Walk / Hike / Play, Monterey
Monterey County Weekly (http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/) is the paper the locals read for the best entertainment listings. It features the annual "Best of Monterey County" listings, as well as the weekly "club grid" for the entertainment at all the clubs and bars, movie listings, art, and culture. It also has editorials with a liberal slant and a few news articles. A must read if you spend any time in Monterey. And it's free!
Founded in 1988, the Monterey County Weekly is read by nearly 40,000 people each week in this county that includes the tourist towns of Monterey and Carmel, but also the farming areas of the Salinas Valley. Their building is located on Fremont and Williams Ave in Seaside (668 Williams Ave, 831-394-5656), right beside Curly's BBQ. They also publish the official Monterey Jazz Festival Program Guide and the annual Best of Monterey Bay Visitor's Guide.
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 (http://www.johncerney.com/photogallery.html).
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.
Favorite thing: When in Monterey, parents should take their kids to the 'Dennis the Menace' playground. No entrance fee and a great way to spend your day, kids!! This playground was financed by the author of Dennis the Menace.
Take a long walk along the coastal walking/biking trail, any time of the year. Wear your heavy coat in the winter, the ocean breeze can take the temperature down quite a few degrees!
Fondest memory: The Pacific Ocean. There is nothing like going to sleep to the sound of sea lions barking and seeing ocean every where you turn.
Take the time to walk Monterey's Historic Path
Fondest memory: 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.
Fondest memory: My favorite thing to do is take a walk with my dog, Porky, on the beach. There's so much ocean wild life to see!