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    Ghirardelli: Branch of The Bay Area's Famous Chocolate

    by machomikemd Updated May 6, 2012
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    Ghiradelli, founded by the venerable Italian Immigrant Domenico Ghiardelli in the Bay Area in the 1900's is now a worldwide chocolate sensation and they also have a branch here at kitschy Cannery Row area. This Branch of Gihardellis is smaller than the branches in the bay area but still has the hallmarks of Domenico Ghirardelli's Signature Chocolates!

    Hours Sunday — Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

    What to buy: assorted chocolates, truffles, chocolate mints, after dinner mints, chocolate shakes and a whole lot more!

    What to pay: $ 25 for a pound of sweet indulgence, $ 13 for 1/2 pound of aluminum covered chocolate mints, $ 12 for a bar of dark chocolates, $ 5.95 for a cup of chocolate drink with whipped cream and a lot more!

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    Cannery Row: Lots of Shops in Cannery Row 2

    by machomikemd Written May 6, 2012
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    Part Two of My Shopping Tips with more pictures around cannery row

    The Cannery Row is one whole district that is aimed for shopping, eating and dining! The former Sardine Canneries are now converted into assorted Shops, Stores, Restaurants, inns, hotels, bars and chocolate shops so that the area can be decribed as one big shopping mall. This famous street, formerly known as Ocean View Avenue, became world famous due to the Famous Novel of John Steinbeck called Cannery Row that also became a movie. In 1958 it was renamed into Cannery Row in honor of the Novel and Film. It was before a long line of Sardine Canneries, which was the main business along the street but the last one closed in 1973. Due to the Novel and film, the place became famous and Tourism Related Activities started to pick up and the tourism related establishments like restaurant, shops, hotels, the Monterey Bay Aquarium began to sprout and many of which are located in former cannery buildings, and a few historic attractions. Some privately owned fishing companies still exist on Cannery Row, housed on piers located a short distance from the historic district frequented by tourists.

    What to buy: lots and lots of souvenirs to choose from like t-Shirts, caps, wind breakers, scarves, trinkets, fridge magnets, chocolates, artisanal crafts and more. the prices here are on the high side.

    The Shops Include:

    American Tin Cannery
    700 Cannery Row
    711 Cannery Row
    Steinbeck Plaza One
    Bear Flag Building
    The InterContinental
    Lighthouse Square

    Other Buildings

    Edgewater/Warehouse
    Steinbeck Plaza Two
    CR Company Building
    Mackerel Jack's
    Spindrift Inn
    Monterey Plaza
    Monterey Bay Inn
    The Chart House
    Victorian Inn
    Otter Inn
    El Torito
    Bubba Gump
    Tevis Carriage House
    Fairway Center
    794 Lighthouse

    What to pay: more on the high side since monterey cannery row is a major tourism area

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    Cannery Row: Lots of Shops in Cannery Row 1

    by machomikemd Updated May 6, 2012
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    This is a two part tip with more pictures around cannery row

    The Cannery Row is one whole district that is aimed for shopping, eating and dining! The former Sardine Canneries are now converted into assorted Shops, Stores, Restaurants, inns, hotels, bars and chocolate shops so that the area can be decribed as one big shopping mall. This famous street, formerly known as Ocean View Avenue, became world famous due to the Famous Novel of John Steinbeck called Cannery Row that also became a movie. In 1958 it was renamed into Cannery Row in honor of the Novel and Film. It was before a long line of Sardine Canneries, which was the main business along the street but the last one closed in 1973. Due to the Novel and film, the place became famous and Tourism Related Activities started to pick up and the tourism related establishments like restaurant, shops, hotels, the Monterey Bay Aquarium began to sprout and many of which are located in former cannery buildings, and a few historic attractions. Some privately owned fishing companies still exist on Cannery Row, housed on piers located a short distance from the historic district frequented by tourists.

    What to buy: lots and lots of souvenirs to choose from like t-Shirts, caps, wind breakers, scarves, trinkets, fridge magnets, chocolates, artisanal crafts and more. the prices here are on the high side.

    The Shops Include:

    American Tin Cannery
    700 Cannery Row
    711 Cannery Row
    Steinbeck Plaza One
    Bear Flag Building
    The InterContinental
    Lighthouse Square

    Other Buildings

    Edgewater/Warehouse
    Steinbeck Plaza Two
    CR Company Building
    Mackerel Jack's
    Spindrift Inn
    Monterey Plaza
    Monterey Bay Inn
    The Chart House
    Victorian Inn
    Otter Inn
    El Torito
    Bubba Gump
    Tevis Carriage House
    Fairway Center
    794 Lighthouse

    What to pay: more on the high side since monterey cannery row is a major tourism area

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    The Shops at The Lodge at Pebble Beach: Luxe Shops in Pebble Beach

    by machomikemd Written May 3, 2012
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    The Lodge at Pebble Beach is the main center of commercial activity in the 17 mile drive. The Lodge at Pebble Beach envelopes the 18th green of the Pebble Beach Golf Links and has a hundred plus upscale rooms plus suites, small number of shops, a wine store and some restaurants within the premises. It is here in the 18th hole were the climax of previous American Open Championships and US PGA Sanctioned Tour Golf Tournaments ends and they even have a faux US Open Champion Claret Jug you can have your picture taken hehehe. The also have a small assortment of Luxe Shops that sells mainly sports related items like mizuno golf clubs or Titeleist, Jack nicklaus accessories, organic market, golf wear, some restaurants and more.

    Opens: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm everyday

    Address: 17-Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
    Directions: 17-Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
    Phone: (800) 654-9300
    Website: http://www.pebblebeach.com/...the.../17-mile-drive

    Read more: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/21f8f7/#ixzz1trdL3swI

    What to buy: The shops According to their website:

    Among the shops there are:

    The Pro Shop at Pebble Beach
    Adjacent to the first tee of the world renowned Pebble Beach Golf Links, this luxury golf shop offers the best in golf apparel, equipment, accessories and shoes.
    (831) 622-8799
    The Men's Shop at Pebble Beach
    Featuring the finest in men’s apparel and accessories from around the world, the shop provides personal wardrobe consultations, ideal for guests looking to perfect their style for settings ranging from casual to elegant. Personal shoppers provide world-class service while outfitting guests with the finest clothing, handcrafted accessories, shoes, small leather goods and much more.
    (831) 622-6545
    The Lone Cypress Shop
    The largest selection of Pebble Beach logo items at the Resort. Stylish men’s golf apparel, golf accessories, and an assortment of great gift items.
    (831) 625-8544
    Pebble Beach Women’s Shop
    Featuring the latest in fashion and style, the Pebble Beach Women’s Shop has everything a woman needs to look and play her best. Choose from the best in fashion, shoes, and accessories.

    I only bought some souvenir t-shirts and refrigerator magnets and shot glass but their on the high side of $ 30 for the t-shirt, $ 9.99 for the ref magnet and $ 11.99 for the shot glass.

    What to pay: maxx out your platinum or titanium clredit card!

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    Quock Mui Tea Room: Tea House

    by GracesTrips Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I enjoy drinking tea but I'm not a tea connoisseur. We came across this tea house and checked it out. We didn't buy anything. It was a cold, breezy day and I saw this hand written board with information about the tea house and saw "heated bench". Looked around and thought, "What heated bench? This one?" And, sure enough this bench around this water feature was warmed up. Wow! This was really a cool idea! I could have sat there longer but my boyfriend wasn't too amuzed. He enjoys the cool weather and thought the bench was too hot.

    Open Daily 9am-6pm

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    Old Monterey Farmers' Market

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Tuesdays in Monterey you will find the city's nice farmers' market covering the three-block stretch of Alvarado Street in the center of downtown. The middle block has a variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts, honey, mushrooms, sugars, spices, and other locally grown items, all at very reasonable prices. The other two blocks of the farmers market are full of vendors selling foods from local restaurants such as India's Clay Oven, Taboulis, and Chong's Korean BBQ. These blocks also have an even wider variety of odds and ends from cut flowers to cheap jewelry and blankets...a lot of the same junk you might find at the county fair.

    With the February fire on the 400 block of Alvarado, the end of the street away from Fishermans Wharf is kind of secluded with few vendors, but the end nearest the water is packed full of people and vendors. Now that the fire damage is cleaned up, the entire street is pretty much packed with vendor booths. Just watch out for a few of the scam artists that frequent the market... one fat Italian guy sells salami for about $15 each--the same exact brand and size that you can buy on a corner deli for less than $6 each.

    In the summer the market is open 4-8 PM and winter hours are 4-7 PM.

    There is another farmers market at Monterey Peninsula College on Fremont Street on Thursday afternoons, and Pacific Grove is considering a farmers market of their own that started in July 2008 and runs from 4 to 8 on Mondays on Lighthouse Avenue downtown.

    What to pay: Most meals are $5 to $7 per person. Fruits and veggies might be a little more expensive than the grocery store, but it is also fresher and most is certified organic. On recent visits, corn on the cob was $1 for two medium sized ears, and fresh nectarines were $1.75 per pound. We also get mushrooms at $3 per quart and berries (blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries) usually for $3 per half quart.

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    Downtown Shopping

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    My favorite area downtown is Alvarado Street. Stretching from Custom House Plaza about 4 blocks south to Pearl Street, this beautiful area is very pedestrian friendly and has plenty of on-street and garage parking. The area has an amazing variety of shops from classy jewelry stores to cheap tourist trinket shops. There are also numerous unique stores like a British shop, a Spanish furniture store, and Bay Books. On Tuesdays, Alvarado is blocked off for the weekly market that is a big draw for locals and visitors for its variety of crafts and foods.

    Even better, beside these interesting stores you have some of Monterey's most historic sites, finest hotels, best restaurants, numerous bars and pubs, and some nice views of the bay! I spend more time in this area than anywhere else except work and home!

    Choosing between a hotel in Carmel, Pacific Grove, Cannery Row, or here? For me the choice is easy! Stay in downtown Monterey for the largest variety of things to do.

    This site (http://www.caviews.com/mry_st.htm) has photos of Alvarado Street from back in 1887 when it was still dirt with just a few rickety wooden buildings.

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    Along Moss Landing Road: More Antiques - Moss Landing

    by Lhenne1 Written Aug 6, 2008
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    For even more antiques, head north to Moss Landing (about 15 minutes up Rt 1 N). There are a variety of stores. Names change frequently as the stores tend to carry expensive items and don't seem to stay in business very long. But if you hit the right store on the right time you'll find some gems.

    The stores themselves are renovated buildings that give an old west feel to the whole street. Jewelry, furniture, books, posters, garden stuff, clothing...it's all there in a wide range of prices.

    What to buy: My friend and I had fun flipping through century-old postcards and getting a glimpse at other's people's lives.

    What to pay: US $0.50-$5,000...and everything in between!

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  • Quock Mui Tea Room and Boutique: Need a gift to bring home but not something tacky

    by MelissaChavez Written Jul 9, 2008

    Its a tea room and boutique, but its not like your grandmothers tea room its hip and theres about 80 different types of tea, and to my surprise they even sold different types of Mates! this place has body fragrance, candles, tea pots loose leaf tea, purses, beautiful jewelry, vegan cookies, and home decor. and they make everything by the cup made to order! Talk about customer service!

    What to buy: Tea Forte, loose leaf teas and matching tea pot. makes the perfect gift. or whats really cute that i do is i buy some loose leaf tea, get these "perfect cup of tea" spoons and in a cute little tea ball(they have them in different shapes) and give those for gifts! plus they have the most amazing eco- friendly cards. Everything i need in one place!

    What to pay: cup of tea is $2.75 loose varies from about $6-15. i usually leave paying about $25-50 depending on how elaborate i go

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    Used books and records in New Monterey

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Jun 8, 2008
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    Lighthouse Avenue in New Monterey above Cannery Row has numerous businesses owned by old hippies, particularly used book and record stores. We like to check these places out every so often for bargains on old books, art to hang on the walls, or to just collect a few pieces of memorabilia from the past.

    Vinyl Revolution (230 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA - 831-646-9020) is a small place in an old-run down building, but they have a great variety of old vinyl records at prices from under $1 to about $10 for most items. The place is run by a knowledgeable friendly old hippie with a long gray beard. During our last visit we bought records by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Merle Haggard, and The Eagle for under $2 each.

    Lighthouse Books (801 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA - 831-372-0653) is pretty small but they pack a lot of books in their 10 foot tall shelves. My last visit I had to convince my girlfriend to put a few books back, and she still bought about five old books for around $65. My favorite is called Confessions of an English Opium Eater.

    Other options on this street for similar items include Recycled Records (604 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA - 831-375-5454) and The Goodwill Store (571 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA - 831-649-6056).

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    For Garlic Lovers: Foodie Store!

    by GracesTrips Written May 27, 2008

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    A Garlic themed store is always good! Garlic seasonings, garlic oil, garlic peelers, garlic cookbooks, garlic sauces, garlic jams, etc.

    I bought some garlic dip seasoning. I mixed it in with my cottage cheese and had that for lunch today! Yum!

    Stores Hours:
    Winter Mon-Sun 10am-6pm
    Summer Mon-Sun 10am-8pm

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    Wine Tasting - Bargetto Winery, Cannery Row

    by Ewingjr98 Updated May 17, 2008
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    Bargetto Winery is located in Soquel in the Santa Cruz area, but they have a small store and tasting room on Cannery Row in Monterey. The shop is full of unique gifts such as dishes, clocks, and artwork all with a wine and grape motif. I visited when buying wine to present as gifts for friends, and they were very friendly. Wine tasting here is free, but I think they limit you to 3 or 4 samples (it's $5 for 6 samples at the other wine shop in the same building, called "A Taste of Monterey"). I tried both a gewurztraminer ($14/bottle) and a syrah ($16/bottle), and purchased a bottle of each. I was a little disappointed at the lack of general wine knowledge that the lady there had...I asked if she had a shiraz... she said no, but many people like the syrah. Once I got home and Googled it, I found out they are virtually the same wine.

    The Bargetto Winery was officially founded in 1933, the year Prohibition ended, but they admit to making wine way back in 1919 and through the Prohibition years.

    What to pay: Maybe $15-$20 a bottle, some fancy wines cost more.

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    Bottles 'N' Bins Liquor

    by Ewingjr98 Updated May 9, 2008
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    Bottles 'N' Bins is my favorite wine and liquor store in the Monterey. Located on Lighthouse Avenue just above Cannery Row, this family run business has been proclaimed "Monterey's Best Selection of Liquor" for several years running.

    This liquor store has a small deli, a great variety of wines, a good beer selection, and lots of different hard liquors. The owner and his staff are very helpful and friendly, always helping me find what I want. They are also happy to special order various beers that I enjoy, but aren't usually stocked in Monterey.

    All in all: a great liquor store in a prime location just off Cannery Row.

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    Cannery Row Antique Mall: Lots O' Old Stuff

    by Lhenne1 Written Apr 23, 2008

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    Monterey, Pacific Grove and Carmel and full of antique shops. My favorite, however, is the Cannery Row Antique Mall. The store is two floors and comprised of over 150 individual sellers, each with a personal square of floorspace. Sellers offer different goods, ranging from books and toys to furniture and clothing. The vast selection of goods can be overwhelming, but it's a great place to spend a rainy afternoon.

    Despite the number of sellers, you don't need to hunt down the one you need on site. All purchases are made at the front of the store. The only drawback to this is you lose the normal antique store bartering, so watch your deals carefully. The staff in the front can tell you which seller sre int he store on a particular day in case you do want to discuss a purchase.

    What to buy: Great selection of antique and estate jewelry. I spent hours in the book section debating over whether to spend the next year buying groceries or just drop it all on a first edition Catcher in the Rye (food won).

    What to pay: Prices vary.

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    Little Treasures in Used Book and Music Stores

    by Lhenne1 Written Apr 6, 2008

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    I've always beena fan of used book stores (you never know what you'll find) and Monterey has a few nice ones. There are also a a selection of used record stores throughout Monterey if that's more your interest. These are great places to get lost and I've found that the staff always seem to be happy to help you find something unique.

    Some of my favorites:
    Book Buyers 600 Lighthouse Ave. ph: 831-375-4208 Hours: 11-7pm Daily. Prices here are reasonable and the staff seems to have a good handle on what is currently on the shelves (and what they are currently missing).

    Book Haven 559 Tyler Street ph. 831-333-0383 Hours: 10-6pm Daily. A bit pricier than most used book stores I'm familiar with, but the selection is often rarer books. If you're looking for something that is out of print, this is a good place to start.

    Cannery Row Old Book Company 471 Wave Street (in the Cannery Row Antique Mall) ph: 831- 656-9264 Hours: Mon through Fri 10-5:30pm, Sat 10-6 pm, Sun 10-5pm. Prices vary, selection is small but the staff is helpful if you're looking for something specific. Specializes in California, books of local interest and local authors/illustrators.

    There are others I haven't yet explored:
    The Book End 245 Pearl St.
    Old Monterey Book Co. ‎ 136 Bonifacio Pl.

    What to buy: Everyone always talks about the rare moment when they find that priceless book hidden deep in a dark rare book store (and yes, these moments do occur). But I prefer to look for books that my local Borders isn't carrying, pretty hardcover books and books that otherwise just "look" interesting to me. Since used book stores tend to be less expensive (for non-rare/old books), you can stock a great library with your personal favorites for a fraction of what you'll spend at Barnes and Nobel (not that I don't spend a lot of money, there, too ;) ).

    Enjoy...get lost in the used shops. These are great places to spend rainy Saturday afternoons.

    What to pay: $3-$3,000...depends on what you're looking for.

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