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A Taste of Monterey-Wine Market & Bistro: Flights and Cheese Plate or Reserve Tasting for Two at A Taste of Monterey-Wine Market & Bistro (Up to 49% Off)

Flights and Cheese Plate or Reserve Tasting for Two at A Taste of Monterey-Wine Market & Bistro (Up to 49% Off)

A Taste of Monterey-Wine Market & Bistro

Heart of Monterey's Historic Cannery Row

Enjoy your choice of one of our five Wine Flights or Reserve Wine Tasting as you look out onto Monterey Bay through floor-to-ceiling windows

$59 $30

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Chris' Whale Watching Tours: $25.99 for a Three-Hour Whale-Watching Cruise from Chris’ Whale Watching Tours (Up to $37 Value)

$25.99 for a Three-Hour Whale-Watching Cruise from Chris’ Whale Watching Tours (Up to $37 Value)

Chris' Whale Watching Tours

Monterey

During warmer months, Monterey Bay fills with several species of whale, along with dolphins, porpoises, and other wild creatures

$37 $25.99

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Pierce Ranch Vineyards: Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Take-Home Bottles of Wine at Pierce Ranch Vineyards (46% Off)

Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Take-Home Bottles of Wine at Pierce Ranch Vineyards (46% Off)

Pierce Ranch Vineyards

New Monterey

Wine tastings held in a cozy bungalow near the coast of Monterey Bay; Portuguese and Spanish varietals

$55.90 $30

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Randy's Fishing and Whale Watching Trips: 
$59 for a Crab Combo Fishing Trip from Randy's Fishing and Whale Watching Trips ($85 Value)

$59 for a Crab Combo Fishing Trip from Randy's Fishing and Whale Watching Trips ($85 Value)

Randy's Fishing and Whale Watching Trips

Monterey

Groups will check crab pots for Dungeness Crab or Rock Crab AND Fish for Rock Cod OR Sand Dabs; all levels of anglers are welcome

$85 $59

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Carmel Ridge Winery: Wine Tasting for Two or Four at Carmel Ridge Winery (Up to 42% Off)

Wine Tasting for Two or Four at Carmel Ridge Winery (Up to 42% Off)

Carmel Ridge Winery

Monterey

Guests sample wines made from grapes grown with a minimum of human intervention and fermented in small lots of French oak barrels

$20 $12

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Aquarius Dive Shop: $179 for PADI Open-Water Scuba Certification with Equipment Rental at Aquarius Dive Shop ($649 Value)

$179 for PADI Open-Water Scuba Certification with Equipment Rental at Aquarius Dive Shop ($649 Value)

Aquarius Dive Shop

Villa Del Monte

Learn how to dive in open water in a certification course that includes equipment rentals and 30+ hours of instruction

$649 $179

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Glenn's Aquarius II Dive Shop: $315 for Open-Water Scuba Diver's Certification Course from Glenn's Aquarius II Dive Shop ($425 Value)

$315 for Open-Water Scuba Diver's Certification Course from Glenn's Aquarius II Dive Shop ($425 Value)

Glenn's Aquarius II Dive Shop

Monterey

Beginning divers get their entry-level open-water certification for depths of up to 60 ft. during course that includes pool and ocean dives

$425 $315

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Monterey Peninsula Dance INC: Group or Private Dance Lessons for One or Two at Monterey Dance Studio (Up to 78% Off)

Group or Private Dance Lessons for One or Two at Monterey Dance Studio (Up to 78% Off)

Monterey Peninsula Dance INC

Monterey, CA

Instructors teach a variety of dance styles to students of all ability levels in group or private settings

$85 $19

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Monterey's Waterfront & Cannery Row Tour: Historical Walking Tour for Two or Four from Monterey's Waterfront & Cannery Row Tour (Up to 50% Off)

Historical Walking Tour for Two or Four from Monterey's Waterfront & Cannery Row Tour (Up to 50% Off)

Monterey's Waterfront & Cannery Row Tour

InterContinental The Clement Monterey Main Lobby

A historian leads groups on a 2.5-hour walking tour, detailing the people and jobs that made Monterey Bay a fishing and cultural polestar

$48 $25

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Krav Maga Revolution: $9 for $25 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons — Krav Maga Revolution

$9 for $25 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons — Krav Maga Revolution

Krav Maga Revolution

Oak Grove

From the merchant: Learn to protect yourself and others. We focus on real skills for real people to feel safe and good about themselves!

$25 $9

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Monterey Auto Luxe: $60 for $80 Worth of Partying — Monterey Auto Luxe

$60 for $80 Worth of Partying — Monterey Auto Luxe

Monterey Auto Luxe

Old Monterey Business District

From the merchant: Monterey Auto Luxe is a luxury event taking place at the Stanton Center on August 11-15 during Monterey Car Week.

$80 $60

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Dority Health And Fitness: $193 for $350 Worth of Services at Dority Health And Fitness

$193 for $350 Worth of Services at Dority Health And Fitness

Dority Health And Fitness

Glenwood

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$350 $193

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Diversified Soft Tissue Therapy: 4, 8, or 12 Pilates Mat, Reformer, or Springboard Classes at Diversified Soft Tissue Therapy (Up to 79% Off)

4, 8, or 12 Pilates Mat, Reformer, or Springboard Classes at Diversified Soft Tissue Therapy (Up to 79% Off)

Diversified Soft Tissue Therapy

Pacific Grove

Pilates students fortify their cores and tweak techniques under close supervision, thanks to the studio’s 5:1 student-to-teacher ratio

$120 $35

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Cowgirl Winery: Wine Tasting with Bread and Cheese Tray for Two or Four at Cowgirl Winery (Up to 50% Off)

Wine Tasting with Bread and Cheese Tray for Two or Four at Cowgirl Winery (Up to 50% Off)

Cowgirl Winery

Carmel Valley Village

Taste bold reds or lighter blends while hanging out on the eclectic patio or in the sunny interior of this redwood-barn tasting room

$26 $15

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Skydive Holister: Tandem Skydive from 8,000 Feet for One or Two from Skydive Hollister (Up to 44% Off)

Tandem Skydive from 8,000 Feet for One or Two from Skydive Hollister (Up to 44% Off)

Skydive Holister

Hollister

Instructors help students steer and deploy parachutes in free falls from 8,000 feet over San Francisco and Monterey Bay

$169 $99

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Kayak Connection: Single Kayak, Double Kayak, or Stand Up Paddle Board Rental at Kayak Connection (Up to 37% Off). Four Options.

Single Kayak, Double Kayak, or Stand Up Paddle Board Rental at Kayak Connection (Up to 37% Off). Four Options.

Kayak Connection

Multiple Locations

Single and double kayaks let renters explore waterways

$35 $22

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Heller Estate Organic Vineyards: Wine Tasting for Two, Four, or Six at Heller Estate Organic Vineyards (Up to 52% Off)

Wine Tasting for Two, Four, or Six at Heller Estate Organic Vineyards (Up to 52% Off)

Heller Estate Organic Vineyards

Carmel Valley Village

Sample award-winning wines aged in French oak barrels and made from grapes grown in the vineyards that make the property so picturesque

$20 $11

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Paint Nite: Two-Hour Social Painting Event for One, Two, or Four from Paint Nite (Up to 46% Off)

Two-Hour Social Painting Event for One, Two, or Four from Paint Nite (Up to 46% Off)

Paint Nite

Santa Cruz / Monterey

Painting parties are held at local bars and restaurants, where attendees enjoy cocktails, socialize, and paint

$45 $25

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Segway Santa Cruz Tours: $45 for a 90-Minute Segway Tour of Lighthouse and Tide Pools from Segway Santa Cruz Tours ($69 Value)

$45 for a 90-Minute Segway Tour of Lighthouse and Tide Pools from Segway Santa Cruz Tours ($69 Value)

Segway Santa Cruz Tours

Segway Santa Cruz

Family-friendly Segway tours glide along beautiful ocean seascapes past the lighthouse and Mitchell’s Cove tide pools; for ages 10 and up

$69 $45

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Sea Goddess Whale Watching: Up to 24% Off Whale Watching at Sea Goddess Whale Watching

Up to 24% Off Whale Watching at Sea Goddess Whale Watching

Sea Goddess Whale Watching

Moss Landing

From the merchant: Welcome aboard Sea Goddess, the premier whale watching vessel in the whale watching Capital of the World - Monterey.

$45 $34

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Sonoma Valley Balloons: $179 for a Hot Air Balloon Ride with Champagne Toast from Sonoma Valley Balloons ($360 Value)

$179 for a Hot Air Balloon Ride with Champagne Toast from Sonoma Valley Balloons ($360 Value)

Sonoma Valley Balloons

Santa Rosa

Bird's-eye vistas of vineyards and distant mountains come into view as FAA-certified pilots whisk passengers away in a hot air balloon

$360 $179

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Moss Landing Whale Watching (Kahuna Sportfishing): Two-Hour Whale Watching for One, Two or Four at Moss Landing Whale Watching (Kahuna Sportfishing) (Up to 40% Off)

Two-Hour Whale Watching for One, Two or Four at Moss Landing Whale Watching (Kahuna Sportfishing) (Up to 40% Off)

Moss Landing Whale Watching (Kahuna Sportfishing)

Moss Landing

A two-hour boat trip allows individuals or small groups to spot whales in their natural habitat

$42 $28

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Archery Santa Cruz: Level One Group Lesson and Range Time for Two or Four at Archery Santa Cruz (Up to 45% Off)

Level One Group Lesson and Range Time for Two or Four at Archery Santa Cruz (Up to 45% Off)

Archery Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz

Learn about form, safety, and skill development in a group archery lesson

$50 $28

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Sea Goddess Whale Watching: Up to Three Hours of Whale Watching for One, Two, Four, or Six at Sea Goddess Whale Watching (24% Off)

Up to Three Hours of Whale Watching for One, Two, Four, or Six at Sea Goddess Whale Watching (24% Off)

Sea Goddess Whale Watching

Moss Landing

A marine biologist narrates a nearly three-hour cruise of Monterey Bay, during which Humpback, Grey, Killer, and Blue whales can be spotted

$45 $34

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2016 Reebok Spartan Races: $79 for Reebok Spartan Race Entry to the Monterey Super on June 4 ($149 Value)

$79 for Reebok Spartan Race Entry to the Monterey Super on June 4 ($149 Value)

2016 Reebok Spartan Races

Toro Park

Held on the beautiful lawn in the midst of Monterey’s inland wine country, Spartans navigate 24–29 tricky obstacles during this race

$149 $79

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Treasure Island Flea: Single-Day Admission for Two or Four with Two or Four Beverages to Treasure Island Flea (Up to 55% Off)

Single-Day Admission for Two or Four with Two or Four Beverages to Treasure Island Flea (Up to 55% Off)

Treasure Island Flea

Treasure Island

Peruse 300+ vendors with food, antiques, and vintage and handmade goods while sipping locally crafted drinks

$22 $11

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Skydive Monterey Bay: Weekday or Weekend VIP Tandem Jump for One, Two, or Four at Skydive Monterey Bay (Up to 37% Off)

Weekday or Weekend VIP Tandem Jump for One, Two, or Four at Skydive Monterey Bay (Up to 37% Off)

Skydive Monterey Bay

Marina

Jump from 18,000 feet and enjoy a thrilling 90-second freefall while attached to an instructor; VIPs receive priority boarding and diploma

$409 $289

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Leal Vineyards: Wine and Cheese Tasting for Two, Four, or Six at Leal Vineyards (Up to 68% Off)

Wine and Cheese Tasting for Two, Four, or Six at Leal Vineyards (Up to 68% Off)

Leal Vineyards

Hollister

Palates are introduced to subtle notes of varietals including chardonnay, malbec, and mourvèdre in tasting room on 50-acre estate

$30 $11

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Fox Horsemanship: Horseback Riding Lessons at Fox Horsemanship (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Horseback Riding Lessons at Fox Horsemanship (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Fox Horsemanship

Los Gatos

Experienced instructors offer riding and horsemanship lessons for riders of all ages; after-school work exchange program also available

$250 $130

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Joyce Vineyards: $11 for a Wine Tasting for Two at Joyce Vineyards ($20 Value)

$11 for a Wine Tasting for Two at Joyce Vineyards ($20 Value)

Joyce Vineyards

Carmel Valley Village

Sample 7 wines, including the Black Mountain chardonnay with notes of pear, quince and pineapple, or the bold Pedregal cabernet sauvignon

$20 $11

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TAG Paintball: Basic Rental Package for Two or Four at TAG Paintball (Up to 46% Off)

Basic Rental Package for Two or Four at TAG Paintball (Up to 46% Off)

TAG Paintball

Hollister

Outdoor paintball park open since 1984 dotted with obstacles such as forts, oil drums, and tires

$70 $39

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Bacon and Beer Classic : Bacon and Beer Classic at Levi's® Stadium on Saturday, February 27

Bacon and Beer Classic at Levi's® Stadium on Saturday, February 27

Bacon and Beer Classic

Levi's® Stadium

Unlimited samples of 100-plus craft beers and ciders and 25 bacon-infused dishes, plus games, contests and music inside Levi’s Stadium

$93.65 $80

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Pacific Grove Dance: Two or Three Group Dance Lessons at Pacific Grove Dance (Up to 60% Off)

Two or Three Group Dance Lessons at Pacific Grove Dance (Up to 60% Off)

Pacific Grove Dance

Pacific Grove

Expert dancing instructors lead students of all levels through small group lessons in rumba, foxtrot, or tango

$20 $10

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Physique Exercise Salon: 8 or 12 Barre Classes at Physique Exercise Salon (Up to 71% Off)

8 or 12 Barre Classes at Physique Exercise Salon (Up to 71% Off)

Physique Exercise Salon

Carmel

Instructors help exercisers build flexibility in limb-lengthening barre classes

$160 $59

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Art Social: Social Painting Event for One or Two at Local Bar or Restaurant from Art Social (Up to 47% Off)

Social Painting Event for One or Two at Local Bar or Restaurant from Art Social (Up to 47% Off)

Art Social

Multiple Locations

Local artists unleash students’ creative sides during three-hour painting classes held in various local wine bars and restaurants

$45 $25

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Chinese New Year San Francisco: San Francisco Chinese New Year Festival and Parade on Saturday, February 20, at 5:45 p.m. (Up to 51% Off)

San Francisco Chinese New Year Festival and Parade on Saturday, February 20, at 5:45 p.m. (Up to 51% Off)

Chinese New Year San Francisco

San Francisco Chinese New Year Festival and Parade

Annual parade celebrates Chinese New Year with three-hour procession of extravagant floats, elaborate costumes, and a 268-foot dragon

$79 $39

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De Tierra Vineyards: Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Souvenir Wine Glasses at De Tierra Vineyards (Up to 52% Off)

Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Souvenir Wine Glasses at De Tierra Vineyards (Up to 52% Off)

De Tierra Vineyards

Carmel By The Sea

Taste a variety of sustainably harvested wines in a charming tasting room with beautiful sweeping views

$42 $22

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Computer History Museum: Computer History Museum Visit for Two with Optional T-Shirts, or a Visit for Four or Six (Up to 52% Off)

Computer History Museum Visit for Two with Optional T-Shirts, or a Visit for Four or Six (Up to 52% Off)

Computer History Museum

Mountain View

History museum showcases the evolution of computing from ancient artifacts to contemporary mobile devices with interactive exhibits

$30 $15

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The Coastview Vineyard: Wine Tasting for Two or Four, or Private Tasting Party for 10 at Coastview Vineyard Tasting Room (Up to 57% Off)

Wine Tasting for Two or Four, or Private Tasting Party for 10 at Coastview Vineyard Tasting Room (Up to 57% Off)

The Coastview Vineyard

Carmel Valley Village

Tour the winery and sip samples of wine before using up to $40 in credits to purchase bottles; private parties include wine and food

$40 $19

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Monster Energy AMA Supercross: Monster Energy AMA Supercross on Saturday, April 2, at 6:30 p.m.

Monster Energy AMA Supercross on Saturday, April 2, at 6:30 p.m.

Monster Energy AMA Supercross

Levi's Stadium

Motocross pros jockey for position as they fly around curves and jumps on a dirt track at Levi’s Stadium

$43.85 $26

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Physique Exercise Salon: 8 or 12 TRX Classes at Physique Exercise Salon (Up to 50% Off)

8 or 12 TRX Classes at Physique Exercise Salon (Up to 50% Off)

Physique Exercise Salon

Carmel

Instructors help students of all fitness levels build strength with the TRX suspension-training program, which was designed by a Navy SEAL

$200 $99

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Rusty Wallace Racing Experience: Short-Track Racing Experience or Ride-Along at Rusty Wallace Racing Experience (Up to 55% Off)

Short-Track Racing Experience or Ride-Along at Rusty Wallace Racing Experience (Up to 55% Off)

Rusty Wallace Racing Experience

The New Stockton 99 Speedway

Professional drivers sate passengers’ need for speed in stock cars during exciting ride-alongs and racing experiences

$99 $49

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Bay Area Discovery Museum: Visit for Two, Four, or Six to Bay Area Discovery Museum (Up to 46% Off)

Visit for Two, Four, or Six to Bay Area Discovery Museum (Up to 46% Off)

Bay Area Discovery Museum

Sausalito

Kids create art and explore interactive exhibits while learning about scientific concepts and local landmarks

$27.90 $15

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California Academy of Sciences: Adult, Child, or Youth General Admission at California Academy of Sciences

Adult, Child, or Youth General Admission at California Academy of Sciences

California Academy of Sciences

Golden Gate Park

Explore a four-story living rainforest, a planetarium with a 75-foot dome, a moving earthquake exhibit, a living roof, and much more

$29.95

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Kaiwa Art and Play Space: Five-Hour Open Studio and Play Time for One, Two, or Four Children (Up to 58% Off)

Five-Hour Open Studio and Play Time for One, Two, or Four Children (Up to 58% Off)

Kaiwa Art and Play Space

Santa Cruz

Unique play environment encourages children to explore their creative side while engaging in conversation with other budding artists

$25 $12

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Motion Pacific: 10 or 20 Rhythm & Motion Dance Workout Classes at Motion Pacific (Up to 70% Off)

10 or 20 Rhythm & Motion Dance Workout Classes at Motion Pacific (Up to 70% Off)

Motion Pacific

Central Santa Cruz

Rhythm & Motion classes combine inventive dance routines with engaging music to create an exhilarating, high-energy workout

$130 $39

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Myka Cellars & Bunter Springs Winery: Wine Tasting for Two or Four at Myka Cellars & Bunter Springs Winery (Up to 45% Off)

Wine Tasting for Two or Four at Myka Cellars & Bunter Springs Winery (Up to 45% Off)

Myka Cellars & Bunter Springs Winery

Carmel Valley Village

Guests taste six different small-batch wines, each made from grapes sourced from local, family-run vineyards

$20 $12

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Treks and Tracks: Four-Hour Beginning Rock Climbing Class for One, Two, or Three from Treks and Tracks (Up to 57% Off)

Four-Hour Beginning Rock Climbing Class for One, Two, or Three from Treks and Tracks (Up to 57% Off)

Treks and Tracks

Multiple Locations

Experienced outdoor guides teach climbing and belaying techniques at two picturesque state parks and provide all safety gear

$105 $49

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Stroller Strong Moms Monterey: Up to 50% Off Fitness Classes at Stroller Strong Moms Monterey

Up to 50% Off Fitness Classes at Stroller Strong Moms Monterey

Stroller Strong Moms Monterey

Multiple Locations

From the merchant: Fun fitness classes designed by a mommy for a mommy - with your little one(s) in tow… you will sweat like a mother!

$50 $27

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  • Peter B's Brewpub
    Property Location With a stay at Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay in Monterey, you'll be connected to the convention center and minutes from Monterey Convention Center and Fisherman's Wharf. This 4-star resort is within close proximity of Golden State Theater and Fisherman's Wharf. Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 379 guestrooms featuring refrigerators and LCD televisions. Your pillowtop bed comes with triple sheeting and cotton sheets. Windows open to ocean and city views. High-definition televisions with cable programming are provided for your entertainment, with wired and wireless Internet access available for a surcharge. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature makeup/shaving mirrors and designer toiletries. Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy body treatments and facials. You're sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, including an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a sauna. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access, a concierge desk, and babysitting/childcare. Dining Enjoy a meal at one of the resort's dining establishments, which include 2 restaurants and a coffee shop/café. From your room, you can also access room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at one of the 2 bars/lounges. Hot/cold buffet breakfasts are available daily for a fee. Business, Other Amenities Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, limo/town car service, and business services. Planning an event in Monterey? This resort has 50,000 square feet (4645 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Extended parking is available onsite.
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    2 Portola Plaza
    Monterey, CA US
  • Bay Park Hotel
    Property Location With a stay at Bay Park Hotel in Monterey, you'll be convenient to Monterey Museum of Art-Pacific Street and Fisherman's Wharf. This hotel is within close proximity of Cathedral of San Carlos Borromeo and Golden State Theater. Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 80 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and DVD players. Flat-screen televisions with digital programming provide entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Conveniences include desks and coffee/tea makers, and housekeeping is provided daily. Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities Take advantage of recreational opportunities offered, including a spa tub, a fitness facility, and a seasonal outdoor pool. Dining Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Business, Other Amenities Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access and a business center. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and banquet facilities. Free parking is available onsite.
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    1425 Munras Avenue
    Monterey, CA US
  • Monterey Whale Watching
    Princess Monterey Whale Watching Princess Monterey Whale Watching’s two 100-foot vessels slice through the Bay waters with ease, following currents, wave patterns, and other subtle signs to spot whales in the distance. While the 3-hour excursions—which feature full narration by a marine biologist and naturalist with at least 10 years of experience in local waters—don’t always result in whale sightings, they most always yield close wildlife encounters of one sort or another. After all, the bay teems with life in the form of dolphins, sharks, sea turtles, otters, seals, and sea lions, not to mention all of the wild birds overhead. The Wild Side of Monterey Bay The Monterey Bay Area is renowned for its stunning views and picturesque beaches. It also holds a reputation for the incredible diversity of its wildlife. Here are just a few of the creatures that regularly inhabit its waters: Whales: The Bay provides sheltered waters for migrating whales of many species, most particularly grey and humpback whales. In winter, when grey whales most frequently swim the waters, one can also find orca pods hunting them. In the summer months, the bay has even been known to house a mighty blue whale or two. Porpoises: While the big whales are easy to spot from a distance, their smaller cousins, porpoises, are perhaps more frequently sighted. You’ll know them by their low triangular dorsal fin and stubby rounded snout. In addition to these small-toothed mammals, bottlenose dolphins, northern right whale dolphins, and Pacific white-sided dolphins also reside in the Bay, and frequently frolic along the surface. Birds: Not all that soars above the sea is a gull. The skies over the Bay, in fact, contain an equally impressive number of species as the water itself. Cormorants and jaegers dip and twil, loons and grebes cry out over the wind, and black-footed albatrosses hunt from on high, delivering omens to would-be sailors. Other Wildlife: Sea mammals and birds only describe a fraction of the bay’s population. Its waters make an ideal home for otters, as well as the sharks that hunt them. The bay also acts as a fertile breeding ground for elephant seals, and provides safe beaches for amphibious sea turtles to lay their eggs.
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    96 Fishermans Wharf
    Monterey, CA US
  • Restaurant 1833
    Restaurant 1833: A User’s Guide Historic Setting | Unique Dining Rooms | New American Cuisine | Small-Batch Bourbons | Practical Joking Ghost Sample Menu Appetizer: crispy hen egg with prosciutto, asparagus, and sherry vinaigrette Pasta: gnocchi with braised rabbit Entree: whole-roasted truffle chicken Dessert: butter bourbon pudding Cocktail: Kentucky Waffle—bourbon, maple syrup, and apple cider Where to Sit The Sun Room: inviting dining room with vintage chandeliers and an antique communal table Hattie’s Room: lavender-painted space dedicated to previous inhabitant Harriet Gragg, whose spirit is said to still stop by to play practical jokes on guests The Apothecary: elegant bar stocked with small-batch and single-barrel bourbons Or: the intimate Gallatin’s Room, the election-themed Governor’s Room, the cozy Library, the lofty Founder’s Balcony, the al fresco Fireside Patio and Redwood Terrace, or the mixology-focused Absinthe bar Inside Tips Look around at the landscaping—on one side of the patio, you’ll find an oak tree that’s at least 150 years old Ask staff members to share stories about the historic space’s colorful history—they’ll be more than happy to oblige. Vocab Lesson Kataifi: finely shredded Greek pastry, similar in texture to shredded wheat. It can be found in both sweet and savory dishes. Mille-feuille: French for “a thousand leaves,” this intricate dessert is traditionally made with layers of puff pastry and pastry cream.
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    500 Hartnell Street
    Monterey, CA US
  • Adventures by the Sea
    Adventures by the Sea is owner Frank Knight’s love letter to Monterey Bay. As an avid cyclist, kayaker, and surfer in his youth, Frank decided to share the gift of the bay by providing land- and sea-activity rentals for tourists. But, what started out as a small bike-rental shop frequented by local hotel guests eventually transformed into a four-location recreational company that now offers kayaking, bicycling, SUP paddling, and surrey-carriage rentals and tours. Bicycle renters can cruise along 17-Mile Drive and the rocky shorelines of Pacific Grove, while surrey-carriage rentals provide a low-key communal pedaling adventure for up to four riders. Patrons can also enjoy the serene environment of Monterey Peninsula as they glide through the waters of Cannery Row and Stillwater Cove—both part of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary—on the company’s kayaks and standup paddleboards (SUP). During tours, knowledgeable guides rattle off facts about the area while pointing out its wildlife, such as harbor seals lounging on the rocks and otters snapping pictures of kayakers. Along with providing land and water activities, Adventures by the Sea helps guests build stronger relationships with one another through their local group adventures, which include scavenger hunts. When customers are ready to invest in their own trustworthy gear, the company’s pro shop helps them stock up on boogie boards, snorkeling equipment, and paddleboards from brands such as Surftech, Naish Hawaii, and Paddle Surf Hawaii.
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    299 Cannery Row
    Monterey, CA US
  • Monterey Mirror Maze
    A chill swept through Monterey on March 8, 1933, and it had little to do with the unseasonably cool temperatures. President Franklin D. Roosevelt had ordered the nation’s banks to shut down for four days, but Cannery Row Bank was very much abuzz; thieves blasted a gaping hole in the vault wall and absconded with heaps of cash and gold. Police officers chased them into nearby cannery warehouses but quickly lost sight of them. Much like the movement to eliminate prime numbers from the calendar, the long-dead case was resurrected in 2009, when new evidence was unearthed at the Clement Monterey Hotel. The fresh clues are now displayed at Monterey Mirror Maze, a site that pays homage to the mysterious events of that blustery March day. Visitors reenact the heist at the 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 lead to cool prizes such as gift certificates and sunglasses. Visitors can top off their heist 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.
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    751 Cannery Row, Ste 109
    Monterey, CA US

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