Plan Your Trip
FLYING TO MONTEREY COUNTY
Convenient Monterey Regional Airport, which has short and hassle-free security lines, is located just 10 minutes door-to-door from downtown Monterey, 15 minutes from Carmel-by-the-Sea, 25 minutes from downtown Salinas and 45 minutes from Big Sur. Visitors can fly direct to Monterey Regional Airport (MRY) via international and domestic connecting routes on Alaska Airlines, Allegiant, American Airlines and United Express. Fly direct from airports including Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), Phoenix (PHX), San Diego (SAN), Las Vegas (LAS), Denver (DEN) and Dallas (DFW). Charter and private flights are also available.
MONTEREY COUNTY BY BUS OR TRAIN
Amtrak’s Coast Starlight train cruises through Salinas each day on its route between Seattle, Washington and Los Angeles, California, providing a leisurely and scenic way to travel. There are packages to fit every budget. It’s a great way to see the grandeur of the Central Coast at eye level. Free bus service is provided from Salinas to downtown Monterey, a 30-minute ride. There is also a Greyhound station in Salinas with connecting service to Monterey.
MONTEREY COUNTY BY CAR
There are two routes to Monterey by car, both very scenic. Highway One, which runs from San Francisco to Los Angeles, offers breathtaking views of the Pacific coastline and has been called the top road trip in America by many sources. Highway 101 runs down the valley corridor and affords the motorist an opportunity to see the rich land that has made the Salinas Valley “the Salad Bowl of the World.”
FROM POINTS NORTH
There are three routes to take from the north (San Francisco).
- The fastest is 101 South to 156 West (near Prunedale) to Hwy 1 South. This route is about 120 miles and takes roughly two hours.
- A second route travels a direct, yet partially twisty road towards Santa Cruz, then south to Monterey. Take 280 South to 85 South (San Jose area) to 17 South (Santa Cruz) to Hwy 1 South. Travel another 40 miles to Monterey. Hwy 17 can also be reached from Hwy 101. Take 880 South (San Jose area) and it will become Hwy 17. Follow this until it intersects with Hwy 1. Continue 40 miles on to Monterey. This route is about 115 miles and also takes roughly two hours.
The longest, yet most scenic route is Hwy 1 all the way from San Francisco. It is also about 120 miles, but the roads can be slow. Allow at least three hours for this journey.
FROM POINTS SOUTH
There are two routes to Monterey from the south.
- The fastest is Hwy 101 North (to Salinas), then west on Hwy 68, approximately 25 miles to Hwy 1. Allow 6 hours from Los Angeles, which is roughly 350 miles.
- The famous, scenic coastal route is California Highway 1 North, which winds through Big Sur and into Carmel and Monterey. While it is the same distance, the roads are narrower and the breathtaking views require a decrease in speed. Allow 7 hours from Los Angeles.
FOOD & Drinks
THE CLUB ROOM
A standout among breakfast restaurants in Monterey, CA, The Club Room features a European breakfast buffet daily with made to order omelets, assorted pastries, bottomless mimosas and more. Dine in our bustling, fireside dining room or dine al-fresco on our outdoor pet-friendly heated patio. Reserve our wine-inspired private dining room for a special occasion or intimate get together. Learn more about The Club Room.
Our new restaurant and lobby bar welcomes patrons for lunch and dinner in the redesigned atrium lobby. Enjoy Chef Danny Abbruzzese’s “California Cultural Cuisine” which reflects the melting pot of ethnicities that is exemplified in both California and America. The result is a wide-ranging, palate-pleasing menu of different flavor profiles unique to cultures from around the world, all created with sustainably conscious ingredients found throughout Monterey County. Learn more about Jacks Monterey.
PETER B’S BREWPUB
Monterey’s original craft brewery, Peter B’s Brewpub is the perfect place for enjoying a cold beer and delicious pub food, relaxing on the pet-friendly patio with fire pits or watching the game on one of our 18 HDTVs. Make new memories with friends and family when you explore Peter B’s Brewpub, a highlight in Monterey dining. Learn more about Peter B’s Brewpub.
Portola Hotel & Spa is proud to offer our guests and locals a Peet’s Coffee in downtown Monterey near Fisherman’s Wharf. Peet’s Coffee sources directly from the world’s finest estates, hand-roasting to order in small batches and making sure every cup is brewed as fresh and full-flavored as possible. Our Peet’s provides a relaxing environment for our guests to enjoy coffee, tea, artisan pastries, sandwiches and more. Learn more about Peet’s Coffee.
Fin + Field Restaurant and Bar
Savor authentic Californian fare prepared with only the freshest, farm-to-table ingredients at Fin + Field Restaurant and Bar.
Bringing his love of food and passion for the kitchen to Fin + Field, Chef Josh Silva-Arias has crafted a creative menu of farm-to-table dishes. The décor of the restaurant is warm and inviting, while the bar, with it’s stunning under-lighting, beckons visitors to sit and try one of the seven local microbrews and handmade cocktails, artfully concocted by an expert staff of bartenders.
With a focus on freshness, Fin + Field features locally sourced fine dining, including incredible seafood and flavorful meat and poultry dishes. A Monterey culinary experience that’s true to its home, Fin + Field is authentic to its environment and enjoyed by all.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Inventive New American cuisine & a carefully curated wine list served in a converted firehouse.
Cocktails, live jazz & innovative preparations of Italian fare merge at this casually elegant spot.
This recently made-over seafood spot is still a classic serving American fare in an upscale setting.
Sleek environs for a roster of specialty cocktails & American fare like wood-fired pizza & tacos.
Wide array of vegetarian & vegan options star at this Indian restaurant with colorful cocktails.
PETER B’S BREWPUB
Immerse your senses in the spirit of the area with brews such as Legend of Laguna IPA and Fort Ord Wheat at Peter B’s Brewpub inside the Portola Hotel & Spa. As Monterey Bay’s first craft brewery, Peter B’s Brewpub continues to offer more than a simple pint. The brewpub not only whips out delicious beers but their extensive pub menu pleases just about any palate, including several beer-inspired dishes.
ALVARADO STREET BREWERY & GRILL
The newest addition to Monterey’s brew scene is Alvarado Street Brewery & Grill. The neighborhood brewpub in the heart of downtown Monterey specializes in hop-forward ales, Belgians and experimental styles of craft beer. Be sure to pair some these unique hops with their locally-sourced menu and bask in their outdoor Beer Garden. Alvarado Street Brewery also has a tasting location at their bottling facility in Salinas.
CARMEL CRAFT BREWING COMPANY
Located in the beautiful Barnyard Shopping Village, Carmel Craft Brewing Company is Carmel’s first official brewpub. Here you can enjoy a dozen hand-crafted beers which are manufactured on site. Come and enjoy small-batch beers with food options provided by neighboring restaurants.
CANNERY ROW BREWING COMPANY
Although this location does not brew its own beer, the Cannery Row Brewing Company has an abundance of brilliant brews. With a selection of over 70 beers, they have everything from ales to lagers, porters to stouts, and much more. Whatever the season or time of day, there will be a beer on draft that will fit the bill. Right next to Cannery Row, CRBC is also a convenient place to grab a cold, hand-crafted beer with one of their weekly signature sandwiches.
Founded in 2000 by the English-born Blackwell family, English Ales serves as a brewery and on-site pub in Marina. Here you can enjoy a tasting, or pint, of their ten craft beers. In addition, the brewpub serves a comprehensive Pub Grub menu, designed to complement their beers.
POST NO BILLS
With its local urban setting, Post No Bills is a hidden treasure, oriented around service and convenience. The craft beer house is a beer lover’s paradise with 15 draft brews and 200 bottled craft beers, hard ciders, wines and craft sodas. It’s the perfect place to bring in some friends and food and be one of the first of many to enjoy new, seasonal craft beer. Cheers!
This regional wine market and bistro is Cannery Row’s 2nd largest attraction and is a must see when in Monterey. Housed in a renovated circa 1918 sardine cannery and showcases over 95 Monterey County wineries.
Bargetto Winery has produced hand-crafted wines in the Santa Cruz Mountains since 1933 and has been a staple on the historic Cannery Row since 1967.
Sovino Wine Bar & Merchant is a California-based wine bar located in downtown Old Monterey. Wine is offered by the glass, bottle, or in flights.
The Wine Experience offers a wide variety of experiences designed to entertain, educate, and provoke social interaction for the next generation of wine enthusiasts. We offer wine tasting, a diverse collection of informative and interactive wine classes, wine blending, and wine making.