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A Springtime Monterey Getaway

A Springtime Monterey Getaway

With its close proximity to the city, there's no reason not to get out of dodge and jet down to Monterey for a brisk weekend on the coast. If you're a nature lover like I am—I can't get enough of those adorable sea otters and harbor seals bobbing in and out of the water—make haste. Gray whales and their newborn calves are are making their northern migration to back to their Alaskan feeding grounds and will be far out of town in a few months. Here, a simple weekend package you can write home about.

Jellyfish Invade The Monterey Bay Aquarium

Jellyfish Invade The Monterey Bay Aquarium

Every week, we'll be featuring a guest post from the travel writers behind Worth the Drive, a blog featuring nearby getaways, festivals, and sweet travel deals on NBC Bay Area.

The recent news from the Monterey Bay Aquarium that Toola, "the most important animal in the aquarium's sea otter program," had died was certainly sad (the 28-year-old otter passed away due to "natural causes and infirmities of age."

Meet the New Pup at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

sea otter

Every week, we'll be featuring a guest post from the travel writers behind Worth the Drive, a blog featuring nearby getaways, festivals, and sweet travel deals on NBC Bay Area.

Migration Celebrated This Weekend Near Santa Cruz

Natural Bridges State Park

Every week, we'll be featuring a guest post from the travel writers behind Worth the Drive, a blog featuring nearby getaways, festivals, and sweet travel deals on NBC Bay Area.

Chance of Whale-Spotting in Monterey

Every week, we'll be featuring a guest post from the travel writers behind Worth the Drive, a blog featuring nearby getaways, festivals, and sweet travel deals on NBC Bay Area

Monterey Museum of Art Free Through the End of the Year

Every week, we'll be featuring a guest post from the travel writers behind Worth the Drive, a blog featuring nearby getaways, festivals, and sweet travel deals on NBC Bay Area

All sorts of news has been burbling out of the Monterey area. Monarch butterflies! Whales! Butterflies and whales spotted on the same day! This is the kind of news we like - nature-oriented and ending in exclamation points. But we also like current happenings that involve the word "free."

Why You Need to be in Santa Barbara Right Now

With temps averaging a beachy-perfect 70 degrees, Santa Barbara’s Indian summer is in full-on awesomeness right now. Which means – road trip! Get thee to the palm-tree dotted coastal town ASAP for some serious beach bumming, poolside lazing, water sporting, shopping, eating, and insane vista ogling.

A Room With a View: Nine Coastal Hotels With Views To Die For

Going coastal? Forget a “room with a view” and get a view with a room. From Big Sur to Bodega Bay, we’ve scoured Northern California for the best waterside retreats where sea vistas rule. From patio to pillow, these nine hideaways will have you sightseeing blue 24/7.

Philip Glass' Inaugural Days & Nights Festival Comes to Carmel & Big Sur This Month

Head south to Carmel this month to catch one of the America's most revered living composers, Philip Glass, and his crew of artistes for the inaugural Days and Nights Festival. It's a heady mix of music, theater, film, dance, poetry–all led by ringmaster Glass as a way to explore the evolution of the arts across space and time.

Subtle Luxury and A Gorgeous Golf Game at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

Everyone loves Santa Barbara. Perfect weather, California coast, quaint town. But explore further. Head up the canyon 45 minutes and don't look back. Enter the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. Founded in 1923, give yourself at least two days and two nights to lap up laid-back luxury, play the premier championship 18-hole golf course that spans the original contours of the Ojai valley, and inhale the sweet lavender-infused air.

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