A house of crayons, a pirate’s ship, and a massive rainbow slide. These are just a few of the inflatables that expend excess energy from Jump-N-Around’s pintsize guests. While younger kids playfully sock each other with giant cushy boxing gloves or bounce around amid vibrant crayon pillars, the older kids can race virtual cars in the arcade.
Visitors to Monterey Mirror Maze and Highway1 Golf Games & Grub can begin their outing with a trip through the mirror maze?a trial in and of itself, since strobe lights and a perfectly symmetrical labyrinth of mirrors mask dead ends and surprising corners. Once maze goers finally break free, the fun continues at the adjoining Highway 1 Golf Games & Grub. Here, murals of the Pacific Coast flank the 3D black-light mini golf course. As guests move from one attraction to another, they can stop to fuel up at the snack counter where sliders and corn dogs ensure each player has enough energy for a re-match.
Visitors can also reenact the 1933 Cannery Row Bank heist at Monterey Mirror Maze's laser maze, which angles green touch-sensitive lasers into a thrilling obstacle course. As competitors race toward the bank vault to complete the heist, they dodge the beams or suffer a booming alarm and extra time added to their score. Low scores give competitors a chance to land on the top 10 scoreboard.
Whenever you feel the urge to be fancy, head to Eddison & Melrose for high tea complete with mini tea sandwiches, scones, and cupcakes served on exquisite English bone china. Karen Anne Murray, Northern England?born chef and proprietress, strives to present a humble menu crafted from scratch with an eye toward presentation.
Vine-ripened tomato tea sandwiches are stacked with fresh basil and mozzarella, and curried chicken salad joins crisp apple in dainty bites. Fresh berry scones welcome spreads of E&M summer preserves and lemon curd, and mini cupcakes topped with from-scratch frosting end teatime on a sweet note.
However, you can?t just walk in from off the street when afternoon rolls around. Eddison & Melrose opens its doors to customers on a reservations-only basis, even if you just want to grab some loose leaf tea or bags of award-winning, all-natural granola from the boutique food shop.
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Powered by local, organic ingredients and fresh-caught, never-farmed-or-frozen fish and seafood, Flaherty's has been a bastion of sustainability since opening more than 35 years ago. Like the world's slowest traffic light, the menu changes seasonally to reap the most bountiful swimmers and flourishing vegetables. Yet the quality remains the same throughout the year, mostly because the same chef has been preparing Flaherty's dishes since the restaurant's founding, decorating plates with West-Coast oysters, Dungeness crab, and Pacific ahi tuna. While diners troll the tastes of the deep blue, they can sip a bloody mary peppered with chipotle sauce and topped with a prawn or a margarita oyster shooter, served in chilled Patron Silver and fresh lime juice.
On the gorgeous greens of Pasadera Country Club, associate head golf pro Webster Peterson has improved the game of a wide range of players, including 3-year-olds, 80-year-olds, and rookies who've turned pro and swung their way onto television. His thorough teaching technique begins with stroke development and tactical strategy, ensuring that players have the fundamentals down pat before they start serving and slamming. Lessons are for all ages and skill levels, and students don't have to be members of the Pasadera club to learn under Webster's racket.