Hotel at a Glance: Vision Quest Safari Bed & Breakfast
Monterey Bay is an unlikely setting for an African safari, but Vision Quest Ranch offers the closest to the real deal this side of the Atlantic. The ranch is home to the Monterey Zoological Society and provides a sanctuary for more than 100 exotic animals, many of whom have appeared in movies and TV shows, such as Mighty Joe Young and Dr. Doolittle. The regulars here include lions, tigers, bears, mountain lions, panthers, elephants, camels, lemurs, sloths, and more, making a stay here an especially original holiday gift for animal lovers.
Dig into a continental breakfast each morning, delivered in a picnic basket by staff members and a hospitable elephant
See the animals each afternoon around 1 p.m. on a guided tour of the compound, included with this deal. You'll see big cats, bears, alligators, and a host of smaller mammals
Safari-style bungalows come with canvas walls and views of the surrounding mountains in Salinas Valley. You might even be able to hear the animals squawking and roaring in the compound
Watch elephants play in the five-acre Elephant Play Yard from the convenience of your own bungalow, depending on the unit
Extra perk: Some animals are also walked past the bungalows starting around 3:30 p.m., so you'll have another chance to see them out and about
Salinas, California: Charming Small Town Near Monterey Bay
Salinas' Oldtown is a slice of historic Americana, with a charming main drag lined with coffeehouses, bakeries, 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 & Men, and East of Eden.
The Pacific coast is less than 20 miles away, where a string of beach towns hug 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 if you were in the area and didn't check out the Monterey Bay Aquarium, one of the world's premier aquariums. The center recreates 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, whale, otters, jellyfish, turtles, and more.
What You Get
1-night stay for two in a bungalow, valid for check-in Monday–Thursday; not valid for Friday–Sunday night stays
Option 1: $119 to stay in Pachyderm Palace, The Monkey Manor or The Bear's Den valley view bungalow (up to a $175 value)
Option 2: $145 to stay in Josef's Jungle honeymoon suite bungalow (up to a $175 value)
Option 3: $165 to stay in Giraffe Manor, The Big Cat House, Leopard's Lair or The Zebra Zone safari view bungalow (up to a $205 value)
Included in all options:
Daily public tour
Afternoon animal visit
Continental breakfast accompanied by an elephant
Policies and Fees
Book by: 3/10/14
Travel by: 4/15/14
Blackout dates: No blackout dates.
Cancellation policy & fees: 7-day cancellation notice required or fee of Groupon price applies.