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The Best Things to Do for Thanksgiving in Monterey

About 1 month(s) ago by Inns of Monterey
The Best Things to Do for Thanksgiving in Monterey
Monterey, California, is a breathtaking destination for a Thanksgiving weekend getaway. From shopping on Cannery Row to Thanksgiving dinners to the Christmas tree lighting, Monterey is a colorful and vibrant scene during the holiday season. Warm, moderate temperatures, festive events, and plenty of things to do with family make Monterey the perfect place to enjoy the holiday spirit on California's Central Coast.
 
Here are a few tips on what to do for your Thanksgiving in Monterey.
 

Holiday Shopping on Cannery Row

Shopping on historic Cannery Row is a holiday tradition in Monterey. With twinkling holiday lights, this waterfront attraction features local stores, art galleries, food and wine shops, and boutiques with everything from jewelry to photography to clothing. Shop for Christmas gifts and Black Friday sales at this iconic attraction on Monterey Bay.
 
After a day of shopping, swing by one of the many waterfront restaurants on Cannery Row, including Lalla Grill Oceanside serving contemporary California cuisine with gorgeous views of Monterey Bay.
 

Experience the Cannery Row Tree Lighting

Get into the holiday spirit at the annual Holiday Tree Lighting on Cannery Row on November 25th, starting at 5:00 pm. This free event is a Monterey family tradition with Christmas carolers, entertainment, and Santa Claus and his reindeer. See the lighting of the Christmas tree dripping with lights in Steinbeck Plaza and enjoy the seasonal merriment at this historic Monterey event.
 
On weekends beginning November 27th through December 19th, families can take photos with Kris Kringle in Steinbeck Plaza on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 3 pm.
 

Old Monterey Walking Food Tour

The holiday season is the perfect time to eat through the streets of historic Monterey. Join the Old Monterey Walking Food Tour from Old Fisherman's Wharf with food and wine tastings from neighborhood restaurants. Discover Monterey's vibrant food and drink scene on this culinary walking adventure. Stop at popular restaurants, and food shops as guides share fun local history and dining tips.
 
This 3-hour walking food tour showcases the culinary spirit of Monterey County. Enjoy food tastings from local chefs and eateries that reflect the unique flavors of the California Central Coast.
 

Monterey Sightseeing Adventures

Spend your Thanksgiving weekend exploring the natural beauty and culture of Monterey County. From the wonders of the Bay to California's most scenic coastal drive, Monterey is a spectacular destination for a family adventure.
 
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium: Take the kids to the Monterey Bay Aquarium with incredible exhibits that are your window to the world's oceans. Meet sea otters, penguins, and sharks at this world-famous aquarium at the water's edge on Cannery Row.
  • Cruise Along 17-Mile Drive - Discover one of the most scenic drives in the world, past dramatic coastal cliffs, white beaches, legendary Pebble Beach golf courses, and mystical forests. See the Lone Cypress, Fanshell Beach, and the power of the ocean at Point Joe. Stop for a stroll along the boardwalk and beach at Spanish Bay.
  • Monterey Bay Whale Watching – Experience a whale watching tour on Monterey Bay. See humpback, blue, and orca whales from April through December, as well as dolphins, sea otters, and marine life. November is the perfect time to spot massive killer whales in the bay – an exhilarating experience.
 

Enjoy a Thanksgiving Dinner in Monterey

Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner in an extraordinary destination. Gather with family and friends for a Thanksgiving Day lunch or dinner at Estéban Restaurant at the Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa in Monterey. The Thanksgiving menu features Diestel organic heirloom herb roasted turkey with cranberry relish, pan giblet gravy, and sides like creamy mashed potatoes.
 
Estéban will also serve its California inspired Spanish cuisine and homemade sangrias throughout the holidays for a taste of Monterey. Gather in the dining room by the glow of the fireplace or on our heated patio – a local favorite.
 
If you're hosting dinner at home or in the privacy of your hotel room, you can also order a sumptuous Thanksgiving feast to pick up. To reserve a table or place an order to-go, call 831-375-0176.
 
  • Dine-In or To-Go 3-Course Thanksgiving Dinner Special - $68 per person plus tax
  • Dine-in Turkey Plate - $48 per adult, $28 for children 6 – 12 years old plus tax, and kids 5 & under eat free
 

Plan Your Holiday Getaways with Inns of Monterey

Inns of Monterey offers authentic California experiences you won't find anywhere else. Enjoy a collection of five charming boutique hotels, each with its distinctive style. Stay in the heart of Cannery Row or Old Town Monterey, steps away from restaurants, shopping, attractions, and holiday events.
 
Our unique Monterey hotels offer well-appointed rooms and suites, scenic bay and city views, spa treatments, and local culinary experiences. Whether you crave a holiday adventure with family or a relaxing weekend escape, Inns of Monterey offers seasonal specials that make holiday travel easy.
 
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