality schools goes the whole gamut from Bali to Russia. The rest of the world visits on a regular basis during car shows, golf tournaments, dixieland days, Monterey Jazz. Monterey is as international as a small town of less than 30000 people can be.

Cannery Row

by meteorologist1

The historic Cannery Row of Monterey is a must-see attraction. This street is the most festive in Monterey. It has many restaurants, shops, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium is located on this street as well. Cannery Row is actually the title of a novel written by famous author John Steinbeck.

visit the Monterey Bay...

by Krystynn

visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium located at Cannery Row. Here's a glimpse at some of the largest jellyfish that I've seen and it's found inside the Outer Bay Galleries.....

For more details, please scroll further down to the 'Activities' list below.

Larger than life...

by Ewingjr98

Throughout Monterey County you might notice giant people along the sides of the highway, against the sides of buildings, or just off in a field. These characters which range from infants, to farmers, to old women are often creations of a Salinas artist John Cerney (

His latest art works are three Cannery Row-themed murals depicting the characters from Steinbeck's novel as well as dock workers and cannery workers. The first was just placed along the recreation trail next to the new Cannery Row Hotel. This 10x12 foot monsterpiece features "Mack and the boys" six notorious slackers from the 1930s.

Some of our other favorites are a giant of a man nicknamed Lettuce Nuts, as well as an old lady's face surrounded by flowers on a hillside along Highway 101. Cerney has also been commissioned for murals by many of the towns around Monterey and Salinas. These murals range from sporting figures to advertising for local dentists and car repair shops. You may even see his images of Marilyn Monroe (for the Castroville Artichoke Festival) or James Dean.


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Address: 386 Pacific Ave., Monterey, California, 93940, United States