Today the fabulous site BlogTrotting is heading over to my neck of the woods to see the sights of beautiful Monterey, California. 

Monterey is located 2 hours south of San Francisco along the Pacific Ocean.  Our claims to fame are that the internationally acclaimed author John Steinbeck was born and raised here, Doris Day lives here and co-owns a hotel in the area (which I have had the pleasure of having afternoon tea at with my girlfriends), and of course there is the infamous Pebble Beach – host of many major golf championships, including the U.S. Open which will be held next month.

There is so much to see and do around Monterey – from hiking at Big Sur, taking in the infamous Cannery Row, picking fruit at one of the local farms, letting the little ones loose at Dennis The Menace Park, bike rides along the boardwalk, the amazing Monterey Bay Aquarium, or enjoying some clam chowder at Fisherman's Wharf, to name but a few.

Monterey Bay
Monterey Bay on a notoriously foggy evening

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey Bay Aquarium

Moss Landing
Moss Landing

Partington Cove
Partington Cove, Big Sur

Elkhorn Slough Elkhorn Slough

The Farm in Salinas The Farm, Salinas

Lovers Point Pacific Grove
Lovers Point, Pacific Grove

Western Scrub Jay
Western Scrub Jay

Pebble Beach
Pebble Beach

Monterey Bay
Sunset, Monterey Bay

I hope you enjoyed my tour of Monterey.  If you would like to see other photographs or places we have visited, hiked or roamed aimlessly around along the Central Coast click here.

Be sure to check in with BlogTrotting each day to see where they are heading next.  You will be introduced to some amazing places.

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11 comments

Tara R. May 20, 2010 - 3:36 am

I live on the opposite coast on the Florida Panhandle. I’ve always wanted to visit California, now I know where I need to plan my trip. Gorgeous photos!

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Cara May 20, 2010 - 5:22 am

Beautiful pictures! The one of the fog rolling in is amazing. And I love the Elkhorn Slough one, very artistic!

Fabulous tour! I want to visit all the more now!

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Ronnica May 20, 2010 - 9:35 am

I’ve only briefly been to Monterey, but I enjoyed it!

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Heather May 20, 2010 - 5:39 am

I have lived almost 37 years on this planet, and still haven’t visited California šŸ™

It is definitely on my bucket list; your pictures are amazing! Makes me want to book a flight today!

But for now, I’ll live vicariously through your blog while sipping my coffee here in Lebanon, OH.

Great tour!

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Yogasavy May 20, 2010 - 7:28 am

Monterey is a fun place… Lovely pictures

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Michelle May 20, 2010 - 7:55 am

We were there in November and the pictures we brought home don’t do it justice. It was absolutely beautiful.

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Tonya Staab May 20, 2010 - 2:16 pm

OMG, seriously!!!!!!!! WOW. What happened – of course you can’t tell me here, but email me or something. I need the low down. Missing you too hon. Safe travels.

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Bre May 20, 2010 - 2:04 pm

Okay…I had to steal Josh’s laptop so I could tell you the latest crazy scoop. Are you ready for it???
WE ARE MOVING BACK TO ARIZONA!!!!!
The kids and I fly out tomorrow. Josh loads the big monster truck up and starts his trek back to the desert.
I.AM.SO.OVER.MOVING.
But I can’t complain since we ARE going back HOME.
Okay, I just had to give you the latest lowdown. Hopefully, once we get settled we can get our computer back up and running. I totally miss keeping up with you pretty lady!!!

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Sharlene May 21, 2010 - 4:22 pm

Oh how I love Monterey. You are so lucky to live there! Thank you for joining Spotlight Thursday. I hope you join us again next week! Oh and Happy Blogtrotting! I love Blogtrotting!

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Katie May 21, 2010 - 11:32 pm

A beautiful Cali I so do miss you! Monterey was one of our favorite day trips when we lived outside of San Fran. It’s just gorgeous. I am so jealous that you get to live there AND for the chocolate walking tour. How come I never knew about THAT when I lived there!

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Gramma2many May 23, 2010 - 10:23 am

Don’t know how I have missed this one. Have driven the coast highway many times. Next time,(in two years)thanks to you, this will be on my to see list.
By the way, love the picture of the kiddos running down the path. So cute:

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