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Top Reasons to Visit Monterey This Spring

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Top Reasons to Visit Monterey This Spring

Nestled along the stunning Central California coast, Monterey is a prime spring destination, offering a blend of breathtaking natural beauty, vibrant cultural events, and rich marine life. Whether you're drawn by the allure of the ocean or the charm of small-town festivities, the city offers an unparalleled springtime experience. Indulge yourself in local experiences and activities to weave lifetime memories with your family and friends.

Exceptional Whale Watching Opportunities

Spring in Monterey Bay is synonymous with whale watching. This season also welcomes orcas, dolphins, and other marine life, providing a spectacular display for nature enthusiasts. Head to Fisherman's Wharf, filled with local tour operators offering front-row seats to these natural wonders. Our hotels—Wave Street Inn, Monterey Bay Inn, Spindrift Inn, Victorian Inn, and Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa—are located right along Monterey Bay, offering proximity to prime whale-watching locations and opportunities to experience the majestic beauty of the waters directly. Other famous spots like Moss Landing and Point Lobos State Reserve are also just 15 minutes away from our hotels.

Vibrant Spring Blooms and Natural Beauty

The nearby Pacific Grove, known as "Butterfly Town, USA," bursts into life with stunning displays of pink and purple ice plants. The entire region, from coastal bluffs to forested trails, becomes a paradise for botany enthusiasts and photographers alike. The local landscapes, easily accessible from the Inns of Monterey, offer a chance to immerse yourself in the beauty of spring, with wildflowers and lush greenery creating a picturesque setting for leisurely walks or hikes.

Cultural Events and Festivals

Explore the cultural events showcasing local culture, cuisine, and community spirit. From the world-renowned festivals like California Roots Festival, Whalefest Monterey, and Pacific Grove's Good Old Days Celebration to intimate local wine tastings and vibrant art shows, the city buzzes with creativity and flair. The Inns of Monterey Collection, including Wave Street Inn, Monterey Bay Inn, Spindrift Inn, Victorian Inn, and Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa, are located just moments away from cultural hubs like Cannery Row, Fisherman's Wharf, Pacific Grove, and the Monterey Bay coast.

Outdoor Activities and Adventure

The pleasant spring weather calls for great outdoor adventures, providing the perfect settings for hiking, biking, kayaking, and golfing, with breathtaking views and challenging terrains. Stay at Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa offering an exclusive bike program providing a convenient and eco-friendly way to discover the hidden gems of Monterey. Embark on a journey to Cannery Row for an immersive experience in gallery and tasting room exploration or enjoy the scenic beauty of the Pacific sunset along the Monterey Recreation Trail. Our Casa Cruisers are ready for your adventure, available daily from dawn to dusk on a first-come, first-served basis, complete with a bike lock and helmet for your town ride.

Culinary Delights and Seafood

Monterey offers a culinary journey celebrating fresh, local ingredients and seafood straight from the bay. The region's culinary scene thrives on the farm-to-table movement, providing an authentic taste of California's coast. At the heart of this foodie paradise are the Inns of Monterey's featured restaurants.

  • Estéban Restaurant at Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa emphasizes Mediterranean and Spanish-inspired Californian dishes, with menu options like the succulent Paella Del Mar and locally sourced vegetable tapas.
  • Sardine Factory is a legend in Monterey's dining scene, known for its fresh seafood and refined setting. The Lobster Bisque and Monterey Bay Abalone showcase local flavors and high-quality ingredients, making every meal a memorable one.
  • Lalla Grill, with its vibrant atmosphere and diverse menu, offers everything from fresh oysters to hearty steaks. The ocean-side location provides the perfect backdrop for a leisurely meal or a celebratory dinner.

Historic and Cultural Attractions

Deep dive into the town's history and culture as you visit the popular Cannery Row, once the sardine-packing heart of Monterey, now stands as a monument to John Steinbeck's famous novel and the area's industrial past. The street is lined with shops, restaurants, and historic sites, making it a lively and educational destination for visitors of all ages. The Monterey Bay Aquarium, located at the end of Cannery Row, offers a deep dive into the local marine ecosystem, featuring exhibits that range from kelp forests to deep-sea creatures. As the Inns of Monterey are part of the Cannery Row story, staying at one of these hotels offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the area's storied past and vibrant present.

Relaxation and Wellness

For those seeking tranquility, Monterey offers numerous options for relaxation and wellness. DESUAR Spa at Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa provides an array of spa services designed to rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul. From soothing massages to invigorating treatments, ensuring a serene retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life. The serene environment, combined with expert care, makes for an ideal wellness getaway. Explore the spa offerings at Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa.

Easy Access and Scenic Drives

Whether you're coming from the north or south, routes like the famous 17-Mile Drive and the iconic Big Sur coastline offer some of the most spectacular scenic drives in the world. These routes provide a perfect start or finish to any Monterey adventure, with winding roads, stunning ocean views, and lush landscapes.

Stay At Inns of Monterey for Your Springtime Getaway

Make our hotels your home base for exploring all magnificent experiences Monterey has to offer. Each hotel, with its unique charm and exceptional service, and amazing packages for a memorable stay. Plan your getaway now and embrace the blend of adventure, culture, and serenity that only Monterey can offer.

  • Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa- Book the Whale Watching Package and enjoy comfortable accommodation and tickets for two.
  • Monterey Bay Inn- Choose the Adventure Package at get two full days bike, kayak or paddleboard rentals.
  • Spindrift Inn- Want to explore the outdoors? Book the Adventure Package and enjoy bike, kayak or paddleboard rentals.
  • Victoria Inn- Unlock 3-hour whale watching tour on Monterey Bay and waterfront accommodation and book Whale Watching Package.
  • Wave Street Inn- Check the Adventure Package and ride along the stunning Monterey Bay.
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