Award-Winning Monterey County

Visit this page to read about the latest awards and mentions for Monterey County destinations! 


Coastal Living Names Monterey as California's #1 Happiest Seaside Town 2015

The July/August issue of Coastal Living has the final results of the "America's Happiest Seaside Towns" contest and Monterey was featured as the number one town in California and the seventh overall in the United States.  The article lauds the cities top locations as Fisherman's Wharf, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row and notes the Monterey Jazz Festival as the city's big event of the year.

TripAdvisor Lists Pacific Grove on their Top 12 Vacation Destinations List

TripAdvisor looked at all 2014 vacation rental review scores across the U.S., and identified which smaller destinations had the highest ratings and most reviews. Pacific Grove has earned a 4.84 Avg TripAdvisor Vacation Rental Score which was good enough to earn top honors; you can check out the entire list here.

The Monterey Conference Center Announces $45 Million Renovation

The City of Monterey released the schedule and additional details regarding the renovation of the Monterey Conference Center. The release indicated the renovation will begin in late November of 2015 with the grand opening of the entire renovated facility in early 2017. The renovation will infuse up to $45 million in physical and technological improvements. The Conference Center will remain open during the renovation.

Google Brings 'Street View' to Monterey County

You can now explore Monterey's Old Fisherman's Wharf, hike Big Sur and spend some time on Carmel Beach without stepping away from your computer, thanks to a recent project from Google. The Mountain View company added 18 Monterey County trails and locales to Street View on Google Maps. The 360-degree panoramas offer a first-person view of places that aren't accessible by car. Check out the entire arctile and the 'Street Views' by clicking here.

Six Monterey County Restaurants made The Daily Meal's 14 Restaurants Not to Miss on Your Trip from LA to SF!

Taking a trip between Los Angeles to San Francisco should take you about six hours on any given day, but what's the fun in that? Take US-1 all the way up. It's long , but by going this way, you'll be able to enjoy the majestic views of the Pacific Coast Highway, look up at mountains on one side and down at the waves crashing on the other. The article features Sierra Mar, Big Sur Bakery, Terry's Restaurant and Lounge, Casanova Restaurant, Restaurant 1833 and Schooner's Coastal Bar and Kitchen.

There is a Youth Movement in Carmel's Food and Drink Scene-

Suddenly the food-and-drink scene in Carmel-by-the-Sea is feeling more youthful than it has in years, even decades. From tasting rooms to restaurants this article highlights five trending places that everyone needs to visit in 2015!

Zagat Reviews the Eight Hottest New Monterey County Restaurants

Monterey County is having a culinary moment. Yes, the land best-known for Clint Eastwood's mayoral stint and Big Sur's hair-raising cliffs is now a hotbed of up-and-coming chefs and restaurateurs. While we love the old-guard restaurants, including Casanova in Carmel and Nepenthe in Big Sur, here are eight new Monterey County restaurants to hit up on your next trip to the area. 

Carmel by the Sea, CA makes Conde Nast's Top 20 Foodie Cities in the U.S. 2014

Carmel by the Sea may only be a square mile in size, but it stuffs more than 100 restaurants into that space. That is one major reason it not only made Conde Nast's Best American Cities for Foodies, but climbed all the way up to number seven. Major cities such as Portland, Austin, Boston and Las Vegas all finished beneath this popular Monterey County coastal city. 

Carmel, CA has been Designated as One of the World's best Cities for Romance by Travel + Leisure

The quaint seaside village of Carmel (No. 3) captivated Travel + Leisure readers with its storybook cottages, sheep meadows, and rugged coastal views.  Check out the entire list bly clicking here has Recognized the Monterey Jazz Festival as one of the Top Music Festivals of 2014, the vacation rental company of leading travel site TripAdvisor has come out with their Top Music Festivals of 2014 and the 57th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival made their list!  This recognition should come as little surprise as the festival was recently name the World's #1 Jazz Festival (2013) by JazzTimesreaders.

Conde Nast Traveler Named Six Cental Coast Hotels on Their Gold List of Top 200 Hotels

If you ask the readers of Conde Nast Traveler -and the magazine did- a half-dozen Monterey County accommodations rate highly enough to make their recently published Gold List of the top 200 Hotels in the United States.  Congratulations to Ventana Inn & Spa, Post Ranch Inn, Bernardus Lodge, Casa Palmero, Inn at Spanish Bay and the Lodge at Pebble Beach for making the list.

Travel + Leisure Honored Four Monterey County Properties on their List of the 500 Worlds Best Hotels for 2014!

Four properties from Monterey County are included in Travel + Leisure's 500 World's Best Hotels for 2014. The properties that made the list included Post Ranch Inn, The Lodge at Pebble Beach, The Inn at Spanish Bay and L'Auberge Carmel!  The top 500 hotels were based on survey taken by Travel + Leisure's readership.

Monterey County Makes the List for One of the Top 10 Wine Stories of 2013

Central Coast, the "Other" California made the list as Wine Enthusiast's number six top wine story of the year. 2013 was the year of alternative regions, like Santa Barbara, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo and Monterey, with balanced, food-friendly Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Rhône-style blends catching the attention of critics and consumers worldwide. 

Pebble Beach Resorts Named One of World's Top Golf Resorts by LINKS Magazine

The feature, appearing in the Fall 2013 issue of LINKS, is part of the magazine's 25th Anniversary Edition, which highlights significant people, places and moments in golf past and present. The famous par-3 17th hole of Pebble Beach Golf Links overlooking Stillwater Cove is also featured on the cover of the special issue.

Big Sur Grabs a Spot on Forbes Ten Favorite All-American Summer Getaways

Largely under the radar, Glen Oaks in Big Sur, CA perfectly exemplifies the way boutique motels are redefining travel. Built in the 1950s motor lodge-right on the famous Highway 1-that was rehabbed starting in 2005. The rooms in the Adobe Motor Lodge (from $175) have a winsome rustic-modern style. Most have gas fireplaces and tree-shrouded outdoor sitting areas.

NBC Southern California Visits Monterey for Their Road Trippin' Series

Monterey offers iconic California experiences. Experience the top road trip in the United States as you wind along the breathtaking Big Sur coastline on Highway One. Book a Monterey hotel on the beach, then explore the shops and attractions of iconic Cannery Row. Sip handcrafted wines at tucked-away tasting rooms where the winemaker might just be the person pouring.

Monterey County Named Top Ten Wine Travel Destination in the World!

The Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau is proud to announce Wine Enthusiast has selected the destination as a 2013 Top Ten Wine Travel Destination in the World. Monterey County is the only California wine region to make the 2013 list! 

Monterey County Named 2013 Top North American Golf Destination by IAGTO

Monterey County, California has been voted as 2013's Top North American Golf Destination by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) at the IAGTO Annual Golf Travel Awards Ceremony. 

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