You may think of the beautiful Pacific Coast when you think of Monterey County. But what many people don’t realize is that the inland areas can be just as intriguing. It’s worth it to take that extra day off to visit the Central Coast and some of its best hidden gems.
The Salinas Valley, often called “the salad bowl of the world,” thanks to its ideal climate and healthy production of fruits and veggies, also offers plenty of outdoor adventure! There’s the Wild Things sanctuary (or the Monterey Zoo), the River Road Wine Trail, and the California Rodeo.
At the opposite end of the Monterey county spectrum is Carmel Valley — a not to miss destination for wine-lovers. In just a few miles, you’ll find no less than 20 tasting rooms. And once your stomach is filled with enough vino, less than an hour and a half away are beautiful trails and camping grounds for hiking.
Soledad isn’t just a great place for a quick fill-up and fast food. It’s one of the county’s oldest and most interesting spots. IT was founded in 1791 by Franciscan friars and was also the fictional setting for Steinbeck’s classic “Of Mice and Men.”
Pinnacles National Park
This is one of our nation’s newest national parks — reaching full national park status in 2013. Lava from multiple volcanic eruptions around 23 million years ago created the strange rock formations that give this park its name — and its beauty.
If your journey takes you to Monterey and Pacific Grove, California, we’ve got a cozy retreat for you to stay. At Butterfly Grove Inn, our beautiful cottage style inn is located just miles within all the beautiful sights California has to offer and more. To make a reservation, give us a call at 831-250-8191.