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DREAM DATES

August 25 – 29, 2010

A look at Monterey County’s biggest draws

BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit

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This film fest/symposium screens more than 60 ocean-centric films, including Disneynature’s Oceans, and hosts filmmakers, oceanographers, photographers and scientists, including members of the Cousteau family, The Cove director Louie Psihoyos and others, mixing it all up at various parties with partner Monterey Bay Aquarium, and sprinkling its ocean conservation message with spoonfuls of sugar. Monterey Bay Aquarium, 886 Cannery Row, Monterey. www.blueoceanfilmfestival.org

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California Rodeo

Annual Concours d’Elegance

Over the weekend, some of the world’s best cowboys and cowgirls show off their skills in barrel racing, trick riding, wild cow milking, freestyle bullfighting and mutton busting. This year marks the 100th anniversary of California’s biggest rodeo. Salinas Sports Complex, Salinas. (800) 771-8807, www.carodeo.com

Once a year, the fairway of the 18th hole at Pebble Beach hosts tires, not golfers. For the Annual Concours d’Elegance, 175 cars and motorcycles gather up to showcase what is one of the best car shows in the world. These expensive toys are judged by their historical accuracy and style. This year’s event will feature Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, and hot rods—and will celebrate the design of Ghia. Pebble Beach. (831) 622-1700, www.pebblebeachconcours.net

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Maybe the most anticipated event in motorcycle racing. Valentino Rossi, Nicky Hayden and a host of leather-protected studs take on the corkscrew. Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Hwy 68 between Salinas and Monterey. (831) 242-8201, www.mazdaraceway.com

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onterey County’s mythic Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca hosts the most-watched racing series on Earth (MotoGP), and Pebble Beach Food & Wine has quickly simmered into arguably the best epicurean experience in the United States. Car Week in August gathers the planet’s most polished vehicles and people and California Rodeo is among the most celebrated in the West. Oh, and the Monterey Jazz Festival’s a good time—just ask Tony Bennett. Yes, Monterey County’s got it going on. Here’s a look at just a handful of the most popular people magnets. For more detailed and up-to-the day information, pick up a copy of the Weekly free in over 1,000 locations county-wide—just look for the red box. Or log on from your computer or mobile at www.montereycountyweekly.com.

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This version of the renowned gathering marks the last season under the aegis of Maestro Bruno Weil. (Introductory events, including open rehearsals, start as early as July 8.) The multifaceted gathering draws visitors and classical music fans from around the world, with performances, master classes, chamber and chorale recitals, movies with classical music themes, and, this year, even a “sumptuous feast” by Chef Rima Crow inspired by Monteverdi’s Italy. Sunset Center, San Carlos and Ninth, Carmel and various other locales. 624-1521, www.bachfestival.org

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Every year for a week top professional golfers and celebrities—Kevin Costner, Peyton Manning, Phil Mickelson and Brandi Chastain among them—are brought together to participate in the most popular pro-am on the fairways. Pebble Beach. (831) 649-1533, www.attpbgolf.com

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For three nights and two days, the oldest continuous jazz festival lives on—lavishly. With 85 performances serenading 20 acres of Monterey Fairground, this edition is anchored by standouts such as Chick Corea, Dianne Reeves, Harry Connick Jr. and Roy Hargrove. Monterey Fairgrounds, Monterey. (831) 3733366, www.montereyjazzfestival.org

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A breath-taking run along Big Sur which lasts six hours and attracts about 6,000 people each year. This is the most beautiful and challenging course in the world. Big Sur. (831) 625-6226, www.bsim.org

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onterey County is a black hole in the most beautiful way: Its gravity sucks many in and lets few escape. Beautiful beaches and the lush forests make this a perfect playground for any outdoors adoree, the challenging terrain that makes it ideal for the the hardcore athlete and the seascapes that make it magic for someone who just wants to kick their feet up and take in the scenery. From the 2-mile-deep fissure off the coast (that supports the sea life that leads to breathtaking kayaking, scuba diving and whale watching) to the behemoth redwoods (that can reach 360 feet in height and 2,000 years of age), this bit of space has a lot to explore. Enjoy.

Beaches Bring a sweater! Visitors are often surprised to discover how cool and breezy Monterey Peninsula beaches can be in the summer. But they’re beautiful no matter the weather—not to mention sunny and warm for most of the winter months. ASILOMAR STATE BEACH This rustic stretch of soft white sand beaches and rocky promontories offers a variety of activities for the family, from kite flying to tidepooling. Asilomar also has a long boardwalk traversing restored coastal dunes laced with delicate vegetation. A popular place for sunset strolls. Sunset Drive, Pacific Grove.

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aquamarine waters of Carmel Bay, making this famous beach a popular weekend and sunsethour destination. It’s one of the few beaches where dogs are allowed to run off the leash, and there are even three beach volleyball courts for you setters and spikers. At the end of Ocean Avenue, Carmel.

CARMEL RIVER BEACH Where the Carmel River meets the Pacific Ocean lies a grainier, less-populated strip of sand frequented by locals, especially bird watchers. Swimming in the surf is not advisable because of strong currents, but the lagoon formed by the river offers more protected wading and swimming. Parking lot and restrooms available. At the intersection of Scenic and Carmelo, Carmel.

DEL MONTE BEACH The perfect family spot for a lazy day on the beach. The waters are calm and shallow, thanks to the protection from the breakwater and nearby Fisherman’s Wharf. A boardwalk winds through sand dunes with plenty of picnic tables conveniently located throughout. No bonfires, however, and dogs must be on leashes. Off Del Monte Boulevard at Casa Verde Way, Monterey.

GIBSON BEACH AND CHINA COVE Located within Point Lobos State Reserve, these beaches are perfect for viewing otters and sea lions in their wild habitat. Both lie at the bottom of a steep set of wooden stairs but are well worth the trek down and back. China Cove has emerald-green water and hollowedout rocky tunnels to swim through. Gibson Beach, located a bit farther back in the park, is usually less populated. Highway 1 south of Carmel.

LOVERS POINT BEACH A protected cove makes Lovers Point a great

Bird Rock Beach, Pebble Beach place for a family swim. Picnic on the grassy bluff above the beach to keep the sand out of snacks and drinks. Beach volleyball, snack bar and restrooms are available. Ocean View Boulevard, Pacific Grove.

MARINA STATE BEACH This 171-acre beach features a wheelchairaccessible boardwalk through the sand dunes and a hang-glider launch pad. Sweeping views of the Monterey coastline provide a great place to watch rippling waves. Marina beach is frequently windy. Reservation Road, Marina.

FORT ORD DUNES STATE PARK This newly opened park has short trail to 4 miles of beautiful beach. Don’t worry, shrapnel was removed from this former Army shooting range. Lightfigher Drive exit from Highway 1, Marina.

MONASTERY BEACH There’s excellent scuba diving off the beach just north of Point Lobos and across from the Carmelite monastery. The steep slope is great for skimboarding, but a scary undertow means experienced water-lovers only. Highway 1, Carmel.


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ZMUDOWSKI STATE BEACH Monterey County’s northernmost beach is a popular fishing and surfing spot, with more than 177 acres open for exploring. Jensen Road and Highway 1, Moss Landing.

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JACKS PEAK COUNTY PARK This readily accessible park, named after pioneering real estate mogul David Jacks, boasts 10 miles of hiking and riding trails, as well as unsurpassed views of the Monterey Bay and Carmel. This is a great family park with easy day hikes, picnic grounds and a self-guided nature trail. Off Highway 68 on Olmsted Road, Monterey. 755-4899.

JULIA PFEIFFER BURNS STATE PARK

This 5,000-acre state park stretches along the Pacific for 4 miles, with access to one of the longest beaches in Big Sur. It offers fishing, hiking, equestrian trails and picnic facilities, as well as walk-in camping in a huge meadow close to the ocean. 21 miles south of Carmel on Highway 1, Big Sur. 667-2315.

The southernmost state park in Big Sur encompasses close to 4,000 acres stretching from the Pacific coastline to the 3,000-foot peaks of the Santa Lucia Range. Hikers can revel in beautiful redwood groves, river walks and views of the picturesque McWay waterfall as it empties into the Pacific Ocean. Two coveted campsites available by reservation. 37 miles south of Carmel on Highway 1. 667-2315.

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LAKE SAN ANTONIO AND LAKE NACIMIENTO Both the man-made lakes that border Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties are popular summertime destinations for water skiing, fishing, camping and picnicking. Concessions include a marina, general store, laundromat, cabin rentals and service station. Lake San Antonio enjoys the distinction of being one of the largest winter habitats (Nov.T:7.083” April) of bald eagles in Central California. Lake

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LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST Almost half of the 2-million-acre forest that overlays the Coast Range from Big Sur to Los Angeles County is wilderness. Translation: superb hiking and backpacking (though the popular Pine Ridge Trail remains closed from the 2008 fire). There are 11 non-wilderness campsites in the Monterey area. The ranger station is 32 miles south of Carmel on Highway 1. 385-5434.

PFEIFFER BIG SUR STATE PARK Established in 1933, this popular state park offers hikes through dense redwood canyons leading up to scenic peaks. Located within its 850 acres are the Big Sur Lodge and cabins, a store, a restaurant, camping, and numerous sites for picnicking, swimming and fishing. Main Camp expected to be closed all summer for renovations. 31 miles south of Carmel on Pub(s): None Highway Inks: Cyan,1. 667-2315. Magenta, Yellow, Black PINNACLES NATIONAL MONUMENT TheAdobe jagged remains of a long-extinctPROD. volcano Fonts: garamond Pro, Univers

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OLD COAST ROAD Off-road riders will find some of the area’s most rugged and scenic mountain trails along the 11-mile stretch that was once the main road from Carmel to Big Sur.

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(RESOURCES) REI, 145 General Stillwell Drive, Marina. 883-8048. Big 5 Sporting Goods, 1000 Northridge Shopping Center, Salinas, 449-6767; 2259 Fremont St., Monterey. 375-8800. Booniez, 865 Fir Ave., Sand City. 392-0538. J&S Surplus, 1956 Highway 1, Moss Landing. 724-0588. Outdoor World, 2222 North Fremont St., Monterey. 373-3615. The Treadmill, 111 Crossroads Blvd., Carmel. 624-4112.

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FORT ORD PUBLIC LANDS This biking, hiking and horseback-riding paradise encompasses thousands of acres of gorgeous wetlands and woodlands. Pick up a map or just get lost in endless mountain biking bliss. Popular trails are accessible at Giggling Road, Laguna Seca and Creekside Terrace.

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Described by some as a “linear park,” the paved Rec Trail is an ideal way to take in beautiful coastal views at your own pace. The 17-MILE DRIVE, PEBBLE BEACH former Southern Pacific Railroad right-of-way For the road cyclist, this is perhaps the meanders along the waterfront for 18 miles Peninsula’s ultimate two-wheel trek. Enter starting at Lovers Point in Pacific Grove and at the Pacific Grove gate and hang a right to ending—for now—in Castroville. The trail is take the coastal route past some of the lovelipopular with pedestrians and rollerbladers, so #1021001-Bay Bikes:4 x 9 5/19/08 11:12 AM Page 1 est coastline in North America. The road will watch your speed and stay in your lane. Pacific lead through the Pebble Beach golf courses Grove to Castroville.

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More than 20 miles of well-maintained trails wind through the county’s second-largest mountain-biking area, which is also a popular hiking destination. Off-road fanatics rave about the fast downhills and the plentitude of single-track trails. The summit area provides sweeping vistas of the Monterey Peninsula and the Salinas Valley. Highway 68, Salinas. 484-1108.

(RESOURCES) Joselyn’s Bicycles (voted best bike shop by Monterey County Weekly’s 2009 readers’ poll), 398 East Franklin, Monterey. 649-8520. Aquarian Bicycles, 486 Washington St., Monterey. 375-2144. Carmel Bicycle, 7150 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley. 625-2211. Sports Center Bicycles, 1576 Del Monte Blvd., Seaside. 899-1300. Bobcat Bicycles, 141 Monterey St., Salinas. 753-RIDE.

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The cold, nutrient-rich waters of Monterey Bay make for some of the best diving in the world. On a good day the water is clear and the undulating kelp forest teems with sea life. Otters and seals are occasional company in the enchanting world below the surface. BLUEFISH COVE AND WHALER’S COVE Two miles south of Carmel on Highway 1, these gorgeous spots within Point Lobos State Reserve offer easy beach access and a rich abundance of life inside a 750-acre protected underwater park. Reservations are required on weekends. Point Lobos State Reserve, Carmel. 624-8413.

CARMEL RIVER STATE BEACH Divers who venture out past the kelp will discover pinnacles with steep walls that are home to plenty of critters and creatures, small fish and nudibranchs. Typically not very crowded. At the intersection of Scenic and Carmelo, Carmel. 649-2836.

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OTTER COVE Less popular, but no less attractive. Here divers can find sea otters (of course), seals, rays, and an abundance of other sea life out past the kelp forest. The sandy bottom features boulders near shore and large pinnacles about 150 feet out. Ocean View Boulevard and Seapalm Avenue, Pacific Grove.

SAN CARLOS BEACH One of the best spots for new divers is the breakwater at San Carlos Beach. There is now an upgraded entrance for divers off San Carlos Beach Park, including bathrooms and showers at the Coast Guard Pier. You’ll see forests of kelp, octopi, anemones, starfish and the occasional otter or sea lion. Coast Guard Pier, Wave and Drake streets, Monterey.

(RESOURCES) Aquarius Dive Shop, 2040 Del Monte Blvd., Monterey. 375-1933. Glenn’s Aquarius II Dive Shop, 32 Cannery Row, Monterey. 375-6605. Bamboo Reef, 614 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey. 372-1685. Cypress Charters, (408) 244-4433. Monterey Bay Dive Company, 225 Cannery Row, Monterey. 656-0454.

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Horseback Riding HOLMAN RANCH Wind through 400 acres of sunny trails in picturesque Carmel Valley at this local institution, which is also home to a small vineyard. 60 Holman Road, Carmel Valley. 659-6054.

MOLERA BIG SUR TRAIL RIDES Choose from five horseback tours leading through almost every terrain found in Central California, from giant redwoods to the pounding Big Sur coast. Ride times start in the morning or at sunset. Riders must be at least 6-years-old. Call for details on private rides. Andrew Molera State Park, Highway 1, Big Sur. 625-5486.

MONTEREY BAY EQUESTRIAN CENTER Explore the Salinas River State Beach on horseback. Just south of Moss Landing, these folks also offer lessons, day camps, ponies and petting zoos. 19805 Pesante Road, Salinas. 663-5712.

PEBBLE BEACH EQUESTRIAN CENTER A guided, 80-minute trail ride leads through the stunning Del Monte Forest, past Cypress Point and onto the beach near Seal Rock, where pinnipeds and otters cavort. Don’t forget the camera. Group tours, riding lessons and pony rides also available for small children. 17-Mile Drive, Pebble Beach. 624-2756.

STONEPINE RESORT AND EQUESTRIAN CENTER It feels like a world away at this lavish Carmel Valley resort built in the late 1930s by the Crocker banking family. Stonepine provides training in all equestrian disciplines and trail rides on 330 acres. 150 East Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley. 659-2245.

Hot Springs ESALEN INSTITUTE After a million-dollar renovation, the unique cliffside baths are open. Call for reservations. Open to the public only between 1-3am. Highway 1, Big Sur. 667-3047.

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Rock Climbing GARRAPATA STATE PARK On the south end of Garrapata, a series of 15to 20-foot cliffs rising from the sandy beach offer a great chance for beginners and more advanced climbers to hone their climbing skills. Highway 1, 6 miles south of Carmel.

Sanctuary Rock Gym, Sand City SYKES HOT SPRINGS This gem of three hot pools lies along a remote river reachable only by beautiful and challenging trails. Call the Big Sur Station for info. Ten miles on Pine Ridge Trail, Highway 1, Big Sur. 667-2315.

TASSAJARA HOT SPRINGS The winding dirt road out to Tassajara might discourage all but the most adventurous, but this historic hot springs set in the Los Padres National Forest is well worth the trip. Operated by the Zen Center of San Francisco, the retreat is a Buddhist sanctuary with overnight accommodations. 39171 Tassajara Road, Carmel Valley. Make reservations in advance, (415) 865-1899.

Kayaking Kayaking the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary allows visitors and locals to get up close and personal with one of the world’s most pristine aquatic environments. Elkhorn Slough also rewards kayakers with bird and animal sightings in a lush wetland. (RESOURCES) Adventures by the Sea, main location: 299 Cannery Row, Monterey. 372-1807. www.adventuresbythesea.com Monterey Bay Kayaks, 693 Del Monte Blvd., Monterey, 373-5357; 2390 Highway 1, Moss Landing. (800) 649-5357. www.montereybaykayaks.com

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SANCTUARY ROCK GYM If the weather’s bad, try indoor climbing at Sanctuary Rock Gym, where more than 5,000 square feet of indoor sculpted climbing terrain and a 30-foot, faux-rock peak await. Retail shop, rock climbing classes and trips available. 1855A East Ave., Sand City. 899-2595. www.rockgym.com

(RESOURCES) Big 5 Sporting Goods, 1000 Northridge Shopping Center, Salinas, 449-6767; 2259 Fremont St., Monterey, 375-8800. Outdoor World, 2222 Fremont St., Monterey. 373-3615. REI, 145 General Stilwell Drive, Marina. 883-8048.

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(RESOURCES) Bill’s Wheels, 25 East Gabilan St, Salinas. 769-9999. Liquid Surf Shop, Lincoln & Ocean, Carmel, 624-7873. On The Beach Surf Shop, 693 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey. 646-WAVE. Sunshine Freestyle Sports, Inc., 443 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey. 375-5015.

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EL ESTERO SKATE PARK Open from 10am until dusk daily. Helmets, knee pads and elbow pads are required wear at all times while in the area. Rollerskates and skateboards are allowed, but no bicycles. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Camino El Estero between Del Monte and Fremont boulevards, Monterey. 6463866.

MARINA SKATE PARK This $500,000 facility, one of California’s premier skate parks, is open from 9am to a halfhour after sunset. Helmets, knee pads and elbow pads are required. 304 Hillcrest Ave., Marina (just outside the Marina Teen Center). 884-1253.

Surfing Unlike most of California, Monterey County has plenty of relatively unpopulated waves. For beginners, Asilomar Beach and Del Monte Beach are long, sandy beaches that allow newbies to steer clear of seasoned vets. Moss Landing also has a number of popular spots, especially Zmudowski State Beach. For the experts, some of the best breaks are scattered along the Big Sur coast. Pfeiffer Beach and Sand Dollar Beach are great places to start, but a little exploration can uncover a few as-yet-unknown surf spots. (RESOURCES) Adventures By the Sea, lessons and rentals. 299 Cannery Row, Monterey. 372-1807. Carmel Surf School, lessons. Call instructor Noah Greenberg at 915-4065. Liquid Surf Shop, Lincoln & Ocean, Carmel, 624-7873. On The Beach Surf Shop, Rentals available. Voted best surf shop in the Monterey County Weekly’s 2009 readers’ poll. 693 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey. 646-9283 . Sunshine Freestyle Sports, Inc., rentals available. 443 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey. 375-5015.

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1897. Old Del Monte may also have been the first in the world to feature green fairways year-round. A pretty course, and more forgiving than most. 6365 yards, slope 127. Designed by Charles Maud. Full-service restaurant and bar. 1300 Sylvan Road, Monterey. 373-2700.

Laguna Seca Golf Ranch A challenging course noted for its majestic oaks, numerous bunkers and elevated tees. Its generous inland microclimate inspires locals to call it “The Sunshine Course.” Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Sr. teamed up to design Laguna Seca. 6157 yards, slope 127. Restaurant (breakfast and lunch), natural grass practice facility. 10520 York Road, off Highway 68, Monterey. 373-3701. Nestled among impressive sand dunes near Asilomar State Beach, the Links are patterned after an authentic Scottish course. “You can almost hear the bagpipes,” says golf great Tom Watson, who helped design the course. Patches of endangered dunes vegetation have been carefully nurtured and are “off limits.” Local rules allow for a free drop for any ball hit into them. The northwest coastal winds can

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MONTEREY PINES GOLF COURSE Located next to the Monterey County Fairgrounds, the Monterey Pines features narrow fairways, an abundance of trees, four small lakes and affordable greens fees. Locals refer to this one-time military course simply as the “Navy Course.” Great for beginners, and affordable, too. 5629 yards, slope 114. Driving range. Garden and Fairground roads, Monterey. 656-2167.

PACIFIC GROVE GOLF LINKS Local golf patriarch Sam Morse sold this spectacular hunk of real estate for close to nothing, strongly suggesting they develop a golf course on it. Pacific Grove followed Morse’s advice, and the result is a great public course—the “Poor Man’s Pebble Beach”—and the best bargain on the Peninsula. 5553 yards, slope 117. Full-service restaurant, driving range. 77 Asilomar Blvd., Pacific Grove. 648-5775.

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POPPY HILLS GOLF COURSE Though not as well known as its glittering Pebble Beach neighbors, this hidden gem is located deep in the heart of the Del Monte Forest and is the home of the Northern California Golf Association. It’s a long course that places a premium on accuracy. Despite its distinct lack of sand dunes and ocean views, Poppy Hills is a world-class course that is well worth a visit. 6833 yards, slope 144. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. Practice range, bar and grill. 3200 Lopez Road, Pebble Beach. 622-8239.

RANCHO CAÑADA GOLF CLUB Rancho Cañada is set among rolling hills and majestic oaks of pastoral Carmel Valley. In the summer, the fog line creeps up and sometimes over the courses, but can give way to some of the Peninsula’s sunniest weather, providing a great setting for two narrow but dramatic courses. Be careful not to hook a drive into the nearby Carmel River. West Course, 6357 yards, slope 125. East Course, 6125 yards, slope 122. Designed by Robert Dean Putnam. Driving range, putting and chipping greens, restaurant. 4860 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel. 624-0111, (800) 536-9459.

SALINAS FAIRWAYS GOLF COURSE This mostly level course is well-maintained and features lots of trees, and reaching par isn’t out of reach at the Salinas Fairways due to its large and fair greens. If you happen to be flying into Salinas, this course is located right next to the municipal airport. 6479 yards, slope 115. Snack bar, driving range. Salinas Airport, 45 Skyway Blvd., Salinas. 758-7300.

SPYGLASS HILL GOLF COURSE The toughest on the Peninsula and arguably one of the most difficult on the planet, this challenging course humbles even the best golfers. Yet they keep coming back for more, if only for the breathtaking views. 6938 yards, slope 147. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. Restaurant, driving range. Spyglass Hill Road and Stevenson Drive, Pebble Beach. 6258563.

OCEANS 18 BLACK LIGHT MINIATURE GOLF OK, so it’s not what most people have in mind when they think of a public course. But this fanciful, nautical-themed miniature golf course is perfect for a rainy day. That hole with the fluorescent orange octopus looks pretty tough. American Tin Cannery, 125 Ocean Drive, Pacific Grove. 643-9215.

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QUAIL LODGE GOLF COURSE This course wanders along the lush banks of the Carmel River, where fast greens, fogfree summer weather, sunny meadows, and numerous lakes combine to create an alluring golf setting. It’s a pretty course, with hawks flying overhead and great Carmel Valley vistas. The course isn’t as difficult as others on the Peninsula, but watch out for the water hazards. Driving range. 8205 Valley Greens Drive, Carmel Valley. 624-2888, (888) 828-8787. driving ranges

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Golf Stuff The golf courses listed above have their own pro shops that carry equipment, accessories and apparel. Listed below are a few local businesses that cater to the golfing community, including discount golf stores and custom club designers. Golf Mart 2040 Fremont Blvd., Seaside, 583-1000. Northern California Golf Association Poppy Hills Golf Course, Pebble Beach, 625-4653. Outdoor World 2222 North Fremont St., Monterey, 373-3615. Village Golf Shop Ocean near Lincoln, Carmel, 624-5080.

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landscape and local history, and pampers guests with indigenously-inspired treatments and natural ingredients—like organic seaweed, Pacific sea salt, acorn, artichoke, fennel, cypress and juniper. Panoramic windows bring the outdoors in, and amenities include sauna, steam, waterfall showers, relaxation areas, outdoor swimming pool and whirlpools, a state-of-the-art fitness center and a fullservice salon. Hyatt Regency Monterey Resort & Spa, 1 Old Golf Course Road, Monterey. 372-1234.

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“results-oriented therapies.” There’s something to it—the spa itself, and owner/massage therapist Frank Savino are frequent Best of Monterey County winners. The spa also provides a serene relaxation room and a dry-heat sauna. 229 Main St., Salinas. 422-2500.

THE ART OF MASSAGE The name is deceptive—The Art of Massage offers patrons much more than massages, including Aveda rubdowns and body treatments. This spa services the entire body and spirit—with such confidence that it offers a guarantee of satisfaction. 498 Foam St., Monterey. 375-3299.

ENERGIA BODY CENTRE At Energia you’ll have the opportunity to work up a sweat, and then relax away the soreness. Besides its full weight room and personal training program, Energia offers complete spa services, from massages to body wraps. And now visitors can enjoy ayurvedic treatments in two locations, at the Del Monte Center and the newly-opened spa at The Clement Monterey hotel on Cannery Row. 760 Del Monte Center, Monterey. 642-0222. The Clement Monterey Hotel, 750 Cannery Row, Monterey. 642-2075.

ESCAPE DAY SPA A delightful spa experience awaits inside the Marriott Hotel. Escape Day Spa offers customers a wide variety of ways to relax, from ayurvedic facials to symphony massages. Monterey Marriott, 350 Calle Principal, Monterey. 655-1300.

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PACIFIC DAY SPA Just blocks from the beach, the Pacific Day Spa offers treatments ranging from massage to facials to body wraps. Patrons can’t help but leave soothed and refreshed. 197 17th St., Pacific Grove. 333-1103.

SANO SPA Sano means health. It also means the newest addition to the local spa community, a place defined by customized treatments and exceptional service, delivering far more than mani-pedis—think massage, facials and jacuzzi soaking in the garden patio. The complete experience is ideal for bridal parties, or any-

one seeking a bit of renewal, bride-to-be or not. 700 Munras Ave., Monterey. 372-1829.

SPA ON THE PLAZA Monterey’s original luxury spa recently completed a remodel and expansion and now boasts more than 6,000 square feet of spa, health and fitness services. Along with a full menu of services—like the anti-aging tropical wrap and papaya enzyme facial, and warm riverstone massage—the Spa on the Plaza also offers guests complimentary use of its fitness center, showers, whirlpool and plunge pool. 201 Alvarado St., Monterey. 647-9000.

SOLEIL HAIR AND BODY STUDIO A local favorite, Soleil treats every customer like royalty, offering skin care, waxing and hair care fit for a queen. After the beautification, a therapeutic deep-tissue or Swedish massage banishes any lingering stress. The elegant setting and welcoming atmosphere hooks many Monterey County residents for life. 300 Foam St., Monterey. 656-9510.

SYNERGY DAY SPA With advanced aesthetics in a tranquil and personalized environment, Synergy offers cosmetic peels, facials and waxing. A perennial favorite is the native stone massage, which uses warm smooth stones from the Big Sur River. 620 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove. 3759944.

THE SPA AT PEBBLE BEACH Located in the heart of Del Monte Forest, The Spa at Pebble Beach is a gorgeous 22,000-square-foot, full-service spa. Choosing between the Palermo—a papaya-pineapple enzyme scrub, followed by a hydrating propolis wrap and warm kukui coconut oil scalp massage—and signature massage, which incorporates tension-releasing LaStone massage techniques with warm sculpted stones, can make anyone indecisive; luckily, the spa’s professional staff will step in to help. 1518 Cypress Drive, Pebble Beach. 649-7615.

VISTA BLUE SPA Located on Cannery Row and offering a gorgeous view of the coast, this is an unforgettable place to unwind. Enjoy a spa lunch on the outdoor sun deck, complete with fireplace, soak in a lavender rose bath, and purify with a metabolic detox body treatment. Everything— from massage to facials and wraps—can be tailored to individuals’ or couples’ preferences. Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa, 400 Cannery Row, Monterey. 646-1700 or 800-334-3999.

VIVAZ BEAUTY SALON AND DAY SPA Seaside’s full-service salon offers something for everyone: hair styling for women and men, facials, massage, manicures, pedicures and spa packages. 800 Broadway Ave., Seaside. 394-8900.

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or every traveler energized by Point Lobos’ storied meeting of land and sea, there’s a visitor equally energized by Sly McFly’s dance floor. Big touring acts and independent superstars descend upon venues like Carmel’s Sunset Cultural Center and Big Sur’s Henry Miller Library every couple of weeks, but it’s the everyday release at local clubs and watering holes that keep Monterey County groovin’. Famed as a last-stop nightcap spot, this downtown watering hole, in one of the oldest surviving buildings in Monterey, dishes out fancy-free drinks with old-school service to a faithful blue-collar crowd while classic rock blares from a jukebox. A cozy dive. 266 Pearl St., Monterey. 375-0655.

BAJA CANTINA Patrons can fuel up on Weekly readers’ Best Margarita, fill up on Cal-Mex food, listen to live music three days a week, lounge on the 120-capacity deck or chill inside with $1 million of automobile memorabilia. 7166 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley. 625-2252.

BAnkers VIP Lounge In addition to 24-hour gaming, including four poker games the restaurant-by-day/swanklounge-at-night space—5,500 square feet of black leather couches, full stage, live shows, late-night kitchen and cool, water-effect lighting—has got people talking. How about a Sunday brunch while being serenaded by a mariachi band? 111 Monterey St., Salinas. 422-6666.

BLUE FIN The newest kid on the Cannery Row block fills its expansive seaside space with fresh billiards tables, live music on the weekends, and a laid-back lounge area to drink it all in. 685 Cannery Row, Monterey. 717-4280.

BRITANNIA ARMS This downtown spot (just follow the laughter and karaoke singing) serves up a traditional Brit pub/Yank bar menu, domestic and imported beers, liquor, and four flat screens and a giant projector for all manner of sports. Awardwinning karaoke night is a hoot—pub trivia to boot—and live acts enliven the weekend. 444 Alvarado St., Monterey. 656-9543.

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BULLDOG BRITISH PUB Folks flock to this English pub in New Monterey for the energetic crowds, 16 beers on tap, big-screen TVs, and late-night pub grub, including burgers, salads, fish and chips, bangers and mash, and shepherd’s pie. 611 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey. 658-0686.

CAPTAIN BULLWACKER’S This bar and grill on Cannery Row has a big outdoor patio with two fire pits and heat lamps. On weekends, bands and acoustic musicians generate heat, too. 653 Cannery Row, Monterey. 373-1353.

CARBONE’S This neighborhood institution boasts live entertainment and a terraced outdoor patio with an inviting fire pit. Diversions from the full bar include a small-but-spirited dance floor, indoor/outdoor darts, pool, two fireplaces, foosball, video games, Wii and Wi-Fi. 214 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey. 643-9169.

Chapala The margaritas are deliciosas and the Cancun—two flour tortillas rolled and stuffed with shrimp and mushrooms, covered with green tomatillo sauce and a dollop of sour cream—is incredible, but come nightfall it’s the sweet set-up for up to 100 people to comfortably get their grove on and the no-cover-forladies action that sets Chapala on fire. 438 Salinas St., 757-4959, www.chapalarestaurant.com.

CHARACTERS SPORTS BAR AND GRILL This popular downtown sports bar in the Marriott Hotel boasts four plasma TVs, six 19-inch TVs, a big screen, six foreign and domestic beers on tap, Wi-Fi, and an extensive menu including the huge Knock-Off Nachos. 350 Calle Principal, Monterey. 647-4023.

CIBO RISTORANTE ITALIANO Cibo’s is a fave for the upscale downtown crowd. After dinner, it evolves into a lively nightclub filled with chic peeps dancing to live jazz, funk and soul. 301 Alvarado St., Monterey. 649-8151. www.cibo.com.

CROWN AND ANCHOR BRITISH PUB This lushly appointed, nautical-themed pub pours a rotating roster of 20 British and Scottish ales on draught and single malt Scotches, alongside hearty British fare like cottage pie and fish-n-chips. A conversationbuzzed outside patio adds energy. 150 West Franklin St., Monterey. 649-6496. www. crownandanchor.net.

EAST VILLAGE COFFEE LOUNGE Though it’s famed for its coffees and looseleaf teas, this hipster hangout pours a delicious line-up of international and organic beers. The warm, progressive design and outdoor courtyard invite lingering, but live music, poetry, and beer tastings punctuate the calm with energy. 498 Washington St., Monterey. 373-5601. www.eastvillagecoffeelounge.com.

EASY STREET BILLIARDS This local billiards institution has hosted amateur drop-in, handicapped, 9-ball tournaments every Thursday night since opening

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EDGAR’S RESTAURANT Nestled in the heart of Carmel Valley at Quail Lodge, Edgar’s walk-up patio bar overlooks the famed golf course in a relaxed, “19th-hole” atmosphere warmed by two fire pits. A quality casual menu augments a fine selection of top shelf spirits from the bar. 8000 Valley Greens, Carmel Valley. 620-8910. www.quaillodge.com.

ENGLISH ALES BREWERY In a comfortable neighborhood setting sits this micro-brewery—voted the best brewery since 2004 by Weekly readers—that gives this region its pre-eminent local beer. Barkeeps pour a solid line-up of small batch, cask-conditioned, hand-pulled ales, including the widely acclaimed E.A. Pale Ale. 233-A Reindollar Ave., Marina. 883-3000.

FERNWOOD TAVERN In the heart of Big Sur sits the eclectic bar of the Fernwood Resort, which draws a crowd of mountain people, enviros, campers, travel-

ers and artists. Occasional live music acts add verve to the friendly party atmosphere, the woodsy outdoor patio is built around redwoods, and the rustic bar is lined with historic photographs. 47200 Highway 1, 27 miles south of Carmel, Big Sur. 667-2422. www.fernwoodbigsur.com.

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The Hyatt features regional jazz artists weekend evenings in the lounge, where Hippodrome, Monterey patrons can enjoy wine or a cocktail indoors or al fresco. Visitors can sit FRANCO’S NORMA JEAN’S under a skyview atrium, gaze out a wall of winThe county’s sole gay bar showcases lively and dows over Del Monte golf course, and warm inclusive Spanish drag shows on Saturdays themselves by a large fireplace in the center that add a spicy dollop of progressive, urban of the room. 1 Old Golf Course Way, Monterey. sophistication to the otherwise sleepy ag town, 647-2098, 372-1234. primarily known for artichokes. The venue is FOG TOWN BAR & GRILL also a supporter of AIDS organizations. 10639 This locals and regulars watering hole also Merritt St., Castroville. 633-2090. draws the hospitality, college and gambling FUSE LOUNGE AT crowd (next door is a card room) for late nights CARMEL MISSION INN punctuated by open mics and dance music, The newly renovated lounge spot, with its and dimly lit escapades of darts and pool. 204 stock of fine scotches and tasty martinis, Carmel Ave., Marina. 384-7632. (very) happy hour, live music acts on the weekends, and nouveau retro décor, lures a

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hip, young clientele, as well as curious hotel guests. 3665 Rio Road, Carmel. 624-1841.

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Regular live music and flatscreens relaying live sports only elevate the game. 125 Ocean View Blvd. #126, Monterey. 649-6800.

This spacious upstairs nightclub offers highpowered, high-tech, DJ-spun house, ’80s, techno and hip-hop for your dancing pleasure. But it also pulls in heavy duty live music acts such as DJ Quick, Too $hort and E-40, and events like mixed martial arts fights and ladies nights. They host many event afterparties—just show your ticket—and the club’s 321 Lounge allows for conversation. 321 D Alvarado St., Monterey. 646-9244. www.hippclub.com.

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A friendly atmosphere, two nice rooms and a handful of courtyard tables make for a fine atmosphere for a N’Awlins-accented menu. A good place for people watching or, with its seven TVs, sports watching. Su Vecino Court, Dolores between Fifth and Sixth, Carmel. 6242336. www.jacklondons.com.

WOODY’S BAYVIEW GRILL This brand-new power spot in the American Tin Cannery is hitting the ground running with a full bar, revamped kitchen, outdoor patio and wide-open spaces, which only add character.

After gorging on a Mexican meal upstairs, head downstairs to one of the coolest basement parties on Cannery Row. A steady stream of underground bands lay down the soundtrack on the weekends, and the small bar tucked in the corner gets support from an occasional satellite bar outside, covered by a lighted awning. 638 Wave St., Monterey. 655-4419. www.myspace.com/theloungeunderground.

About a dozen flatscreen TVs plastered with sports makes this lively place a fan favorite. Respectable bar menu, free popcorn and peanuts, and a 25-ounce mug o’ beer absolutely squashes hunger and thirst. For diversion, a pool table and video games. Hyatt Regency, 1 Old Golf Course Road, Monterey. 372-1234.

KULA RANCH Located in the Marina Sanctuary Resort near the beach, this steakhouse houses a 50-foot bar, occasional live music, festive Hawaiian

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LALLAPALOOZA This flagship restaurant/bar sits at the heart of downtown Monterey as an upscale and active nightlife venue. It’s famed for their creative martini menu and fashionable design, and a couple of flat-screen TVs over the full

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LONDON BRIDGE PUB London Bridge Pub boasts 14 beers on tap, an extensive menu including fish and chips and burgers, and views of Monterey Harbor. Outside, sit at the heated patio and take in the sea air. 256 Figueroa St., Municipal Wharf #2, Monterey. 372-0581.

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At this family-run culinary venture where the homemade food far outstrips the lackluster ambiance, Mama Chela, the heart of the restaurant, is the one behind the homemade tortillas, the Mechamel mole and the six men who run the place with a gregarious attentiveness—all brothers. They know how to have a good time, amassing an impressive selection of tequilas and a lively group of local bar loyalists. 635 Cass St., Monterey, 324-4260, www. lopezrestaurante.com.

Eclectic. That best describes this nauticalthemed Moss Landing bar that keeps loyal locals and curious travelers flowing in for hearty food, live music on the weekends, karaoke on Tuesdays, draught beers and the occasional amateur pole dance. 7902 Highway 1, Moss Landing. 633-9853. www.wenchilada. com.

MAIDEN PUBLICK HOUSE Overflowing with personality, this Big Sur pub and sports bar (likely to show fútbol as well as football) sits near the Big Sur River and features 95 craft and European beers and a full bar menu. Village Center Shops, Highway 1, Big Sur. 667-2355.

MISSION RANCH Clint Eastwood’s historic Mission Ranch is a popular draw, owing to its four fireplaces, classy drink selection, green post-beam ceilings, jazzy tinkling of the piano bar, and outdoor patio with sweeping views of the Santa Lucia Range. 26270 Dolores St., Carmel. 6259040. www.missionranchcarmel.com.

MUCKY DUCK One of downtown Monterey’s favorite neighborhood bars (especially for mingling singles) stocks 21 beers on draft, 70 whiskey labels, and an abundant menu of British pub fare. The garden patio, with open-pit fireplace, gets packed with revelers for live DJ sets, and the Wednesday happy hour is unbeatable. 479 Alvarado St., Monterey. 655-3031.

MUNDAKA Opened in April 2009, this compact Spanish tapas restaurant tucked in the Carmel Square shopping center houses a rustic dining room in the style of a cantina, a stylish lounge, worldly wines with an emphasis on Spain and Portugal, occasional live music and DJs, beer and fresh sangria. San Carlos and Seventh, Carmel. 624-7400. www.mundakacarmel.com.

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OLDTOWN BAR & GRILL This warm, comfortable Spanish-style restaurant/ bar serves as a Salinas power lunch spot in the daytime, stocked with burgers and Cobb salads, and a power bar at night, equipped with dance floor, heated patio and DJs spinning hip-hop, Top 40 and salsa. 66 West Alisal St., Salinas. 7586600. www.oldtownbarandgril.com.

PENNY FARTHING TAVERN The recent return of Salinas’ most revered pub, Penny Farthing Tavern, abides by a blueprint of good beer and quality food orchestrated by chef Orlando Corona. The Penny does the burger with panache, and another ubiquitous tavern favorite done well here is the fish and chips, but also do surprises like lamb tikka and “tortizzas.” Yes, the beer is good, and it flows like the Salinas River after a heavy rain, with more than 15 brews on tap. “We want to be a neighborhood tavern with good food and good beer,” the manager says. So far, so good. 321 Main St., Salinas, 422-5652.

PETER B’S BREWPUB Beer is king here. The in-house brewery features 12 exclusive Peter B’s Brewpub beers, including a pilsner, seven-malt stout and hefeweizen. Watch the brewmaster at work from the comfort of red leather booths. Enjoy sourdough pizza, buffalo wings or a veggie burger while drinking in the county’s best happy hour, according to Weekly readers. Portola Hotel and Spa, 2 Portola Plaza, Monterey. 6492699. www.portolahotel.com.

THE PLANET GEMINI This is the place for comedy, pulling major comics in on weekends like Paul Ogata and Steve White to attack the funny bone. But the nightclub/Italian restaurant stays busy all week with live music from the likes of Zapp, hip-hop acts, DJs, an Italian band, salsa nights and mini festivals like the Erotic Art show and the Polynesian Music Festival. 2110 North Fremont St., Monterey. 373-1449. www.planetgemini.com.

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jam here during the week, and national talent comes through on weekends, stirring up one of the most dancing-est, laughing-est places on Cannery Row. The full bar, breezy ocean air and great views only reinforce the good vibes. 700 Cannery Row, Monterey. 649-8050.

SUNSET LOUNGE AT HIGHLANDS INN The stunning views of Point Lobos from this hilltop lounge is rivaled by its 62-page, Wine Spectator-award winning wine menu. Bask in the view with live jazz on the weekends, a cigar from the fine selection, and a couple of chairs on the fireplace patio. 120 Highlands Drive, 4 miles south of Rio Road, Highway 1, Carmel Highlands. 622-5445, www.pacificsedge.com.

THE TAP ROOM AT THE LODGE AT PEBBLE BEACH The Tap Room is a casual and classy spot that can swing romance from private booths in back, fun with a generous beer selection and five hi-def flat-screens with all the sports packages, reflective with views of the putting greens and ocean, or upscale with its 10,000-bottle wine cellar. The Lodge at Pebble Beach, 1700 17-Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, 625-8535. www.pebblebeach.com.

WICKETS BISTRO AT BERNARDUS LODGE Wickets Bistro lounge hosts weekend live jazz, mixes great martinis and commands views of the beautiful Santa Lucia Mountains from the terrace. With its bocce ball and croquet, stellar vineyards, stone fireplace, extensive and international wine list, and classic bistro fare, it can feel like a vacation in Tuscany. 415 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley. 658-3550. www.bernardus.com.

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Seafood Abalonetti Seafood Trattoria Treat yourself to the joy of squid at this local seafood landmark with an unbeatable view. You can order Abalonetti’s famous calamari prepared six different ways or choose from a full menu of other seafood dishes. Full bar. 57 Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey, 373-1851.

Café Fina Café Fina serves fresh local seafood and Italian dishes in a beautiful waterfront setting. Featuring pastas and raviolis made in house, seasonal organic home-grown vegetables,

wood-grilled meat and seafood entrees, and pizza from the wood-burning oven. 47 Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey, 372-5200.

Carmel location don’t hurt either. Sixth Avenue between Dolores and San Carlos, Carmel, 625-1500.

Domenico’s on the Wharf For a steaming, flavorful bowl of seafood cioppino and a gorgeous view of the water, Domenico’s is second to none. Brothers Dominic and Sam Mercurio and Sam’s wife, Angeli, serve the freshest seafood available— with an Italian accent and a view from every table. 50 Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey, 3723655.

Golden Fish Seafood Restaurant Sensuous textures and succulent flavor are the watchwords at this Caribbean/Latin American-style eatery, where the service is excellent and a wide variety of seafood is available. Try the halibut. 221 Main St., Oldtown Salinas, 422-4946.

Fish Hopper If it’s seafood and a view you want, here’s your place. Fish and crab from the bay are served along with lobster, prawns, pastas, prime rib and award-winning clam chowder. 700 Cannery Row, Monterey, 372-8543.

Isabella’s Italian Seafood

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For some of the freshest and most inventive seafood on the Monterey Peninsula, try colorful Isabella’s, located right on historic Fisherman’s Wharf. 60 Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey, 375-3956.

Consistently chosen the best seafood restaurants in a county filled with quality competition, the Fishwife’s two locations offer variations on a theme—California cuisine with Caribbean flair. The Asilomar location is a casual beachtown gem serving delicious dishes like salmon with cilantro and serrano aioli; the Seaside location has a similarly inventive menu notable for its tilapia Cancún and catfish sandwiches. 1996 Sunset Dr., Pacific Grove (at Asilomar Beach), 375-7107; 789 Trinity St., Seaside, 394-2027.

Lattitudes One of the best tableside views in the region is complemented by fresh seafood, quality steaks and live jazz in the bar, making Lattitudes a reliable destination for fun and California cuisine at Lovers Point in Pacific Grove. 631 Ocean View Blvd., Pacific Grove, 658-0880.

Flaherty’s

Monterey Fish House | Village Fish House

Still fresh after 33 years, this place packs in locals addicted to Executive Chef Francisco Cocova’s lobster BLT, halibut fish and chips and their famous Flaherty’s cioppino. The oyster bar, signature crab cakes and central

As the name implies, seafood is the Fish House’s strong suit. Traditional homestyle cooking with an Italian influence and a touch of Japanese flavor characterizes many dishes, including the Holiday Pasta, a combination of seafood served in a tomato sauce, and a whole cod sautéed in sake. 2114 Del Monte, Monterey, 373-4647; 19 E. Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel Valley, 659-4671.

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Old Fisherman’s Grotto For over 55 years, Old Fisherman’s Grotto has been serving great fish, lobster, crab, pasta, chicken, steaks and its famous original Monterey-style clam chowder. There’s a full bar and banquet facilities on site, too. Another plus: Every table has an ocean view. 39 Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey, 375-4604.

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Lunch and Dinner Served Daily Happy Hour Daily 4-7pm Mundaka, Carmel and rack of lamb with goat-cheese ratatouille timbale are made with only the finest sustainably harvested ingredients. 701 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove, 655-3311.

and the restaurant. Three locations: 100A Crossroads Blvd., Carmel, 626-3626; 598 Foam St., Monterey, 646-0547; 2420 Highway 1, Moss Landing, 728-8686.

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Phil’s is a landmark in the funky, charming fishing village of Moss Landing, 20 miles north of Monterey. Sit at a picnic table inside or out on the heated patio and enjoy chowder, cioppino or fried fish the way they did back in the old days, then bring a cracked crab back to your room for a late-night snack. 7600 Sandholdt Rd., Moss Landing, 633-2152.

Sandbar and Grill Suspended just a dozen feet above the water beneath the commercial wharf, the Sand Bar offers carefully prepared classic seafood dishes in a warm and friendly setting with a lovely view. It’s a locals’ favorite, thanks in part to its excellent calamari appetizer and crab sandwich. Municipal Wharf 2, Monterey, 373-2818.

Sardine Factory Overlooking Cannery Row, this landmark restaurant boasts one of the area’s finest wine cellars as well as a reputation for impeccable service, excellently prepared local seafood and quality meats. Elaborately decorated dining rooms and live entertainment nightly in the lounge make for a memorable dining experience. 701 Wave St., Monterey, 373-3775.

Sea Harvest Restaurant All three of the Sea Harvests are top choices for fresh ocean catch, whether in seafood, pasta or fish and chips. Grilled or broiled fish, 18 varieties in all, are available in the market

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Andre’s Bouchée Newly renamed and reinvigorated, this cozy locals’ favorite offers a modern bistro menu based on local ingredients. The wine list is superlative; the atmosphere magnetic; the ownership warm, enthusiastic and attentive. Mission between Ocean and Seventh, Carmel, 626-7880.

Aubergine Carmel Soon-to-be superstar Christophe Grosjean orchestrates the excellence at this 12-table gem, which features an underground wine cellar that houses a 4,500-bottle collection. Diners create their own three-, four- or fivecourse meals from a menu progressive in flavors. Or ask the chef to create an exclusive tasting menu inspired by the farm-fresh foodstuffs of the moment. Monte Verde between Ocean and Seventh, Carmel, 624-8578.

Bahama Billy’s Sit back and relax in the tropical setting of Bahama Billy’s. The Caribbean-inspired cuisine is as creative as it is delicious, with innovative dishes such as sweet potato fries, Calypso ciabatta bread, prime steaks, lobster tail and Alaskan king crab. Full bar and outdoor heated patio. 3690 The Barnyard, Carmel, 626-0430.

Big Sur Bakery Much more than a bakery, this laid-back, airy house-turned-restaurant offers perfect coffee drinks and sandwiches during the daytime and wine, pizza and heartier entrees at night.

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The style is hippie nouveau, with an emphasis on simple preparations and fresh produce. Highway 1 in Big Sur, near the Post Office, 667-0520.

Full bar. 330 Reservation Rd., Marina, 883-1207.

The Duck Club Grill Located 15 feet above the Monterey Bay, inside the stunning Monterey Plaza Hotel, The Duck Club pairs its picture-perfect location with classic American cuisine and a dash of California flair. Lobster, oak-grilled Harris Ranch steaks and pomegranate-lacquered halibut are a sampling of what’s in store. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Reservations recommended. 400 Cannery Row, Monterey, 646-1706.

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The C Restaurant The brand-new Clement Monterey Hotel has put its sparkling oceanview C Restaurant into the trusty and talented hands of local culinary master Jerry Regester, whose impressive résumé includes stints at Wente Vineyards and The Lodge at Pebble Beach. He has created a menu defined by two words—local and sustainable—partnering with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program to serve up eco-friendly seafood. A full bar, outside seating and its on-top of-the-bay placement help make it the most talked-about eatery in town. 750 Cannery Row, Monterey, 375-4800.

Café Rustica Located in sunny Carmel Valley, charming Café Rustica brings the flavors of Italy, Alsace and California together in one irresistible package. The setting is casual but upscale, and so is the food; thin-crust gourmet pizzas, fresh seafood, and abundant seasonal vegetables are the order of the day, as is the carefully crafted wine list. Reservations advised. 10 Delfino Pl., Carmel Valley Village, 659-4444.

Sandbar & Grill, Monterey Chart House Just because one’s expectations are high upon walking into the Chart House doesn’t mean a meal there can’t be surprising. Slowroasted prime rib, Caesar salad and fresh seafood specialties anchor the menu. And then there’s the Chocolate Lava Cake. 444 Cannery Row, Monterey, 372-3362.

The Restaurant at Ventana  Organic seasonal produce harvested from Ventana Inn’s own gardens is paired with the freshest seafood, poultry and steaks on chef Truman Jones’ menu. Ventana Inn, Highway 1, 28 miles south of Carmel, Big Sur, 667-4242.

Dishes Bistro & Grill  California and the Mediterranean come together in flavorful, fresh and natural cuisine. Dishes boasts everything from fresh seasonal seafood, steak and chicken to gourmet pizza.

Earthbound Farm’s  Organic Kitchen Since 1984, Earthbound Farms in Carmel Valley has delivered fresh, organic and pesticide-free produce to the world at large. Its Organic Kitchen, next to flower fields and an organic farm stand, continues this tradition with healthy and delicious soups, salads and much more. 7250 Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel Valley, 625-6219.

Forge in the Forest  The Forge is a decades-old Carmel tradition that sets the standard in local al fresco dining. Choose from hearty soups or sandwiches served with thick, satisfying fries or indulge in steak, seafood or pasta. At night the cozy garden patio is heated with brick firepits so you can dine in comfort beneath the stars. Fifth and Junipero, Carmel, 624-2233.

Fuse Lounge Cafe  This lounge-restaurant-night spot enjoys a modern design and bold tastes like “Ahi Three Ways” (sesame tartare, blackened rare and tempura), a house-smoked salmon tostada

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with mango salsa, crispy cayenne baby artichokes and “firecracker edamame.” The live music matches any in Carmel; the free happy hour buffet, meanwhile, might be the best on the Peninsula. Carmel Mission Inn, 3665 Rio Road at Highway 1, Carmel, 624-1841.

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Clint Eastwood’s famous Carmel eatery is steeped in cool Western ambiance, thanks to rustic décor and numerous paintings of Our Hero, plus a nice tucked-away patio lit by a half-dozen fireplaces. The no-fooling-around menu appears to be straight-ahead American fare but has a tasty California twist. San Carlos and Fifth, Carmel, 625-1044.

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An elegant nautical-themed restaurant and pleasant outdoor patio enhance the experience of dining on Colorado rack of lamb and serious cioppino. Portola Plaza Hotel, 1 Portola Plaza, Monterey, 649-2698.

LALLApalooza This airy restaurant/martini bar in downtown Monterey overflows most evenings with welldressed professional types. The American menu highlights gourmet burgers, grilled salmon, ribs and Angus steaks. The full bar has almost two dozen martinis. 474 Alvarado St., Monterey, 645-9036.

Marinus Chef Cal Stamenov’s mastery of Europeaninspired cuisine and Bernardus’ magnificent wine cellar, coupled with four-star service, explain why Marinus is one of the Peninsula’s only Zagat-rated dining rooms and a frequent choice for Best Restaurant in the County by Weekly readers. A must-visit for any serious foodie. 415 Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel Valley, 658-3595.

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Owner/Chef Hisayuki Max Muramatsu has enjoyed chef stardom in his native Tokyo, where he regularly won best-chef awards at the city’s famed Maxim’s of Paris. Stateside, he earned the same nod at Carmel’s Anton & Michel. His mastery of classical French and Japanese cuisine makes this a local treasure for fans of delicious California food and warm hospitality. 209 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove, 375-7997.

Mission Ranch Sheep grazing on green lawns against views of Point Lobos, white picket fences, a large outdoor patio—there’s plenty of charm to go around at Clint Eastwood’s Mission Ranch. Add great preparations of food like steaks and salmon, a Sunday brunch and a piano bar, and it’s clear why Mission Ranch is the place to be for casual dinners and laid-back nightlife. 26270 Dolores St., Carmel, 625-9040.

Montrio Montrio’s bustling downtown location, stylish décor and friendly service have won it a place

in locals’ hearts, but it’s Chef Tony Baker’s flavorful California cuisine that locked in a culinary award from Esquire magazine. Try any of the creative “small bites” and one of the outrageously tender steaks. The ever-changing seafood specials are a sure bet, too. 414 Calle Principal, Monterey, 648-8880.

Nepenthe People come for the scenery and fall in love with the food. For 55 years, Nepenthe has been cooking up all-American favorites like steak, seafood and burgers; it also boasts one of the world’s best views of the Pacific Ocean. Whether you sit outside on the oak-shaded deck or dine within the rustic wood interior, be forewarned: Once you relax in this very special restaurant, you may never want to go home again. Highway 1, Big Sur, 667-2345.

Norma Jean’s An oasis of warmth, serenity and good food awaits at this North Monterey eatery. Located on Fremont Street near many hotels, Norma Jean’s features handcrafted specialty plates of local fish and produce with a Mediterranean flair. Serving lunch and dinner and also breakfast on the weekends. 2339 N. Fremont St., Monterey, 372-3265.

Pacific’s Edge / California Market Soul-stirring ocean views mark this beautiful, upscale Carmel Highlands restaurant, where a huge wine list and award-winning California cuisine always make for a memorable evening. Downstairs, the less formal California Market offers its own stunning views and delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner options, either inside or on the heated terrace. Highlands Inn, Highway 1, four miles south of Carmel, 6225445 and 622-5450.

Red House Café Simplicity, comfort, and relaxation reign here, from the décor to the food to the service. Three small dining rooms and a porch fill up with locals looking for “contemporary American” that includes robust salads and outstanding small plates. 662 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove, 643-1060.

Rio Grill A vibrant, lively atmosphere provides the perfect complement to the Rio Grill’s innovative mix of California and Southwest regional cuisine. Start with the fire-roasted Castroville artichoke, then move on to the pork tenderloin or the pumpkin-seed-crusted salmon, and you’ll know why the Rio is one of the area’s top restaurants. Crossroads Center, Highway 1 and Rio Road, Carmel, 625-5436.

Rocky Point When asking for the best seat in the house at Rocky Point, you’ll have to be more specific. A

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spectacular view of the ocean and coast is visible from every table. The menu includes fine steaks, fresh rainbow trout and baked lobster tail. 10 miles south of Carmel on Highway 1, Big Sur, 624-2933.

Rosine’s Rosine’s has taken American comfort food and elevated it to an art form. Generous portions, friendly staff, reasonable prices, and a terrific old Monterey location make Rosine’s a favorite for locals and visitors alike. Don’t miss the towering layer cakes. 434 Alvarado St.,

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Wickets Situated between the outdoor fireplace and the manicured croquet lawn at Bernardus is the fun, casual bistro version of the resort’s award-winning restaurant. This is wine country dining at its best, and with a view. At Bernardus Lodge, 415 Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel Valley, 658-3400.

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Whimsical sculptures and beautiful watercolors adorn this attractive stone ranch house, built in 1917. Excellent salads and innovative entrées, ranch-raised venison, game chops and fresh seafood are prepared and served with impeccable style. Highway 68 and Canyon Del Rey Boulevard, Monterey, 647-1444.

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Fresh Monterey Bay seafood and lush Salinas Valley produce culminate in tasty Europeaninspired creations. Enjoy dinner on the openair heated terrace while the sun sets over the Pacific. La Playa Hotel & Cottages-by-the-Sea, Eighth Avenue and Camino Real, Carmel, 624-4010.

The Whaling Station At celebrity chef John Pisto’s dining emporium, intensely flavorful seafood pasta dishes and tender aged beef are the stars of an innovative menu of legendary quality. Superb service and a strong selection of fine wines and spirits help make this a destination for special celebrations. 763 Wave St., Monterey, 373-3778.

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Mediterranean influences. Bistro Giovanni is one of the best values in town, and a Bambino Menu makes it reasonable to bring the kids. Fresh Caesar salad with polenta croutons, pomodoro fresca, lamb stew with artichoke, and eggplant lasagnette with goat cheese might whet your appetite for more. Lincoln between Fifth & Sixth, Carmel, 626-6003.

Bistro Moulin The 10-table scale here means expert chef Didier Dutertre watches each plate of superb (and best-selling) mussels or Osso Buco Milanese come out of the kitchen. The wine list, meanwhile, is as full of dynamic and intense flavors as Dutertre’s sauces, thanks to Colleen Manni’s direction, which also makes the neighboring kitchen boutique and the warm bistro run smoothly. 867 Wave St., Monterey. 333-1200.

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Casanova Love reigns supreme at this decidedly romantic European-style restaurant. Casanova presents one of the area’s finest wine selections and a menu full of delightful French and Italian country-style fare. Old World ambience and a large, heated dining area in a garden setting make for a special lunch or dinner. Fifth between Mission and San Carlos, Carmel, 625-0501.

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Esteban Here the tapas—especially the grilled prawns, but also the baby squid and the seafood chowder—are hard to top and fun to share, but so, too, is the swanky marble-and-sandstone setting right in the middle of Monterey. 700 Munras Ave., Monterey, 375-0176.

Fandango Flavorful food and an exceptional atmosphere are the hallmarks of this European countrystyle restaurant. Fresh seafood, numerous grilled specialties, French regional dishes and a wonderful paella have all made Fandango one of the Peninsula’s top restaurant picks. 223 17th St., Pacific Grove, 372-3456.

Fifi’s An inviting oasis of music, candlelight and delicious French cooking, Fifi’s offers an imaginative menu (the duck with huckleberry sauce never disappoints) accompanied by an expertly chosen wine list. In a pleasant surprise, a great meal with soup and salad can be had for under $20. 1188 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove, 372-5325.

Fresh Cream After 27 years at Heritage Harbor in Monterey, the now 32-year-old Fresh Cream Restaurant broke loose from its moorings and dropped anchor in the heart of Peninsula restaurant country, Dolores Street in Carmel. A beautiful 90-seat dining room and sleek, roomy U-shaped bar shuttle award-winning “California cuisine with French roots.” Dolores and Eighth, Carmel, 250-7943. www.montereycountyweekly.com/visitors 

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The dinner menu expands on that with sand dabs, seafood linguine, salads with petrole sole or tilapia, steaks and an intriguing calamari steak, made from giant squid. 3056 Del Monte Blvd., Marina, 384-8525.

Taste Cafe & Bistro In Taste Cafe’s food—best described as European/new American—the main ingredient nicely anchors each dish, with additional ingredients adding contrasting accents. The remodeled room, which sits atop Forest Hill in Pacific Grove, is airy and warm. It all adds up to an impressive restaurant. 1199 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove, 655-0324.

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Italian Cantinetta Luca One of the brightest new stars on the local dining scene, Cantinetta Luca offers hard-to-find rustic Italian dishes like handmade bresaola in a sleek, modern setting. Two-ounce tasting pours and flights provide a nice entrée into a truly superb wine list. Dolores between Ocean and Seventh, Carmel, 625-6500.

Casa Sorrento The gigantic salads, legendary lasagna, pasta dishes and pizza pies have given this cozy neighborhood joint a faithful local following. Its live entertainment and dance floor (not to mention local wines and beers on tap) also make it a favorite for professionals and those out for an uncomplicated night on the town. 393 Salinas St., Salinas, 757-2720.

Cibo Ristorante Italiano Appetizers like carpaccio and organic baby greens prepare patrons for a rich excursion into pasta with wild mushrooms or Griglia Mista, a mixed grill of sausage, ribeye and chicken breast. 301 Alvarado St., Monterey, 649-8151.

Frutti De Mar Grill Here the Italian/Caribbean food is best represented by the cannelloni, fresh fish and chips and seafood alfredo pasta on the lunch menu.

If there’s one type of restaurant upon which Carmel has staked its reputation, it’s the genre of cozy, intimate, out-ofthe-way places. da Giovanni, upstairs above the San Remo Chapala, Salinas and Su Vecino courtyards, nicely fits the bill, and surpasses most. The menu is focused on warm-blooded Mediterranean fare made up mostly of Italian dishes, and occasionally flirting with Greek, Spanish and Moroccan specialties. Desserts are made inhouse and the wine list is strong on California and tuscan wines, in both traditional and Super-Tuscan styles. Lincoln between Fifth and Sixth, Carmel, 626-5800.

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Ginoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;&#x192;Fineâ&#x20AC;&#x192;Italianâ&#x20AC;&#x192;Foodâ&#x20AC;&#x192;andâ&#x20AC;&#x192;Pizzaâ&#x20AC;&#x192; This 32-year-old family-owned restaurant serves traditional Italian home-cooked meals with care that brings back satisfied customers year after year (and Best Italian Food from Weekly readers). The most popular dish is the blackened chicken fettuccini alfredo, with the simple spaghetti and homemade meatballs a close second. 1410 S. Main St., Salinas, 4221814.

TusCAâ&#x20AC;&#x192;Ristorante The exquisite Tuscan-Californian cuisine matches the immaculate, freshly-remodeled setting. TusCA specializes in cheeses, salads, pasta, pizza and oven-baked homestyle dishes prepared fresh daily in a spectacular show kitchen. Hyatt Regency, 1 Old Golf Course Rd., Monterey, 657-6675.

Japanese / Sushi Benihanaâ&#x20AC;&#x192;Japaneseâ&#x20AC;&#x192;Steakhouse Teppanyaki-style steak, chicken and shrimp, as well as the traditional sushi, are specialties at this local iteration of the national franchise. 136 Olivier St., Monterey, 644-9007.

Crystalâ&#x20AC;&#x192;Fishâ&#x20AC;&#x192; The sake is bomb, the quarters are cozy and the sashimi is so fresh itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still flopping. The winning combination makes the family-ownedand-operated spot a favorite for work meetings, families and tourists too. Crystal Fish earned Best Sushi award from Weekly readers in 2010, and in a town where sushi joints pop up year-round, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s saying something. 514 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey, 649-3474.

Harumiâ&#x20AC;&#x192;Sushi This recent addition to the Seaside food scene provides a wide variety of Japanese cuisine: For the traditionalist, Harumi offers nigiri and simple makis; for the more adventurous, a variety of specialty rolls. The menu also features many cooked dishes, tempuras and bentos. Good service and reasonable pricing only help. 1763 Fremont Blvd., #H4, Seaside, 899-9988.

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Robataâ&#x20AC;&#x192;Grill An impressive sushi bar and expert sushi chefs are the centerpieces of this colorful Japanese restaurant. Robata keeps the central dining room grill hot, offering salmon, chicken and red meats along with side dishes with a distinct flair for the unusual. Try the mushroom madness or grilled eggplant in miso sauce. 3658 The Barnyard, Highway 1 and Carmel Valley Road, Carmel, 624-2643.

Sakura This down-home neighborhood sushi bar has the best hamachi in town, a voluble local clientele, late-night hours and a new sushi boat moat. 574 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey, 373-1767.

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ents and a friendly environment. Enchiladas, carne asada, chimichangas, $3 happy hour margaritas and a casual atmosphere add up to a good time. 1612 Del Monte Blvd., Seaside, 899-0345; 638 Wave St., Monterey, 655-4419.

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Right in the heart of Monterey sits El Palomar, with a spacious setting, cantina, full bar and outdoor patio. Owners Rudy and Kathy Torres put their personal spin on first-class renditions of Mexican favorites, often with a hefty helping of fresh seafood. A vegetarian menu is also available. 724 Abrego St., Monterey, 372-1032.

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Baja Cantina features delicious Southwestern/ Mexican cuisine in peaceful, bucolic Carmel Valley. The back patio is a beautiful place to enjoy the valley view, gourmet enchiladas and Monterey County’s best margaritas (as designated year after year by Weekly readers). 7166 Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel Valley, 625-2252.

A fish taco topped with mango salsa and an ice-cold Corona makes for one mighty refreshing summer combination, and Haute Enchilada makes for a natural place to enjoy it. This colorful gallery and café, with its antique-strewn patio, is a favorite haunt of Moss Landing locals in need of sustenance and chit-chat. 7902-A Moss Landing Rd., Moss Landing, 633-5843.

Mariscos presents a huge variety of Mexicanstyle seafood dishes as well as more traditional fare. Try the shrimp, octopus and fish in a spicy tomato sauce. 580 Broadway Ave., Seaside, 583-0411.

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Sushi Heaven This cozy Carmel sushi joint gets rave reviews for its winning combo of fresh seafood, complex flavors, creative presentation and friendly service. Stellar sashimi and nigiri options complement a solid lineup of sushi rolls. Dolores and Eighth, Carmel. 625-2067.

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Since 1983, Chapala has doubled as Salinas’ unofficial city hall, serving flavorful Mexican

cuisine to local politicians and once to President Bill Clinton. Chapala’s signature entrées include chile verde and chicken fajitas on flour and corn tortillas made fresh daily. 438 Salinas St., Oldtown Salinas, 757-4959.

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ences makes Peppers a favorite with locals. Succulent seafood dishes and grilled tacos al carbon are just some of Peppers’ specialties; the potent top-shelf margarita, made with fresh lime juice, is another. 170 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove, 373-6892.

Plaza Linda This cheerful, family-friendly outpost is a Carmel Valley institution. Beside the full bar and charming outdoor courtyard, the staff serves up consistently good enchiladas, burritos and tortilla soup—in as many combinations as one can imagine. Regular live entertainment and a sustainable-seafood strategy sweeten the deal. With reasonable prices, both your stomach and your wallet stay full. 9 Del Fino Pl., Carmel Valley, 659-4229.

Turtle Bay Taqueria “Taqueria” doesn’t quite do justice to these two Caribbean-themed restaurants. In addition to the fine tacos and quesadillas, both the colorful downtown Monterey location and the original spot in Seaside offer wraps and bowls filled with tasty items like pork loin yucateca and shrimp la playa—all at taqueria prices. Two locations: 431 Tyler St., Monterey, 333-1500; 1301 Fremont Blvd., Seaside, 899-1010.

Trailside Cafe, Monterey The Whole Enchilada A staple of the Monterey Bay culinary landscape, The Whole Enchilada is a local favorite for Mexican food and margaritas. The restaurant overlooks the fishing boats in Moss Landing and features fresh catch, Mexican fare and vegetarian entrees. The full bar offers its own personality to complement the food. Highway 1 at Moss Landing Road, Moss Landing, 633-3038.

Zocalo Zocalo is more than the sum of its parts. And the parts are good by themselves: time-honored recipes, the freshest ingredients, a com-

fortable family setting and the fulfilling ambience of a community coming together to share a meal. As place as real as it is pleasant. 162 Fountain Ave., Pacific Grove, 373-7911.

Thai Amarin Thai This charming Thai restaurant right across from the Monterey Bay Aquarium serves delicious spicy curries, light creamy soups and fresh seafood dishes with local wines to match. The fiery kra pow with seafood is a special treat. 807 Cannery Row, Monterey, 373-8811.

Serving traditional dishes with a pinch of adventure, Estéban is the ideal place to socialize with friends over signature cocktails, tantalizing sangria and delectable dishes. Voted 2008 Best New Restaurant and 2010 Best Appetizers/Small Plates by the Monterey County Weekly Readers!

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Siamese Bay Open for lunch and dinner daily, Siamese Bay offers some of the best traditional Thai food to be found in the area. And if you’re looking for a filling lunch, the buffet is served Monday through Friday. 131 Webster St., Monterey, 373-1550.

Thai Bistro II Thai Bistro II is the go-to place for chili lovers, but with an extensive selection of curries and seafood, it caters to the faintest of palates as well as the bravest cast-iron mouths. A popular item is the tom kha gai, a chicken soup with coconut milk. 159 Central Ave., Pacific Grove, 372-8700.

Other Ethnic Ambrosia India Bistro Sublimely aromatic and spicy cuisine from every region of the subcontinent is served in a beautiful dining room at this slightly-off-thebeaten-path restaurant. A true gem from a talented chef whose last restaurant was rated the best Indian food in the Bay Area by The San Francisco Chronicle. Full bar. 565 Abrego St., Monterey, 641-0610.

Amir’s Kabob House Monterey County’s only Afghan restaurant serves delicately spiced meats, rice and vegetables accented with mint, cumin and garlic. The owners’ hospitality suffuses the sparsely decorated dining room, where haunting Afghan music plays in the background. Try the lamb kabobs. 794 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey, 642-0231.

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A Carmel meeting spot since 1991, Café Stravaganza adds a touch of fun and good cheer to each dish that comes out of the kitchen. Traditional Mediterranean favorites are paired with daily specials that feature local fish and the area’s fresh vegetables. Conveniently located in the Crossroads Shopping Village. 241 Crossroads Blvd., Carmel, 625-3733.

China Delight One of Carmel’s favorite Chinese restaurants specializes in Cantonese, Szechuan and Hunan-style cuisine. Try the asparagus chicken, Szechuan shrimp or Hunan beef. 145 Crossroads Blvd., off Highway 1 at Rio Road, Carmel, 625-3367.

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Dynasty Restaurant Welcome to the home of dim sum genuine enough to please a knowledgeable palate— and then sum. Dynasty rules with a diverse and authentic lineup of Mandarin/Sichuanstyle dishes. More good news: They don’t use monosodium glutamate (MSG). Despite premium prices, the high standards and personable staff have made the Forest Hill-adjacent place a locals’ favorite. 1116 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove, 648-9264.

Epsilon Authentic Greek vegetarian dishes like dolmadas (stuffed grape leaves) and spanakopita (spinach in phyllo dough) join chicken, lamb and other Adriatic specialties on the menu at this venerable downtown institution. Always noisy, friendly and enjoyable. Try the garlicky dipping sauce with pita. 422 Tyler St., Monterey, 655-8108.

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Petra’s You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars flying to the Mediterranean for great hummus and baba ganoush. Petra serves mouthwatering couscous, a creamy chicken/veggie dish called chicken delight, and eye-opening Turkish coffee. A new location in Monterey offers a partial menu. Two locations: 477 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove, 649-2530; 435 Alvarado St., Monterey, 646-2080.

Roy’s Under the guidance of Chef Roy Yamaguchi, award-winning Roy’s has become a Peninsula favorite since opening in 1995. Roy’s specialty is its appetizers—try the Mongolian baby-back ribs or the Szechuan tea-smoked duck spring rolls. 2700 17-Mile Drive, the Inn at Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach, 647-7423.

Tommy’s Wok If your knowledge of Chinese food is limited to oily chow mein, visit Tommy’s to expand your horizons. The dishes here are light from start to finish, with tasty spring rolls, jasmine

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Puffy pancakes stuffed with all manner of fruits and fiber are the specialty at this favorite breakfast spot. Try the “bluegerm” (blueberry/wheat germ) pancakes, an omelet or a massive skillet. Two locations: 125 Ocean View, Pacific Grove, 372-1125; 171 Main St., Oldtown Salinas, 784-1125.

From Scratch Everything on the menu, from the hollandaise on the famous eggs Benedict to the special recipe cheese blintzes, is made, yes, from scratch. Light lunches and dinner are also available. 3626 The Barnyard, Carmel, 625-2448.

Katy’s Place In a town like Carmel, Katy’s is the cozy café where you can bring your family. As you wait for one of 10 styles of eggs Benedict or an order of wholesome waffles, a server offers toys for the kids. Sit under the redwoods on the patio and enjoy sandwiches, salads or a calamari Jack cheeseburger. Mission between Fifth and Sixth, Carmel, 624-0199.

Loulou’s Tiny, sunny, friendly and charming, Loulou’s is a treasure. Home fries and fluffy pancakes at breakfast give way to generous salads and affordable fresh-off-the-boat fish specials at lunchtime. Municipal Wharf No. 2, Monterey, 372-0568.

Old Monterey Café What makes breakfast so special at Old Monterey Café? The selection of delectable omelets and scrambles. Choose a staff favorite or create your own. For those watching their weight, the café also offers a selection of low-cal, healthy choices. Lunch and dinner served too. 489 Alvarado St., Monterey, 6461021.

Three Flags Café The Three Flags is a casual all-American restaurant serving breakfast buffet-style or à la carte and lunch inside the Monterey Marriott. 350 Calle Principal, Monterey, 649-4234.

Toasties Café Fresh breakfasts are the highlight of this popular eatery that draws rave reviews for its huevos rancheros. 702 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove, 373-7543.

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Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.  The menu at this friendly family-style restaurant boasts almost a dozen shrimp dishes. A great place for the kids; Mom and Dad will enjoy the oceanside view. 720 Cannery Row, Monterey, 373-1884.

Carmel Belle Carmel Belle’s motto is “Slow down…say no to fast food!” Chalkboards are crammed with menu items built around fastidiously sourced meats, artisanal cheeses and impeccable Discover the like flavors produce arranged in creative dishes green eggs and ham and a popular meatloaf sandof Seaside at www. wich. Coffees and wines live up to the same ci.seaside.ca.us for high standard. Doud Craft Studios, Ocean and information on dinSan Carlos, Carmel, 624-1600.

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tempting rib-eye steak with seasonal vegetables and has a mind-boggling salad bar. Serves breakfast and lunch, too. Inside Bay Park Hotel,1425 Munras Ave., Monterey, 649-4771.

Goodies Delicious New York-style sandwiches stuffed with fresh ingredients are what you’ll find at Goodies. Be sure to save room for one of the homemade desserts. 518 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove, 655-3663.

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Discover Seaside at www.ci.seaside. Here’s a European-style market just blocks ca.us for information on dining,for from Oldtown Monterey that’s a favorite lodging and so It’s muchalso more! German and Italian cuisine. the only place in town to get authentic Hungarian goulash. Now open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 484 Washington St., Monterey, 333-1111. Schooners  Some locals in the know peg this bistro, located inside the Monterey Plaza Hotel, as the best place in town to close a business deal; others say it’s a perfect spot for an after-work cocktail. Either way, the sandwiches and salads are as inspired as the waterfront setting. 400 Cannery Row, Monterey, 372-2628.

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Wild Thyme Deli Owner Terry Teplitzky’s tasty deli sandwiches, innovative salads, desserts and meals to go have won him a loyal following at CSUMB. It’s a natural choice for lunch when you’re anywhere near Marina. 445 Reservation Rd., Marina, 884-2414.

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Serving some of the best oaksmoked brisket, sausage, chicken and ribs this side of the Lone Star State, the Central Texan Barbecue is well worth the short drive to Castroville. 10500 Merritt, Castroville, 633-2285.

Curly’s BBQ Good ole barbecue, that weekend commune with food and people that is a staple of the American lifestyle. Curly’s platters pile chicken, tri-tip or pork and two sides onto a plate, taking you back to Fourth of July block parties and family reunion cook-outs. Try the barbecue pork sandwich—with cole slaw on the roll— it might be the best in town. 1107 Fremont Blvd., Seaside, 394-7274.

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RG Burgers, Carmel and Monterey serves bison, turkey and falafel burgers. 201 Crossroads Blvd., Carmel, 626-8054; 570 Munras Ave., Monterey, 372-4930.

Running Iron Restaurant and Saloon Steaks and country-style fare are served up in the casual atmosphere of a neighborhood restaurant. In this case, the neighborhood is Carmel Valley, so look for lots of cowboy memorabilia in this restaurant where longtime ranchers mingle with local vintners. 24 E. Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel Valley Village, 6594633.

Will’s Fargo Dining House and Saloon Will’s Fargo has been one of this area’s most popular and enduring steakhouses for four decades and recently got a highly successful makeover. Whether you select your own cut from Will’s generous sampling of choice aged beef or go with the lamb chops, you can be assured of a meal grilled to perfection. 14 W. Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel Valley Village, 6592774.

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Executive Chef Darroll Rose does everything from Hawaiian staples like macadamia-nutcrusted mahi mahi and coconut shrimp to certified Angus steaks and sushi. Kula’s festive atmosphere makes it a great tropical getaway, even in breezy Marina. 3295 Dunes Dr., Marina, 883-9479.

After a stroll along the Recreation Trail or a day of window-shopping, stop by Jamba Juice for blended-to-order fruit smoothies, fresh juices and snacks. 398 Alvarado St., Monterey, 655-9696; 1552 N. Main St., Salinas, 4493200; 2160 California, Sand City, 583-9696; 463 Canyon del Rey, Del Rey Oaks, 583-0577.

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Casual and cozy, Tillie Gort’s proves that healthy can be delicious. Tasty Mexican- and Italian-influenced dishes, veggie burgers and salads with herb dressings satisfy discriminat-

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ing vegans and vegetarians. Tillie’s also offers several non-vegetarian entrées. 111 Central Ave., Pacific Grove, 373-0335.

The sesame, poppy and cinnamon-raisin bagels with unique spreads are Weekly staff favorites for breakfast. The bakery also serves hot deli sandwiches for lunch. Eight locations (four in Salinas) in Monterey County: Pacific Grove, 649-6272; Carmel, 625-5180; Salinas, 449-1110 and more.

ingly present. The locally-owned MYO does such a good job with its range of indulgent and sugar free/probiotic yogurts that it won Best Local Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt Shop. Flavors range widely and wildly: white chocolate macadamia and Dutch chocolate, Irish mint and pomegranate-raspberry, mango and strawberry-banana. And though there are sprinkles, M&M minis, chocolate turtles and gummy sharks, there are also nourishing nuts and fruit delivered daily. The Alvarado venue has tables, unlike its Cannery Row original, including some outdoors. 491 Alvarado St., 685 Cannery Row, Monterey.

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In the same vein as San Francisco’s wharf-side factory, this chocolatier headliner’s Cannery Row shop features creamy and calorie-laden treats for passersby. Sundaes, hot fudge, banana splits, hot chocolates and more, with plenty of outside seating so you can enjoy your ice cream topped with an ocean breeze. 660 Cannery Row, Monterey, 373-0997, www. ghirardelli.com.

MYO Frozen Yogurt You wouldn’t consider a place where folks dump Butterfinger and Heath Bar in their cups “healthy,” but healthy things are surpris-

Anticipate a rainbow of cookie flavors— oatmeal, chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, white chocolate macadamia, English toffee, etc.— as well as other complementary treats, like shakes, ice cream, and the necessary milk. Custom-flavored ice-cream-cookie sandwiches for those with a particularly sweet tooth and a good dentist. 751 Cannery Row, Ste. 105, Monterey, 641-9300, www.nestlecafe.com.

Paris Bakery Both of Paris Bakery’s pleasant locations offer light lunch selections like sandwiches and salads along with a dazzling array of cakes,

Napoleons, fruit tarts and buttery cookies. 271 Bonifacio St., Monterey, 646-1620; 1234 Broadway Ave., Seaside, 394-7798.

Parker-Lusseau Pastries This superlative French bakery, with its croissants, brioches and galettes, also serves quiche and sandwiches at two small and utterly charming downtown locations, one of which (on Hartnell) is in an historic building. Worth a stop. 731 Munras Ave., Monterey, 643-0300; 539 Hartnell St., Monterey, 641-9188.

Sweet Elena’s Bakery Sweet Elena’s used to be a strictly wholesale business until the pastries’ and pies’ popularity demanded otherwise. Now you, too, can start your morning with delicate, fresh-baked pastries and coffee from the espresso bar. Light soups, quiches and sandwiches are also served. 465-D Olympia Ave., Sand City, 393-2063.

Coffeehouses ACME Coffee Roasting Company This friendly café in an industrial neighborhood serves expertly roasted coffee along with loads of personality. Stop in for an individually brewed Valve Job (dark roast) or Powerglide (light). 485 Palm Ave., Seaside, 393-9113.

T HE T ERRACE G RILL Alfresco Dining in Carmel • Alfresco Dining on our heated terrace. • California Cuisine with extensive, fun menu. • Views of colorful, award winning gardens. • Weddings and private parties our specialty. Breakfast Monday-Saturday 7-10:30am Lunch Monday-Saturday 11am-2pm Dinner Daily From 5:30pm Brunch Sunday 9am-2pm

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Caffé Cardinale Tucked away down a beautiful garden lane,

from the Steinbeck Center on a strip with a variety of unique shops. 332 S. Main St., Oldtown Salinas, 424-1989.

Coffee Mia Brew Bar Longtime locals Horace and Sarina Mercurio’s new cafe boasts a menu with seductive selections that you won’t find at your average coffeeshop: eleven different paninis (and a daily special to boot), homemade soups and cannolis. Anything not made in-house comes fresh from the area’s best local bakeries. 250 E. Reservation Rd., Marina, 384-0148.

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With a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of pastries to pacify any sweet tooth, the Carmel Valley Coffee Roasting Company is a beloved local institution. Various locations in Carmel and Carmel Valley. 319 Mid Valley Center, Carmel Valley, 624-5934; 3720 The Barnyard, Carmel, 620-0844; Lincoln and Ocean, Carmel, 626-2913.

Located just two blocks from downtown Monterey, East Village has won a passionate fan base since its 2006 opening. With its sleek, Asian-inspired décor, strong coffee drinks, desserts, mini-sandwiches and free wireless Internet access, it’s a great place to chat, refuel or study up. 498 Washington St., Monterey, 373-5601.

Cherry Bean Gourmet Coffeehouse

A popular spot for live music, poetry readings and book signings, not to mention organic coffee, loose-leaf teas, local food and lots of literature, The Works is an appropriate name. 667 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove, 372-2242.

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Wineries & Tasting Rooms Bargetto Winery Tasting Room Bargetto, operators of Monterey’s oldest tasting room, has moved into a new suite in the same building. Bright, natural light shows off the stained glass and painted glass art pieces that are for sale along with the fine wines. Bargetto garners high praise from oenophiles for its food-friendly wines and specialty dessert wines. 700 Cannery Row, Suite G, Monterey. 373-4053.

Baywood Cellars Winemaker John Cotta has more than 20 years of experience producing wine in California, and comes from a family that has been growing grapes since 1925. Tastings daily. 381 Cannery Row, Suite C, Monterey. 645-9035. www.baywood-cellars.com

Bernardus Winery Bernardus’ wine-tasting room is located in the heart of Carmel Valley Village, where its signature Bordeaux-style red wine, Marinus, has been introduced to legions of fans along with their other reputable wines. All the vintage wines sell out quickly. Tastings daily. 5 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley. 659-1900. www.bernardus.com

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Blackstone Winery Visitors are encouraged to picnic on the grounds as they enjoy Blackstone’s limited-release wine. Gourmet snacks and unique items are for sale in the large gift shop, and art exhibits rotate in the gallery. Complimentary tastings daily. Events 850 South Alta St., Gonzales. 675-5341. www.blackstonewinery.com

Boëté The products of this boutique winery are born in the lime-enriched soil of John and Jana Saunders’ Carmel Valley vineyard. The conditions favor a unique terroir that can be tasted in the Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc wines of complexity, depth and ripe fruit. Tastings daily. Valley Hills Center, 7156A Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley. 625-5040. www.boetewinery.com

Chalone Vineyard With its own appellation, this rustic winery is set high above the Salinas Valley, affording views of the Gabilan Mountains and the vineyards. The high-mineral content of the soil imparts long-lasting flavor to Burgundianstyle Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir and Chenin Blanc. Tastings on Saturday and Sunday and by appointment Mon-Fri. Stonewall Canyon and Highway 146, Soledad. 678-1717. www.chalonevineyaRoadcom

Joyce Frank Joyce selects the finest grapes from various growers for each of his small handmade batches of Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet and Syrah. Limited production, mostly local distribution and high quality have distinguished

Chateau Christina. 60 Via Milpitas, Carmel Valley. 659-0312. www.joycevineyards.com

Chateau Julien Built in the style of a French country chateau, the wine tasting room’s great hall, beautiful stained glass and antiques complement the wine tastings. Tastings daily; complimentary tours by reservation; and ongoing dinners and events. 8940 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley. 624-2600. www.chateaujulien.com

Cima Collina Cima Collina’s handcrafted Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot are on pour at this wine-tasting bar located in a charming courtyard in downtown Carmel. This dynamic young winery carefully oversees each step in the process, from fruit to bottle. Open Thu-Mon. San Carlos between Ocean and Seventh, Carmel. 620-0645. www.cimacollina.com

Galante Vineyards Roses and grazing cattle make their 700-acre property and vineyards a great spot for both your own picnics and their own annual events and tours; their tasting room in Carmel-by-theSea, meanwhile, offers the very limited estate Cabernet Sauvignon, culled from the finest grapes. Tastings daily. Dolores between Ocean and Seventh, Carmel. 624-3800. www.galantevineyards.com

Georis Winery Tucked off the street in a gorgeous courtyard, Georis’ Carmel Valley tasting room is an experience for all the senses. Guests enjoy intriguing vintages of European-style Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, snacks of cheese and

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Marilyn Remark Joel Burnstein and his wife, Marilyn Remark, inspired by the wines of France’s Rhone Valley, create some of California’s best Rhone-style wines. Expertly crafted Marsanne, Roussanne, Rose, Grenache and Syrah wines are the attention-getting result. Tasting room open weekends. Look for new picnic grounds in 2010. 645 River Road, Salinas. 455-9310. www.remarkwines.com

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Paraiso’s Smith family was the county’s first to plant Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah. Paraiso is also home to one of the most picturesque wine properties in the revered Santa Lucia Highlands, where events are hosted regularly. Paraiso continues to turn out topquality wines, and features a home décor boutique along with tastings daily. 38060 Paraiso Springs Road, off River Road, Soledad. 6780300. www.paraisovineyards.com

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Bill and Mary Ellen Parsons produce their estate-grown Cabernet, Syrah and Merlot wines on 7 acres of prime sun-drenched Carmel Valley land. With a focus on the health of each vine, rather than yield, the result is wines of exceptional flavor and intensity (and a Best Red Wine nod from Weekly readers). Their tasting room also showcases textile art by Mary Ellen and other striking art. Tastings daily. 19 East Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley. 659-7322. parsonagewine.com

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Wrath/San Saba Vineyard New owners and dramatic changes have taken place at San Saba Vineyard, nestled in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Drop in Thursday through Monday. for tastings of San Saba wines, long known for distinctive, complex Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. A new line of premium, limited, site-driven wines under the Wrath label offers tasting by appointment only. 35801 Foothill Road, at River Road, Soledad. 678-2992. www.sansaba.com

Scheid Vineyards Since 1972, the Scheid family has grown premium wine grapes and produced superb Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. These wines exemplify the best marriage of land, climate and winemaking expertise. Tours by appointment. Tastings daily. 1972 Hobson Ave., Greenfield. 3860316. Visit the new tasting room at 751 Cannery Row, Monterey. 656-9463. www.scheidvineyards.com

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Smith & Hook/Hahn Estates Two prime local wine brands are offered by the Hahn family in an elegant tasting room. Sample wines that celebrate the true character of Monterey County while enjoying beautiful views of the Salinas Valley from the Santa Lucia Highlands location. Bring lunch and picnic on the deck. Tastings daily, tours by appointment. 37700 Foothill Road, Soledad. 678-4555. www.hahnestates.com

Talbott Vineyard These meticulously made wines are estategrown far off in the Santa Lucia Highlands and deep in Carmel Valley, so Talbott opened a tasting room in 1999 in Carmel Valley Village. The Talbott reputation for excellence can be tasted in each glass. Picnic on the patio; private patio parties available. Tastings daily. 53 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley. 6593500. www.talbottvineyards.com

Taste Morgan Daniel Morgan Lee has built Morgan Vineyards into an area favorite through the consistent quality of their lineup of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah. At their sophisticated tasting room in Carmel, vinophiles can sample the offerings from the renowned organically farmed estate vineyard Double L, as well as Rosella’s, Gary’s and Tondre’s Vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Tastings daily. 204 Crossroads Blvd., Carmel. 626-3700. www.morganwinery.com

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Ventana claims more awards than any single vineyard in America. Located in an old stone ranch house just minutes from downtown Monterey, the tasting room offers a full selection of world-class wines, all estate grown on one vineyard. 2999 Highway 68, Monterey. 372-7415. The vineyard tasting room is open weekends/holidays at 38740 Los Coches Road, Soledad. www.ventanawines.com

Wine Merchants Aâ&#x20AC;&#x192;Tasteâ&#x20AC;&#x192;ofâ&#x20AC;&#x192;Monterey This wine visitorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; center pours selections from more than 70 local wineries. Choose from two tastings featuring 15 different wines each day, and purchase from 200 different Monterey County wines for sale. Tour information, maps and brochures available. 700 Cannery Row, Monterey, 646-5446; 127 Main St., Salinas. 751-1980. www.tastemonterey.com

Nielsenâ&#x20AC;&#x192;Brothersâ&#x20AC;&#x192;Market This locally adored spot has an award-winning 10,000 bottle full service wine cellar to match its history. Hard-to-find liquors hailing from the world over complement wines from Burgundy, The Rhone, Alsace, The Loire, Bordeaux, Italy and Germany and an assortment of local

California wines, many directly from the wineries. San Carlos St. and Seventh, Carmel. 624-6441.

Ranchoâ&#x20AC;&#x192;Cellars Rancho Cellars, located near The Barnyard shopping center, is a fine-wine merchant stocked with more than 1,600 premium wines from around the world. Ranchoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winetasting bar, Cepage, offers tasting events. Call for schedule. 26340 Carmel Rancho Blvd., Carmel. 625-5646. ranchocellars.com

Surfâ&#x20AC;&#x192;nâ&#x20AC;&#x192;Sandâ&#x20AC;&#x192; A local institution, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Carmelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Finest Liquor and Wine Shopâ&#x20AC;? offers friendly assistance navigating a respectable inventory of premium wines. Sixth and Junipero, Carmel. 624-1805. www.carmelsfinest.com

Wineâ&#x20AC;&#x192;fromâ&#x20AC;&#x192;theâ&#x20AC;&#x192;Heart This owner-run store removes the intimidation factor from wine by offering a down-to-earth tasting room designed to suit all comfort levels. 241 Alvarado St., next to the Portola Plaza Hotel, Monterey. 641-WINE. www.winefromtheheart.com

Wineâ&#x20AC;&#x192;Market The wines are arranged and displayed not by varietal but by the type of food with which they

are compatibleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; beef, seafood, dessert, etc. Whatever your menu, Wine Market offers a range of appropriate choices established Parsonage through more than a Estate Winery, decade of food and Carmel Valley wine pairing experience. 192 Country Club Gate Center, Pacific Grove. 646-0107. www.montereywinemarket.com NIC COURY

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ere, window shopping can quickly turn into shopping spreeing. From Moss Landing, with its rows of antique shops in converted beach cottages, to Salinas’ up-and coming Oldtown boutiques, galleries and restaurants, there’s no way to leave empty-handed. Visitors come from far and away to shop in Carmel-by-the-Sea. While you’re in the neighborhood, take a short drive to the mouth of Carmel Valley where the Barnyard Shopping Village and the Crossroads offer a great selection of boutiques, galleries, jewelers and home stores, not to mention restaurants—remember, one needs fuel to make it to the county’s many other shopping designations. And while local retail shops are top-notch, don’t discount consignment clothiers in ritzy areas where well-to-do ladies dump their gently used designer duds, evening gowns and vintage couture.

Carmel Ocean Avenue Small boutiques rule the day on Carmel-bythe-Sea’s main shopping drag. Although the most conspicuous commodity for sale is art, there’s a wide range of shops carrying exquisite clothing, lingerie, shoes and handcrafted goods. Along Ocean Avenue from Carpenter Road to Monte Verde Street, Carmel.

Carmel Plaza The Plaza is home to about 40 restaurants and shops, covering galleries, jewelry stores and several upscale retail shops, including Bottega Veneta, Louis Vuitton, Wilkes Bashford, J. Crew and Anthropologie, all in a courtyard setting. Ocean and Mission, Carmel. 624-0138.

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Crossroads Shopping Village Almost a separate township unto itself, the Crossroads includes among its 70 shops and restaurants a Safeway grocery store and Long’s for essentials, as well as small specialty shops and eateries. Highway 1 and Rio Road, Carmel. 625-4106.

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You’ll find a variety of locally owned restaurants and boutiques specializing in couture clothing, golf apparel, jewelry and shoes, as well as spa and salon services, among the 50 shops in this charming open-air complex with a rustic theme. Highway 1 and Carmel Valley Road, Carmel. 624-8886.

Monterey Alvarado Street This is the heart of Monterey, where 200-yearold adobes sit beside sleek new buildings that reinterpret the ubiquitous Spanish Colonial style. Along Alvarado and its side streets, an assortment of boutiques sell everything from chic, unique gifts, to ethnic jewelry and textiles, to trendy-and affordable fashions and shoes. A tobacconist, cafés, bars and restaurants round out the appeal of this relaxed but upbeat downtown. Along Alvarado Street from Munras Avenue to Del Monte Avenue, Monterey.

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The county’s newest big-box haven includes Target, Kohl’s, REI, Best Buy and Bed, Bath & Beyond. East of Highway 1 (take Twelfth Street exit) and south of Imjin Parkway, Marina.

Del Monte Center Lucky Brand Jeans, Lucy, GAP, Banana Republic, Apple Store, Williams-Sonoma— who’s to say which is the biggest draw in the outdoor garden shopping mecca? The 675,000-square-foot center features locally owned shops, family restaurants and national stores including Macy’s and Whole Foods Market, not to mention a 13-screen movie theater. Highway 1 and Munras Avenue, Monterey. 373-2705.

Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row

Both popular tourist destinations, these locations offer a plethora of gift shops and fine seafood restaurants, not to mention bars and nightclubs. Cannery Row also has several art galleries and the Monterey Bay Aquarium (with its own gift shop).

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It’s all about character here in this up-and-coming business district along the main thoroughfare linking downtown Monterey and Pacific Grove. Antique shops, fashion boutiques and home furnishing stores rub elbows with tattoo parlors, used book and record stores and a surf shops, while a bevy of small ethnic restaurants invites shoppers to stop and refuel. Along Lighthouse Avenue, between Monterey and Pacific Grove.

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Those with a hankering for antiques and Mexican folk art will find that the shopping here is unsurpassed. Funky little cottages throughout the village have been converted into antique stores and art galleries selling everything from curios to china hutches. The New Shakespeare Sanctuary houses rare books, Globe Theatre models and all types of museum pieces and memorabilia. Weekend arts, crafts and jewelry fairs also appeal to treasure hunters. The authentic fishing village atmosphere adds to the experience. Treat

Del Monte Shopping Center, Monterey yourself at one of several seafood cafés or restaurants. Intersection of Highway 1 and Moss Landing Road, Moss Landing.

Pacific Grove American Tin Cannery More than just an outlet center, the Tin Cannery, located in the original 1927 American Can Company and just a stone’s throw from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, is a destination for anyone who enjoys finding

gems in unexpected places. Unique boutiques, a doggy spa and possibly the most fashionable sock shop in three counties have taken up residence here along with, of course, the outlets—including Bass, Nine West, Izod, Pendleton, Van Heusen and Reebok. 125 Ocean View Blvd., Pacific Grove.

Downtown Pacific Grove Shoppers who are looking for home furnishings, women’s fashions and accessories may find exactly what they seek amid the

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Victorian charm of downtown P.G. There’s also a great collection of vintage, consignment and upscale resale boutiques. Several restaurants and antique stores galore round out the destination. Forest and Lighthouse avenues, Pacific Grove.

Oldtown Salinas Most—if not all—of life’s necessities can be found in Oldtown Salinas, in the shadow of the National Steinbeck Center on South Main. Coffee? Clothing? Cocktails? No problem. A preponderance of turn-of-the century buildings are home to an increasing number of fine restaurants, hip clothing boutiques, home furnishing and antique stores. Along Main Street from West San Luis Street to Central Avenue, Salinas.

Tiny Sand City has become a primary destination for big-box shoppers on the Peninsula. The intersection of Playa and California avenues bisects the shopping district, with Costco on one end and Borders Books at the other (and stores like Target, Ross, Marshalls, Circuit City and Orchard Supply Hardware in between). Unwind with a latte from Starbucks or a pedicure from Angel Nails before heading across to Seaside’s Cost Plus, on the corner of Fremont Boulevard and Playa Avenue.

Salinas Northridge Shopping Center/ Harden Ranch Located virtually across the street from each other near the intersection of Boronda Road

The Barnyard, Carmel and North Main Street off Highway 101, Northridge and Harden Ranch combine to form a destination location for many serious local shoppers. A complete array of big-name department, book, grocery, toy, jewelry, sports, pet, hardware and furniture stores make this a one-stop shopping district. North Main Street and Boronda Road, Salinas.

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The largest display of originals by “The Painter of Light” is the brightest star in a constellation of five local galleries. 361 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey, 655-5520 x108.

WESTON GALLERY The country’s second-oldest photo gallery helped put the West Coast school of photography on the map. A superlative collection of definitive works by Ansel Adams and Edward, Brett and Cole Weston are on display, as well as new imagery by the next generation of photographic masters. Sixth between Dolores and Lincoln, Carmel, 624-4453.

YOUTH ARTS COLLECTIVE Built around a nonprofit organization that equips and cultivates teenage artists, YAC exhibits the powerful potential of the next generation of Monterey County (and beyond) artists. 472 Calle Principal, Monterey, 375-9922.

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An outgrowth of agit-prop theater born during the farmworker labor struggles of the 1960s, Luis Valdez’s lauded company presents Mexican-American-themed works in neighboring San Benito County. 705 Fourth St., San Juan Bautista, 623-2444.

FOREST THEATER Shakespeare, musicals, classics and even summer films in the woods and under the stars abound at Carmel’s rustic, 100-yearold Outdoor Forest Theatre; the Indoor Forest Theatre stays faithful to the classics. Mountain View and Santa Rita, Carmel, 626-1681.

MONTEREY PENINSULA COLLEGE THEATRE COMPANY Monterey Peninsula’s junior college draws from the acting community at large for its Main Stage shows; smaller, outreach productions show in the compact SRO Theater. 980 Fremont Blvd., Monterey, 646-4213.

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Big Brother & the Holding Company and Country Joe McDonald

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Michael Bolton

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Jonny Lang

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The Manhattan Transfer

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Cirque Mechanics – Boom Town

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Capitol Steps

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The Phantom’s Leading Ladies

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Lainie Kazan

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Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

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Sarah Vowell

MAGIC CIRCLE THEATRE 

MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM

This popular company has returned after a four-year absence, with ambitious programming including productions of David Mamet and other modern greats. 8 El Caminito Road, Carmel Valley, 659-7500, www.magiccircletheater.net.

Recently named the country’s best aquarium, Monterey’s window into the bay, perched over tidepools and waves, highlights the richness and diversity of Central California marine life. 886 Cannery Row, Monterey, 648-4800.

PACIFIC REPERTORY THEATRE 

The birthplace of European history in Alta California survives in beautifully restored adobe homes, historic buildings and gardens nestled throughout downtown Monterey. Eleven 19th-century structures, including California’s First Theater and original Customs House, may be toured. 20 Custom House Plaza, Monterey, 649-7118.

The Peninsula’s Equity company presents contemporary and classic productions on the historic Golden Bough main stage and downstairs in the intimate Circle Theatre, along with a summer Shakespeare Festival. Monte Verde between Eighth and Ninth, Carmel, 622-0100.

PAPER WING THEATRE COMPANY This independent community theater company stages edgy plays, musicals and comedies, spiked with humor and daring. 320 Hoffman Ave., Monterey, 675-0521.

WESTERN STAGE  AT HARTNELL COLLEGE The school’s 3/4 stage allows wrap-around viewing of contemporary plays, summer stock, musicals and adaptations of John Steinbeck novels. 411 Central Ave., Salinas, 755-6816.

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Museums & SpecialInterest Venues

2011

Venues new and old play host to the area’s rich artistic resources, and reliably delight visitors and locals year-round.

The Nutcracker Remixed

Jan 12

Diavolo

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Rita Moreno

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Garrison Keillor Balé Folclórico da Bahia

March 12

One Night of Queen

March 13

The Aluminum Show

March 17

Great Big Sea

CSU MONTEREY BAY WORLD  THEATER The 457-seat performing arts venue for the California State University campus hosts lectures, films, music, dance and any other event that calls for professional audio/visual equipment and good acoustics. Sixth Avenue, Seaside, 582-4580.

FOX THEATER

April 2

The Spencers: Theatre of Illusion

This remodeled 80-year-old gem of Art Deco grace and charm gives Salinas a worthy venue for concerts and shows (seating over 500) and a beautiful spot for parties, business functions, weddings and other events. 241 Main St., Salinas, 758-8459.

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Pirates of Penzance

HENRY MILLER MEMORIAL LIBRARY

May 25

Esperanza Spalding

May 28

Ricky Nelson Remembered

A small wood-frame house serves as an independent nonprofit with a large collection of photographs, memorabilia and books. Extraordinary music and events occur on the idyllic lawn. Highway 1, five miles south of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Big Sur, 667-2574.

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Bella Cinemas transformed the old Edgewater Packing building from an arcade and carousel to a state-of-the-art theater with a 65-foot movie screen and multi-channel surround sound. 640 Wave St., Monterey, 372-IMAX.

MONTEREY STATE HISTORIC PARK 

MY MUSEUM This 8,500-square-foot museum is packed with a variety of hands-on exhibits where kids can explore a wide world of possibility—farm, golf course, theater, hospital, beach, treehouse and construction site. 425 Washington St., Monterey, 649-6444.

NATIONAL STEINBECK CENTER This sparkling center celebrates John Steinbeck with a permanent gallery displaying film and interactive exhibits. It also features the “Valley of the World” agricultural wing, original manuscripts, archival photographs and rotating artists and cultural programs. 1 Main St., Oldtown Salinas, 796-3833.

PACIFIC GROVE MUSEUM OF  NATURAL HISTORY A fascinating place for immersion into the county’s ecology and natural diversity, with displays of local birds, foliage, geology and animals. It’s bolstered by changing exhibits. 165 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove, 648-5716.

POINT PINOS LIGHTHOUSE The oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the West Coast, with rooms furnished as they were in the Civil War and 1940s. Tours available Thu-Sun. Asilomar and Ocean View, Pacific Grove, 648-5716.

POINT SUR LIGHTHOUSE On a craggy, windswept point 20 miles south of Carmel, in Big Sur, is an operating turnof-the-century lighthouse that offers guided three-hour tours. Call for schedule. Highway 1, Big Sur, 625-4419.

TOR HOUSE AND HAWK TOWER This monument to poet Robinson Jeffers is one of California’s most significant literary landmarks. Built largely by Jeffers himself with granite and rough boulders from the ocean below, the farmhouse and imposing tower with lovely gardens contain original furnishings and Jeffers memorabilia. 26304 Ocean View near Stewart Way, Carmel, 624-1813.

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LOCAL INGREDIENTS. WORLD-CLASS CUISINE.

Experience the flavor of Monterey at TusCA Ristorante. We use only the freshest, local ingredients to create our menu of eclectic favorites. TusCA Ristorante, with golf course views and a modern comfortable setting, combines the best of Tuscany with the best of California. Inspired by the hearty cuisine of Italy’s Tuscan region and its emphasis on abundance and seasonality, TusCA presents authentic and sophisticated regional Italian dishes created from the wealth of locally and seasonally sourced California produce, meats and fish. The menu specializes in pasta, pizza and dishes baked in our wood-burning oven prepared fresh daily in our spectacular demonstration kitchen. Experience culinary traditions at TusCA Ristorante, call 831 657 6675 or visit TuscaRistorante.com.

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The Largest Selection of Candy in Monterey County !

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70 Flavors Of All 50 Flavors Of Dreyer’s Ice Cream Chocolate Dipped Waffle Cones And Much More!

C ANDY FACTORY Steinbeck Plaza • 685 Cannery Row Monterey • (831) 655-7746

C ANDY L AND 700 Cannery Row Monterey • (831) 655-7745

Children 5yrs and under—FREE Open Daily 10am-9pm 700 Cannery Row

C ANDY WORLD

American Tin Cannery • 125 Ocean View Blvd. Pacific Grove • (831) 655-7741

Cannery Row General Store “If you left anything at home, don’t worry, we have it!”

Fine Wines and Liquors 70 Tequilas 40 Vodkas & Cold Beer Sundries Items Shirts Monterey and Cannery Row Souvenirs LOTTERY Steinbeck Plaza • 685 Cannery Row Monterey • (831) 655-7744

Everything Pink at

Hello Kitty 700 Cannery Row, Monterey • (831) 655-7744


America’s Favorite Art Gallery

“Sitting On 7” by Michael Godard

“Earth the Blue Planet” by Wyland

Visit Wyland Gallery, Carmel and support the Wyland Ocean Challenge Clean water for the 21st Century…and beyond.

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Ocean Avenue between Mission and San Carlos • Carmel 831-626-6223 888-WYLAND1 www.wylandgallerycarmel.com

“Gates of the Night” by Walfrido

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“Golf Martini” by Michael Godard

FEATURING : WYLAND • LINDÉ • WALFRIDO MICHAEL GODARD • RICHARD DANIEL • VAL WARNER DEBORAH VALIQUET-MYERS • JIM WARREN DAVID WIGHT • PATRICK GUYTON • TRACY TAYLOR



Best Of Monterey Bay Visitors Guide 2010