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  • The Top Three Historical Sights in Monterey

    The Top Three Historical Sights in Monterey

    Monterey is a world class destination with the finest hotels, restaurants, golf courses, wine rooms, jazz festivals, and more. However, it’s rich Californian history is filled with stunning antiquaries also worth exploring. It’s hard to narrow down the compelling historical sights to just three, but if we had to, we’d suggest these:

    Carlos Cathedral, The Royal Presidio Chapel

    Your first stop should be this stunning and charming cathedral. Let history do the talking at the oldest stone building, completed in 1794. The church is still a working parish, and we suggest the docent led tours that are available daily in the adjacent building, for a historical day.

    San Carlos Cathedral, The Royal Presidio Chapel, 500 Church St, Monterey, CA  93940

    Colton Hall

    Head to Colton Hall, built by Walter Colton, the first American Mayor of Monterey, in 1849. It was the largest public building to serve as Monterey’s first school and government center. The shape and size of California was decided amongst those walls during the Constitutional Convention of 1849.

    Colton Hall, 570 Pacific St, Monterey, CA 93940

    Carmel Mission

    Venture a little outside of Monterey to see the Mission San Carlos Borromeo del Rio Carmelo. A beautiful sanctuary and chapel dedicated Padre Serra, president of the Franciscans in California in the late 1700’s. Today the Mission is still an active school, parish, and museum.

    Carmel Mission, 3080 Rio Rd, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

  • A Day at Cannery Row

    A Day at Cannery Row

    Monterey Plaza Hotel is located on historic Cannery Row. Spend the day exploring our charming and eclectic neighborhood. With over 85 boutiques, 25 delicious restaurants, and a fine selection of prestigious contemporary art galleries, their is something for everyone. 

    Take in the breathtaking sights while walking along the coastline of Monterey Bay. Housed in the renovated fishing shacks and cannery buildings of Monterey Bay’s fishing industry, the architecture creates a mystique that is felt on the vibrant streets.

    The shops sell a variety of luxury goodies like chocolates, high-end clothing, antiques, and souvenirs. While the restaurants feature everything from ice cream to farm-to-table dinning to wine tasting rooms. We are one of California’s premier wine-producing region, and our first class wine tasting rooms are just steps from our hotel. Each person will have a unique experience at Cannery Row, we challenge you to have the finest.

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium: A Deeper Look

    Monterey Bay Aquarium: A Deeper Look

    Monterey’s coastline has an abundance of natural geography. While you are appreciating the majestic views from one of our many verandas, consider visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Monterey Bay Aquarium was founded in 1984 and continues to be a leader in the awareness of ocean conservation, seafood depletion, and human rights in the global seafood chain. It’s visited by more than two million people a year and that number is growing. If there is one sightseeing adventure your must add to your list, this is it. Visit the nonprofit public aquarium for a stunning example of education meets aquaculture preservation.

    The largest exhibition in the aquarium is a 1,200,000 gallon Open Sea exhibit where observers can see ocean sunfish, stingrays, sea otters, jellyfish, and more. It’s one of the only aquariums in the world to house both bluefin and yellow fin tuna. Next check out the centerpiece exhibition, which is an impressive 28-foot-high, 333,000 gallon tank dedicated solely to California coastal marine life. It is the first aquarium in the world to grow a living giant kelp forest. Eighty species of seaweeds grow in the exhibition, and visitors stand in awe while enjoying the dramatic view.

    Julia Packared, the Executive Director and Vice Chair, continues to foster an environment of continued growth and symbiosis with ocean conservation and global solutions to aquaculture problems. Carve out an afternoon or an early morning and head to his world-class establishment to expand your knowledge and compassion for the ocean.

    Monterey Bay Aquarium, 886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940

  • Chef Spotlight: Discover the Award Winning Cuisine of Executive Chef James Waller

    Chef Spotlight: Discover the Award Winning Cuisine of Executive Chef James Waller

    Executive Chef James Waller has been charting new and innovative courses through contemporary flavors with us since 1997. Receiving prestigious awards and accolades such as as the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences' Five-Star Diamond Award, Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and the AAA Four-Diamond Restaurant Award, he sources only the freshest and most sustainable seafood for our menu. The result is a decadent selection of dishes that aligns with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s sustainable Seafood Watch Guide.

    Chef Waller’s cuisine is fit for he highest political dignitaries as he has served an elaborate list of American presidents including Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush, Henry Kissinger, and Bill Clinton.

    Enjoy magnificent views from our nautical themed Schooner’s Coastal Kitchen & Bar, which provides guests with an elevated experience of dinning sophistication and earth-conscious sustainability. Built on pillars above the water, feast on a selection of raw or cooked seafood, local soups and salads, small plates, and wood-fired dishes, while keeping an eye on the coastline for whales and frolicking seals.

  • An Indulgent Day at Vista Blue Spa

    An Indulgent Day at Vista Blue Spa

    The next time you visit our luxurious Monterey Bay hotel – indulge in a little spa time – we insist! Unwind at Vista Blue, our state-of-the-art, full-service spa. Named one of Travel & Leisure’s Top 25 Spas, and for three years in a row, one of Conde Nast’s Top 75 Hotel Spas in North America, Vista Blue will not disappoint!

    Nestled on the roof of our four-star hotel, enjoy stunning panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and the Monterey Bay from the comfort of our courtyard. Choose from an extensive list of treatments ranging from classic massages and facials to our signature sea salt body scrubs, guaranteed to rejuvenate the body and revive the senses.

    Make a day of your Vista Blue Spa experience and enjoy the outdoor sun deck, complete with cozy fireplace. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a light lunch before or after your treatments. Or schedule an al fresco soak in one of our bay view whirlpool tubs. Indulging has never been easier!

    For spa reservations, please call 831-646-1700 or 800-334-3999 - or visit us online at http://montereyplazahotel.com/spa/

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