About.com named Point Lobos State Reserve in Carmel the top hike in the United States! Monterey Swingfest starts today! Over 1,000 swing dancers from the United States, France, England, Scotland, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada are descending on Monterey to compete in contests and fine-tune their skills in classes. If you ain't got that swing, Monterey Swingfest also has classes for beginners. Some New Zealanders have a delightful writeup of a trip to Monterey in their blog.