Don't let a little bit of rain put a damper on your next visit. Whether it's visiting a new museum exhibit, sipping your way around tasting rooms, or simply enjoying views from a balcony window, there are plenty of ways to stay dry in Monterey.
1. Learn Something New
Duck for cover at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and learn about life under the sea and gaze in wonder at the monstrous octopuses in the "Tentacles" exhibit.
Scope out the latest works at the Monterey Museum of Art, learn about the Monarch Butterflies at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History or get lost in a good book at the National Steinbeck Museum in Salinas.
Looking for a bit of history? Visit the Carmel Mission and see where founding father Junipero Serra is buried or take a tour of the Point Pinos Lighthouse and learn about the oldest continually operating lighthouse on the West Coast.
2. Go Wine Hopping
Grab your umbrella and sip your way through one (or more) of the 17 tasting rooms in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Whether it's an oaky Chardonnay or a smooth Pinot Noir you are bound to find a new favorite and lucky for you most of the tasting rooms are all within a one-mile radius! Be sure to grab a Wine Walk Passport which will gave you access to 9 of the tasting rooms including Caraccioli Cellars, Scheid Vineyards and Vino Napoli for just $65.
3. Find the Best Clam Chowder to Warm You Up
Grab a bowl of piping hot clam chowder from one of the many appetizing restaurants along Fisherman's Wharf. Be sure to taste your way down the row to ensure you have found the best! Some of our favorites include Crabby Jim's, Domenico's, Old Fisherman's Grotto and Paluca Trattoria.
If you are looking for the warmth of a beverage check out our list for 10 places to grab a hot drink.
4. Enjoy the Views from Inside
Watch the excitement outdoors by a cozy fireplace, a room with a view or an indoor balcony. The Hyatt Carmel Highlands Fireplace Lounge has dramatic views of Point Lobos and the Big Sur coast, as well as comfy seating, a blazing fire and wonderful art.
Grab a seat near one of the panoramic windows at A Taste of Monterey along Cannery Row and zone out with never-ending views of the Monterey Bay. Did we mention they serve almost every Monterey County wine around?
If you're really looking to get cozy book a stay at the Spindrift Inn where almost every room comes with its own fireplace and ocean view!
5. See a Show
Monterey County has one of the busiest performing arts calendars in all of California. The newly revamped Golden State Theatre in Monterey hosts a variety of shows, be it a concert, lecture, musical, or film. In Carmel-by-the-Sea you will find the Sunset Center with major headline acts like Olivia Newton John, Roseanne Cash and Chris Isaak while Pac Rep Theatres showcase local talents in Broadway musicals, comedies and dramas.
Click here to see a full list of events in the area.
6. Find your Zen
The pitter patter of rain droplets is relaxing enough, but spa treatments in Monterey will take you to the next level of Zen. Find bliss on the bay at the Monterey Plaza Hotel's Vista Blue Spa. Located on the fifth-floor the spa is equipped with a rooftop deck and fireplace, outdoor whirlpool tubs and a full-service fitness center.
Tucked away at Carmel Valley Ranch is Spa Aiyana where treatments are each based on one of four specialized gardens, Lavender, Herb, Aiyana and Alchemist. Services include massage therapies, body therapies, advanced and organic skincare, visible results oxygen fusion, nail care, and waxing.
For a truly pampering experience book a treatment at the luxurious Spa at Pebble Beach where the 22,000-square-foot space specializes in wraps, water treatments and rejuvenating massages. Other spa highlights include two Vichy showers, sauna and steam facilities, and a full-service salon that offers classic straight-razor shaves and barber services.
7. Tap Into Your Inner Child for Some Play Time
Round up the little ones and let them burn off some steam at MY Museum in downtown Monterey. Exhibits like MY Go-Fore Golf, MY Day at the Beach, MY Hospital and MY Build a House allow tots to play in a fun interactive space.
Just down from the Monterey Bay Aquarium on Cannery Row lays an indoor playground like none other. Monterey Mirror Maze and Highway 1 Golf, Games and Grub are sure to get your heart and mind pumping. Start at the Monterey Mirror Maze where you will be challenged to find your way out of a psychedelic labyrinth.
Golf indoors? Why not! Just next door is Highway 1 Golf, Games and Grub where you can test your skills on their 3D black light 9-hole indoor course or play on one of their interactive arcade games. Whether you're 9 or 90 you are sure to have a blast!