An April 2005 trip
to Monterey by StephCat
Quote: You know when you find that special place--that place where you want to live, in which you feel at peace, where nature and art and living all come together? The Monterey Bay area is that place for me.
Hotel | "Jabberwock Inn"
Dave and I usually stay with our friends Traci and Doug when we visit Monterey and Pacific Grove, but this weekend we were up for their wedding reception and decided rather than burden them with guests we'd stay at a bed and breakfast. I did my usual online search and came up the Jabberwock Inn as the best option.
The website itself is highly detailed and, after the fact, very accurate, in its descriptions of the rooms and grounds. The house is a nice example of arts-and-crafts architecture but is decorated in a more Victorian style (too bad), but not overwhelmingly so.
I can't remember which room we originally booked -- one of the less expensive rooms -- but something was wrong with its plumbing, and the innkeeper upgraded us to the Borogrove Suite. It was a wonderful, sunlit room with terrific views on three sides and a really neat jacuzzi/bath combination (that took awhile to figure out -- I do wish they'd had some instructions posted on how to operate the thing!). The bed was comfortable, with nice linens. The large bureau was adequate for the clothing we brought for the weekend.
Breakfasts were tasty and filling, including warm croissants, berry and cheese blintzes, and quiche. Coffee was available prior to breakfast. Sherry was available in the rooms. Fresh-baked cookies were available in the evening.
We purchased tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium from the innkeeper -- a good decision, because those tickets allowed us access via the members entrance, so we were able to bypass the long line to get in.
The inn itself is walking distance to Cannery Row and the Aquarium (but be warned the walk back is uphill, very steep for the last block).
Free parking is available in their lot.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 12, 2005
Jabberwock Bed & Breakfast Inn
598 Laine Street
Monterey, California 93940
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is arguably the best aquarium in the U.S. (given I’ve not gone to any aquariums outside the U.S.). I’ve been to some very nice aquariums, including my local Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, but the Monterey Aquarium tops the list. Its primary focus, including the large pelagic tank (home to the recently released – unfortunately, a day or two before our visit – juvenile female great white shark – kudos to the aquarium and veterinary staff for keeping her healthy), is the local Pacific waters.
One particularly nice exhibit for those unfortunate souls who don’t dive was a series of tanks showing what you would hope to see on a dive in the Monterey Bay.
Other exhibits include a gorgeous display of jellies and inspired-by-jellies artwork; the aforementioned pelagic tank was just mesmerizing, as we watched huge tunas and dolphin fish, as well as rays and hammerheads, the ever-popular sea otters, and so many educational stops for obviously gleeful and inspired kids it gives you hope in the future for the environment. They’ve also set up webcams so you can watch some of your favorite tanks/critters.
Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the seafood watch list –-a trifold card to carry in your wallet so you know which fish are environmentally good to eat.
The giftshop is worth a stop because of the huge book selection, ranging from local information, the animals themselves, oceanography, and general environmental texts, as well as the nice selection of shirts, trinkets, postcards/notecards, and more. Profits go to support the aquarium.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 11, 2005
Monterey Bay Aquarium
886 Cannery Row
Monterey, California 93940
Moss Landing itself is very tiny, primarily consisting of the marina and a small conglomeration of a couple restaurants and some antique shops. I didn't find anything I was dying to buy, but the prices did seem to be good for the various antiques.
Redondo Beach, California