An oasis in the desert, except there is no desert. The most striking thing about it are the flowers, cascading their glorious colors on each side of the walkways. We stopped here to find the chamber of commerce for some lodging information. I got out first to check around while Chuck was continuing to make phone calls in the area to find a room. As I made my way from the parking lot, there were 2 women dining al fresco at Chevy's Fresh Mex Restaurant which is right on the corner. The music found my ears, and I forgot all about the lodging question. Midway through the crosswalk was a large stand-alone board with a number of hotel and b & b suggestions. Two couples were standing nearby, apparently also frustrated by the lack of availability.
The chamber was closed as it was after 5pm; I started calling some of the numbers on the board,-actually the idea is fabulous because a single or double digit number connects you directly to the place much like the airport facilities. We were facing tough choices; no availability because it was Saturday night, or sky high prices which would drop precipitously the next day as most vacationers would leave. One couple decided to go to Big Sur; another walked away without even trying. I checked things out: there is a radio station on this premise, and you can watch the DJ from the window. The music spills onto the sidewalk and I began wondering if this is what I was hearing when I first came into the mall. Attached to that is a music store called the Jazz and Blues Company with memorabilia from the famous Monterey jazz festivals, cd's, books, records etc..You can call them if you want to find out about events at(831)624-6432.
Also in the summer, in the garden area of this center, there is free music every Saturday from 1pm to 3pm.
The place that seemed to stand out from the crowd was City Picnics. This is a great place to come and fill your picnic basket if you're going somewhere. They serve healthy foods, freshly baked breads and pastries, and I learned that the Chef earned some prestigious awards more than once.
There is also a fresh farm produce stand where you can get prepared salads to go. This is perfect if you just want to get back into your room and laze around and eat in. At this point, Chuck and I got back into the car, and headed back toward Monterey in our relentless search for a place to sleep.