Those of you planning on traveling to Monterey this holiday season will have a leg up on everyone else gathering around the tree this December. The town and region are rich with a storied and exceptional community of local artisans and artists, and their creations fill the boutiques and shops throughout town. In addition to material goods, the Central Coast is famous for being home to some of the best wine in the world.
To discover more specific present ideas to consider this December, check out this guide to the best California gifts for the holidays.
Monterey is home to an attractive variety of shops well suited for all sorts of travelers. From trendy secondhand establishments, to a sprawling shopping center outfitted with all of your favorite designer brands, there’s an exceptional amount of locally made love throughout Monterey.
Among the shops we most highly recommend for holiday shopping in Monterey, the Second Chance Thrift Store is one of the most popular local vintage shops. The business also provides training and mentoring for individuals struggling with addictions. For some more popular options, swing by the Del Monte Shopping Center, where you can find big name brands like Men’s Warehouse, Lululemon Athletica, and Zales Jewelers.
You’d be short changing yourself if you came to Monterey and didn’t sample some of the region’s world-famous wine. Throughout town, and the region beyond, there are countless tasting rooms and wine shops carrying bottles from local vineyards. These local treasures can make excellent gifts for your aficionado friends at home.
To go right to the source, check out one of the mentions on our list of 5 Gorgeous Monterey Vineyards For You To Discover. In the piece, you’ll discover memorable wine-tasting experiences at well regarded locations like McIntyre Estate Vineyard, Chalone Vineyard, and Ventana Vineyards. At each one, you can taste, tour, and pick up bottles to bring home to your loved ones. You can also sample local wines for research at popular local establishments like Sovino Wine Bar & Merchant, and The Wine Experience on Cannery Row.
Some of the best California gifts to consider for your loved ones this holiday season are right here at The Sanctuary Beach Resort. The Spa at Sanctuary Beach Resort provides an ideal respite for travelers looking to take the edge off during their Monterey Bay vacation. If you’re planning a future trip here with a significant other, or the family, then you may want to consider gifting them one of the establishment’s many enticing treatments.
The spa features a number of wonderful packages including the Signature Package, which features a facial and massage. There’s also the highly regarded Salt Wood Spa RX, and this one begins with a sea salt exfoliation that helps release toxins, and then goes on to offer a full-body massage, and a farm-to-table meal prepared by the chef at our onsite restaurant Salt Wood Kitchen & Oysterette.
When you’re looking for gifts from California, keep in mind that you can always give the gift of California this holiday season. There are few presents as meaningful and special as a getaway to a luxurious resort located right on Monterey Bay. Set a plan in motion that will end with warm swims, long messages, and endless glasses of local wine.
The Sanctuary Beach Resort is unlike any property in Monterey County, and the best way to discover why is to come out for a stay. Book here to stay with us on your next trip to the Central Coast of California.
Planning a visit to the shores of Monterey Bay? Experience the region like a local, following our insider recommendations on the Sanctuary Beach Resort blog!