A Perfect (Rainy) Day in Monterey, CA

We have been so lucky to call Monterey our home for two years. If you’re ever in town for a visit, you might be disappointed by a cloudy or rainy forecast. While the region is a goldmine for outdoor enthusiasts (hello Big Sur), there’s plenty to do inside!

Here’s a list of my favorite spots along (or near) Cannery Row, perfect for a rainy day:

Start your day at Captain + Stoker.

Before you head to Cannery Row, grab some coffee and a light breakfast at Captain + Stoker, a gorgeous cafe in New Monterey. As its name suggests, the cafe has a special bicycle theme and offers single-origin pour-over coffee and delicious, light breakfast fare (we recommend avocado toast or yogurt parfait).  If you’re really hungry, walk a few blocks to Paris Bakery. Get any (or all) of their croissants – you’ll thank me later.

Explore the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

You’re in Monterey, you have to go. The Monterey Bay Aquarium will not disappoint, especially on a rainy day. The aquarium opens at 10 a.m. and there is often a line at the door, so get there early and be caffeinated! Take your time and explore all of the different exhibits. My favorite? The Kelp Forest and Open Sea, by far.

Poke around the eclectic shops.

Like most tourist destinations, Cannery Row does not fall short for the silly, eclectic shops. Buy a Monterey souvenir from the Five & Dime General Store. Taste over 70 varieties of olive oils and vinegar’s at Monterey’s Tasty Olive Bar. Test small batch, handcrafted hot sauces, salsas, seasonings and rubs at the Pepper Palace.

Get lost inside the Cannery Row Antique Mall.

This place. This place is magical. The Cannery Row Antique Mall is housed in a former canning company warehouse in the 1927 Steinbeck era. The gorgeous, historic building houses over 100 antique dealers. Get lost as you weave in and out of the displays, from furniture and home decor to vintage posters, roadside signs, glassware, artwork, jewelry. The list goes on and on.

Finish your day with a wine flight at A Taste of Monterey. 

Tucked away inside a renovated 1918 sardine cannery turned shopping center (do you see a trend here?), A Taste of Monterey is a quiet retreat with panoramic views of Monterey Bay. The wine bar is a one-stop shop for Monterey wine tasting, with over 95 local wineries. Go for a proper tasting or sit down for flights and snacks (small plates, flatbread pizzas, artisan cheeses).

For more travel ideas visit www.seemonterey.com.

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