Stylish Boutique Hotel Steps from Monterey Bay
A haven for marine animals, Monterey Bay is home to sea otters, harbor seals, and bottlenose dolphins and a year-round habitat for blue and humpback whales. Naturally, up-close whale-watching tours are abundant here. But the bay is equally captivating from the rooftop of Hotel 1110—formerly known as The Inn at Del Monte Beach—a quiet, adults-only boutique hotel across the street from the shoreline. Steps from Del Monte Beach and about a mile from Fisherman’s Wharf, Hotel 1110 exudes a sophisticated, turn-of-the-century vibe. In the late afternoon, you can grab a complimentary glass of wine or beer from the hotel's lobby bar and head to the rooftop deck to take in panoramic views of Monterey Bay and the Gabilan Range.
Each superior room has a touch of subtle elegance. All-marble bathrooms feature jacuzzi tubs and bidets, and organic cotton sheets cover beds. You can watch movies borrowed from the front desk's library on the in-room DVD player or simply settle next to the electric fireplace. In the morning, you'll wake up to a lavish two-course breakfast made with local ingredients and accompanied by champagne.
Monterey, California: Scenic Beaches and Lively Wharf Along the Pacific Coast
The city of Monterey, California, is located at the southern end of Monterey Bay on the Pacific coast, about 120 miles south of San Francisco. Even if you’ve never been to Monterey, it still might seem familiar. Home to Grapes of Wrath author John Steinbeck, the town was depicted in his novels Cannery Row, East of Eden, and Tortilla Flat and in the play Of Mice and Men. Monterey has also been the backdrop for more than 200 films—you can even tour some of these the locations, including the settings of Cannery Row, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, and A Summer Place.
If you're feeling outdoorsy, head to Del Monte Beach, one of California’s most-pristine beaches and a popular spot for scuba diving. At nearby Monterey Harbor, you can see sea lions sunbathing on the rocks. While you’re in town, visit the historical Fisherman's Wharf, rife with gift shops, candy stores, and seafood restaurants, or continue along the coast by bike toward Lovers Point Park and Beach—the perfect spot to picnic along the bay.
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