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A Sanctuary Celebration

Twenty-five years ago, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary received federal designation under the authority of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act. The country’s 11th national marine sanctuary is one of its largest, covering an area that’s bigger than Yosemite National Park. It was recognized—both then and now—for its biological richness, rare habitats, threatened species and other cultural relics.

The sanctuary contains one of the largest underwater canyons in North America, a chasm that reaches down more than two miles at its deepest point. It’s laced with kelp forests and populated by more than 525 fish species, plus nearly 35 types of marine mammals, more than 180 bird species and plenty of algae and invertebrates. This natural treasure covers a total shoreline length of 276 miles (the distance from Marin to Cambria), and extends 30 miles from the Central California shore.

Monterey visitors will find unparalleled opportunities to experience the Monterey Bay National Marina Sanctuary. On your next trip, plan some extra time to explore.

On the water. Active travelers can paddle, kayak, sail or scuba dive on the Monterey Bay, and whale watching trips also take groups out on the water. Adventures by the Sea’s Cannery Row location, at Breakwater Cove, rents kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and all the equipment you need for an afternoon of exploration. The company offers guided tours that spotlight local history and ecology, as well.

Along the shore. For a close-up look at Monterey Bay marine life, try tidepooling at McAbee Beach. This petite beach below Steinbeck Plaza is a popular destination at low tide, when the waves push away from the sand to expose sea critters of all kinds and colors. The Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail traces the waterfront between Cannery Row and the shore, and it’s an ideal place to walk, jog or cycle with the bay in full view.

From above. Select Cannery Row inns and resorts boast beautiful Monterey Bay views extending all the way north to Santa Cruz. The InterContinental The Clement Monterey and Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa provide luxurious waterfront rooms and suites with posh amenities. The Monterey Bay Inn also features bay-view rooms, and in-room binoculars make wildlife watching a snap. A few blocks down Cannery Row, the Spindrift Inn offers a romantic retreat on the water, complete with cozy fireplaces and window seats overlooking the waves.

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Event Calendar

In addition to the views, attractions, pubs and restaurants, Cannery Row hosts several exciting events throughout the year guaranteed to be fun for the whole family.

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Fire Pits

Two of nature’s most mesmerizing elements—ocean and fire—come together in Cannery Row in a beautiful way at these four fire pits you don’t want to miss. The Monterey Bay’s moderate climate makes the Row an ideal place to cozy up next to a warm fire while you savor the sights and sounds of the ocean.

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Fun and Games

When you think of Cannery Row, you probably don’t picture blacklights, billiards, mazes and lasers. If this is true, then you’ve been missing out. Beyond the shopping, eating and ocean, there are activities galore to keep the whole crew occupied.

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Sand In Your Shoes

The entire length of Cannery Row runs parallel to the coastline of the Monterey Bay, which means you’re never more than a few minutes from the water. This might be why Coastal Living magazine recently named Monterey as the “Happiest Seaside Town in California.” There are so many ways to enjoy the bay that it would be a shame if you didn’t try to tear yourself away from the shops and restaurants to get in some quality time with the Pacific.

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Small Bites

Cannery Row is home to over 25 different restaurants, but don’t be intimidated by all the options. Instead view it as an opportunity to embrace variety by trying small bites at several different spots.

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Wine Tasting

Cannery Row wine tasting offers the ultimate California experience, bringing together the tastes of wine country with the beauty of the bay. Monterey County boasts over 39,000 acres of wine grapes, almost half of which are devoted to its award-winning Chardonnay grape. Here you can taste an impressive variety of this regal grape, from those with bright tropical flavors to fuller, more buttery notes.

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From Grape to Glass

With nine appellations nurturing a variety of grapes, and more than 60 tasting rooms welcoming guests, Monterey County is a destination popular with both winemakers and wine drinkers.

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Marine Wonders on Cannery Row

Wildlife watchers will find a surprising array of animals and aquatic plant life on Cannery Row, ranging from marine mammals to stunning seabirds to captivating kelp beds.

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Covering All the Bases

As players take their first swings for this year’s baseball season, Cannery Row sports bars are ready to welcome fans of all stripes. With so many options, how can you choose the best bar for you? Explore your options with this grand-slam guide to the district’s lively pubs.

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Spring Fun for Families

Parents will find plenty of kid-friendly activities and entertainment on Cannery Row, from cool museums to quirky shops to recreational options for the whole family. Whether you’re traveling with tots or teenagers, options abound. Start outlining your itinerary with these family-friendly highlights.

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Active Endeavors

With a scenic waterfront location, convenient trail access and spas catering to sports-minded individuals, Cannery Row makes a great home base for active travelers. Here are five can’t-miss athletic endeavors to try this season.

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A Fresh Start for Spring

Spring is the season of new beginnings. It’s also a great time to slow down, simplify and spend time with loved ones. With luxurious waterfront inns and dynamic shopping, dining and cultural attractions, Cannery Row makes a memorable destination for weekend adventures.

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Premium Cigars

Cigars and cigar smoking have come a long way since explorer Christopher Columbus and his men discovered the natives of Hispaniola smoking rolled up sticks of tobacco in the 1490s.

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Exotics on Exhibit

Every August, Monterey Car Week brings some of the world’s most stunning automobiles to the Monterey Peninsula. As part of the gathering, Cannery Row hosts rare super, hyper and exotic cars during the annual Exotics on Cannery Row event. Guests can mingle with drivers and view one-of-a-kind vehicles modified for power and performance – plus, the Cannery Row festivities are free to the public.  

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Savor the Season

Monterey County is known for its fresh-caught seafood and produce straight from the nearby Salinas Valley, known as “the Salad Bowl of the World.” The region’s verdant valleys and sun-drenched hillsides also nurture grapes pressed into award-winning reds and whites known nationwide.

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Pokémon Go Cannery Row Map

Catch 'em all on Cannery Row with this map of Pokémon Go Gyms and PokéStops.

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Instagramming on Cannery Row

With a prime Monterey Bay setting and unique architectural highlights from the area’s once-thriving sardine canning industry, Cannery Row promises photo opportunities unlike any others in Monterey. To capture compelling, share-worthy shots, grab your phone, follow this Instagram guide to Cannery Row and start brainstorming your best hashtags.

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Monterey for Millennials

Monterey is known for its rich history and small-town charm, which might not sound like a major draw for trendy young travelers. But, Cannery Row brings together buzz-worthy food and fun in a lively, walkable setting – think craft beer, local wines, seasonal fare and hip boutiques, plus popular activities like stand-up paddling and cycling.

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Cool Coastal Escapes

When the temperatures top 100 in California’s Central Valley and around the country, coastal Monterey offers a cool, convenient alternative. Plan your escape with these beat-the-heat itineraries, and then make the short drive over the mountains to Cannery Row.

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An Anniversary Toast

Early in October, 48 years ago, two friends flipped on the lights of a restaurant they established in a then-neglected Monterey neighborhood. Though Cannery Row’s fishing industry had collapsed, the pair saw opportunity in the district’s empty processing plants and workers’ cabins.

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Americana on Cannery Row

You’ll find all the patriotic gear and goods you need on Cannery Row, along with ocean view hotels and restaurants to call home base. Prepare for the fireworks!

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Giving Thanks

The holidays are an ideal time to gather family and friends for a celebration of all that’s truly important. Cannery Row restaurants take the fuss out of these get-togethers, offering menus and settings to suit any taste. Whether you’re planning an intimate, white-tablecloth dinner for two, or a casual buffet for a large group, you’ll find affordable and unique alternatives that can be tailored to your specific needs. Need some inspiration? Start planning your party here.

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Monterey for Movie Lovers

A dramatic coastline, historically significant structures and bustling atmosphere have earned Cannery Row a starring role in several major motion pictures – and, those features also make it a star-studded destination when the cameras aren’t rolling. The district’s renowned attractions draw an A-list crowd that includes actors, artists, athletes and international leaders. Lucky visitors can explore many of Cannery Row’s silver screen connections any day of the year.

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Shop Small on Cannery Row

When it comes to buying gifts, small businesses are a big draw. Here are just a few great places to shop small with locally based retailers on Cannery Row.

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Snack Attack

With so many activities, attractions and shops along Cannery Row, it’s easy to work up an appetite while exploring. And, given that there’s so much to see and do, it’s important to stay fueled up for adventure. Plan your day around quick stops at Cannery Row’s casual cafes and snack shops with this at-a-glance guide.

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The Buzz About “Bleisure”

On Cannery Row, bleisure is more than a buzzword. With waterfront wine tasting, one-of-a-kind restaurants and upscale resorts that double as serious event venues and serene retreats, planners will find plenty of enticing options here. Make the most of a business trip by booking time at these places that embrace both work and play.

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Winter Wellness

As we begin a new year, many of us will pause to evaluate the last 12 months and plan for the year ahead. With a full slate of daily responsibilities, however, finding time for self-care can be a challenge.

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Winemaker for a day

Tasting wine is one thing, but why stop there? As producers in some of the country’s premier grape-growing regions unveil custom wine blending classes for both casual fans and seasoned enthusiasts, one business is bringing that trend to Cannery Row.

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Celebrating Steinbeck

Pulitzer Prize-winner and Nobel laureate John Steinbeck was born on February 27, 1902, in the Monterey County city of Salinas. While the region’s sprawling countryside inspired Steinbeck’s agricultural tales, his observations on the local fishing industry – and Monterey’s canneries, in particular – informed some of his most famous characters.

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Snowless Winter Weekends

While some people wait all year for snowflakes, ski trips and ice skating, not everyone feels like bundling up for winter weather. Cannery Row offers a snow-free alternative to the traditional winter getaway, complete with mild temperatures and walkable activities for all tastes.

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Relaxation Resolutions

Whether you’re planning a long weekend getaway or a quick afternoon escape, Cannery Row’s resorts and spas offer a range of treatments and accommodations designed to ease stress and help you relax.

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New Faces on Cannery Row

This year, Cannery Row welcomes several new businesses to the district. Joining the neighborhood’s already enticing mix of dining, retail and entertainment venues in recent months are seven can’t-miss newcomers.

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Authentic Experiences

In just a few short years, digital access has reshaped how we travel. It’s now easy to compare hotel rates, book rooms, make dinner reservations and purchase museum tickets with just a few taps on the tablet. On the road, we can check in, snap photos and share updates directly from our smartphones.

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Essential Spring Adventures

With warmer temperatures and sunlight that lingers longer each day, spring is the time for outdoor fun. Monterey’s lush parks, pretty trails, rocky shores and white sand beaches make adventures here even more appealing. From easy walks to intense marathons, low-key surrey rides to steep mountain bike paths, beginner kayak trips to technical sailing outings, it’s all here on the California coast.

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Family Journeys

As parents outline upcoming spring break adventures, many will look to maximize those days off—both economically, and in terms of educational impact for young students. When it comes to making family travel plans, what other factors influence the decision-making process?

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What’s Trending: Wellness

Looking for a little personal renewal this season? Schedule some spring refreshment in the form of a pampering spa treatment. Luxury Travel Magazine surveyed spa experts at several top American resorts, discussing what’s new and what’s in demand now, and the results include a wave of innovative wellness offerings: treatments tailored to an individual’s needs, farm-to-table spa products, mind-body balance, and unique combinations of adventure and relaxation, just to name a few.

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