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The Monterey New Year Bucket List

About 1 year(s) ago by Inns of Monterey
The Monterey New Year Bucket List
Nestled along Central California's breathtaking Pacific coast, Monterey is the perfect destination for your wintertime getaway. From whale-watching adventure to waterfront shopping and dining, Monterey offers endless things to see and do in the New Year.
If you're New Year's resolution is to travel to cool places, check out our favorite Monterey activities and plan an epic California winter getaway.

Walk or Bike the Monterey Bay Recreational Coastal Trail

If you resolve to connect with nature this year, enjoy biking, walking, jogging, and sightseeing along the Monterey Bay Recreational Coastal Trail. This 18-mile waterfront trail is the fun way to immerse yourself in Monterey's breathtaking seaside vibe. Take in beautiful views of Monterey Bay as you discover beaches, marinas, and iconic attractions like the Monterey Bay Aquarium along the way.

Take the Kids to Monterey Bay Aquarium

Dive into family fun at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. One of the best attractions in Monterey, this world-famous aquarium on Cannery Row showcases the diverse marine life of Monterey Bay's. Come face to face with sharks, penguins, sea otters, and jellies in vibrant habitats.

Kayak, SUP and Whale Watch on Monterey Bay

Go kayaking, paddle boarding, and whale-watching on the waters of Monterey Bay. Take to the waters on your own or join a kayaking tour from one of the local companies. Enjoy a winter whale watching adventure with expert naturalists and encounter the world's largest animals in a breathtaking place.

Enjoy Wine Tasting & Dining on Cannery Row

With revered restaurants and wine-tasting rooms to experience, Cannery Row is a can't-miss for foodies and wine lovers. Enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting at A Taste of Monterey Wine Market & Bistro, Blue Fox Cellars, and Bargetto Winery of Cannery Row, showcasing regional wines. Design your own wine walking tour and taste your way around.

Shop on Alvarado Street in Downtown Monterey

Reinvent your style with a trip to downtown Monterey's Alvarado Street. The city's "historic main street" is lined with independent and specialty shops and eclectic boutiques and galleries to browse. Stop by the Old Monterey Marketplace, held on Alvarado Street every Tuesday evening.

Discover the Beaches of Monterey

Even in the cooler months, the beaches of Monterey offer endless activities and beautiful bay views. From cove-like McAbee Beach to the pier-side San Carlos Beach to the calm waters of Municipal Beach, there's a beach for every adventure.

See the Sea Lions on Monterey Coast Guard Pier

Walk down the Monterey Coast Guard Pier and breathe in the ocean air as you take in the coastal beauty. See the sea lions, otters, and birds that live on the Monterey Bay shoreline. We recommend coming at low tide to watch the sea lions as they relax and play on the rocks.

Explore the Monterey Museum of Art

The three-story Monterey Museum of Art—Pacific Street is home to eight engaging galleries featuring American and California contemporary art, photography, and paintings. See the impressive collection of California art from the nineteenth century to the present day and the museum's ever-changing exhibitions.

Hike through Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

Considered the crown jewel of California state parks, Point Lobos invites you to experience the beauty and wonder of the Northern California coast. Located just 15 minutes from downtown Monterey, Point Lobos State Reserve offers spectacular hiking trails and enchanting views.

Plan Your Perfect Getaway with Inns of Monterey

Inns of Monterey invites you to enjoy an authentic California coast escape. Whether you crave a sightseeing adventure, food and wine experiences, or a romantic getaway, come discover our collection of five boutique hotels spread across Monterey, CA, from Cannery Row to Old Town.
Our distinctive hotels are just steps from the best local attractions, activities, and events in Monterey. Make trip planning easy with our latest specials and packages.
  • Monterey Whale Watching Package

    Experience a three-hour whale-watching tour of the Monterey Submarine Canyon, overnight bayfront accommodations for two, and a complimentary in-room breakfast.
  • Adventure Package

    This adventurous special includes overnight accommodations for two, two full-day bike, kayak, or paddleboard rentals, and a complimentary breakfast.
Contact us to learn more about our curated Monterey hotel deals and start planning your getaway in 2023!
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