Vision Quest Safari Bed & Breakfast - Salinas, CA

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Hotel at a Glance: Vision Quest Safari Bed & Breakfast

Monterey Bay is an unlikely setting for an African safari, but Vision Quest Safari Bed & Breakfast offers the closest to the real deal this side of the Atlantic. The ranch is home to the Monterey Zoological Society and provides a haven for more than 100 exotic animals, many of whom have appeared in movies and TV shows such as Mighty Joe Young and Dr. Dolittle. The regulars here include lions, tigers, bears, mountain lions, panthers, elephants, monkeys, servals, bearcats, and baboons.

  • Dig into a continental breakfast each morning, delivered by staff members and a hospitable elephant. You’ll also have an opportunity to feed the elephant during the visit.
  • See the animals each afternoon on a guided tour of the facility. You’ll see big cats, bears, alligators, and a host of smaller mammals; available on day of check-in or checkout.
  • Safari-style bungalows come with canvas walls and views of the mountains surrounding the Salinas Valley. You might even be able to hear the animals squawking and roaring in the facility. Each bungalow can sleep a different number of guests, so be sure to check the Room Details section of this deal to check the maximum occupancy of your desired room if you’re planning on traveling as a group of 3 or more.
  • Watch elephants play in their 5-acre yard from the convenience of your own bungalow, depending on the unit.
  • Extra perk: Some animals are also walked to the bed & breakfast area, so you’ll have another chance to see them out and about.

Please note: Children younger than 4 are not permitted at Vision Quest Safari Bed & Breakfast.

Please contact the property prior to your arrival for handicap accessibility requests or options.

Salinas, California: Charming Small Town near Monterey Bay

Salinas’s Oldtown is a slice of historic Americana, with a charming main drag lined with coffeehouses, bakeries, and a wide range of restaurants, pubs, and shops. The National Steinbeck Center downtown pays homage to Salinas native and Nobel Prize–winning author John Steinbeck. Exhibits include Steinbeck’s personal belongings as well as private letters and notes pertaining to some of his most popular novels, such as The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men, and East of Eden.

The Pacific coast is less than 20 miles away; there, a string of beach towns hugs the horseshoe of Monterey Bay. Spend the day shopping the upscale boutiques of Carmel-by-the-Sea or head to funky Santa Cruz to ride roller coasters along the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. You’d be remiss not to check out the Monterey Bay Aquarium, one of the world’s premier aquariums. The center re-creates several ecosystems, including a kelp forest, coral reef, sandy shores, and open sea. You’ll see hundreds of animals, including a variety of sharks, dolphins, whales, otters, jellyfish, and turtles.

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What You Get

  • Stay for two in Pachyderm Palace, Monkey Manor, The Bear’s Den, Big Cat House, Leopard’s Lair, Zebra Zone, or Giraffe Manor
  • Dates into January 2016
  • $50 per night for each additional occupant over standard

Policies and Fees

  • $50 per night for each additional occupant over standard
  • Reservations: Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
  • Cancellation policy: 8-day cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable.
  • Rates may vary by date and are subject to availability

No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate; no refunds, rescheduling, or rebooking allowed.

Amenities

  • Daily continental breakfast
  • Onsite menagerie of animals

The Fine Print

  • Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
  • 8-day cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable
  • No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate
  • Traveler name must match ID at time of check-in
  • No refunds will be processed by Groupon after check-in
  • Must be 18 or older to check in, 4 or older to stay
  • Credit card required at check-in
  • Not valid with reward points
  • $50 per night for each additional occupant over standard.

Other Details

Room Details

Pachyderm Palace and Giraffe Manor

  • One queen bed and one futon
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 3
  • Adding occupants above standard: $50 per night for an additional guest 4 or older; kids 3 or younger are not allowed. Please contact the hotel prior to arrival if there will be more than 2 guests staying in the room.

Monkey Manor or The Bear’s Den

  • Two full beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2 adults and 2 kids aged 4–17
  • Adding occupants above standard: $50 per night for each additional guest 4 or older; kids 3 or younger are not allowed. Please contact the hotel prior to arrival if there will be more than 2 guests staying in the room.

Big Cat House, Zebra Zone, or Leopard’s Lair

  • One king bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.–6 p.m.; check-ins after 6 p.m. will be charged $25 fee
  • Check out: 12:30 p.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: please contact the property prior to arrival for handicap accessibility requests or options.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • Nearest airports: Monterey Regional Airport (MRY; 16 mi) and Mineta San José International Airport (SJC; 71 mi)
  • Distance from San Jose: 69 mi
  • Cab fare: about $59 from MRY

Customer Reviews

272 Ratings

It was so personal and they really let you get up close to the animals. And the room was surprisingly nice....great glamping! Best part was how peaceful it was. Looking back at bungalow 6, I felt like I was in Kauai next to the taro fields. Loved it!!!
Linda · 3 days ago
The elephant delivering breakfast! Also the view of the elephant enclosure.
Sue H. · November 17, 2016
This was an awesome experience. I highly recommend!!
Sue · November 10, 2016

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