Photo Credit: Estéban Restaurant

Monterey County is constantly evolving with new restaurants, wineries, hotels, and activities. This fall, add these new places to eat, sip, stay, and experience to your itinerary.

Dining and Drinking


Cella (Monterey) - Brunching at Cella has made its debut! Chef Cal Stamenov has created a list of meals to share on Sunday mornings. From autumn quiche with squash, leafy greens and forged mushrooms, to Moroccan fried chicken with bacon cornbread, romesco sauce and chili cumin butter, short rib with poached eggs, horseradish, and pickled onions, and much more. The menu will change every Sunday.  

Estéban Restaurant (Monterey) - Located at Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa, Estéban Restaurant serves Spanish-inspired Californian cuisine. Dine at the newly renovated outdoor patio that provides a lush Mediterranean garden landscape, fire pits, and a stone fireplace that gives a cozy yet festive vibe. Enjoy the daily Tapas Happy Hour from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm with food made by Ben Hillan, Estéban Restaurant’s newest Executive Chef. Chef Ben adds his own flavor to farm-to-table freshness with items like crispy mushroom & burrata, seared scallops and little neck clams.

Post No Bills (Carmel) - Post No Bills Craft Beer House opened its second location at The Barnyard Shopping Village. Enjoy a variety of beers on tap, and a wine list, along with small plates to share such as charcuterie or cheese boards, flatbreads, and sandwiches.  

Lodging and Meeting Space

Photo Credit: Hilton Garden Inn

Hilton Garden Inn (Monterey) - Hilton Garden Inn underwent a $17 million full renovation which included public spaces, common areas, entire guest rooms, a pool, furniture, bar, and restaurant. 


Carmel Wine and Wandering (Carmel-by-the-Sea)

Photo Credit: Wine and Wandering 

Wander through the ever-charming Carmel-by-the-Sea with Carmel Wine and Wandering. One of their local guides will show guests the best of Carmel-by-the-Sea with stories of historical anecdotes and hidden gems. Along the way, the tour makes stops at three hand-selected wine-tasting rooms that serve regionally produced wines.  

High Scores Interactive Arcade Museum (Monterey)

High Scores Arcade_MontereyHigh Scores Arcade started from a collection and now has opened its second location in Monterey. The arcade features classic 80’s arcade games that bring back all the nostalgia. High Scores Arcade is best known for its hand-built, wagon-inspired Oregon Trail cabinet, sparkly hot pink Super Smash Bros. with all-original GameCube hardware, Pac-Man, Frogger, and other popular games that will take you back in time! All games are set to free play after the purchase of a wristband! Prices vary.