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. Whether you stop by midday to enjoy a snack as the fog rolls out or if you arrive in the evening for a drink as you unwind after your day, there’s no bad time to enjoy the ambiance and intimacy created by sitting together around a dancing fire.
1. Cannery Row Brewing Company
This family and group friendly spot has something for everyone, including three patio fire pits overlooking the Cannery Row recreation trail and the Monterey Bay. Cannery Row Brewing Company has the second-largest beer tap selection in northern California, as well as over 30 different bourbons to choose from. Not only is it also dog and group friendly, it often has live music on the weekends. Need a snack while you enjoy a brew and the view? Try the Brie sliders with roasted garlic aioli.
2. Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
This Forbes Four-Star hotel is literally built over the Monterey Bay, and as a result it has some of the most dramatic waterfront hotel views in all of California. Listen to the waves crash under the hotel as you recline on the 4,000-square-foot Upper Terrace, featuring communal fire pits made all the more mesmerizing with the addition of sparkling sea glass. If it’s too chilly outside, you can move inside and enjoy a glass of wine in front of the impressive lobby fireplace.
3. InterContinental The Clement Monterey
The InterContinental’s 3,500-square-foot Pacific View Courtyard offers stunning views of the bay in addition to two fire pits that cast a particularly romantic glow at sunset. Make this your date-night destination, drop your car with the convenient hotel valet, sit side by side near the fire, and enjoy a champagne tasting flight for two.
4. Cooper’s Pub & Restaurant
Named after the legendary English sea captain J.B.R. Cooper, aka One-Armed John, this local pub has the largest selection of regional beers on tap and serves authentic British pub food, including the “best fish and chips” in Monterey. The heated outdoor patio features live music on the weekends, creating the perfect space to relax by the fire with a warm meal and cold beer after spending the day exploring the Row.
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