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    Centuries of History in Monterey

    May 06

    Founded in 1770, the city of Monterey has a rich history enshrined in its vibrant and varied architecture.

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    Strolling Down Cannery Row

    April 08

    In his acclaimed novel Cannery Row, John Steinbeck describes the titular street as “a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream.” 

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    Pamper Yourself at Vista Blue Spa

    March 15

    Repeatedly ranked by Condé Nast as one of the Top 75 Hotel Spas in North America, Vista Blue Spa is in many ways the crown jewel of the Monterey Plaza luxury experience.

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    Monterey, CA: A Mecca for Artists

    February 11

    Ansel Adams, Salvador Dali, Jimi Hendrix, Jack Kerouac, John Steinbeck—these are just a few of the brilliant artists who have found inspiration over the decades right here in Monterey. Still today, our seaside community is a haven for artists and other creative types working across an exciting range of media at the cutting edge of culture.

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    Whale Watching in Monterey

    January 06

    In addition to its renowned aquarium and marine sanctuary, Monterey is also known for being one of the finest whale watching destinations in the world.

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    The Natural Splendor of Jacks Peak Park

    December 09

    One of the great advantages of Monterey’s coastal location is that even the coolest months are relatively mild. During your stay this December, why not get a jump on a new year of healthy living by taking in the sublime vistas of Jacks Peak Park.

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    The TaylorMade Pebble Beach Invitational

    November 04

    One of the top sporting events of the year, the TaylorMade Pebble Beach Invitational attracts Hollywood celebrities, leading entrepreneurs, and golf enthusiasts from around the world to revel in a week of high-stakes competition on three outstanding courses: the Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, and the Links at Spanish Bay.

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    Go Where the Wild Things Are

    October 22

    Home to over 100+ exotic animals ranging from spiders and snakes to African elephants and mountain lions, the Monterey Zoo is a 51-acre center for conservation and preservation that invites visitors to experience the beasts of the animal kingdom in a fresh and exciting way—with a focus on education and the conservation of some of the world’s most endangered animals.

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    Taste Your Way Through Monterey's Wineries

    September 01

    While Napa may take the spotlight as California’s hot wine spot, Monterey has so much to offer for wine lovers. Recognized as one of the “Top Ten Wine Travel Destinations” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Monterey is one of the largest wine-producing regions in California.

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    Fitness and Fun in Monterey County

    August 06

    Visitors to Monterey tend to be a bit more health-conscious than most. If you’re looking for a fun and effective way to stay fit during your stay with us, check out one or more of these great options. 

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    Monterey Bay Aquarium: A Deeper Look

    July 05

    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. 

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    Dig Into Delicious Food at the Artichoke Festival

    June 02

    There’s always something going on in Monterey. Whether it’s wine, beer, or cheese, we love celebrating our favorite food and drinks with a full weekend of festivities.

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    The Historic Sites of Monterey

    May 11

    One of the most vibrant locales for contemporary culture and entertainment, Monterey also boasts a rich history and beautiful architectural heritage. Among the many notable landmarks, make sure you see these three gems. 

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    A Day on Cannery Row

    April 08

    Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa is located on the historic Cannery Row, where you can spend the day exploring our charming and quaint neighborhood.

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    An Indulgent Day at Vista Blue Spa

    March 15

    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 does not disappoint.

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    Bring Your Love to Monterey Bay

    February 04

    February is the month of love, and what better way to celebrate your loved one than with a trip to Monterey Bay?

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    A Cozy Evening Indoors

    January 04

    Nothing beats a little R&R after a long year of canceled plans, postponed travel, and uncertain days ahead. We can’t think of a better way to kick-off the new year than with a little self-care right here at Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa.

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    Your New Year's Resolutions Begin at Jacks Peak

    December 04

    Start your New Year’s resolutions on the right foot with a day hike at Jacks Peak Park. The park offers numerous trails that will lead you to stunning views of Monterey Bay and Carmel Valley — and will take your breath away with its beauty.

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    Spend the Holidays at Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

    November 10

    When choosing where to spend your winter vacation, we know you have a big decision to make. It’s important to take into account the location, climate, and amenities of your future getaway.

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    Pacific Grove’s Majestic Monarch Sanctuary

    October 01

    Each October, millions of monarch butterflies leave their breeding grounds in Canada and the Northeast and travel up to 3,000 miles to Monterey on their way to Mexico in an epic annual migration. Although unlike the birds, theirs is a one-way trip.

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    Plan Your Dream Golf Getaway

    September 07

    The stunning Monterey Peninsula is world-famous for iconic golf courses set amongst jaw-dropping scenery overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Here at Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa, an unforgettable round of golf is just a call or a click away.

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    Drive Like A Pro at Laguna Seca

    August 10

    We all know what it’s like to be stuck in traffic, idling on the interstate behind an endlessly long line of cars, the desired exit just over the horizon but seemingly half a world away.

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    Fun Facts Of A Fascinating City

    July 01

    Monterey is an enchanting seaside town with a rich history and plentiful opportunities to enjoy fine art, soulful music, fresh food, and the great outdoors. 

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    Road Trip Republic

    May 04

    Plentiful sunshine and epic outdoor experiences are just a few of the reasons why California is the ultimate state to enjoy by road trip. This summer, consider making your way to the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa by car.

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    Monterey County Wine Country

    March 02

    What could be more heavenly than sipping a glass of fine wine by the sea at the end of the day? Very little, if you ask us.

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    Soaking up the Scenery at Old Fisherman’s Wharf

    February 03

    One hundred fifty years ago, the Pacific Coast Steamship Company constructed Old Fisherman’s Wharf (known at the time simply as “Fisherman’s Wharf”) to aid in the transport of all manner of goods and passengers.

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    The Sublime Views of Monterey Peninsula

    January 06

    In Monterey, there’s no shortage of beautiful views, but we’re willing to bet that the most breathtaking indoor option is right here at the Monterey Plaza Hotel.

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    The Amazing Animals of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

    December 02

    Covering over 6000 square miles of sea, from the southern tip of Big Sur to just north of San Francisco, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is one of the most ecologically diverse stretches of ocean anywhere. Here are just a few of the fun and fascinating creatures you might discover while exploring this amazing ecosystem:

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    Keeping Fit in Monterey County

    November 04

    At the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa, we pride ourselves on maintaining an extensive Fitness Center where you’ll find state-of-the-art strength training and cardio equipment including bikes, treadmills, and ellipticals.

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    Halloween in Monterey County

    October 07

    If you’re looking to have a scary good time this Halloween season, there’s plenty to do around Monterey County. Here are a few of our favorite upcoming events:

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    A Little Monterey Trivia

    September 02

    Folks from around the world are drawn to Monterey for its vibrant arts scene, sublime seaside views, and delicious cuisines. Here are a few facts about our enchanting city you might not have heard before:

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    Colton Hall: A Cornerstone of California History

    August 05

    Named for Walter Colton, first mayor of Monterey during the American Period, Colton Hall is a stately Greek Revival building that was constructed in the 1840s and initially served as a school and a meeting place for municipal government and other administrative functions.

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    The Monterey Museum of Art

    July 01

    Long a mecca for writers, musicians, and visual artists, Monterey remains a fount of creative endeavor today, with many attractions for the artistically inclined.

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    The Monterey Bay Aquarium

    June 03

    For 35 years the Monterey Bay Aquarium has been one of the premier venues on the California Coast for the appreciation and preservation of marine life.

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    Shopping at The Barnyard

    May 06

    In Monterey, we’re blessed with some of the most gorgeous seaside and forest preserves in the whole country, which is why we’re eager to get outside whenever we can.

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    Pebble Beach Food and Wine: A Weekend of Epicurean Delights

    April 01

    At the Monterey Plaza Hotel, we cherish the art of a fine meal, as anyone who has ever dined at our acclaimed on-site restaurant, Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar, can attest.

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    The Astonishing Variety of Monterey Wine Country

    March 04

    When most folks hear “California wines,” they immediately think of Napa Valley and Sonoma, but did you know that Monterey County is also ranked as a Region I and II grape producer, putting it in the same class as Sonoma and Napa, as well as Bordeaux and Burgundy?

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    Saunter Along the Old Fisherman’s Wharf

    February 04

    Located less than five minutes by car from our hotel, Old Fisherman’s Wharf is one of the most compelling historic strips in the city. The wharf was originally constructed in 1870 by the Pacific Coast Steamship Company to aid in the transport of goods and passengers.

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    Jacks Peak: The Best (Outdoor) View on Monterey Peninsula

    January 07

    January is the time for New Year’s resolutions, which means that millions of people across the country are hitting the gym for the first time.

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    Life in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

    December 03

    One of the most vibrant maritime ecosystems in the world, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary comprises over 6000 square miles of ocean.

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