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Bed and Breakfast and Penguins on the Monterey Peninsula

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A January 2002 trip to Monterey by hwlrmnky

Animals on 17 Mile Drive Photo, Monterey, California More Photos
Quote: We were determined to see the penguins currently in residence at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, so we ran away from our home by the ocean to go stay at someone else's home by a different part of the ocean.

Bed and Breakfast and Penguins on the Monterey Peninsula

Overview

Success Photo, Monterey, California
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On your first visit to Monterey--or your first visit in a long time--there's no shame in doing the tried-and-true. The Monterey Bay Aquarium, the restaurants at Cannery Row, and the shore at Pebble Beach are all relaxing and worthwhile.

Quick Tips:

If you want to visit Monterey in October and stay at one of the nicer properties, plan on making reservations several months in advance. October has a lot of festivals and locals from the Bay Area know to book early.

Best Way To Get Around:

If your main destination is the aquarium, choose accommodations near or on Cannery Row and walk (or wheel) there. It's a beautiful neighborhood.

Jabberwock Bed & Breakfast Inn

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Hotel | "The Jabberwock Inn"

Jabberwock Bed & Breakfast Inn Photo, Monterey, California
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I found this inn online and was attracted by its name, inspired by Lewis Carroll''s "Jabberwocky." A recent visit to the Jabberwock Inn proved to be a memorable and delightful experience. The Jabberwock has seven rooms, ranging from US$115-235 per night. My husband and I stayed in The Toves, the downstairs bedroom, which has a regular rate of $215. The Toves has a king-sized bed, a two-person jacuzzi tub, and a small private garden off the dressing area. Its dominant colors/textures are brown woods with green and cream accents to the furnishings and linens. It is a visually restful room with antique furniture and a luxuriously contemporary tub and shower. The bed is not only king-s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 20, 2002

Jabberwock Bed & Breakfast Inn
598 Laine Street
Monterey, California 93940
(831) 372-4777

Jabberwock Inn

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Restaurant | "The Id Eats Breakfast at the Jabberwock Inn"

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Breakfast at the Jabberwock presumes that one is stayng at the inn, so there is no separate price. The food does, however, deserve an entry separate from the accommodation. Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9 o'clock a.m. Fruits and breakfast bread are represented regularly; we had soft-boiled eggs decorated to resemble the eater one morning and a breakfast custard--think breakfast creme brulee--the other. My husband, who does not eat eggs, was served a breakfast bread pudding instead, as we had informed the hosts of his dietary preference. I would also suggest that if you are watching your weight and wish to stick to your diet, make this known ahead of time as well! The Jabberwock serves some of...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 20, 2002

Jabberwock Inn
598 Laine St
Monterey, California 93940
(831) 372-4777

Pebble Beach Market

Restaurant | "The Market--Pebble Beach"

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I am torn whether to label this a cafe or "fast food"; it was very fast, but it was very good food. We were about halfway through our exploration of 17-Mile Drive when hunger struck. We stopped at The Lodge at Pebble Beach, which is the major golf course and resort there. We ventured into the Lodge itself in search of directions to The Gallery Rotisserie and Sandwich Shop but my husband was distressed by the country club ambience and requested that we rethink. We wandered back to the Pebble Beach Market which was close to the bank where we had parked. The Market has a low-key resort town feel to it There is a gourmet deli case as well as a market selection of cheese, wine and staples. I was able to fi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 21, 2002

Pebble Beach Market
17 Mile Dr
Monterey, California 93953
(831) 625-8528

Bullwacker's Restaurant and Pub

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Restaurant

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Our first night in Monterey we got hungry right around 9 p.m. We headed down to Cannery Row and were forced to discard a number of restaurants because they were exceedingly noisy, either with music or people. We selected Bullwacker's on the basis of menu and ambiance. At 9:20 or so on a Sunday this bar and restaurant was calm but not deserted. There were easily 25 people in the bar and front dining area engaged in the various pursuits of eating, drinking and talking. Bullwacker's was dark in a pleasant--not depressing--way and has groovy nautical decor. We were especially entertained by a wall display of sailors' knots and the driftwood in the window seemed charmingly in place. The foo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 20, 2002

Bullwacker's Restaurant and Pub
653 Cannery Row
Monterey, California 93940
(831) 373-1353

Bookworm Used Books

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Attraction | "Book Worm and Temple of the Frog Imports"

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Book Worm is an interesting used bookstore just a couple of blocks up from Cannerey Row. It sees a lot of tourist trade, but it is not as much of a tourist trap as the shops on the main drag. The store is small and does not have a remarkable amount of stock, but the space is packed full. If you are keeping your eyes open for a certain older volume, you may want to take a look. I found a hard-bound title for which I have been searching since 1996. The prices are quite reasonable. Upon entering the Book Worm you will notice a great array of "New-Age" books that will please you if that is your taste; if not, I encourage you to press on four feet farther into the store where the selections become less eth...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 22, 2002

Bookworm Used Books
600 Lighthouse Ave
Monterey, California 93940
+1 831 375 4208

Monterey Bay Aquarium

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Attraction | "Monterey Bay Aquarium (Penguins!)"

Monterey Bay Aquarium Photo, Monterey, California
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Monterey Bay Aquarium is an all-day affair, if you want to see every single exhibit. My husband and I happily settled spending a half-day focused on the Nearshore Wing looking at the penguins, Monterey Bay Habitats, and the seahorses, among others. There is a jellyfish exhibit due to open in the Outer Bay Wing in the spring of 2002, so figured we'd come back and see the flipper, fins, and Vanishing Wildlife then. The blackfooted penguins were a delight to see and if you are traveling with small children they are conveniently located near the Splash Zone, where little ones can learn about marine wildlife in a hands-on setting. My husband and I do not have any children; I am relieved to report that the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 22, 2002

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

Animals on 17 Mile Drive

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Attraction | "Animals on Seventeen Mile Drive"

Animals on 17 Mile Drive Photo, Monterey, California
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Seventeen Mile Drive is a loop of eponymous length that can be picked up a various entry points, or gates, on the Monterey Penninsula. There is an $8.00 toll fee. Part of the drive is shoreline and golf courses, and part of it is forest, interspersed with impressive residential housing. There are resorts on Seventeen Mile Drive, but many tourists, including my husband and me, stay elsewhere and then take the drive as a separate attraction. Some people go for the golf, some people for the architecture. My husband and I went to look for animals. The first animals we saw were deer on the Spanish Bay golf course, where there are also accommodations. We pulled the car over and both steadily regarde...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 20, 2002

Animals on 17 Mile Drive
17 Mile Drive on Monterey Peninsula
Monterey, California

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We stayed at the Jabberwock Inn, which is four blocks from the ocean. The Jabberwock, being a small bed and breakfast, is not required to meet ADA standards and makes plain on its website that they are not handicapped accessible. After a talk with the proprietor, however, I elected to stay in the Toves room which is on the ground floor of the inn. If you must ration the number of steps you take each day, you must arrange to be dropped off in front of the inn on Laine street--easily done, I assure you; it's not a busy street. Do not expect to be able walk up the driveway. In order to get onto the front porch you must be able to mount two steps and cross a slightly raised threshold. The front door...Read More
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I had a great time wheeling around Monterey near Cannery Row and the aquarium. If you have wheels and you have not been to Monterey before, perhaps this entry will allow you to feel a bit more prepared. If you stay in a hotel on Cannery Row, you're in good stead to navigate that strip of shops and restaurants. The sidewalks vary between generously wide and just wide enough, but the paving is fairly good. Expect a few bumps and cracks for history's sake. If you choose to stay a few blocks inland, you need to be prepared: it's definitely downhill to Cannery Row and then uphill to your accommodations. David Street is too steep for my scooter, but we had good luck with taking the more gradual ...Read More

Common Areas at the Jabberwock Inn

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Front Door of the Jabberwock Inn Photo, Monterey, California
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The Jabberwock has a living room and a sun porch for guests to enjoy. While the 5 p.m. sherry is an occasion for guests to get to know each other, should they be so inclined, there is no air of "forced togetherness." My husband and I were able to play a game at the Alice in Wonderland chessboard in one part of the living room without feeling that we were supposed to engage the guests on the other side of the room and on the sun porch. Breakfast at the inn can be eaten at either the main table in the formal dining room, which seats ten, or at the small table, which seats four, in the sun porch which overlooks the large and well-sculptured gardens. If you prefer to sit at the small table, plan to arise ...Read More

Rooms We Peeked In--Jabberwock Inn

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We stayed in the Toves, but our hosts were gracious about allowing us to look in the vacant rooms after checkout time. The Mome Rath is the other Jacuzzi tubbed room at the inn; it is on the 2nd floor and has a modest view of the ocean. The Mome Rath room has a more spacious and elegant air than the Toves, which has a "cozy" feel. On the third floor of the Jabberwock, there are two garret rooms plus a small parlor named the Mimsy and the Wabe. At $140 and $115 per night, respectively, these rooms are a steal! They share a bathroom with shower, which is adjacent to the parlor, but would be perfect for companions in need of separate beds who are traveling together. The parlor lets Mimsy and Wabe's...Read More