Welcome to the Monterey Bay Peninsula, where new and exhilarating experiences await with each return. The onetime sardine capital of the world – so vividly celebrated in John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row – Monterey is a pristine and historic seaside village where fabulous shopping, galleries, great dining, unspoiled coastline and historic neighborhoods offer a little something for everyone.
Along Cannery Row, you’ll find a lively collection of shops, souvenir stores and restaurants occupying the restored sardine factories overlooking the bay. You can breeze into Fisherman's Wharf to sample fresh ceviche, crab, clam chowder and shrimp. Paddle a sea kayak out onto the calm waters of Monterey Bay to cavort with seals and sea otters. Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium, renowned as the best aquarium in the world. Hop in the car and enjoy the scenic drive to Carmel-by-the-Sea or Pebble Beach.
There is nothing you can’t see or experience within a short drive of Sunset Inn Hotel. To help you plan your visit, we’ve compiled a list of the most popular things to do in and around Monterey.
Asilomar State Beach – 0.1 miles
Located within walking distance of the Sunset Inn, Asilomar Beach is open to walkers, (leashed) dogs, and cyclists. Visitors will find a combination of rocky outcroppings and sandy beach. Nearby, Sunset Inn offers travelers romantic boutique accommodations with superior amenities like in-room fireplaces, spa tubs and more. For more information on Asilomar State Beach, visit http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=566
Asilomar Conference Grounds – 0.1 miles
Situated in Pacific Grove, CA along the Monterey Peninsula, The Asilomar Conference Grounds is a one-of-a-kind conference center enveloped by both forests and beaches. Designed by world-renowned architect Julia Morgan, Asilomar has a history that’s as rich as its stunning surroundings. For nearly 100 years, this charming conference center has beckoned thousands of visitors who have participated in business meetings, corporate seminars, weddings and family reunions.
Asilomar Conference Grounds Dining – 0.1 miles
Savor first-class meals at this first-class conference center. Country-style menus offer delightfully delectable options for all tastes. Crocker Dining Hall provides a casual atmosphere and can seat up to 850 guests. Twenty event rooms allow for diners to enjoy a custom planned menu. Fans of barbecue will opt for the Boardwalk Barbecue menu, which features St. Louis-style pork ribs, roasted chicken and grilled salmon
Asilomar Conference Grounds Activities – 0.1 miles
Nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts will be in heaven at Asilomar. Activities range from kayaking, surfing, and scuba diving to deep sea fishing, horseback riding, and biking. During the winter months, thousands of must-see monarch butterflies make their way to Monarch Grove Sanctuary. Bird watchers will also be drawn to this exceptionally beautiful Monterey Peninsula paradise.
Pacific Grove Golf – 0.1 miles
Maintained by the city of Pacific Grove, the Municipal Golf Course is one of the best-kept secrets on the Monterey Peninsula. These 18 holes boast sweeping ocean views and a lovely wooded area as well. Visit http://www.pggolflinks.com
17-Mile Drive – 0.1 miles
For an unparalleled driving experience, take a trip down 17-Mile Drive. This awesome road follows the shores and cliffs around Monterey Bay and through the tony neighborhoods of Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach. For more information visit http://www.pebblebeach.com/activities/explore-the-monterey-peninsula/17-mile-drive
Spanish Bay Golf – 2 miles
Spanish Bay has been compared to the downy landscapes of Scotland, the birthplace of the game of golf. What’s so similar? The ocean views, for one, and the sandy links. To learn more about the Links at Spanish Bay, visit
Monterey Bay Aquarium – 2 miles
At the Monterey Bay Aquarium, visitors can watch a great white shark in captivity, a rare occurrence. They can also watch otters from all over the globe, see a wave crash overhead, and learn more about our planet’s oceans. Visit http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/
Cannery Row – 2 miles
Made famous by John Steinbeck’s roman a clef of the same name, Cannery Row is tourist heaven on the shores of Monterey Bay. Explore one of 84 shops, grab a hot fudge sundae at Ghiradelli’s, or savor a sampling of clam chowder at Fish Hopper, one of 20 restaurants. http://www.canneryrow.com/
Pebble Beach and the AT&T National Pro-Am– 5.3 miles
For golfers, the famed Pebble Beach Golf Links needs no introduction. The annual home of the prestigious AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and occasional site of the U.S. Open Championship, Pebble Beach is one of the most iconic - not to mention stunningly beautiful - golf courses in the world. Even for non golfers, the spectacular coastal beauty surrounding the course is something to behold. From the legendary Lone Cypress to the 18th green, a journey along 17-Mile Drive will leave you breathless. Other well-known Pebble Beach events include the epicurean celebration, Pebble Beach Food and Wine, and the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, an internationally renowned classic car event. For more info please visit http://www.attpbgolf.com/