Explore undiscovered adventures in Monterey County
Bayonet & Blackhorse, Salvador Dali with wild mushrooms and more
Monterey, California – This fall, travelers to Monterey County, California can explore the iconic Central Coast destination, filled with unexpected adventures and fewer people. From one of the world’s largest Salvador Dali collections to unique tours in a restored fire truck, there’s a lot to discover on an off-season getaway.
âTravelers seek fall getaways, and the breathtaking scenery and epic experiences of Monterey County invite visitors to experience unexpected adventures in our natural beauty,â said Rob O’Keefe, President and CEO of Monterey County CVB.
âWhether it’s the feel of that first breath of fresh coastal air, a first glimpse of the coast or the first sip of a local Pinot Noir, nothing compares to the sensation you get once you arrive in County of. Monterey. â
For first-time and seasoned visitors to Monterey County, the destination is full of unique and surprising experiences. There are many ways to capture the moment once on the ground in Monterey County, including unusual and unique historical sites and unforgettable ways to explore the region’s incredible outdoor landscapes:
Beauty beyond the beach
Marvel at the Salvador Dali exhibit – the largest private collection of works by the famous artist on the West Coast and one of the largest collections in the world – in the heart of Monterey at Old Fisherman’s Wharf. Over 500 objects, from prints and photographs to sculptures and tapestries, are continuously rotated to keep the exhibition fresh. Just 10 minutes from the coast in Sand City, visitors can immerse themselves in an emerging art scene, featuring over 40 murals and public art. Download the Public Art Walk guide to browse Instagram worthy backdrops, including the vibrant and inspiring depiction of ‘Lady Sand City’.
Celebrate the past
One of the county’s most poetic hidden gems, the Shakespeare Society of America, can be found in Moss Landing. Bursting with everything Shakespeare – over 15,000 articles in all – visitors will find memorabilia, books, photos from theatrical productions and more.
Fort Ord National Monument, whose expansive grounds cover several towns in Monterey County, honors veterans who trained there and served in the American conflicts from World War I to Operation Desert Storm. The site is now federally protected land where visitors can hike and bike its 86 miles of trails and explore its unique plant and animal life. In Big Sur, the Henry Miller Memorial Library honors one of the 20th century’s most beloved writers in the city he adored.
Connect with nature
Monterey Bay is synonymous with marine biology, but not everyone is familiar with the Pacific Biology Labs, unofficially known as the Doc Ricketts’ Lab. Named after local marine biologist Ed Ricketts, who has been modeled in many of John Steinbeck’s novels, tours of the site, which once provided research specimens to museums around the world, are available. Monterey Zoo in the Salinas Valley, the county’s only zoo, offers unparalleled opportunities for animal lovers, including the ‘Walk with the Animals’ to-do list with full day close access to kangaroos, sloths and more Again.
Swing clubs on a lesser-known course
All golf enthusiasts know and aspire to play a few rounds at the famous Pebble Beach Golf Links, but Monterey County is home to even more courses with big draws. The Poppy Hills Golf Course is set among forest pines and would be the closest to golfing in a national park. Established in 1897, the Del Monte Golf Course is the oldest course west of the Mississippi River. Bayonet & Black Horse is named after the infantry and cavalry divisions of the army with ties to neighboring Fort Ord and known as one of the most difficult courses on the peninsula.
Take a unique visit
In an area known for its wine tours, Red Engine Rides stands out from the crowd by transporting guests to tastings (and other places to visit) in a restored vintage fire truck. Foodies can explore all things vegetable production at Pezzini Farms in Castroville, the artichoke capital of the world, with a half-day walking tour with Ag Venture Tours. Perfect for fall, Big Sur Guides offers a seasonal wild mushroom search hike where participants can learn how to search for wild mushrooms and identify edible and inedible varieties, as well as medicinal plants such as Redwood Sorrel, California Sagebrush. and Bay Laurel.
Visitors are encouraged to responsibly travel in Monterey County following all applicable health and safety guidelines and respecting the area’s iconic landscapes by staying on the trails and leaving no traces behind. For more information on fall events in Monterey County and to plan and book a trip, visit SeeMonterey.com/NOW.