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Monterey / Salinas CA - Steinbeck Country

A travel journal to California by Cekimon

Monterey Bay Aquarium Photo, Monterey, California More Photos
Quote: My home town is Salinas, which is known for the famous author, John Steinbeck, who was born here and buried here. Monterey Bay is also home to the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row.

Monterey / Salinas CA - Steinbeck Country

Overview

Before Sunrise - Salinas Ag Land Photo, California, United States
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Best Things to Do:
Carmel Mission Basilica
San Juan Bautista Mission
Steinbeck Center
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Cannery Row
17-Mile Drive

Quick Tips:

Best Way To Get Around:

Driving is best way to get around.

Blue Fin Café & Billiards

Restaurant | "Blue Fin Cafe & Billards"

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Blue Fin Cafe and Billiards is a great place to go to socialize with friends or a fun place to go on date. You make your entrance to the second story venue by an escalator. At night, you can see the twinkling of the lights on the bay in the distance. Also, at night, the restaurant only allows ages 21 and up, but during the day, you can bring the whole family. There are many pool tables and you rent a table on a per hour fee. You can sit at the bar or sit at a table. Servers will visit your table throughout the cafe to bring you drinks or food. The menu has a lot to choose from, including nachos, sandwiches, and entrees. Our favorite is to order a few mixed drinks and a few appetizers and enjoy ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 3, 2004

Blue Fin Café & Billiards
685 Cannery Row
Monterey, California 93940
(831) 717-4280

Rosine's Restaurant

Restaurant | "Rosine's"

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This is a must visit restaurant! Rosine's has the best food. They offer dinner specials every evening. Some of my favorite entrees are the halibut off the specials. Entrees come with rice, carrots, and this broccoli casserole side dish that is to die for! Their house soup is minestrone and it has such a distinct taste to it. Clam chowder is offered on Fridays. The salads are also very good. The dressing is somehow better than other salad dressings. I don't know how they get their ranch dressing to taste that way, but YUM! Don't leave without getting a slice of cake. The slices of cake are HUGE and you'll really miss out if you don't order a piece. If you don't have room, take it to go and eat it later...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 3, 2004

Rosine's Restaurant
434 Alvarado Street
Monterey, California 93940
(831) 375-1400

Cozumel Mexican Food

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One of the many Mexican food restaurants in Salinas, this place has the best chips and salsa. The salsa is homemade. The place is family owned and operated. It is very casual dining -- seat yourself at any open table and make yourself at home. Three of the servers are sisters and you can find mom and dad in all the time. Many of the other servers have been working there for years and the atmosphere is very homey feeling. The menu consists of many traditional Mexican food items like enchiladas, tacos, burritos, chimichangas, tostadas, and quesadillas. This place gets very busy around the lunch time hour and on Friday and Saturday nights. You can often see many local members...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 3, 2004

The Steinbeck House

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Restaurant | "John Steinbeck House Restaurant"

The Steinbeck House Photo, Salinas, California
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The Steinbeck House is where famous author John Steinbeck was born and spent his childhood. The house recently appeared on Oprah when she visited to discuss a book for her book club. The restaurant is completely staffed by volunteers and all of the proceeds go directly to local charities or to maintaining the house. We had a lovely experience there. The menu changes from week to week. For the price of $11.50, you can choose from two entrees, a soup or salad, and (for $4 extra) you can have your choice from two desserts. Your lunch is served with a beverage as well. Each week has a different menu and some of the menu selections for the calendar we got for the month of March 2004 were:...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 7, 2004

The Steinbeck House
132 Central Avenue
Salinas, California 93901
(831) 424-2735

Twin Creeks Golf Course

Attraction | "Twin Creeks Golf Course/Driving Range"

Twin Creeks Golf Course Photo, Salinas, California
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Twin Creeks is a small nine-hole course. It's really appropriate for those who are beginning or intermediate golfers. The course is fairly new, so it is in rather good condition. There is one man-made water obstacle.

Local rates are available. I believe you need to provide them with a local zip code. Call them for more details.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 3, 2004

Twin Creeks Golf Course
1551 Beacon Hill Drive
Salinas, California 93905
(831) 442-6922

Monterey Bay Aquarium Photo, Monterey, California
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The Monterey Bay Aquarium is full of many sea animals to view. One of my favorites is the jellyfish. There are many educational areas for kids.

The staff is very friendly and helpful.

The Outer Bay Tank has many creatures found in Monterey's outer bay is very huge. Just the tank and glass are impressive, not to mention the creatures that swim in the tank. You can see sunfish, sea turtles, and tuna. It's really amazing. Also don't miss seeing the penguins, and sea otters.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a major local attraction and is a must see for the area.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 3, 2004

Monterey Bay Aquarium
886 Cannery Row
Monterey, California 93940
(831) 648-4888

Mission San Juan Bautista

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Attraction

Arched Hallway of Mission San Jaun Bautista Photo, California, United States
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San Juan Bautista is one of many California Missions. It is 17 miles north of Salinas near the coast. This mission was founded in 1797 and restored in 1949. It boasts a beautiful, arched hallway. There is a gorgeous garden to walk through during your visit. Keep in mind that the mission is an operating parish so you may not enter the church itself during mass. San Juan Bautista is also the widest of all the CA missions. The church is one of the largest missions as well - it is 190 feet long. It has survived many earthquakes as it is situated on the San Andreas fault. The walls are four feet thick. Some of my fondest memories of being at Mission San Juan Bautista is...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 5, 2004

California Rodeo Salinas

Attraction | "Salinas California Rodeo"

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The Salinas CA Rodeo takes place the 3rd week of July every year in Salinas. It is a long standing local tradition. The 3rd week of July is called "Big Week." Rodeo cowboys from all over the country come to town to compete for prize money. Events that take place include bronco riding, bull riding, horse races, barrel racing, trick riders, roping contests, and more. The Rodeo takes place over four days beginning with two evening shows on Thursday and Friday nights. Saturday and Sunday are afternoon events. Each day begins with the "Grand Entry" parade which starts on Main St. and makes its way through Old Town Salinas, weaves through the city, and ends up at the Sports Complex. There a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 5, 2004

California Rodeo Salinas
1034 N. Main St.
Salinas, California 939006
(831) 775-3100

National Steinbeck Center

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Attraction | "National Steinbeck Center/Museum"

National Steinbeck Center Photo, Salinas, California
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The National Steinbeck Center pays tribute to one of America's famous authors, John Steinbeck. Steinbeck wrote many novels such as Cannery Row, Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath, The Red Pony, and many more. This is a hands-on museum, so even though a lot of the content isn't something that small children can appreciate, at least there are a lot of hands on exhibits for them to interact with. Some parts of the museum kind of get me emotional. One of Steinbeck's novels depicts the dust bowl immigrants who moved to CA in hopes of jobs. Many came to Salinas. These people, who were often called "okies," and that's basically how my family ended up in Salinas. Seeing how these workers li...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 7, 2004

National Steinbeck Center
1 Main Street
Salinas, California 93901
(831) 775-4721

Northridge Mall

Attraction

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Northridge is a modern shopping mall located in North Salinas right off highway 101. The major anchor stores at this mall are Macy's, Mervyn's, JC Penney, and Sears. The mall has undergone a lot of rennovation in the past years, and now has a newer modern look. There is a new food court that just opened in 2003. Some of the dining choices in the food court and throughout the mall are McDonald's, Panda Express, Bagel Bakery, Carl's Junior, Subway, Hot Dog on a Stick, and American Chicken Bistro. Currently there are no sit down restaurants at the mall, but thanks to new ownership there are two restaurants coming to the mall parking lot. They will be Chili's and Jonny Corrino...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 10, 2004

Northridge Mall
796 Northridge Mall
Salinas, California 93906
(831) 449-7226