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Wrapped by the Pacific on three sides, the Monterey Peninsula at once offers wind-tossed beaches and quiet coves, fine dining and casual eats, early history and postmodern art. Step outside and find yourself among shops, and restaurants filling former fish-packing plants along Cannery Row, made famous by local author John Steinbeck. Sip handcrafted wines at tucked-away tasting rooms where the winemaker might just be the person pouring.

On Monterey Peninsula’s south side, explore artsy Carmel-by-the-Sea (locals just call it Carmel), a town that deftly straddles the balance point of rich history and new wealth. The Carmel Mission is one of the state’s most beautiful, and shady trails fan out from the site into lush Mission Trail Nature Preserve. Stroll the white sands of dog-friendly Carmel Beach, or explore a mosaic of meadows, wave-battered bluffs, and wind-twisted trees at nearby Point Lobos State Reserve. Venture into Carmel Valley for bright sun if (when) the foghorn starts blowing. Then come back to Carmel’s main village, with gallery-lined streets and cozy gastropubs.

Rent bikes to follow the coast south around the peninsula to Pacific Grove, Asilomar State Beach, and the sea-and-spray beauty (and gazillion-dollar homes and celebrated Pebble Beach golf courses) along the 17-Mile Drive. At the end of the conference Play 18 holes at the legendary Pebble Beach golf courses, or just hang out at the 19th hole and watch the pros practice. Monterey is an unforgettable destination that will invigorate your soul and is one of the top road trips in the United States. See you soon.



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On The Water:
Tours and charters leave from Monterey Harbor, giving visitors the opportunity to take in local wildlife like whales, seals, sea lions and otters and enjoy coastal views.

Deep sea, surf and freshwater fishing are popular activities. Fishing regulations and license information can be obtained from the California Department of Fish & Wildlife.

With more than 6,000 sq. miles of water and 276 miles of coastline, there are plenty of areas to snorkel or dive in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary including the Breakwater in Monterey, Lovers Point in Pacific Grove and Whaler’s Cove in Point Lobos State Park.

Many chartered whale watching tours are available from Fisherman’s Wharf and Moss Landing and can be enjoyed year-round. Sightings include gray whales, humpbacks, blue whales, minke whales, fin whales, orcas, dolphins and more!

Chris’s Fishing & Whale Watching: http://www.chrisswhalewatching.com831-375-5957
Fast Raft Ocean Safaris:
Princess Whale Watching: 831-869-7210
Monterey Bay Whale Watching:
Randy’s Fishing and Whale Watching/Boat Charters: – 831-372-7440
Sanctuary Cruises: (Moss Landing)
Adventures by the Sea: (Kayaking, Paddleboards, team building)
Kayak Connection:
Monterey Bay Kayaks:
Monterey Bay Sailing & Boat Charter Service:
Whisper Charters: – 831-239-2914


In the Air:
Explore scenic Monterey County from the sky by helicopter or plane
Available in Marina at the Monterey Municipal Airport. Jump from 18,000 ft with views of Monterey Bay.
SkyDive Monterey Bay: -831-384-3483


On the Land:

Allen Berg Motorsports at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca: http://www.allenbergracingschools.com888-722-3220
Bike & Surrey Rentals – Adventures by the Sea:
Sea Car Tours: http://www.seacartours.com831-884-6807
Segway Tours Monterey:

Wine Tasting and Tours:
Salinas Valley:
Hahn Winery Estate Vineyard ATV Adventure or Walking Tour and Tasting:
Wrath Wines Vineyards:
Paraiso Vineyards:
Carmel Valley:
Tasting Rooms: Bernardus Winery, Joyce Vineyards, Holman Ranch Vineyards, Joullian Vineyards, Folktale Winery, Hill Top Ranch and Cima Collina

Many of these wineries have tours.

Monterey County’s parks and recreation areas feature various hiking trails for the day visitor and the backcountry traveler including trails along the coast and redwood forests.
Point Lobos State Reserve, Pinnacles National Park, Garrapata State Park, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park,
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and McWay Waterfall

Wildlife – other than Whale Watching
Vision Quest/Wild Things: (programs include private tours, washing an African elephant, catwalk with an exotic cat or another unusual animal) 8-31-455-1901
California Condor Sanctuary Tour
Pinnacles National Park – Ranger guided Cave tours and Bat rendezvous night hikes
Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Reserve Take the Safari tour, kayak or walk. Over 340 bird species, otters, sea lions, sharks, crabs etc.
Monterey Bay Aquarium behind the scenes tours.

Horseback Riding:
Guided tours and beach and trail ride packages are available in Big Sur, Carmel Valley, Moss Landing and Pebble Beach. Those who have their own horses can also explore equestrian trails throughout Monterey County.

Chaparral Ranch Horseback Beach Rides:
Monterey Bay Equestrian Center:
Marina Equestrian Center:

Monterey County is a world class golf destination with 21 public and private golf courses playable year-round and in a variety of scenic settings.

Bayonet & Blackhorse Golf Course:
Carmel Valley Ranch Golf Course:
Corral De Tierra Country Club:
Del Monte Golf Course:
Monterey Pines Golf Course:
Pacific Grove Golf Links:
Pebble Beach Golf Links:
Poppy Hills Golf Course:
The Club at Crazy Horse Ranch:

Biking: From the rugged challenges of mountain biking at Fort Ord Public Lands to the cliffs of Big Sur to the gentle, paved coastal Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail, there’s a ride in Monterey County for every level of cyclist.

Camping: The Los Padres National Forest, Pinnacles and many state beaches and parks offer campsites throughout Monterey County. RV camping is also available at select sites.





Before and after the conference enjoy a variety of tour options in Monterey County.

AG Venture Tours: 831-761-8463
California Legacy Tours: 855-278-0895
Carmel Food Tours: 800-656-0713
Carmel Walks: 831-373-2813
Monterey Adventure Tours: 866-302-7623
Monterey Bay Guided Wine Tours: 831-920-2792
Monterey Bay Scenic Tours/Movie Tours:
Monterey Walking Tours:

Or contact Carol Chorbajian at (831) 646-5952



Its California….. Temperatures consistently average 65 degrees year round. The average sunset in October is 6:30 PM with an average high temperature of 68 degrees F and low temperature of 51 degrees F



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