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Cannery Row keeps them coming to Monterey
Attention all tourism promoters: If you want your destination put "on the map" for all future generations, just go out and hire an author with the talent, let's say, of John Steinbeck, and have that writer publish a piece of literary art that just happens to have your location as a backdrop.

One doubts whether tourism was on anyone's mind when Steinbeck came out in the mid-1940s with his famous fictional classic, "Cannery Row," but that novel ultimately had the effect of turning the Monterey Peninsula into one of the most popular destinations for a Northern California vacation.
Monterey Bay Lodging
(For recommended restaurants and activities, please see below)
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Pajaro Dunes Resort
105 Shell Drive P.O. Box 1230
Watsonville, CA  95077
Ph: 800-564-1771   Fx: 831-728-7444
Email: info@pajarodunes.com
High TripAdvisor Ranking
Pajaro Dunes Resort offers luxurious, fully furnished vacation rental homes, townhouses, and condominiums for your vacation or business needs. Whether it's an intimate weekend gathering or a weeklong extravaganza, Pajaro Dunes has something for everyone! Experience this relaxing environment in accommodations that suit your style -- from comfortable oceanview condominiums to luxurious beachfront homes. Every rental property comes fully equipped with living room, dining room, kitchen, linens, TV/VCR, stereo, washer/dryer, deck, and BBQ. County TOT Certificate #CO00155
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The Sanctuary Beach Resort
3295 Dunes Drive
Marina, CA  93933
Ph: 877-944-3863   Fx: 831-883-9477
Email: info@thesanctuarybeachresort.com
High TripAdvisor Ranking
Nestled along the edge of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the Sanctuary Beach Resort is unique among Monterey ocean beach front hotels. Ideally situated just 10 minutes north of Monterey and south of Santa Cruz, you will find spacious, luxurious accommodations with breath-taking views of the Pacific Ocean on 19 acres of secluded, rolling dunes. The resort offers easy access to fine dining, the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium, and beautiful golf courses along the Monterey Peninsula.
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Carmel Mission Inn
3665 Rio Road
Carmel, CA  93923
Ph: 800-348-9090   Fx: 831-624-8684
Email: info@carmelmissioninn.com
High TripAdvisor Ranking
Breathtaking beaches, world-class golf courses, an endless variety of leisure and cultural activities and a wealth of unique shops are a primary part of the Monterey Bay experience. With our quaint, yet stylish setting and array of gracious amenities that include a heated pool, fitness center and room service, we've truly created a destination within a destination. Additionally, we offer fantastic facilities for weddings, business meetings and special events. From the soothing décor and plush furnishings to the unbelievable attractions and exhilarating activities just minutes away, our hotel delivers the type of stay that makes a vacation feel complete.
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Best Western Seacliff Inn
7500 Old Dominion Court
Aptos, CA  95003
Ph: 800-367-2003   Fx: 831-685-3603
Email: reservations@seacliffinn.com
High TripAdvisor Ranking
Just a minute's walk from Seacliff State Beach, The BW Seacliff Inn offers a family oriented atmosphere on six beautifully landscaped acres with scenic garden paths. The luxurious two room suites are uniquely appointed with modern furnishings and private jacuzzi for ultimate relaxation. We offer onsite dining at our locally acclaimed restaurant Severino's Bar and Grill. Join us for live entertainment five days a week and happy hour Monday through Friday! Our Sales and Catering department specializes in helping to plan all size events from business meetings to wedding receptions.
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Bernardus Lodge and Spa
415 W Carmel Valley Road
Carmel Valley, CA  93924

High TripAdvisor Ranking
Bernardus Lodge greets guests with a glass of wine (naturally) and a concierge-led tour of the lush estate. The Lodge offers single and two-story adobe village-style buildings nestled along a terraced hillside. Dine in the resort's signature restaurant, Marinus, which has been voted Zagat's "One of the Top Bay Area Restaurants" since 2001. Or, visit the Spa at Bernardus, a tranquil retreat that offers an extensive menu. Bernardus Lodge is rated one of the "Top Ten Wine Country Inns in the U.S." by Gayot.com, and a "Four-Star Rated Resort, Spa and Restaurant" by Forbes.
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La Playa Carmel
Camino Real at Eighth Avenue
Carmel, CA  93921
Ph: 800-582-8900   Fx: 831-624-7966
High TripAdvisor Ranking
For over 100 years La Playa Carmel has been known as the "Grande Dame of Carmel". Newly restored, this 75-room historic hotel is located just steps from the sands of Carmel Beach and the renowned shops, galleries and restaurants of charming Carmel-by-the-Sea. The cornerstone of one of California's most prestigious neighborhoods, this landmark features meticulously tended gardens, intimate patios, secluded courtyards and a tranquil terrace swimming pool. The culinary experience at La Playa Carmel is sure to please even the most discerning palate with a sumptuous Champagne Breakfast Buffet or libations and light fare in the historic Bar and Lounge.
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Tradewinds Carmel
Mission Street at Third Avenue P.O. Box 3403
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA  93921
Ph: 831-624-2776   Fx: 831-624-0634
Email: Info@tradewindscarmel.com
High TripAdvisor Ranking
Embrace your true Zen with a stay at Tradewinds Carmel. Featured as one of Architectural Digest's most glamorous hotels, one of Forbes Travel Guide's best small hotels, and voted as one of the world's top inns by Coastal Living, our Carmel luxury hotel combines the elegant with the relaxing, offering tranquil surroundings and views of the Pacific Ocean. Indulge yourself in fine Egyptian cotton linens and luxurious goose down feather beds, pillows, and comforters. Enjoy our spa tubs, fireplaces, Japanese tansu wetbars, wi-fi, fresh orchids and bamboo fountains. Pet friendly and dog friendly rooms available upon request.
Recommended Activities
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Dining - Portola Hotel and Spa at Monterey
Bay
2 Portola Plaza
Monterey, CA  93940
Ph: 831-649-2698   
The Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay offers three very unique dining and entertainment experiences. Guests can enjoy the hotels sophisticated Jacks lounge, Peter Bs Brew Pub and the elegant Jacks restaurant. Each offers a distinctively different atmosphere and an extensive menu of food and drink, satisfying every craving. JACKS: Enjoy an extensive wine list and outdoor, fireside dining overlooking Custom House Plaza and the Monterey Harbor. Reservations call 831-649-2698. THE LOUNGE: Unwind after a long day next to the library fireplace. PETER Bs BREWPUB: Montereys only on-premises craft brewery with great pub food.
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The C Restaurant at The Clement Monterey
750 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA  93940
Ph: 831-375-4500   
At the C, taste buds are tantalized by fresh seafood, premium meats and organically grown local produce. The panoramic bay views on our outdoor patio entertain the eyes. We proudly meet the standards of Monterey Bay Aquarium's seafood watch program. You don't have to sacrifice taste and quality for convenience. C Food to Go provides a delicious selection of pastries, drinks, salads, sandwiches, soups, fish and chips and so much more; perfectly prepared for those on the go. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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