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If its one thing that the Monterey Peninsula doesn't lack, it's restaurants!  You can find a special place for whatever cravings you may have. 

We list restaurants several ways....
1. By favorites, voted on by locals, hosted by the Carmel Pine Cone
2. By type of food
3. By specialty such as ocean view or dog friendly

If there is a restaurant you discovered that you really love, add it to the comment section below!


We o...

Here's a list of family friendly activities on the Monterey Peninsula...

Monterey Bay Aquarium 886 Cannery Row  831-648-4800

Monterey Zoo  400 River Road 831-455-1902

Monterey Peninsula Recreation Trail (Catch it near Fisherman’s Wharf)

Dennis The Menace Park 777 Pearl Street

El Estero Boating (paddle boats) 798 Del Monte, Monterey 831-375-1484

Earthbound Farms 7250 Carmel Valley Road 831-625-6219

Kayaking at Elkhorn Slough 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonvil...

While you visit the Monterey Peninsula, you may also want to check out all the shopping that is available!   Here is a list of the shopping areas:


The Barnyard

Carmel Rancho Blvd & Carmel Rancho Lane

Restaurants, shops, florist, salons and more...

The Crossroads Highway 1 and Rio Road

Safeway, Ace Hardware, CVS, UPS Store and much more...

Carmel Plaza  Downtown Carmel

Tiffany’s, Carmel Coffee, Kate Spade, Sur la Table, The Cheese Shop, L’Occitane,...

Wine Tours and Tastings

Tasting rooms are located all over downtown Carmel and there are over a dozen

of them within walking distance of each other in Carmel Valley Village!

“Wine Trolley Tour” 831-624-1700

“A Taste of Monterey” 700 Cannery Row  831-596-4495

“Monterey Guided Wine Tours”  831- 920-2792

“Carmel Food/Wine Tour”  (walking tour downtown Carmel) 831-256-3007

Carmel Valley Wine Experience  831-659-4000

Local Vineyards

Folktale Winery and Vineya...

Here's something interesting I read in the Farmers' Almanac...

There will be NO FULL MOON in the month of February, 2018!   
How often does that happen?  ...only once every 19 years.   It appears that our
regular calendar and the lunar calendar don't always match up.  So while we had
two full moons in January and will see two full moons in March, there won't be one
in February.   The last time February didn't have a full moon was in 1999 and before t...

Parking for RVs on the Monterey Peninsula can be a challenge. However planning ahead and knowing the lay of the land will help you overcome any difficulties you may have in parking your rig near top attractions. Carmel for example with its narrow streets and low hanging trees makes it difficult for sizable RVs. A secret for rvers who want to spend some time in Carmel is San Carlos Street... Turn west on Rio Road and follow Rio past the mission u...

I am going to open the story by telling you you have to sign up THIS Monday, January 15th. Now I'll tell you what it is.   To celebrate 100 years of saving California’s iconic redwood forest, Save the Redwoods League and California State Parks are offering free day-use admission to more than 40 redwood state parks on the second Saturday of each month in 2018.

In the Monterey Area that would be

Swingfest comes to the Monterey Peninsula

Besides all the wonderful attractions on the Monterey Peninsula that you can visit on any given day there are extra reasons to come to the area when special events occur. Every Martin Luther King jr. Weekend the West Coast Swing Fest comes to the Monterey Hyatt. Top dancers come from all over the world do this constantly growing event. They come to compete to learn to schmooze and most of all to dance. E...

It's the Monterey Peinsula's Secret Season ..Best time of the year at this wonderful place!

Locals and insiders often refer to this time of the year on the Monterey Peninsula as "The Secret Season."  September and October, and even in to November, are the sunniest months of the year here.  And the average high temperature is about 71 degrees with lows at night averaging a very pleasant 53 degrees.  Add to that, many tourists have already had thei...

This might be the very best time of the year on the Monterey Peninsula.  No guarantees of course, but, very often the weather is spectcaular in September and October. If that wasn't enough, the last week of August leading up to, and including Labor Day weekend is full of fun.  The Monterey County Fair begins Thursday, August 31 and runs through Sunday, September 4th which is Labor Day.  Of course, a great midway with games, rides, music, food, s...

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