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Weekend in Monterey

An August 2005 trip to Monterey by pinguinigal

Lone Oak Lodge Photo, Monterey, California More Photos
Quote: I took a romantic weekend getaway last year to Monterey, where we were able to enjoy every second.
Lone Oak Lodge Photo, Monterey, California
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When we went away this weekend, we were students on a budget, so we were looking for a budget hotel that wouldn't make us cringe. We found much, much more than that.It was super cheap (we booked online and spent less than $150 for 3 nights), but it was also VERY clean. The staff was VERY friendly, helpful, professional, etc.Some might call the decor tacky (pink, green, orange), but I'll call it quirky. Hey, what can you expect, right? There was more than enough room for us in a queen-size room, and we were provided with coffee each morning. My favorite part was the flower pots outside. It made it feel like you were at HOME. It was great.It was maybe 5 minutes away from the beach/canne...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 17, 2006

Lone Oak Lodge
2221 N. Fremont Street
Monterey, California 93940
(831) 372-4924

Monterey Bay Whale Watch

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Monterey Bay Whale Watch Photo, Monterey, California
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On our trip, we decided to do some whale watching, since it is such a popular activity in Monterey Bay. We chose this company through word-of-mouth, as well as seeing how professional they seemed from the rest of the companies on the wharf. It was a wonderful experience, but I would like to first warn that you aren't really going to be able to see the whales up close. It was explained to us that because of certain laws, the boat has to be several hundred feet away from the whales. So by looking at the pictures, you can see that we weren't able to see them THAT close. However, I was able to see sea otters, lots of birds, two different kinds of whales, and dolphins. We even got to see a baby whale an...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 17, 2006

Monterey Bay Whale Watch
84 Fishermans Wharf
Monterey, California 93940
(831) 375-4658

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You cannot go to Monterey without going to the aquarium! It is a definite must. Even if you aren't traveling with kids, it's still a great place to visit.It costs around 20 bucks, and you can spend a good 2 or 3 hours inside just looking at the wonderful marine life. Get a visitor's guide in the front so you can catch otter- or penguin-feeding time. (On a side note, in case you DO have kids, the Monterey Aquarium has the feedings on webcam. You can get the kids excited a few days earlier by showing them this!)You can also rent out scuba gear and they will take you on a short snorkeling lesson. It was a bit pricey, though, so we passed and were able to enjoy ourselves just fine.There a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 17, 2006

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