By Shaina Amienyi
Monterey
California
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Located on the central California coast, Monterey offers an unparalleled West Coast experience. Whether on land, in the water, or in the sky, there are a plethora of activities in Monterey (hiking, surfing, and skydiving to name a few). Because the climate is temperate year round, even the off-peak season is a good time for sightseeing and taking part in Monterey’s many activities. Definitely add Monterey to your list of places to go, but be careful. Once you visit, you may not want to leave.

Monterey is a renowned destination, and EscapeWizard.com encourages you to book your vacation to this scenic, exciting city. Monterey Peninsula Airport (MRY) serves the city, operating connections to and from larger airports such as Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Please book your flight using the following link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). Monterey is home to word-class hotels. For help finding accommodations please see our top selections of hotels below, which includes our top selection, InterContinental. Then click on this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to book with EscapeWizard.com.

The author John Steinbeck frequently visited Monterey, California and drew inspiration from various landmarks, especially Cannery Row, which served as inspiration for his book of the same name. Cannery Row, formerly called Ocean Avenue, is a top tourist destination that houses specialty shops, galleries, restaurants, and more. We at EscapeWizard.com recommend visiting Canner Row and one of its main attractions—the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The Monterey Bay Aquarium constantly updates its exhibits and programs. Don’t miss the Ocean’s Edge galleries where you can see a 28-foot living kelp forest. The Outer Bay galleries get you up close to sea turtles, giant tuna fish, yellow fish, and sharks. EscapeWizard.com guarantees that every member of the family is sure to enjoy all the aquarium has on display.

Activities, Attractions, Restaurants; Cannery Row has it all. You can even have a complete wine tasting tour at the tasting rooms at Schield Vineyards and Baywood Cellars. EscapeWizard.com suggests going to A Taste of Monterey Wine Visitors Center where you can sample a range of Monterey Country wines and get a view of Monterey Bay. Cannery Row, which borders Monterey Bay, also provides access to MacAbee and San Carlos Beaches.

Named after the historic Del Monte Resort, the Del Monte Beach is another popular beach in Monterey. This popular surfing site is tucked away in the midst of Monterey State Beach, Monterey’s largest beach. Monterey State Beach begins next to Fisherman’s Wharf and ends in the town of Seaside. The beach, used for many activities including kayaking, diving, surfing, and swimming, is open from dawn until sunset. There are even more recreational activities at Monterey Bay Waterfront Park, which runs alongside the beach, and the Monterey Bay Recreational Trail, which runs through the water park. We at EscapeWizard.com recommend taking in the breathtaking scenery along the beach and trail.

There is so much sightseeing to do that visitors may forget that many of Monterey’s shopping destinations are spectacular sights as well. EscapeWizard.com suggests visitors stop at Del Monte Shopping Center off of Highway 1. Del Monte Shopping Center surrounds a beautiful garden and picturesque walkways. It has over 75 shops and restaurants in addition to a movie theater. Cannery Row is also a bustling shopping district with over 150 stores along the six block stretch between Reeside and David Avenues. Peruse stores that sell local art, old-fashioned candy, specialty food items, and wine.

Cannery Row is also a good area to be in if you are looking for pool tables, beers on tap, or live music. For other night time activities, visit Downtown Monterey with its many bars, pubs, and night clubs. While taking advantage of the night scene in Monterey, you can also enjoy glow-in-the-dark bowling, pool, and hookah bars.

There is so much to see and do in Monterey that EscapeWizard.com promises an enjoyable experience with amazing views. After a visit to Monterey, you are sure to want to come back for more of the white sand beaches, world-renowned aquarium, whale-watching, etc. Be sure to book your first (or subsequent) visit to Monterey with EscapeWizard.com. To do so, please click on the link above.
Hotels in Monterey
By Tekisha Slack
Hyatt Regency Monterey
1 Old Golf Course Road, Monterey, CA
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The moment you step into the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa on Del Monte Golf Course, a sense of calming peace will wash over you.

Each luxuriant guest room features elegant furnishings created from natural materials such as leather and walnut, all in soothing earth tone colors, Hyatt’s signature Grand Bed, fitted with sumptuous white linens, fluffy pillows and duvet over a pillow top mattress. Pamper yourself with an open shower featuring Grohe® hand-held rain shower head, Portico products, marble flooring and countertops, raised sink, backlit mirror and unique polished chrome fixtures. Other room amenities include a multi-functional work area with Wi-Fi, 32" LCD flat panel TV with On-Command Video system, iHome stereo with iPod® docking station, full-length mirror, and complimentary Starbuck’s Coffee.  This pet friendly property also offers a Complimentary shuttle from the Monterey Airport, Hyatt Fast Board / PDA Check-in/ Self Check-in kiosks, Regency Club and a 24 hour fully automated business center.

Enjoy new and upgraded on-site activities such as: The luxurious 12,000 square foot Accista Spa featuring Monterey-inspired treatments and full-service salon , specially created golf excursions on the world-famous Pebble Beach Company's Del Monte Golf Course, located right next door to Hyatt Regency Monterey, Camp Hyatt, a wonderful experience for children ages three to 12. A modern 2,000 square foot StayFitTM health club including new equipment, two outdoor, heated pools surrounded by beautifully landscaped decks, each with a hot tub.

With so many activities available at this resort, you will surely work up an appetite! Experience the best of Tuscany and California at the hotel’s TusCA Ristorante. Or, enjoy a relaxing lunch or dinner in a casual and fun setting at the Knuckles Sports Bar. For a more serene atmosphere, head over to the Fireplace  Lounge where you can enjoy the warmth of good company and your favorite drink in the hotel’s a spacious new lobby which invites relaxation and includes a soothing fireplace and cozy seating areas.

Transcend the ordinary at Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa on Del Monte Golf Course. Use EsapeWizard.com to book your stay today. Just click on the link to get started (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Monterey
By Keleigh M. Quinn
Hilton Garden Inn Monterey
1000 Aguajito Road, Monterey, CA
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The Hilton Garden Inn Monterey is located just a few miles from Monterey Airport and is surrounded by the natural beauty that Monterey is famous for. Whether you are flying into the airport or taking a scenic drive down Highway 1, this hotel is easy to reach and will provide a great experience for any type of traveler. Downtown Monterey is just a short walk away, where you will find shops and restaurants.  You can also stroll down to Del Monte Beach or Lake El Estero. Take short drive to Pebble Beach where the famous golf course is located, or take in the beauty of nearby Carmel. Families will love visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium, as well.

This hotel makes it easy to follow your fitness routine while on the road. The exercise room offers cardio and weight machines; you can also pick up a Stay Fit Kit® so you can work out in the privacy of your room. Outside you will find a heated swimming pool, surrounded by lounge chairs and cabanas. There is also a hot tub and a fire pit, perfect for a romantic evening.

The guest rooms and suited feature modern furnishings, and offer private balconies. The rooms also have a coffee maker, microwave and a refrigerator.  Kick back and watch your favorite show on the 42 flat screen TV. The suites have separate living areas, as well. All rooms have complimentary high speed internet access and are completely smoke free.

Dining options are plentiful, including the 24 hour Pavilion Pantry® where you can grab snacks, beverages or microwaveable meals for your room. Head to the Pacific Grill for a wonderful breakfast buffet with made to order eggs and many other choices. In the evening, dinner includes delicious local dishes, including fresh seafood. The Lobby Lounge is the perfect place for a drink and an appetizer.

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