Quiet beaches, fresh seafood and coastal culture: Something the locals know and many travelers overlook is that the fall season is widely considered to be the best time of the year to visit the beautiful central coast. The beach crowds leave, hotel rates drop significantly, and temperatures are perfect for beach walks, tennis and golf, nature tours, outdoor dining and much more.
The Salinas Valley and the Monterey Peninsula are home to some of the most fertile farm land in the country. The valley is framed by mountain ranges to the east and west. The north end of the Salinas Valley opens to the Pacific Ocean and cools the valley which makes it possible to harvest a wide range of crops, many of which grow throughout the year.
The highest percentage of acres is devoted to cool-season vegetables, such as artichoke, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, Asian vegetables, lettuce, and spinach. In the county's southern half, farmers grow warm-season vegetables, including carrot, pepper, potato, and tomato. Monterey County is also home to a sizable wine grape industry and approximately one-third of the state's annual strawberry yield.
Big Sur Food & Wine
November 1-4, 2012
Big Sur Half Marathon Health & Fitness Expo
November 16-18, 2012