Recently refurbished Monterey hotel with free WiFi a 10-minute drive from Cannery Row and Monterey Bay Aquarium
Hotel at a Glance: Lone Oak Lodge
A quick drive or walk away from adventures in downtown Monterey, Lone Oak Lodge opens its family-friendly doors to all explorers, be they out-of-towners or California natives. In a convenient location that’s not far from attractions but not too close to active nightlife, the classic California inn stands a short distance from the picturesque Del Monte Beach: the perfect spot for a day of soaking up sun and playing in the sand. In cooler weather, wildlife lovers can enjoy a cup of warm Starbucks coffee or tea at Lone Oak before heading over to the downtown Monterey for a look at sea lions, otters, and other native “fishermen.” Once everyone’s finished exploring on land and sea, guests can return to the lodge for a relaxing evening, whether they’re staying in a classic guest room or suite.
- Get some rest in choice of one king or two queen beds per room, featuring amenities such as flat-panel TV’s and Blu-ray players
- Feel the heat in the inn’s fitness center, then soothe sore muscles in Lone Oak Lodge’s spa tub or sauna post-workout
- Hit the grill: Picnic tables and barbecue grills make for a scenic outdoor spot to chow down on the catch of the day.
- Less than 10 minutes away: Historic Fisherman’s Wharf, Cannery Row, Del Monte Beach, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Del Monte Golf Course, and Carmel-by-the-Sea are a short drive away.
- Within walking distance: shopping, restaurants, bowling, Monterey County Fairgrounds and Laguna Grande Regional Park
Monterey, California: Scenic Beaches and Marine Wildlife on the Pacific Coast
The city of Monterey is at Monterey Bay’s southern end, in an area considered one of the world’s most scenic thanks to its rugged cliffs and dramatic ocean views. Author John Steinbeck lived for several years in the neighboring town of Pacific Grove, and he immortalized this part of central California in works such as East of Eden and Of Mice and Men. In Cannery Row, Steinbeck depicted the Monterey fish-canning industry at the turn of the 20th century. Today, a tourist destination of the same name houses souvenir shops and eateries right where the sardine factories used to be.
Among the city’s must-see attractions is the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Its mesmerizing displays include a living kelp forest filled with leopard sharks and wolf eels. For those who want to get closer to the sea, there’s the oceanfront Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail, where sea lions sunbathe on the rocks and otters play in the surf. A variety of whales pass by the shores of Monterey all year; visitors might also spot a few dolphins from aboard one of the popular harbor cruises.