Seaside Afternoon

Seaside, California's undiscovered coastal park.


Seaside Afternoon

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by kustom57 on March 9, 2006

Seaside is an oft-forgotten beach town that can be just as much fun as its more-famous neighbor, Monterey. Most people only see Seaside from Highway 101 and never stop to see how gorgeous the surroundings are. Seaside has some amazing sand dunes that border the beaches, and not many people have discovered its rugged beauty. Just a note: I have included Sand City in this review as Seaside because it only has 200 residents.${QuickSuggestions} At first glance, Seaside seems to be one main road that leads south into Monterey. However, it is much more than that. Fort Ord is near Seaside and is now a college called Cal State University Monterey Bay. It is situated right near the beach, and most of the land is open for hiking, biking, and bird-watching. Take a bit of time, get out of the car, and walk around the small neighborhoods of this town. Find a treasure of your own, and if you happen to buy a kite, get over to the beach for a real treat!${BestWay} Travelling around Seaside is best done in a car, but don't forget to stop and go for a walk on their pristine beaches.

Econolodge Bay Breeze

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by kustom57 on March 10, 2006

Alright, I stayed at the Econolodge Bay Breeze located at 2049 Fremont Blvd. It cost me $75 for the night, which was on a weekend, and it was well worth it. The room was clean and everything worked. It wasn't lavish or anything, but I wasn't looking for the Ritz. I could have paid more for an ocean view, but I love the smell of the ocean air in the morning, and you can walk down to the beach. When I was there, there were a number of kite fliers out, and the wind was just right for them to be doing stunts and generally enjoying themselves. I enjoyed my time there and would recommend it to any travellers along the Highway 101.
Econo Lodge Monterey Fairground
2042 N. Fremont St.
Monterey, California, 93940
(831) 372-5851

Cannery Row Inn

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by kustom57 on April 21, 2006

The Cannery Row Inn isn't actually on Cannery Row. It is actually located a block off the Row but is close enough for walking. While the hotel may afford a few views of the ocean, mine did not. I didn't care, for I wasn't there to stay in the room and look out the window. I was there to partake in the atmosphere of Monterey and the Monterey Bay Area.

It isn't too expensive considering the area, and I would recommend it to families and couples. It is a nice clean establishment with average beds, and average rooms. It was fine for a night or even two. I prefer to stay in more upscale accommodations, but this is a good alternative to more expensive places.
Cannery Row Inn
200 FOAM STREET
Monterey, California, 93940
831 649-8580

Peppers Mexicali Cafe

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by kustom57 on April 21, 2006

Peppers Mexicali Cafe is one of the best-kept secrets of Monterey locals. Peppers is a casual and festive place that serves great food for good prices.

The atmosphere is quite interesting. The walls are adobe, with pepper-related art all over the place. The floors are all wood, and despite being a small place, it gets pretty loud inside when everyone is talking. I didn't mind that at all, as that seems to be the kind of place that they want it to be.

Most of the food that Peppers serves is fairly spicy. You can ask for it to be tame and they will abide by your request. Peppers offers more than a dozen daily specials and a big selection of beers.

Combine all the above facets, along with the outstanding staff, and you have a truly great cafe. I love Peppers!
Peppers Mexicali Cafe
170 Forest Ave
Pacific Grove, California, 93950
(831) 373-6892

Hideaway Beach....Fantastic!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by kustom57 on March 9, 2006

On the northern edge of the city of Seaside, above Monterey, there is a large shopping center called Edgewater Center. Locals know about the beach and walking area located just outside the shopping center, behind the Home Depot building. I highly recommend this stop, as the beach is never crowded, has some gorgeous views, and offers breathtaking vistas from the bluffs above. I stop here in the mornings to get in a jog along the walking path. Then, for a slower pace, I like to stroll along the beach. The bluffs above the beach hold picnic benches and have an exercise path that never seem to be used. I think of it as my own private getaway beach when I go, because I have never come across any other people out there.After your day at the beach, you can always check out the shopping center that offers the parking for the beach access. I enjoy finding a bakery, or small deli in town, and buying a sandwich to take out there with me. I think that this would be a fantastic place to take children to allow them to play on the beach without the crowds. Retirees would also enjoy this spot for its relative seclusion, and the peacefulness of the surroundings. The waves are also gorgeous to watch, you could fall in love with the scenery here. I will post my pictures for you to look at and you can judge for yourself.

Monterey Bay Chocolate Factory

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by kustom57 on March 10, 2006

Well, a little ways away from my hotel I discovered the Monterey Bay Chocolate Factory, located at 1291 Fremont Blvd. The following was taken from an excerpt in the handout; "Years ago in Monterey, Verne Ricketts perfected a unique recipe for rich caramel. It included the freshest dairy creme and was cooked in single batch copper pots. Then he added select local nuts and pure Belgian chocolate and created a rich candy unparalleled in flavor, the 'Original California Turtle.'"
I visited the chocolate company and had a few samples. They were delicious! You can even mix and match chocolates to make your own box of chocolates. This place was great and the lady at the counter told me that Mr. Ricketts is still around, making sure that his chocolates are the best. I did not get to see Mr. Ricketts, but I don't doubt her story. I did not get to take any photos, as they asked me not to. One suggestion: make sure that you go any day of the week except Sunday. It is closed Sundays.
Monterey Bay Chocolate Factory
1291 Fremont Blvd.
Seaside, California, 93955
(831) 899-7963

Black Horse & Bayonet Golf Courses

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by kustom57 on March 10, 2006

There are two public golf courses in Seaside. They are Bayonet and Black Horse. They are both located at 1 McClure Way, in Seaside, and are both public courses. They both feature a 72 par course with greens fees ranging from $70-$100. I personally like Bayonet better, but probably only because it is a little longer in yardage than Black Horse. Both are well manicured and seem to have locals that are very nice to play with. They both have spectacular views of the Monterey Bay and feature a restaurant with banquet facilities.
Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Courses
1 McClure Way
Monterey, California, 93955
(831) 899-7271

Embassy Suites: Cypress Lounge

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by kustom57 on March 10, 2006

The only nightlife that I found going on in Seaside was inside the Embassy Suites, in a club called the Cypress Lounge. The Embassy Suites was located on Canyon Del Ray Road. They had pool tables, and some live music from a local band which was quite good. They were playing everything from a blues type, to a rockabilly sounding music. The only complaint I had, was that the night I was there, they closed at midnight, which left me looking for another place to go. Unfortunately, I found my other place in Monterey at the Blue Fin Cafe. The Blue Fin also had pool tables and was located in the heart of Cannery Row. But that review will have to wait for my review of Monterey.
Cypress Lounge
Embassy Suites Monterey Bay-Seaside
Seaside, California, 93955
(831) 393-1115

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by kustom57 on April 10, 2006

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is, in my opinion, the best aquarium on the West Coast. It could possibly be the best in the United States. It is not a SeaWorld or like any of those places. They don't make the animals perform tricks or anything. They try to display the animals in a natural environment. There are also so many amazing things to see that it takes up your whole day.

Wow, what a place! It has a kelp tank, touch pools, and a million-gallon Outer Bay tank that houses sharks, sea turtles, and sun fish. This is the same tank that held the Great White shark they had. She was beautiful!

I highly recommend this place for any and all families. I even like to take dates here. It isn't very expensive for such a great experience. Prices are Adults $21.95, Seniors $19.95, Student with ID $19.95, Children 3-12 $12.95, and children under 3 free. Disabled people can get a $12.95 entrance fee.

If you would like to see more, please go to www.mbayaq.org.

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

Rent a Roadster

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by kustom57 on April 20, 2006

The Roadster rentals in Monterey are well worth the few dollars that they cost. If you have never driven 17 miles in an open vehicle, then you are missing out! Pebble Beach, Carmel, and Big Sur all become so much better when you are in a convertible. They get ten times better when you are in a fancy convertible! No shelling out tens of thousands of dollars for your own, when you can rent one here.

The cars that are available are as follows; Ford Model A -$30/hour. This is a great choice for a family, it seats four with the rumble seat, is cheap, is fun, and is easy to drive and park. 1929 Mercedes SSK -$35/hour. This is strictly a two seater. Fun for a sprightly drive through the Del Monte Forest. 1930 Ford Phaeton -$40/hour. A model that never actually existed from Ford, but seats five. Looks like a soft top, but the top does not fold back. I personally like the looks of this car very much. Think 1920s gangster era vehicle, and you get the idea. They also have exotic sports cars for rental also, but I did not inquire about them. For more information, please call 831-647-1929 or go to www.rent-a-roadster.com

I would recommend that you reserve a car if you want to rent one during the summer. They go fast!
Rent a Roadster
229 Cannery Row
Monterey, California, 93940
(831) 647-1929

Lovers Point

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by kustom57 on April 21, 2006

Lovers Point is located in that fuzzy area where you can't tell whether you are in Monterey or Pacific Grove. That doesn't matter here. Lovers Point is a famous area for lovers to propose and for weddings to be held.

It seems that the heavens, earth, and the sea all decided to blend perfectly here. All is right with the world when you stop off here for a while.

Although it can be crowded during the summer, during late October, it seems deserted at dusk. That is my favorite time to visit. I like having a place of such beauty and tranquility unspoiled by the murmur of the throngs of tourists that are present in the summer.

If there was ever a coast that could inspire a person to believe in a higher power, the Monterey/Big Sur coastal area has to be that place. It feels as if God himself reached down and blessed the land himself. Truly a spectacular sight.

My photography skills leave much to be desired, so please, visit this place yourself.
Lovers Point Park
Ocean View Blvd. and 17th St.
Pacific Grove, California

Dennis the Menace Park

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by kustom57 on April 21, 2006

Dennis the Menace Park has to be the best park that I have ever visited. I was astounded by how nice it is!

The creator of Dennis the Menace, Hank Ketchum had a major role in designing this park, and he did a great job.

This park is more than just a playground. Far from it. The park features a nice lake where you can rent a paddleboat or feed the ducks.

The park has a nice baseball diamond that is well cared for. One of the main attractions for children is an authentic Southern Pacific engine that people can climb on. One of the coolest features of the park is the fact that certain areas that children may take a tumble on, are made with a soft, high-impact absorbing material. I believe that it may be made from recycled rubber. It is really cool to walk on.

This park is not only great fun for children, but also for the parents as well. It features a climbing wall, wide slides, a rope bridge, a maze of bushes, and a number of other things that everyone will enjoy.

I was really impressed with this park. I wish that I had such a nice park where I live!

The park is open from 10am to Sunset everyday.
Dennis the Menace Park
9125 Arrington Ave.
Monterey, California

American Tin Cannery Premium Outlets

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by kustom57 on May 17, 2006

The American Tin Cannery Premium Outlets is housed inside an old warehouse that used to be a bustling cannery. When the fish disappeared around Monterey and Pacific Grove, so did the canneries and fishermen that lived off of the fish. Those buildings sat derelict for a while until someone got the idea of making it a tourist spot, to cater to the people coming to the area to see what John Steinbeck had written about.

The Outlets contained inside include, but are not limited to, Nine West, Reebok, Geoffrey Beene, and Izod. There is also a great place to buy sunglasses at prices 25- to 65%-off regular retail prices.
American Tin Cannery Premium Outlets
125 Ocean Avenue
Pacific Grove, California, 93950
+1 831 372 1442

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