Monterey Journals

Monterey - First Timer's Tip

A May 2007 trip to Monterey by koolbargan

17 Mile Drive Photo, Monterey, California More Photos
Quote: A far cry from the city scene of San Francisco and LA.

Marriott Monterey

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Hotel

Marriott Monterey Photo, Monterey, California
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LOCATION : ExcellentDowntown, walking distance to Wharf, and endowed with the right “vacation stamina”, even to Cannery Row. (About 15-20 minute walk.) Monterey’s main street with all the shops and restaurants (even Walgreen’s) as well as the Wharf are a mere block away.ACCOMODATIONS: ExcellentOur main consideration for choosing Marriott over Portola Plaza was the airconditioned rooms.We opted for a Bayview Room, with an additional premium, of course, however, after spending a night and a day in a Regular room due to a “bungled” booking, I would have to say, the “bayview” was not worth the additional cost. Comfortable bed and...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 18, 2008

Marriott Monterey
350 Calle Principal
Monterey 93940
(831) 649-4234

JERSEY's Cheesesteaks

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Restaurant

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Located in the 2nd floor of the old Monterey Canning Company Warehouse, which now stands proudly (painted red-brick) amongst Cannery Row’s very tourist-y area, it’s very easy to spot.In our case, the big white banner advertising Jersey’s Fish Chips contrasting with the bright red color of the building did it!Jersey’s is actually a Sports Bar which explained the quiet yet comfortable ambiance during our lunch there. It was actually a plus as we had the full attention and quick service one needs on a day of walking and sight-seeing! Gazing around, one immediately notices the sports theme. Sports paraphernalia/memorabilias deck the walls and in itself something to ling...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 18, 2008

17 Mile Drive

Attraction | "17-Mile Drive"

17 Mile Drive Photo, Monterey, California
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A MUST-do (!!!) in Monterey is this fabulous scenic drive that takes you from Monterey to Carmel winding thru Pebble Beach, the Del Monte Forest, and most of the way, having the fabulous coastal and surf views.For this experience, we rented a car for the day (about $35 ++ from Enterprise). I am not sure about other car rental companies, but Enterprise delivered the rental to our hotel where we finalized and signed the paperwork. There was however, a 2 hour wait from the time we called so I’d suggest one make prior arrangements at least a day before. (The car return was to the Enterprise office.)From downtown Monterey, the 17-Mile Drive starts by the Pacific Grove Gate but ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 3, 2008

17 Mile Drive
Pebble Beach -- Monterey Peninsula
Monterey, California

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Denver - San Jose AirportTotal Flight Time - about 2 hrs. 10 mins. We decided to skip San Francisco, and opted to fly into San Jose. One, less city hassle to contend with, and more importantly, it's closer to Monterey. One can actually fly direct to Monterey, however, flight time option is very limited and we wanted to take advantage of time spent. Anyway, the trip from San Jose to Monterey is scenic. I guess, it might also be a good idea to fly direct to Monterey if we do decide to go back. That way, we also see the scenic fly in and out of the Peninsula. Hhhhhmmm.....that's a thought.... From San Jose (Airport) We took the Monterey/Sal...Read More