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Coolest Job Ever: Working with Sea Otters at Monterey Bay Aquarium

Just as the Bay Area is one of the best places in the world to live, it's also one of the best places to work. Case in point? The life of Nikki Dinsmore, an aquarist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Top 5 Things to Do in Monterey with Kids

jelly fish at Monterey Bay Aquarium

One of the best things about going to Monterey County is all the great getaway choices waiting for you when you arrive. There are vineyards for wine lovers, tasty and healthy food options, miles of coastline for beach lovers and probably the world’s best known aquarium. If you’re a parent there’s even more reason to smile – because all of the above are family friendly.

Escape from SF: Beautiful Big Sur

Just 150 miles south of San Francisco is the unrivaled Big Sur coastline, along Highway 1.

Monterey County Beaches Worth Cleaning Sand Out of the Car For

Lovers Point Park and Beach, Pacific Grove

Monterey County is a good place to hit the beach.

Top Five Ways to Relax, Carmel Valley Style

Carmel Valley Ranch

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a hardcore beach lover or not, it’s hard to tear yourself away from scenic Carmel Beach. That usually leads to an afternoon or evening of wandering in Carmel-by-the-Sea. You can’t complain about that–but if you’re up for a relaxing change of pace, head to picturesque Carmel Valley.

Escape from SF: Bicycling to Montara Lighthouse Hostel

This past weekend, we escaped on bicycles for a 20-mile bike ride to the beautiful seaside town of Montara.

Eat Your Way Through Carmel

La Bicyclette

Carmel has always been a popular weekend destination. But the list of what to do when you arrive is growing.

Explore the Amazing Monterey Bay Aquarium and Stay at the Portola Hotel & Spa

Portola Hotel & Spa

We Bay Areans are lucky to live just a breath away from one of the finest aquariums in the entire world–the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Just down the road on Highway 1, visiting this aquatic wildlife wonderland is perfect for a day trip, but even better if you make a weekend out of it and stay at the Portola Hotel and Spa while you're in the area.

So Many Places to Sip in Monterey Wine Country, So Little Time

Hahn Family Wines

Monterey County may be best known for its scenic coast, famous aquarium and star-studded links, but 'wine destination' is fighting for a well-deserved spot in the ranks.

Adventure Awaits in the Farm Fields of Monterey

Artichokes

We’re all guilty of it. At some point we’ve complained about the cost of living in San Francisco. How we pay way too much in rent or pay through the nose to park a car. Turns out we’re not the only ones who can complain about the cost of land.

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