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Featured Events

Apr
27
2014

Big Sur International Marathon

Apr. 27
The Big Sur Marathon is 26.2 miles of the most beautiful coastline in the world -…more
May
2
2014

Steinbeck Festival

May. 2-May. 4
This annual festival consists of several days of films, speakers, panels, theater,…more
May
2
2014

TUDOR United SportsCar Championship

May. 2-May. 4
This entirely new series created by the merger between the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports…more
May
2
2014

Wildflower Triathlon

May. 2-May. 4
One of the premier triathlons nationally and internationally, this course will test…more
May
3
2014

Winemakers' Celebration

May. 3
Over 30 Monterey County wineries from 9 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) will…more
May
9
2014

Monterey Rock n' Rod Festival

May. 9
The annual festival was envisioned as a fun and entertaining way to raise…more
May
14
2014

Amgen Tour of CA Stopover

May. 14
The Amgen Tour of California will return to Sacramento, the Capital of California,…more
May
15
2014

Carmel Art Festival

May. 15-May. 18
Carmel-by-the-Sea highlights its artist colony origins with the Carmel Art Festival.…more
May
15
2014

Salinas Valley Fair

May. 15-May. 18
Enjoy the atmosphere of an old-fashioned county fair, complete with carnival,…more
May
16
2014

Cooking for Solutions

May. 16-May. 18
The culinary event of the year, Cooking for Solutions features great chefs, gourmet…more
May
16
2014

Ferrari Racing Days

May. 16-May. 18
Ferrari Racing Days return to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with three full days of…more
May
23
2014

California Roots Music & Arts Festival

May. 23-May. 25
The 5th annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival is a three-day event packed…more
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Elkhorn Slough Safari Tour, Moss Landing

Elkhorn Slough Safari Tour, Moss Landing

Moss Landing Itinerary

Moss Landing is a popular spot for antiquing, surfing and nature watching. It's located at the mouth of Elkhorn Slough, one of California's largest wetland areas and home to hundreds of species. With so much to see, it's easy to fill up a full day.  

Day One

Begin your stay by checking into your lodgings. The historic Captain's Inn at Moss Landing is right in the middle of the action in Moss Landing. Most bedrooms have a view of the water, and each guest is served a great morning breakfast. If you've got your RV, you can stay at the Moss Landing RV Park and cook up breakfast for yourself.

12:30pm
Call Elkhorn Slough Safari Nature Tours for a cruise inland to view the wildlife and waterways of Elkhorn Slough. Their knowledgeable guides will give you insight into this unique ecosystem as you slowly cruise through it on their extremely stable pontoon boats. Special onboard activities for children ensure the little ones won't get bored. Birders will especially enjoy this two-hour cruise, as Elkhorn Slough provides a home to hundreds of species of waterfowl and migratory shorebirds.

3pm
The hot handbags of Stella Page Design have been featured in Emmy gift bags and on the arms of celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Demi Moore, Goldie Hawn, Jada Pinkett Smith, California's First Lady Maria Shriver and Salma Hayek. Visit the one-of-a-kind design studio and showroom, where Stella Page Design's unique bags are crafted.

6pm
The Haute Enchilada Art Cafe is both a dining destination and an art gallery. It's known throughout the area for its elegant take on both Mexican and traditional cuisine, and is a perfect "date night" location. The Haute Enchilada also has occasional live performances; you may be lucky enough to catch a singer-songwriter.

Day Two

10am
Moss Landing's Kayak Connection gives you the chance to get up close and personal with the seals, sea otters, sea lions, herons, egrets and other wildlife that reside in Elkhorn Slough. If you've never been kayaking before, you've found the perfect place to get your start. The sheltered slough is one of the calmest spots on the Pacific Coast to begin your kayaking education.

2pm
All that kayaking is likely to leave you with a whale of an appetite. Stop for lunch at the Whole Enchilada, Moss Landing's favorite Mexican restaurant. It's just a short stroll from the docks, and the menu is loaded with landlubber Mexican favorites and a diverse range of seafood with a Mexican twist.

3pm
Avid birders know that the Moss Landing area is one of the best birding areas in California. There are over 450 potential bird species to spot. Head back out to the slough and see what winged animals have migrated to the area.

8pm
End your day with dinner at the famed Phil's Fish Market, featured on Food Network's Road Tested and Throwdown with Bobby Flay. It's a locals favorite and an international legend. Phil DiGirolamo actually defeated Bobby Flay when both prepared cioppino on Throwdown - have a bowl and find out why!

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