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Albuquerque, NM

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Monterey Peninsula, CA

Welcome to the Monterey Peninsula, one of the most diverse and beautiful areas in Northern California. Its colorful cities and historic locations make it an ideal family travel getaway. Monterey features an array of restaurants, recreational opportunities, boutiques, galleries, and family lodging. It is host to a wide variety of festivals and world class events including The Monterey Jazz Festival, The Monterey Blues Festival, Cherries Jubilee, The Great Monterey Squid Festival and Monterey Wine Festival, as well as major automobile and motorcycle races at nearby Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Monterey is also conveniently nestled near other towns and villages perfect for an afternoon family outing.

Carmel-by-the-Sea, with a population of 5,000 residents, plays host to thousands of visitors each year. By the 1920's Carmel had already achieved its international reputation as an artists' colony. Now its biggest attractions are the downtown shopping district and its beautiful beaches. You won't find many sidewalks, streetlights, neon signs or mailing addresses, but you will find specialty shops, boutiques, art and photography galleries and great restaurants. Carmel Valley is a combination of sunshine and countryside. The valley retains the agricultural character of its history: Rustic barns, fields of lettuce, vineyards and grazing animals. The village is 12 miles east of Carmel and is home to Garland Ranch Regional Park.

Pacific Grove , better known by locals as "America's last hometown," is also known for its thriving population of Monarch butterflies. A walk through the residential neighborhoods reveals many well-preserved, turn of the century, Victorian homes. History buffs can visit the Point Piños Lighthouse, the oldest operating facility of its kind on the California coast. The Monterey Bay recreational trail passes by Lover's Point, offering many opportunities to view sea otters, sea lions and occasionally passing whales.

Pebble Beach is a gated community located between Carmel-by-the-Sea and Pacific Grove. Its 17-Mile Drive draws hundreds of visitors daily where views of the ocean, cypress trees, fabulous houses and deer, not to mention the world's most dramatic golf courses, are truly breathtaking.

MONTEREY: PAST & PRESENT

In the midst of a bustling downtown lined with family friendly restaurants, shops, and cafes, Monterey has preserved more history than any other city in California. Monterey State Historic Park, in downtown Monterey, marks the spot where the United States flag was first officially raised on July 7, 1846, bringing 600,000 square miles, including California, into the Union. Ten buildings, including the Custom House, California's First Theater, several former residences built in the 1830s and now museums, preserve the area's rich heritage. Special walking tours led by professionals in period costumes leave several times a day from the Stanton Visitor Center, or pick up a Path of History Walking Tour map from the Old Monterey Business Association and guide yourself.

Monterey's history actually began long before the 1800s. While seeking a convenient stopover for Spanish galleons returning from Manila to Acapulco, Spanish explorer Sebastian Vizcaino "discovered" the bay and peninsula he named Monterey, after the viceroy of New Spain, in 1602. But it would be more than 160 years before Gaspar de Portola reached Monterey to reassess Vizcaino's recommendation, and by then, Father Junipero Serra's overland party had already begun the establishment of the California missions. The thriving Native American population or Ohlone, became the focus of Father Serra's ministry and the labor force behind his missions. The sub-populations best known in this area are the Essalen and Rumsen tribes.

Chinese and Japanese laborers settled in the area circa 1849 during the Gold Rush, yet by drying fish, abalone, squid and other seafood and shipping it back to their homeland, they originated the local fishing industry. In the 1870s, the Italian and Portuguese broke the Chinese fishing monopoly by developing the fresh fish industry and shipping to San Francisco markets via the new railroad. The railroad, in turn, opened up the tourism industry, bringing travelers to the Peninsula and to its first luxury resort, the famed Del Monte Hotel, now the campus for the Naval Postgraduate School.

Writers Jack London, Robinson Jeffers, Henry Miller, John Steinbeck and Robert Louis Stevenson were all inspired by this region. Big Sur was the haunt of Henry Miller; Robinson Jeffers built Tor House on Carmel Point. California painters settled in Carmel, fostering its renown as an artist colony. Ansel Adams was born in Carmel.

FAMILY FUN

Made famous by John Steinbeck, Cannery Row is one of Monterey’s most sought after family friendly outings. Cannery Row is alive with music, bustling shops, sandy beaches, tasty spots to grab a bite, and four-wheeled surreys. Set out to explore the Row on foot and take in all it has to offer

Conveniently located near Cannery Row, you’ll find the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Marvel over a white shark up close and personal, dive into the world of sea otters with Otter Days, take a behind the scenes tour to learn the more than the average visitor, explore the kelp forest and take a mission to the deep, and giggle over the always entertaining penguins. One day may not be enough for your family – plan on coming back again before your vacation is over! There’s so much to see and do at the Aquarium and you won’t want to miss a thing.

Next on your stop as you head out from your Monterey family lodging could be Fisherman’s Wharf, a trip back in time when old fisherman ruled the shores and dominated the industry. Children will love the face painting, whale watching cruises, deep sea fishing, candy shops, and the wharf’s general store for old timey treasures.

For a fun family friendly historical, educational outing, take a short drive out to the John Steinbeck Center in downtown Salinas and explore Steinbeck’s legacy through interactive exhibits, artifacts, and theatre. Other entertaining, educational outings include visits to the Royal Presidio Chapel, Point Pinos Lighthouse, the Pacific House Museum and Custom House. Monterey’s history comes to life when you take your family on investigative adventures.

The Monterey Peninsula is a recreational haven for surfing, scuba diving, kayaking, lounging on the sandy shores, sailing, fishing, golfing, biking, and so much more. The area boasts 19 championship golf courses, year-round tennis weather, hundreds of miles for hiking or horseback riding, and of course, an abundance of marine life popping up here and there just in time for a picture perfect moment. So decide on your family’s list of favorite activities and head out to discover Monterey, an ideal destination for family travel.

From pizza chains to local eateries, Monterey has family friendly restaurants sprinkled throughout town, inviting your family to relax after a day at the beach or take a break during an afternoon of exploration. You can watch a televised sports game while ordering from the kid’s menu at a variety of restaurants or savor international fare in a quieter environment. With extended hours and kid friendly choices, Monterey’s restaurants combine with a terrific locale to make your entire family travel experience perfectly pleasing.

FAMILY FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES

Cannery Row
Welcome to Cannery Row in Monterey, California, the most popular vacation destination on California's Central Coast. Set on the Monterey Bay, this historic waterfront district made famous by Steinbeck offers attractions and recreation, authentic restaurants, affordable waterfront family friendly hotels, convenient shopping and exciting nightlife. For family fun, romance or adventure travel, stay, play and dine here on Cannery Row.

Monterey Bay Aquarium
With daily activities, animals and exhibits, adventures and tours, Monterey Bay Aquarium is a must-see during a family vacation.

Monterey Harbor Old Fisherman’s Wharf
Old Fisherman’s Wharf offers a myriad of family friendly restaurants, seafood, unique shops, whale watching, fishing, bay cruises, theatre, and the sights and sounds of Monterey’s past.

Monterey Recreation
The Monterey Peninsula offers a treasure of diverse recreational family activities on the land, in the sea, and even in the sky.

National John Steinbeck Center
The Center is located in John Steinbeck's hometown of Salinas, a scenic 17-mile drive from Monterey, California in the heart of Steinbeck Country. The Museum offers three distinct visitor experiences in literature and history, agriculture and art, as well special events and educational programs.

Historic Monterey
The new Historic Monterey website contains nine themed sections covering the key aspects of our historic destination, plus detailed information on our 18th- and 19th-century buildings. There's a calendar of history-related events in Monterey County, walking tours, and information.

Monterey Restaurants
A complete listing of family friendly restaurants in Monterey, easily searchable by cuisine and region.

Monterey Attractions


Monterey Bay Aquarium
Come explore the award-winning exhibits including information about the many animals, plants and natural habitats displayed.

National Steinbeck Center
In the tradition of John Steinbeck, the National Steinbeck Center draws its inspiration from the diverse people and the land of the Salinas Valley.

Monterey City Guide


Monterey County
From the dramatic Big Sur coastline to romantic Carmel & Pebble Beach to historic Monterey & its diverse peninsula communities, to the fertile Salinas Valley, Monterey County offers a rich variety of destinations.

Monterey Events Calender


Monterey : Featured Article : Wine & Food Festivities
Eat! Drink! Be Merry! Here in Monterey County eat brilliant local produce and seafood, prepared as regional specialties, drink world-class wine, and the merriment will follow!

Monterey Museums


Maritime Museum
The Maritime Museum of Monterey can trace its origins as far back as 1931, when Emily Elkington, then curator of the Custom House, dreamed of a waterfront maritime museum.

Monterey Recreation


Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Laguna Seca Raceway is the premier road racing venue in the United States. Our web site provides race fans with an unparalleled source of information about upcoming events, schedules, tickets, merchandise, track data, news, and area sites and facilities.

Monterey Whale Watching - Monterey Bay California
The California Coast offers a unique opportunity to observe whales and other wildlife close to shore almost year round. We offer a safe, fun and educational trip for the whole family to enjoy.

Monterey State Guides


Point Lobos State Reserve
Point Lobos State Reserve offers outstanding recreation, such as hiking, SCUBA diving, & jogging. In addition to the spectacular beauty, nearly every aspect of its resources is of scientific interest.

Monterey Travel / Tourism


Cannery Row in Monterey California
Cannery Row welcomes you to a fascinating world of seaside exploration, shopping, dining and activities on the ruggedly beautiful shoreline of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Welcome to the Monterey Bay Blues Festival Website!
The Monterey Bay Blues Festival is considered one of the premier Blues Festivals in the country. It continues to attract and feature world-renowned blues artists as well as young budding artists of the future.

47th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival
The Monterey Jazz Festival is dedicated to perpetuating the uniquely American form of music known as jazz.

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Devils Tower Lodge
Devils Tower, WY
United States

Our unique B&B is nestled on 21 acres of prairie and pine, at the base of Devils Tower. Each room has dramatic Tower vistas, queen beds, open-air view decks and private baths. A full country breakfast is served.

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Contact Information

PO Box 66
Devils Tower, Wyoming  82714
United States
307-467-5267
Toll Free Reservations:
888-314-5267
General Manager:
Frank Sanders
Email:
frank@devilstowerlodge.com
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