\r\nWith a slew of things to do and iconic spots to see, summer\r\nin Monterey is not to be missed. Here are some things to keep in mind when\r\nscheduling your Monterey getaway this summer.\r\n \r\nExotics on Cannery Row - Offering a fresh new take on Monterey Car Week; The annual Exotics on Cannery Row will showcase the rarest and most exciting Super, Hyper, and Exotic cars. Staged on Cannery Row, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary provides a picturesque setting for this world class event. With an abundance of restaurants, boutiques, and award winning waterfront hotels including the Spindrift Inn and Monterey Bay Inn, there is sure to be something for everyone to explore and enjoy.\r\n\r\nThe event will take place Saturday, August 25, 2018 from 3:00 – 8:00 PM. \r\n \r\nMonterey Jazz Festival - In its 61st year the Monterey Jazz Festival, voted “World’s Best Jazz Festival” by JazzTimes Magazine, has been a leader providing opportunities to experience jazz since 1958 through educational programs and performances including the most renowned artists. Taking place September 21 - 23, 2016 at the Monterey County Fairgrounds, this year brings over 500 artists on 8 stages. With a lineup including acclaimed Grammy Winners and Nominees, Cecile McLorin Salvant and Jamison Ross, tickets are sure to go quickly. \r\n \r\nFree Transportation around Monterey Peninsula - Leave the hassle of driving behind and take advantage of free transportation provided by MST Trolleys. Free trolley rides will be available every day running now through Labor Day. Providing transportation to Downtown Monterey, Fisherman's Wharf, Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Look for the green MST Trolley signs to board along the route. \r\n \r\nMonterey in Bloom\r\n– Starting in spring, Ocean View Boulevard in Pacific Grove breaks out in\r\nbeautiful magenta ice plant, otherwise known as the “Magic Purple Carpet”,\r\nturning one of the most beautiful coastline views into a more stunning site.\r\nRent a bike from one of our hotels and take a magic carpet ride along the\r\ncoast.\r\n \r\nExperience Cannery Row - Take\r\na stroll and experience summer fun for the whole family on Cannery Row. Experience the marine life of the National\r\nMarine Sanctuary from tide pools formed McAbee beach located just below Steinbeck\r\nPlaza or visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which includes hours of fun for all\r\nages! Explore the magic of the coast and take a surrey ride from Adventures by\r\nthe Sea and ride along the Recreation Trail and finish with a stop at\r\nGhirardelli’s Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop! Enjoy a taste of the local wine\r\ncrop while taking in picturesque ocean views at A Taste of Monterey where you\r\ncan try Monterey’s award winning Chardonnay varietal along with other\r\nimpressive fine wines from 95 wineries in Monterey.\r\n \r\nRelax at the Beach\r\n– With the sun not setting until late, now is the perfect time to enjoy a beach\r\nday on one of Monterey’s many beaches. Spend a day, soaking in the sunshine on\r\nDel Monte Beach in Monterey or launch a kayak from San Carlos or McAbee Beach\r\nalong Cannery Row.\r\n \r\nWhale Watching – Monterey\r\nis iconic for its whale watching trips, as the deep underwater Monterey\r\nSubmarine Canyon provides a feast for the whales and brings them a bit closer\r\nto shores, unlike other areas in the Pacific. Blue Whales and Humpback Whales\r\nare seen during summer months and you may even catch an Orca sighting! Dolphins\r\nare also commonly spotted during the summer along with Harbor Seals. Schedule\r\nyour trip by visiting Monterey Bay Whale Watch.\r\n \r\nTake a Drive – The central coast of California is extreme in its rugged\r\nbeauty. There's no better way to explore the region than with scenic road trip\r\nthrough the Monterey Peninsula. Highway 1 offers spectacular scenery and\r\nattractions along the way. Live the dreamy California lifestyle with the\r\nwindows rolled down on exciting road trips that begin in Monterey, minutes away\r\nfrom our hotels. Highway 1, noted as one of the nation’s top scenic drives,\r\nextends the length of California’s coast. Take advantage of the winding\r\ntwo-lane highways turn-offs for photo opportunities and nature viewing. Book\r\nyour stay at one of our hotels and experience the beautiful coast of Big Sur for\r\nyourself.\r\n \r\nLive Jazz at Estéban Restaurant - Estéban Restaurant and Monterey Jazz Festival announce the debut of the Next Generation Jazz Dinner Series. Every Thursday night through September 13th from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. some of the best jazz students in Monterey County will perform on the Terraza at Estéban Restaurant. Performances are included with your meal. \r\n\r\nMonterey Jazz Festival, a leader in the jazz world since 1958, celebrates the legacy of jazz, expands its boundaries, and provides opportunities to experience jazz through the creative production of performances and educational programs.\r\n\r\nThe Next Generation Jazz Festival began in 1971 as one of Monterey Jazz Festival's core education programs. It brings together the top student-musicians from around the country to compete and secure a spot on the Lyons stage at the Monterey Jazz Festival. These competitions are adjudicated by internationally known jazz artists and the Festival's Artist-In-Residence. The Next Generation Jazz Festival is scheduled for April 5-7, 2019 at the Monterey Conference Center and locations throughout downtown Monterey.