May 29

Fisherman’s Wharf is a historic wharf in Monterey, California, United States. Used as an active wholesale fish market into the 1960s, the wharf eventually became the tourist attraction it is today as commercial fishing tapered off in the area. The Wharf was constructed in 1926. After World War II, the sardine population in Monterey Bay collapsed. With the fall of the fishing industry, Old Fisherman’s Wharf reoriented its business focus toward tourism.

Fisherman’s Wharf was built by the Pacific Coast Steamship Company in 1870 for the loading and unloading of passengers and goods. The wharf was also used by other commercial operations, and the city of Monterey took ownership in 1913. The wharf was expanded through 1920.

Fisherman’s Wharf is now lined with great seafood restaurants ranging from casual, open-air clam bars and fish and chip shops, to formal indoor dining with incredible views of the bay.  Along with Cannery Row, Fisherman’s Wharf is one of the few areas in Monterey that sells souvenirs, so the restaurants are interspersed with gift shops, jewelry stores, art galleries, and candy shops. Whale watching tours and fishing trips leave from the wharf, and sea lions often sleep on the pilings and are seen frolicking in the water.

Old Fisherman’s Wharf is a short 10 minute walk from The Monterey Stage Coach Lodge. Stay at affordable room rates. For more details visit: http://www.montereystagecoachlodge.com/reservations

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May 23

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (previously known as Laguna Seca Raceway) is a paved road racing track used for both auto racing and motorcycle racing, originally constructed in 1957 in between   Salinas and Monterey, California, USA off of highway 68.

The name Laguna Seca is Spanish for “dry lake”. The area where the track is was originally a lake. The course was originally built around the lake, which has since dried up entirely. An artificial pond has since been added.

The current racetrack is 2.238 miles (3.602 km) in length with a 300 foot (91 m) elevation change. It has eleven turns, including the famous “Corkscrew” at Turns 8 and 8A. A variety of racing, exhibition and entertainment events are held at the raceway, ranging from superkarts to American Le Mans racing to music festivals.

Major events each year include the U.S. Sports Car Invitational featuring the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series, Monterey Sports Car Championships featuring a four-hour endurance race for the ALMS, Monterey Historics for classic racecars, and the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix featuring both the MotoGP World Championship and the U.S. AMA Superbike Series. In 2006, the A1 Grand Prix brought international open-wheel racing back to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Hop on Highway 68 with ease when exiting The Stage Coach Lodge and you can be at Laguna Seca within minutes.

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May 15

Carmel-by-the-Sea, often called simply Carmel, is a small city in Monterey County, California which is situated on the Monterey Peninsula.  The small town is known for its natural scenery and rich artistic history and scenic coastal beauty. Carmel-by-the-Sea is rugged coastline, featuring both sandy beaches and rocky, cypress-covered outcroppings, has provided inspiration for artists of every stripe.

The town is known for being dog-friendly, with numerous hotels, restaurants and retail establishments admitting guests with dogs. With its quirky artistry and culture, Carmel offers numerous boutiques, inns, and parks making it a wonderful town to spend an afternoon and stroll.  One of the nicest white sand beaches in California gleams along the Carmel Coast. It an amazing experience to watch Sunset here with your partner and spend some memorable moments with them.

Carmel is only a short five minute drive from the Stage Coach Lodge.  Simply exit our driveway and hop back onto Highway 1 and you’ll be in Carmel in no time.

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May 12

Lake El Estero is a citywide park in central Monterey. Originally a salt-water lagoon, its outlets to the bay were cut off because of over flooding. The 24.7-acre (100,000 m2) park has become an estuary to many migrating birds and ongoing improvements have been made into preserving the park. Lake El Estero offers several activities with its baseball diamond, skate park, and the world famous Dennis the Menace Park. Many parks and attractions have been developed in Lake El Estero to attract both tourists and locals. The most popular of these is the Dennis the Menace Playground.

Lake El Estero is also an important ecosystem in and of itself that supports large amounts of life and is home to a countless number of birds, fish, and plants. Over 300 species of birds live in or pass thru Lake El Estero Park. Many birds migrating south stop at the lake to rest such as the Ring-billed Gull, the Western Gull, the California Gull, the Mud hen, the Black-crowned Night Heron, and the Great Blue Heron. During the summer the Brown Pelican comes in from the south. Many ducks live there year round such as the Mallard. The park opened on November 17, 1956. With a variety of children’s play areas, the park became a great success.

If you are looking for hotels in Monterey, do visit Stage Coach Lodge offering you with free continental breakfast at very affordable price. For you reservations click: http://www.montereystagecoachlodge.com/reservations

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