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

Dining and Drinking

Bodega + Wine Market (Big Sur) - The Village Big Sur’s newest addition, a coffee and juice bar and an organic market featuring small-batch artisan products and grab-and-go prepped food.

Congo Go! (Seaside) - A new boba bar opened in Seaside serving Southeast Asian cuisine made with fresh ingredients. They offer small bites such as eggrolls, crab puffs and fried tofu to big bites such as Ginger Lemongrass Chicken Stir-fry and Congo Rice Bowls. They also serve mochi donuts!

El Bistro by the Sea (Carmel-by-the-Sea) - Carmel-by-the-Sea's newest breakfast/lunch Mexican Bistro with an international flair. Choose from a variety of French toast, omelette's, burgers and burritos. 

Jack’s Bao (Monterey) Serving Shanghai Cuisine, this new restaurant on Cannery Row offers a variety of soup dumplings, Chinese roasted duck, deep-fried wontons and flavorful noodle soups.

Marmee’s Wine Bar (Carmel Valley) - Open on weekends and only for a limited time (during the summer), Lady & Larder introduces their newest addition, an outdoor patio, Marmee’s Wine Bar. There will be Lady & Larder’s signature cheese and charcuterie boards, small plates, grab-and-go sandwiches and of course, wine available for purchase.  

McIntyre New Tasting Room (Carmel Valley) - McIntyre Family Wines has been chosen as Boekenoogen Family Wine’s business successor, so they will be continuing both family legacies in the Carmel Valley Village. Stop by the tasting rooms to enjoy both McIntyre and Boekenoogen Wines.

Otto's Bread Co. (Salinas) - Salinas’ newest artisan bakery serves delicious fresh baked bread, pretzels and croissants. Although currently they are only open Friday’s 10 am – 2 pm for retail at their physical store, you can find them at other restaurants in Salinas Monday-Thursday. Make sure to follow their Instagram to see where they will be each week.

The Brass Tap (Marina) The Brass Tap is now The Brass Tap (Marina) is now officially open and offers more than 140 craft beers. Brass Tap, Marina's newest brewery, provides a place to enjoy shareable snacks and an outdoor beer garden to sip, relax, and play games.

Lodging and Meeting Spaces

456 Lighthouse Ave. (Monterey) - Located only two blocks from Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, 456 Lighthouse Ave is a modern and high-tech 16,500 square feet space ideal for any event. This space includes plenty of natural light, a kitchen, lounge areas, a glass front open loft, curated art and a few arcade games. There is also a private gated parking lot that can comfortably fit 25 vehicles.

Think Tank_CVR Photo Credit: Carmel Valley Ranch 

Carmel Valley Ranch (Carmel Valley) - Recently Renovated, Carmel Valley Ranch’s meeting space, Think Tank creates an inspiring setting for creativity and collaboration. This space is equipped with new tables, chairs, buffet, AV equipment and stunning valley views.  

Activities and Experiences

Lady Somm (Carmel-by-the-Sea) - Uncork your potential at the Lady Somm Carmel Wine School. Whether you're a beginner or already knowledgeable about wine, their educational programs cater to all levels. Start with introductory seminars to learn the fundamentals and progress to earn a sommelier certification. Lady Somm also hosts tastings and team-building activities!  

JSX Relaunches Flights to Monterey from Burbank and Orange County – Back by popular demand, now through September 2nd, the popular public charter flight will return to Monterey from Burbank and Orange County. This flight will provide seamless travel by allowing travelers to bypass long lines and crowded terminals, enjoy spacious seating and complimentary snacks and beverages. This service is perfect for business travelers, leisure seekers, and quick getaways, connecting the scenic beauty of Monterey County to Burbank and Orange County.

Seasonal Flights between Monterey Regional Airport and Minneapolis-St. Paul - Beginning August 8, 2024, through November 3, 2024, MRY will welcome Sun Country Airlines with a seasonal non-stop service to and from Monterey to Minneapolis St. Paul. This seasonal flight will be offered on Thursdays and Sundays. Learn more here.