Cannery Row, Monterey
Favorite thing: At one time, Monterey was the sardine packing capital of the world. Cannery Row was then the heart of the sardine industry in Monterey. Some remnants of those days exist even now-part of Monterey's history.
Favorite thing: visit Cannery Row. John Steinbeck named a novel 'Cannery Row'. In the novel he wrote about the hookers and the gamblers that lived here but that's all gone. Cannery Row is an area with a lot of shops and restaurants especially for tourist now.
Certainly the most touristed part of Monterey is Cannery Row. Now a busy street full with restaurants, cafés, galleries, souvenir shops, fashion, etc., this used to be the centre of the fish canneries in the past. This area was immortalized by Noble prize writer John Steinback who was born not far from here, in Salinas.
Take a stroll along the street, enjoy the atmosphere, look at the murals depicting the place as it used to be in the past and the carefully preserved wooden houses. At the end of the street you will find the famous aquarium.
John Steinbeck, the great author was a Monterey County Native and he had a house at Pacific Grove and roots there and at Carmel and Monterey and one of his great novels was titled "Cannery Row" and the setting of the novel was in Monterey and some of the characters there were patterned after Monterey Residents like Lee Chong, the local grocer; Doc, a marine biologist based on Steinbeck's friend Ed Ricketts; and Mack, the leader of a group of bums. The Subsequent novel Sweet Thursday (a follow up on cannery row) also became famous the Ocean View Avenue was renamed Cannery Row to Honor John Steinbeck and the Named stucked up to the present so that the Cannery Row became a famous part of Monterey.
Fondest memory: The Renaming of Ocean View Avenue in 1958 to Cannery Row in Honor of John Steinbeck
Favorite thing: take a leisurely stroll down one of the most popular streets here in America - Cannery Row, first made famous by the Nobel and Pulitzer award winning author, John Steinbeck. Lots of great shopping and dining opportunities here.
Favorite thing: you can do Bus tours from the San Francisco Bay Area to Monterey if you want to save on gas and there are a lot of companies that offer day tours to Monterey and the options and many like a whole day monterey day tour with entrance to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and or the 17 mile drive and Carmel and also multi day tours to Monterey, Carmel, 17 mile drive up to the Central Coasts in Big Sur and Hearst Castle and Paso Robles. The list is endless and the prices vary. Companies include Grayline of San Francisco, San Francisco Shuttle Tours, sf tours.com, monterey tours and more. Pickup points are on the major hotels in Union Square and Fisherman's Wharf and Nob Hill and SOMA. prices go from $ 90 to $ 350 depending on the type and if is a day or multi day tour.
Favorite thing: 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 Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Fondest memory: Tin Cannery Premium Outlet-store beyond Cannery Row where I bought a lot of big polo-shirts by Greg 'the White Shark' Norman, for small prices.
Favorite thing: This part of the central coast is the artichoke capital of the world. Check out Castroville and buy a bunch to take back home. Check out Cannery Row and the tribute to John Steinbeck.